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Best Western Hotel De France

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Lovely friendly hotel in a central position in the old town. Old building full of interesting features. Great breakfast and useful wifi throughout. No lift, but help if necessary. Lots of public car parking only steps away.

We chose the Best Western over other options in Chinon because of its location. It's right in the center of town at a cute little square, and steps away from a large public (payed) parking. But this location was also a downside... even though I had requested a quiet room we were facing the square. A lovely view, but even with the windows closed this caused a lot of street noise to come in - from people saying their drunken goodbyes at midnight to street workers (garbage men?) clanking away at 6:30 am. As someone who's a bit sensitive to noise that was a big bummer. On top of the noise, the mattress wasn't great either :/ Too bad as this hotel had a lot of potential: it's nicely renovated (No room for elevators here so be prepared to drag your luggage up the stairs... ), and I personally loved the interior decoration, it really worked well. Rooms were small but clean and the staff was very friendly. There were a few patios available to guests as well, would have been lovely to spend a few sunny hours there! And the location really was great. About 50 meters from a little supermarket (terribly unfriendly staff there) where I grabbed yoghurt for breakfast, and walking distance to everything Chinon has to offer: good restaurants and the chateau (try to spot the brebis!). The parking lot nearby has free overnight parking, but you do have to pay during the day. There is a completely free parking lot at the edge of town (at the Marie Antoinette statue) but the caveat is that there's a market on Thursday morning so you'll have to remember to get out or get towed...

My wife and I stayed our second time at Hotel de France, Chinon. It is perfectly located in the center of town. Rooms are very clean and well maintained. We had a large room with air conditioning. The breakfast buffet is very good with a variety of choices. Parking is available close to the hotel for a fee, and free parking is just a short walk away at the Joan of Arc parking lot. Service and reception are superb. Celine at reception was very helpful and kind as always guiding us to various touring options in Chinon and the surrounding area. And Jules helped my wife with all our luggage. He brought all of it to our room while I parked the car.Reception service overall was excellent. We highly recommend this hotel, and we will be happy to return in the future.

We stayed here one night and really enjoyed our stay. The core of the hotel is in a building dating from the 16th Century, so the absence of a lift is not really surprising. It's not a disaster either, the staff are only too willing to help with bags etc. The rooms are fairly small, but comfortable, the bathroom is perfectly adequate, the air condition a welcome bonus (this was the only hotel we stayed in in France with air-con!). The breakfast buffet was fine, served in an airy room in a new looking extension at the rear of the hotel. The hotel is very well located in the centre of town, with ample choice of local restaurants available nearby. Nice.

Air conditioned room overlooking the square, great start to our holiday easily the best accommodation and location of our 12 day trip wish we had booked this hotel for a longer stay. Very convenient for cafe's and restaurants around the square great atmosphere in the evening.

Used to be Hotel de France, so a historical building in a perfect location. Staff is wonderful, one of the front desk managers (originally from Paris) gave us fantastic wine, food and local information, and sold us a great bottle of wine (seriously, only in France can you get a fab bottle at a Best Western). I'd bet this is the best hotel in Chinon.

I had room 101, right up the spiral staircase from the lobby. It had a balcony opening up to the square but was also air-conditioned! The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom looked fairly recently remodeled. The wifi worked, and the front desk staff were friendly and efficient (with excellent English). This was my first trip to Chinon, and I enjoyed it so much! Tax was 0.90 euros per night. Breakfast not included in room rate; there is a grocery store on the square and lots of nearby restaurants and food shops. Hotel was fairly easy to find walking from the train station (a 15-minute, level walk--go straight out of the station).

We are a "seniors" couple and stayed one night in a "Superior"'room overlooking the town square and castle. The small lobby, staircase and small seating area partway up the stairway to our room, were very tastefully decorated and maintained in keeping with the historic nature of this hotel. Our room was bright with a big window, well-decorated and well-furnished, and very comfortable and quiet. The bathroom was modern and clean and well-organized. We had not reserved hotel parking but the public lot was excellent, through a small archway at the end of the square but really almost along the side of the hotel. The hotel is a few minutes' stroll from the river and just two or thee minutes walk through the car park to the elevator leading to the castle. We spent a lovely long evening dining outdoors at Le Chapeau Rouge right next door - fine French/Loire Valley cuisine, chic decor but pleasant relaxed ambiance and excellent service. There are numerous other restaurants in the square and along the river. Hotel management and staff were very responsive to our questions before arrival and equally helpful during our stay. Breakfast room modern and practical and breakfast buffet well-varied and along the lines typically offered to travellers - a quick way to get our day going. We would absolutely visit Chinon and stay at this hotel again - it would have been nice to have had more time. Castle/chateau worth visiting for the views and the very well-presented history. Thank you for contributing to our wonderful holiday memories.

This was our 3rd hotel on our walking holiday, when we arrived in Chinon there was a vintage car rally that weekend with some very beautiful cars from the 1930's and cars from a lot of European countries, a great start. The hotel was situated in the main square so everything was right on our door step. A lovely hotel, excellent room and bathroom facilities however the bed was only a double not a king like most of the other hotels. A great breakfast the next morning and a excellent picnic, one of our better hotels and a lovely town with plenty going on.

We used Chinon as a stop off to the Dordogne. The hotel is based in the centre of the picturesque town. Would recommend it. The bedrooms are small but perfectly adequate. The team is very helpful and friendly which is always nice

47, 49 Place Du General De Gaulle Chinon Indre-et-loire

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities

Located within a 5-minute walk of Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Chinon, Best Western Hotel De France is within a 15-minute stroll of Chateau de Chinon. The 28 rooms at this 3-star hotel include coffee makers, TVs, and premium bedding. Domaine Couly-Dutheil and Maison de la Riviere are a short walk away.


For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


All of Best Western Hotel De France's 28 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, free newspapers, and free bottled water. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds sport premium bedding. Ceiling fans, safes, and phones are also available.

Property features

Guests of Best Western Hotel De France enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and express check-out. Self parking is offered for EUR 16 per day. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

77.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 211 reviews