The most beautiful hotels near the Châteaux de la Loire

What are the finest hotels in the Châteaux de la Loire region? Our selection of best addresses – from 4 and 5-star hotels to chic guest houses – to make the most of a Loire Valley getaway.

After a day spent visiting the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, from Chambord to Azay-le-Rideau, from Amboise to Chenonceau, it’s important not to choose a destination at random. Between river and vineyards, sumptuous relais, venerable abbeys and other historic residences have been transformed into charming addresses, luxury hotels or exclusive guest houses.

Fleur de Loire | Chef Christophe Hay's hotel-restaurant

Nestled in the hillside town of Blois, this sumptuous five-star Relais & Châteaux establishment is a landmark for connoisseurs of Loire Valley cuisine... Although the 44 rooms and suites of this address attract by their luxurious elegance, it is above all to savor the dishes of the two-Michelin-starred chef, Christophe Hay, that one crosses its doors. Having worked in the kitchens of the late Paul Bocuse, he is now the creator of one of the most exciting cuisines de terroir, that of the Loire gardens and Sologne forests. With rare products sourced from local producers, freshwater fish, exceptional meats (including mouflon from the forests of Chambord, which we dare you to try), vegetables and aromatic herbs picked from the hectare and a half of permaculture-grown orchard, or citrus fruits from the greenhouse where 15 varieties are grown, each plate rivals in flavor and inventiveness, like this starter featuring seven varieties of carrot and Loire osciètre caviar. Not to mention an excellent wine list, with a few exclusive cuvées.

Fleur de Loire © Alexandre Moulard

What's the hotel like? Interior designer Caroline Tissier has created a luminous setting, with powdered greys, duck blues and different shades of white. The two dining rooms illustrate Christophe Hay's philosophy. At "Christophe Hay", a 2-star Michelin restaurant, the chef prepares his must-try specialties, including carp à la Chambord and wagyu beef from the estate's own herd. In the "Amour Blanc" restaurant, the large bay window offers a dazzling view of the Loire. Lespa Sisley boasts an attractive indoor pool under stone vaults. Special mention must be made of the outdoor infinity pool, which borders the Loire and offers a view over the town of Blois. On the first floor, locals and guests alike enjoy the pastry kiosk.

Fleur de Loire © Alexandre Moulard

Where is it? In the center of Blois, famous for its royal château, 20 minutes from Chambord. Other famous châteaux are just around the corner: Cheverny, Beauregard or Troussay, famous for being the"smallest of the Loire castles".

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Fleur de Loire
44 rooms and suites. From €85 per night.
Quai Villebois Mareuil, 41000 Blois
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Château de l'Épinay | Sustainable luxury and well-being in Anjou

Twenty kilometers from Angers, overlooking a park filled with rosebushes and century-old trees, this majestic 15th and 18th century castle has been transformed into a 4-star hotel. A member of the Hotels& Préférence collection, the place has managed to retain its old-world charm, with 23 rooms and suites combining antique furniture, exposed beams, shimmering fabrics, Persian rugs, stone fireplaces and 18th century paintings with a few contemporary pieces. To unwind after a day of sightseeing, visit the spa in partnership with the Douces Angevines brand, located in the former 15th century bakeries.

Piscine du Château de l’Epinay © Château de l’Epinay

What makes the difference? The authenticity of the location combined with a virtuous approach that makes the Château de l'Épinay a truly eco-responsible hotel: outdoors, guests can immerse themselves in a large natural swimming pool, whose water is filtered using plants, with no added chemicals. The same sustainable philosophy can be found in the kitchens of the restaurant l'Orangerie, under the leadership of new chef Olivier Bellaches, whose fruit and vegetables come directly from the permaculture vegetable garden of gardener Marguerite Jézéquel.

Vue aérienne © Château de l’Epinay

Where is it? 1h30 from Tours and 2h from Amboise, Château de l'Épinay is undeniably away from the region's tourist heartland. If you're planning a road trip to discover the châteaux of the Loire Valley, this is the ideal place to end your trip by staying in a château, without breaking the bank (value for money is one of the best in the Loire Valley).

Château de l'Épinay
23 rooms and suites. From €165 per night.
Lieu-dit L'Épinay, 49170 Saint-Georges-sur-Loire

Les Hauts de Loire | The region's benchmark hotel

The setting? Located between Blois and Amboise, in the heart of the World Heritage Loire Valley and close to its most famous castles, this former 19th century hunting lodge, a member of the Relais & Châteaux, is comfortably housed between fields, sculpture-filled forests and ponds, just a few kilometers from the Loire River.

The style? Like a family home, in the midst of a superb park with hydrangeas, rose bushes, works of art and a magnificent pond. The rooms and living areas are decorated in a classic style, with country-style wallpaper, antique fabrics and furniture, fireplaces and, in some cases, private terraces with views over the vegetable garden.

The typical Solognot park extends into the courtyard of Les Hauts de Loire © Fabrice Rambert

Gastronomy? The hotel hosts a Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, where a touch of modernity meets the latter's hyper-mastered neoclassical cuisine. And for a more relaxed alternative, head for the Bistro sample local specialties and wines.

