Best Western Hotel De France,  Chinon 

4.0/5  - based on 176 guest reviews.
47, 49 Place Du General De Gaulle, 37500, Chinon, France - See map
+33 2 47933391 +33 2 47983703



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We are in the heart of the medieval Vieux Chinon with an easy and direct access to the chateau by foot or car. The Best Western Hotel de France is an ideal place to discover the sweet lifestyle of the garden of France. The Best Western Hotel de France offers you a beautifully renovated, 16th century building complete with stylish, comfortable rooms with balconies overlooking the chateau and a charming square with a fountain. Inside the hotel, we welcome you with authentic charm, comfort and respect for tradition. It is said that the most beautiful French is spoken here. Certainly the language is softer. the food is more flavorsome and the wine very drinkable.

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Best Western Hotel De France,Chinon
  • 5
    « Very friendly and helpful service and a perfectly located hotel »

    My wife and I love this Best Western hotel from the pefect, central location, to the superior, friendly service at the reception desk and very courteous servers at breakfast. Our room was a junior suite with air conditioning which was needed because of the warm weather. The room was very clean, made up beautifully every morning, and it had a French balcony which faced the square with all the cafes and restaurants. There was no noise because of the double glazing on the windows. There is a upper patio/terrace on which to relax which was lovely. Some of the staff even helped me with my French. All of the staff was helpful with discussing items from parking to places to drive to in the area. There is no elevator, but the young gentleman at the reception desk brought all of our heavy luggage up to our room which was really nice. The parking was easy, very close to the hotel at a reasonable cost, and there was free parking at the Joan of Arc parking area near by. We would definitely highly recommend this hotel to anyone. What I like least about it was that we had to leave. We have found that Best Western Hotels in Europe are great value for your money, and many are really quaint and situated in beautiful buildings. This one in Chinon is aperfect example of what I mean.

    « A small but cosy hotel looking over a pleasant square in the town centre »

    We had a very comfortable one night stay in early October. Comfortable bed and well appointed but small room. The en suite was fine but on the small side. We had a balcony overlooking the square which fortunately was not in the least noisy. Very good breakfast in the self service style. Parking in the adjacent public car park, free overnight but otherwise cheap. The hotel is adjacent to the lift that takes you to the chateau on foot so very convenient location for visiting the superb chateau. Very friendly staff. A compact hotel with considerable charm and best western standards.

    « Do you want to be Taken back in time »

    This best Weston will take you back in time with its fantastic detailing, very old building but well appointed and smack bang in the middle of the towns square, it's easy to find and loads of parking right next to the hotel, it has a restaurant that serves traditional French cuisine that leans more towards fresh seafood but for the meat lovers out there don't despare as there are is an abundance of choice literally on your door step. A hotel not to be missed and reasonably priced.

    « Very nice hotel in the heart of town »

    The hotel is perfectly situated adjacent to the Chinon town square. You walk downstairs and have a nice choice of eateries and some small shops. The hotel staff is terrific.....they were all extremely courteous and helpful. They are a amazing team! The room was spotless at all times. It must be noted that there is no lift and the rooms are on a series of floors. My room was on the third floor but included more than 3 "flights" of stairs. It is a winding staircase with rather narrow steps. My view was of the fort on the hilltop which was lit at night.....simply gorgeous.

    « Fab location, gorgeous town and incredible staff »

    We went there for a wedding and the hotel is right in the centre of the town. the facilities and room was clean. the staff especially Stephen was so helpful and courteous. will definitely go back to this hotel.

    « Misrepresentation of facilities »

    Our booking was clear - we we asked for a room for three people as we were three independent travelling friends. it was a special occasion as I was about to my 60th birthday and we were meeting up with another couple in the hotel. When we booked we asked for a room in the hotel that included all the facilities advertised including air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. However when we arrived in this lovely town we were given what the hotel called the apartment in an entirely separate building. This was not what we had asked for or were expecting and it was a strange mixture of hotel room and rather shabbily appointed apartment. It bore no relationship at all to the facilities advertised at the hotel. It also advertised free car parking on its website which when we arrived was clearly not available

    « Gorgeous Hotel and Town... »

    Hello Folks, We stayed for a night on Saturday 3rd Sept, 16. The room without breakfast was charged at 139 Euro. You reach a beautiful little square at the end of the road and the hotel is on your right, nestled amongst bars and restaurants. If you drive under the archway, there is cheap public parking there, which we found safe. I think we paid something like a 1.5 Euro to take us to 6.00p.m and then it was free until around 8.30 the following morning. Hotel reception were kind and friendly. The room was lovely and worked well. A/C, free safe, clean and tidy and free coffee / tea. The hotel enjoys a prime location and I would highly recommend. Just a shame there was no breakfast for 139 Euro ? Many Thanks Gary.

