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The 8 Most Beautiful Hotels in the Loire Valley

The 8 Most Beautiful Hotels in the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley in central France is world-renowned for its verdant natural beauty and for its abundance of châteaux, vineyards and winemakers, historic architecture, and culture, making it a popular luxury travel destination. There is no shortage of hotels in the Loire Valley region. Here are eight of the most beautiful.
Château de Chambord © Ignaz Wiradi/WikiCommons

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Nestled in 70 hectares of land, and not far from the scenic Château de Chaumont, this elegant hotel is housed in an ivy-adorned 19th-century hunting lodge. Rooms are adorned in florals and period decor, and the hotel also has a fine-dining restaurant, a pool and deck, tennis courts, and pétanque courts.

Les Hautes Roches

This 18th-century former manor is situated on limestone cliffs beside the Loire river just outside the city of Tours. Guests can book a room in the main manor house, or in a room in one of the cliff-side’s many converted troglodyte caves, which are outfitted with living areas and fireplaces. The hotel also offers a restaurant, a garden terrace, and events spaces.

Château de Pray

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Château de Pray
Château de Pray | © De chaumont/WikiCommons
Mere minutes from the Loire river, this breathtaking château hotel dates back to the 13th century. Each room has sophisticated antique furnishings and marble bathrooms, and some rooms contain 4-poster beds. Rent a bike from the hotel’s cycle hire services and explore the beautiful grounds of the hotel, or venture further afield to Amboise, which is just 3 kilometers away.
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Hôtel Oceania L’Univers Tours

This stylish and metropolitan hotel is located in the center of the charming city of Tours, just across Boulevard Heurteloup from the Hotel de Ville and a few minute’s walk from the Old Town, or le vieux Tours, and from the stunning Musée des Beaux-Arts. With an elegant grand staircase, classy bar and seating area, and classy ambiance, this is one hotel not to miss.

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Domaine de la Tortinière

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The quintessential French château in appearance, this turreted, white castle is one of the most beautiful hotels in the region. The rooms are decorated in a mix of traditional and modern furnishings, creating an altogether chic look, and the hotel’s restaurant comprises a glass-enclosed dining room with a view of the valley. On a nice day, get outdoors and make use of the hotel’s rowboats or of the adjacent wooded park.
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Auberge du Bon Laboureur

Book a guest room in this delightful, upscale country inn just a short walk away from the famous Château de Chenonceau on the Cher river. The inn was originally a post relay house, built in 1786, and retains its original, antique charm whilst also incorporating modern details. The peaceful garden also provides vegetables used in the on-site restaurant’s cooking.

Hôtel Le Manoir les Minimes

A grand manor-turned-hotel, this hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Loire river. From its perfectly-manicured gardens to its refined yet cozy rooms featuring exposed beams, fireplaces, and views of the nearby Château Royal d’Amboise, to the French-country-style restaurant, the hotel is a study in understated continental elegance.

Château d’Artigny

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What do you get when you take an opulent 19th-century castle and turn it into a luxury hotel? Well, the result looks something like this: 25 hectares of lawns, rooms and suites and 2-floor flats with French-country decorations, a restaurant with 18th-century woodworking and gilded moldings, and spa with a Turkish bath and fitness center. Within walking distance from the town of Montbazon and a short drive from Tours, this hotel makes the perfect getaway.
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