The Wellness? Beyond the charm of its buildings and the comfort of its rooms, the 4-star establishment boasts a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court and a Clarins spa, inaugurated in 2018, housing a hammam, a sauna, individual or duo treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and a Clarins product bar. For those who just can't get enough, there's also a gym, making Hauts de Loire a destination in its own right.

How many keys? 31 rooms and suites in two buildings: the pavilion, demolished during the French Revolution and rebuilt in 1860, and a second building with typical Sologne architecture.

Who's it for? Aesthetes and epicureans who want to discover the region from a cosy, country-style pied-à-terre, and whose central location makes it particularly convenient for visiting the chateaux of the Loire Valley. Families are also welcome, with a Kids Club to look after the little ones.

The sculptures in the park in front of the Clarins spa © Fabrice Rambert

What makes the difference? This gold nugget of the Loire Valley is an open-air gallery, welcoming sculptures by contemporary artists to its park for the duration of a season. Visitors are greeted by Pierre Yermia's Le Grand Cerf des Hauts de Loire, which illustrates this desire to exhibit works that resonate with nature.

Where is it? 20 minutes from the Blois-Chambord train station along a magnificent road that runs alongside the Loire, between fields and forest. The châteaux of Amboise, Blois and Chaumont, as well as the famous châteaux of Chenonceau and Cheverny, are all less than 30 minutes away by car. Chambord, the most visited of the Loire castles, takes around 40 minutes.

Les Hauts de Loire
31 rooms and suites. From 350€ per night.
79 Rue Gilbert Navard, 41150 Veuzain-sur-Loire

Le Relais de Chambord | The only hotel on the Domaine de Chambord

Gone is the 2-star hotel with its old-fashioned charm, replaced by a convincing 4-star hotel with decor designed by "starchitect" Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Situated in the heart of the Chambord estate, a stone's throw from the castle of François 1er, this former coaching inn has taken on a contemporary style since its reopening in 2018, from the lobby to the 55 rooms and suites, including the large library: wood and leather, designer pieces, tapestries... On the first floor, guests can enjoy a drink on the terrace, a few steps from the moat, in the hotel's semi-gastronomic restaurant. Le Relais de Chambord also boasts a Anne Semonin spa, with hammam, sauna, treatment rooms and outdoor jacuzzi.

Good to know? Although it faces the most famous of the Loire castles, only a handful of rooms have a view of the royal edifice. Unless you're tempted by the Relais' new signature suite. Housed in a "toue cabanée", a traditional Loirer boat converted into a comfortable room, it offers an unrivalled view of the Château de Chambord.

Hôtel Relais de Chambord
55 rooms and suites. From €150 per night.
Place Saint-Louis, 41250 Chambord

Abbaye de Fontevraud - L'Hôtel | L'adresse monacale chic

In the middle of a 13-hectare park, at the crossroads of Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, stands this monumental royal abbey founded in 1101, one of the most beautiful and largest monastic cities in Europe. Transformed into a cultural and artistic mecca, the Abbaye de Fontevraud has also been home to a 54-room hotel since 2014, converted into a former priory by the design duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, whose sober, even minimalist decor and contemporary furnishings combine to create a chic monastic atmosphere that will delight aesthetes without scaring off ascetics. And there's no question of going on bread and water: at dinnertime, you can sit down at the restaurant of Thibaut Ruggeri, Bocuse d'or and one Michelin star, to taste delicate, unostentatious cuisine based on a sustainable approach.

Abbaye de Fontevraud restaurant © DR

What makes the difference? The Musée d'Art Moderne and its impressive collection of masterpieces: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Maurice de Vlaminck, Albert Marquet, Kees van Dongen, Robert Delaunay, Juan Gris, André Derain, Germaine Richier...

Where is it? While Fontevraud Abbey is (a little) further away from the "star" châteaux, the châteaux of Saumur and Chinon are just 20 minutes away, and Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry are a little further. Not forgetting the marvellous Château d'Ussé, which is said to have inspired Charles Perrault's Sleeping Beauty.

Abbaye de Fontevraud - L'Hôtel Fontevraud L'Ermitage
54 rooms. From 120€ per night.
38 Rue Saint-Jean de l'Habit, 49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Les Hautes Roches | Troglodytic hotel on the banks of the Loire

Just outside Tours, on the banks of the royal river, this 18th century manor house, now a 4-star Relais & Châteaux member hotel, backs onto a majestic cliff, and welcomes guests into its astonishing troglodyte spaces. Each of the 12 rooms nestled into the rock is decorated with a blend of raw materials, soft lighting and noble materials, while two more classic rooms are also available on the upper floor of the manor. On the gastronomic front, Les Hautes Roches boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant since 1990, where chef Hervé Lussault makes your taste buds dance. When the weather's fine, you can sit on the south-facing terrace and enjoy lunch while admiring the majestic waters of the Loire.

A deluxe troglodytic room at Hautes Roches © DR

What makes the difference? Les Hautes Roches is one of the very few, if not the only hotel of its standing (4-star or more) to offer direct views over the Loire.

Where is it? It's just ten kilometers from Tours, which means you can travel on either side of the Loire Valley, downstream to Saumur and Angers, or upstream to Blois and Orléans. If you get bored of visiting châteaux, the prestigious Vouvray vineyards are just a few minutes from the hotel...

Les Hautes Roches
14 bedrooms. From 235€ per night.
86 Quai de la Loire, 37210 Rochecorbon

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