    « Great location, incredible view »

    Great location on square with incredible night view of Castle. Our room was small (they vary) but clean. No elevator but not a problem. There was life on the restaurant filled square at night but since there was no loud music it was not bothersome (we don't drink and retire early). Rooms on back side are more quiet but lack view. Parking lot easy access on side of hotel through arcade. Recommended by Rick Steves and he was right. The sign said Best Western which almost put us off but it is Hotel de France, privately owned as most BW are in France (we were told). Absolutely, we would stay here again.

    « Clean hotel in a good location. »

    We recently stayed for two nights and found the hotel to be well located for exploring Chinon. The junior suite was clean, with a comfortable bed and had nice views overlooking the town square. There is also a nice private roof terrace where guests can enjoy a drink in the sun. One complaint was that the power to the room seemed to have been switched off prior to our arrival (as the alarm clock was flashing 00:05 when we entered the room), which meant the fridge took almost 24 hours to chill a bottle of wine! However, the gentleman on reception was helpful and went to a nearby restaurant to collect some ice. I would also recommend getting two key cards for the room as ours stopped working 3-4 times over two days. The hotel is not staffed overnight and you wouldn't want to be locked out of your room after dinner!

    « Great Spot! Really friendly & helpful staff. »

    Right in the lovely little town centre, this was a great find, overlooking the outdoor restaurants in the little square, great views of the old buildings & castle, and close to shops, markets, and the river. Room had a little balcony, and everything was fitted out really well. Whole place was spotless! Staff really lovely - genuinely helpful, and taking time to talk. Perfect!

  • 4
    « Perfect base for 4 days of cycling out of Chinon »

    We booked a junior suite which was up one level from the entrance. The room was very comfortable and there was plenty of room. I would not have wanted to carry luggage to a higher level. There is a small garage where we were able to lock our bikes each night and the hotel stored our luggage both on the day we arrived and on the day we checked out so that we could have full days of biking. The public car park in back of the hotel was never full so parking was not a problem. We appreciated the mini fridge in the room. The receptionist gave us a small bowl of ice each evening. We had to let them know we needed ice in advance. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room overlooked the square and it was not noisy. There are many good restaurants within walking distance. The hotel is in a perfect location.

    « Comfortable, friendly, good location »

    This hotel is in a great location. The room is small but well appointed. Steep steps, no elevator. Good AC, laundry service. The staff are very helpful. Nice assortment of fresh food for breakfast. Free WIFI

    « Belle Chinon »

    Brilliant location in a fabulous little town. Our room was on the 3rd floor so on the plus side: terrific views over the rooftops of the town, over the town square and of the castle. On the down side: no lift and very steep winding staircases, and a fairly small room with shower but no bath. Also as the room overlooked the main town square, there was constant noise and bustle from early morning to late at night. The room, bed and bathroom were all very clean and the breakfast pleasant and efficient. The hotel has probably the best location in the town: nowhere is far away by foot and you are within a minute of the free lift up to the castle. Chinon is a town which seems to rely on the tourist trade so in every business the staff spoke English and were friendly and helpful.

    « Great central location »

    The Hotel de France is right in thee middle of old Chinon ville, just a minute's walk to the stairs or escalator to the Castle and a nice square with bars and restaurants. Our room was clean and a reasonable size, with air-con, TV & kettle etc. There is a garage onsite which we only found out about on departure (which was a disappointment as we'd have liked to have parked our motorcycle in it!). Breakfast is standard continental fare, nothing special. There are cheaper hotel options just over the bridge which appear to be very similar apart from not being so central. The hotel has character (beams, art, history), but no lift.

    « Love the location but not the room size »

    We have stayed at this hotel previously but this time it was only for one night. Love the position in a nice town square and we were not disturbed by cafe owners putting out their tables and chairs.One of the things we like about France is the outside eating and drinking. The reception area and stairs still retain much character. How ever the bedrooms have been subdivided from much larger rooms and are now very small. You can actually hear people next door, going to the loo and showering so better insulation was needed. Since our last visit, a new dining room has been made and although very modern, we loved the furniture and decor. Breakfast was limited for choice and nothing cooked at all. The two ladies we met on reception were very pleasant and chatty. We would stay here again for an overnight stay but not for longer because of the bedroom size.

