Small hotels in the Loire valley

Independent hotels in Poitou, Pays de la Loire and Val de Loire

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Small hotels with character in the Loire Valley and Poitou 

A directory of nice quiet hotels, this page of the  iHi France independent hotel guide lists only small independent hotels in the area of the Loire valley and Poitou, offering a calm, friendly and relaxing environment to travellers.  Most of the Loire valley hotels are located in small towns, of which the region has many. Wherever possible, the hotels selected are away from the noise of busy streets - bearing in mind also that small towns in the Loire valley are not particularly noisy places at night!  This directory is very selective, and only lists hotels that get generally good or excellent reviews from people who have stayed in them. Quality - and price - vary from four-star to two-star. We welcome suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.

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Hotels in the Centre - Val de Loire region (Loire valley area)

  • Salbris - Sologne (18 Cher)
    The *** Hotel le Parc Sologne is located in attractive grounds in the middle of the small town of Salbris, between Orleans & Vierzon (A 71 motorway exit 4) . 23 spacious rooms. Restaurant. A pleasant and convenient base for an overnight stopoff or discovering the Sologne part of the Loire valley area.
  • Beaugency, near Blois (45 Loiret) .
    Grand Hotel de l-Abbaye
     €€€ Traditional hotel in an ancient abbey on the banks of the Loire in the small town of Beaugency, a short distance from Blois. Nineteen rooms. Comfortable and large rooms. A peaceful location that is an ideal base for discovering the Loire Châteaux
  • Bracieux, near Chambord (41 Loir et Cher)
    L'Orée des Bois ** Modern but traditionally styled two-star hotel with ten rooms in a village in the Sologne area, four miles south of  the royal château of Chambord. the name means the Glade in the Woods. The hotel offers large and spacious rooms, and there is a good restaurant close by.  
  • Chaumont sur Tharonne (41 - Loir et Cher) 
    Le Petit Clos   €  Small good quality bed and breakfast guest house with five bedrooms, in the village of Chaumont sur Tharonne, in the Sologne. Handy location for visiting the Loire Chateaux, yet only a few kilometres off the A71 motorway. Very friendly hosts, and great breakfasts. Good restaurant close by.
  • Near Chenonceaux (37 - Indre et Loire) 
    Relais des Landes 
    Three-star hotel in a 17th century manor in the Loir et Cher department, in the Loire château country. 15 minutes from Chenonceaux.  An independent hotel franchised in the Best Western chain. Good reviews. Recommended by "Relais du silence".  28 rooms, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool.
  • Chenonceaux (37 - Indre et Loire) 
    Auberge du bon Laboureur €€€
    The four star "Good Ploughman inn" is based on an ancient posthouse, built before the French Revolution. It is located in Chenonceaux, within walking distance of the famous chateau. The hotel is an ensemble of five village houses in an area of gardens. Swimming pool, gourmet restaurant.
  • Amboise - (37 Indre et Loire)
    Hotel la Brèche **   €    Classic French provincial hotel, in this small town on the river Loire. Visitors to this hotel appreciate its calm location, eating outside in the courtyard, and the friendliness of the welcome. Nothing fancy, but good value for money, plenty of charm and character, and a warm welcome from the patron.
  • Chinon (37 Indre et Loire)
    Hotel Plantagenet ***  Pleasant traditional three-star hotel peacefully located on a square in the old town of Chinon, facing the river Vienne. Clean, comfortable and charming are words used by people who have stayed in this hotel. Good value for money, and a good spot from which to explore the local area, its vineyards and châteaux such as Azay le Rideau.
  • Lôches (37 Indre et Loire)
    Hotel Luccotel **
    Modern two-star hotel situated in spacious grounds on a rise overlooking the old town of Loches. Restaurant, heated indoor pool, sauna, tennis court. While it has less character than an old hotel, this independent hotel is one up from the standardised two-star chain hotels and is affiliated with Logis de France.

Hotels in the lower Loire (Pays de la Loire region)

  • New - Saint Philibert  (44 Loire Atlantique)
    Hôtel La Bosselle ** conveniently located between Nantes and the coast, the hôtel La Bosselle, close to the river Boulogne and the lake of Grandlieu, is a small two-star hotel with 14 rooms and only a short walk from restaurants and shops.
  • Le Mans (72 Sarthe)
    Hôtel Chantecler *** Attractive modern three-star hotel with 32 rooms near the centre of Le Mans. The hotel is located in a quiet street, and has off-road parking. Clean, functional and spacious rooms. There are restaurants close by, and plenty more towards the town centre.
  • South of Saumur (49 Maine et Loire)
    Le Chai de la Paleine **
    A rather good quality two star hotel located in a country house in its own spacious grounds in the village of Le Puy Notre Dame. Deserves at least three stars. Very calm location and  welcoming owners. Unusually, this hotel has a library and reading room; restaurant close by.

Hotels in Poitou

  • Poitiers (86 Vienne)
    Hotel de l'Europe **   €  
    Located in the heart of the old town, but mostly off the street, in walking distance of the main monuments, this is a large two-star hotel with two-star prices but all the features of a good three-star hotel. Garage parking available.
  • Poitiers (86 Vienne)
    The "Grand hotel" is not too big - 47 air-conditioned rooms. This is a good value hotel in the centre of old Poitiers, offering classic French style and a friendly welcome. Good choice of restaurants very close by. Lounge, breakfast on the terrace in season. Quiet interior courtyard, garage

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Hotel star ranking in France:

   Stars are usually a guide to quality, but not always, since in France they are attributed in function of amenities and services provided, but not necessarily the quality of those amenities. The system was revised in 2009, and though it is now more flexible than before, the classification still remains amenity based , rather than quality based. This directory includes several  hotels which, in terms of quality, do not have as many stars as one might expect.

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Where are the main Loire chateaux?

Loire chateau
    The principal chateaux are to be found in departments 41 (Loir et Cher) and 37 (Indre et Loire), in the areas of Blois and Tours. Chateaux such as Blois and Amboise are actually on the Loire; Chambord and Cheverny are south of the Loire, near Blois; Chenonceau, Chinon and Azay-le-Rideau are on tributaries of the Loire, in the Indre et Loire department.Book early to avoid disappointment

Which Loire châteaux to visit?

The most visited chateaux are (in order) Chenonceaux built out over the river Cher, the great Chambord, designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci, the chateau at Amboise, and Azay le Rideau on an island on the river Indre.

  Other major châteaux, but generally less crowded, include Villandry, Ussé, the royal fortress at Chinon, which is rather different, and Cheverny. See markers oin the map for their locations.
  There are dozens more châteaux in the area, some quite small, some large: among these, also worth visiting are the châteaux at Saumur, Langeais, Blois, and Sully sur Loire to the east of Orleans.


The Loire valley area

For the French, the Loire valley is the dividing line between the northern regions and the southern part of France. "South of the Loire" the weather is deemed to be warmer and sunnier, and though this is in many cases quite normal, it is not always the case. The Loire valley itself became popular in the olden days with the Kings and nobles of France, on account of its mild climate: and like its neighbour to the east, Burgundy, it was a region that provided wine for the inhabitants of Paris and the north of France.    Chateaux and vineyards are among the many attractions of this region today.
This page includes two French regions, the Pays de la Loire in the west, and the Centre - Val-de-Loire region which us further inland, plus the Poitou part of the former Poitou- Charentes region.

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