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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.