    « Gem of a find »

    The rooms are small but clean and nice bedding. The shower was good. The receptionist was so polite and helpful, one of the best we have had on our three week trip of Europe, You use the public car park which is just behind the hotel so no problem

    « Nicely maintained hotel in a classic French style. Surprise! It's Best Western. »

    I chose the hotel because it looked very classic French. And it was well maintained. Also it overlooked the square where we had a delightful midday meal just outside the door of the hotel. And the next day we met our French niece and family for a long lunch in the sunny square drinking a delightful rose vin. I felt like we were characters in "A Year in Provence." This is definitely not like any other Best Western but it proved very charming. The manager recommended places for lunch and dinner and was very helpful. We didn't get exactly the balcony that I had wanted and asked for, but she moved us the next day.

    « Quaint Hotel »

    I would describe this hotel as warm and cozy. The front desk staff were polite and helpful. The hotel room was clean but nothing spectacular. It's an old hotel, so we could hear everything. I had a little trouble with the stairs, they are quite steep. Overall, the hotel was lovely.

    « Characterful Hotel in beautiful Chinon »

    I wanted to stay here because I read a novel where the heroine stays in the hotel !(The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley). Anyway it is exactly as described --quirky, old, beautifully placed and our room had, as requested, a view of the castle, which is lit up at night and amazing ! The hotel is situated in a little square with a fountain and tables to sit outside --perfect. However wonderful old hotels do have their downsides and our room at the front was VERY noisy at night --especially Friday and Saturday when people were shouting to each other till after 2am. Also rubbish collection and the putting out of cafe tables starts very early too so not ideal if you are looking for peace and quiet. We had to pay to put our car in the public car park behind the hotel --this was cheap but a nuisance as you had to keep remembering to top up and have the right change --there is a hotel garage though we were told there was no room in it (a shame when we were there for six nights). One thing to note if you have any mobility problems--the stairs are very steep to the second floor and there is no lift. The breakfast room is hideous --you could be anywhere in the world and the continental breakfast is dull and lacks variety however the restaurant next door --linked to the hotel is excellent for an evening meal -great food and lovely atmosphere. On balance though, I loved this hotel and Chinon too and we will certainly go back but take earplugs !!!

    « Chinon stay »

    This was a lovely ; friendly hotel. Situated on a small square . We loved it. And they took good care of us... The only thing I realy did not like was the art work in the breakfast Room...... I found this truly revolting .

  • 5
    « Charming little hotel »

    Located in a paradisiac medieval town, this couzy hotel has been the best in our trip in France. It is a very old construction but with modern and comfortable facilities. Located in a beautiful square with a lot of restaurants nearby. The most friendly staff welcome us (Olinda and Cindy) and helped us to carry our baggage to the second floor. They also reserved a place to eat dinner so late at night. And the most wonderful thing: just in the ample parking they have the elevator to climb to the beautiful castle in the top of the hill. It is not an elegant castle but the sight from there is the most beautiful I have ever seen. I really recommend this hotel, its lovely castle and its medieval town.

    « Good place not very helpful reception again especially 6-am »

    Stayed therefor the second time this year as they take dogs ?15 car park ?15. Room was more expensive than in May same room twin but that's Augustfir you although it was last minute as I had to return early fir a funeral restaurant we wanted to eat dinner but they were ful and was told we should have booked in advance !!!

    « Charming little hotel in a good central location done inside to high-quality modern standards »

    As with many buildings in Chinon, this hotel is originally medieval but modernised internally to a high standard. Prices are quite reasonable. It overlooks a centrally located, beautiful square (Place du General De Gaulle). Most of the rooms are on the small side (although comfortable and spacious enough, especially if you go for a room with balcony). Chinon abounds with restaurants, all within easy walking distance, and behind the hotel is a funicular (elevator) which takes you most of the way up to the fortress. There is free overnight parking in this same area just off the Place (the hotel's garage is currently being re-done). But you need to pay for this parking after 9:00am. There is also no lift (elevator) in the hotel. Staff are very helpful and speak good English.

    « 48 years later..... . »

    we returned to this little gem. Not so little now! I could imagine we almost had the same room - 212 overlooking the square. Then it was Bastille Day, now a busy weekend a bit later in July, and we had a Friday and Saturday stay. But this weekend was a scorcher. The room is small, but very comfy. Lovely beds, very effective triple? glazing, aircon, bath with shower over in new bathroom, and a tiny balcony for people watching. Windows open whilst relaxing for an afternoon snooze to the sounds from the square drifting up was magical! Yes - carrying suitcases up narrow staircase wasn't easy, but the receptionist helped! Parking through the archway is fine. No restaurant now, but so much on offer round the square and in streets. Very buzzy. Reception recommended three places, so we looked at menu's, and then decided on a simple dinner directly opposite hotel, on the lower corner. Very good. Breakfast buffet was plentiful, though we overslept and missed it on last day!

    « A great little hotel in a beautiful village »

    The Best Western was excellent. We had a nice little room with a balcony and reasonable size bathroom. The staff were really helpful and friendly and the location in Chinon was superb. Don't be afraid to eat in the square nearby - food is good and prices are OK.

    « What a lovely hotel! »

    As we drove into the Place du General De Gaulle we started to panic. It is a narrow road around a busy square full of umbrellas and people. My wife went into the hotel and was told to drive to the top of the square and through the archway into the public car park. I put about 3 Euros into the machine which gave me about 4 hours parking until 7pm. After that, parking is free until 9am the following day. We had booked a Superior room at around 130 Euros and breakfast is an additional 12 Euros per person, which is a little expensive compared to other hotels we stayed in. The room was recently renovated and of a good size. It had air con and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom contained a corner shower and I would have preferred something a little larger. However, the bathroom was modern and well equipped. The hotel is perfectly situated. The modern glass elevator in the car park takes you straight up to the entrance of the Chateau du Chinon for sightseeing and amazing views. The hotel is in the small square. Restaurants surround the square, but most of the tables are set up in the square itself. We spent a magical evening eating and drinking on the square on a very hot summer's night and only had to walk a few yards back to the hotel. Chinon is a beautiful old town to stroll round and the views of the river and back to the Chateau are stunning - a photographer's dream! We loved Chinon and hope to return!

    « Nice hotel in beautiful surroundings »

    Stayed overnight at this hotel on our visit to Chinon to see the fortress. Very nice hotel in a great location. Rooms were clean, Wi-Fi and everything else worked and service staff was reasonably friendly and accommodating. One big drawback was the lack of an elevator even though it was advertised as having one. Negotiating the narrow stairways to the 2nd floor room was a bit more challenging that it should have bee, given the size and weight of our luggage. There is a parking lot about 100 yards from the hotel entrance but finding a space could be difficult at times and was only free until 9:00 AM so that could be an issue if you are driving. Eating here was a pleasure with numerous restaurants right outside the entrance to the hotel. Would recommend this hotel if lack of an elevator is not an issue for you.

    « Oasis after a day of biking »

    What a wonderful surprise after spending a day on the bike. The room was clean, well-appointed and best of all, air conditioned. The bathroom was modern and had a full shower, which is added bonus especially for my 6' 2' son. However there was a slight gap between the bottom of the shower door and the floor. We were lucky to have a room at the front of the hotel that overlooked the town square. It provided a wonderful view of the quaint city center but the once the windows were shut, we didn't hear any noise. The complimentary breakfast was also very good.

    « Gem in Chinon »

    Clean rooms, updated baths, good breakfast, helpful staff. Great location in the town square, just below the chateau. Parking is behind hotel, free from 1900 until next morning. Rooms were modern and recently updated which was in contrast to the "classic" appearance of the hotel and lobby.

    « Great find »

    As an interval between many B&B's this was a great find and a great mixture of typical good modest French hotel and American familiarity. An excellent value with the most perfect location. The front desk is manned by several ladies who are very helpful with quite excellent English language skills making it very easy even for those of us with a smattering of French skill.

  • 3
    « Central, but may too central due to evening noise. »

    In general staff were very friendly. It is a nice old style hotel, with modern bedrooms. We had a balcony looking out of the main central square in chinon, viewing restaurants and a fountain and the castle. There were some pluses and minuses. The location is the most central you can get, but maybe this is not what you really need - the noise from the restaurants went on into the late night, then early in the morning was bustling with deliveries. The bedroom was clean and modern, just a little tight. The garage was extremely dusty and smelly. The towels looked like they had been used 1 too many times. The "pancake" on the breakfast buffet was hard and inedible. The breakfast was in a shabby room that I didn't feel like lounging in for my breakfast, that wasn't the most appetising. The coffee ran out and it took about 5 minutes for the waitress to get more coffee. All in all Chinon is a pretty little town on the Loire which we enjoyed walking around, but had planned to go canoeing but the Loire was flooded ! Enjoy Chinon but stay in Hotel Diderot or somewhere less central.


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