Set in the Loire Valley in France, this lively student city is not only known for its excellent local wine but also its medieval architecture, from 500-year-old houses to castles like the Châteaux d’Angers. Marvel at the ornate stained glass in Cathédrale St-Maurice, and explore the Terra Botanica from one of these top hotels in Angers.
Few French cities can match Angers for Medieval and Gothic charm. As part of a historic region once known as Anjou, the city’s buildings from the Middle Ages remain largely intact, accompanied by peaceful parks and manicured gardens. With a thriving student scene, this gateway to the Loire Valley is more than just a living history book; buzzing nightlife and splendid cuisine abound. With a wide variety of accommodation options, you’ll discover a former 17th-century convent and a countryside farmhouse among our list of the best hotels in Angers.
There’s a homely, communal vibe to this pleasant farmhouse, just 10 minutes from central Angers. The shared open-plan kitchen and dining room promote interaction with other guests, as does the outdoor swimming pool. Although, with only four double rooms on offer, the property won’t feel overwhelmed with people. All rooms come with their own private toilet and shower.
Wojtek and Marie-Yvonne Buss are the proud owners of this limestone property built in 1860. A photographer and journalist respectively, the guesthouse reflects the couple’s love of art and literature, furnished in classical styles, with decorative lampshades and exposed wooden beams. Along with a piano, chaise longues and an old-world trunk, the lounge features Marie-Yvonne’s impressive library of French and international novels, magazines and even comics.
Location is key at this Novotel; it’s just a short walk from Angers-Saint-Laud train station in the heart of the city. Simple rooms come with modern furnishings and rainfall showers, plus soundproof windows for a good night’s sleep. Breakfast is available onsite, plus there’s underground parking, and pets are welcome, too.
As the name suggests, this uniquely shaped hotel is a mere step away from the TGV train station. Its location means you are within walking distance of the top spots in Angers. A short walk away is the Collégiale Saint-Martin – the remarkable Gothic church that also houses a medieval crypt and museum – and the Maison des Vins, featuring wine tasting sessions with the top wines the Loire Valley has to offer. Rooms here are minimalist but stylish, with astute touches that include a reading light and charging point built into the bed headboard.
The ornate iron gates and a tree-lined driveway give arriving guests a flavour of the opulence to come at this 9ha (22 acres) estate, northeast of Angers. To get to the 15th-century manor, you’ll drive past a garden of cedars, walnut trees and limes. You might even spot the hedge maze that’ll prove a hit with the kids, as, too, will the gated swimming pool and mountain bikes. Inside, rooms are ornately decorated in a French countryside style.
The serene Jardin du Mail is on the doorstep of this well-placed hotel, which is also just a short walk away from Châteaux d’Angers and Musée des Beaux-Arts. The hotel restaurant, Bistrot le 1515, has an extensive wine list, and chef Laurène Cheron makes a delicious homemade pâté. On warmer days, a continental breakfast can be enjoyed outside on the sun terrace.
There are two options for breakfast at this central hotel, a well-presented buffet of cold meats, fresh bread and fruit or a lighter option of coffee and pain au chocolat, ideal for guests on the go. The smart, functional rooms here vary from standard doubles to family suites with connecting rooms, sleeping up to four adults and three kids. The privilege room comes with a memory foam mattress, a smartphone dock, and a 42-inch (107cm) flatscreen TV.
This former 17th-century convent is now a quaint hotel with boldly decorated, spacious rooms. Although centrally located, the hotel is quietly tucked away off the Rue des Ursules. Not that there is anything mute about the decor and furnishings, with a rose petal carpet, spiral wooden staircase and free-standing sink bowls among the many striking features. A towering leafy tree offers shade above the seating in the open courtyard.
Overlooking the fountain on the Place de la Gare, the Haussmann façade of this four-star hotel has been a central feature of Angers since 1893. It is proudly flying the flags of France, the EU and the city coat of arms, while, on the inside, you’ll find 55 carpeted and soundproofed rooms. Nearby, private parking is offered for a daily fee, while the in-house restaurant offers up dishes including roasted lobster and blanquette of veal.
The canopies covering the roof terrace prove useful shade for enjoying the fresh air with a view over the Place du Ralliement. This central square is where you’ll spot the Grand Théâtre, meaning there are also a dozen or so bistros, restaurants and bars within its gravitational pull. Hotel managers Florian and Jean lead a warm, welcoming staff team, eager to provide directions and local advice. In the evening, you’ll find them behind a flawlessly presented cocktail bar, offering buy-one-get-one-free on the latest house special.
Uniquely, this hotel runs on 100% renewable energy. This commitment to the environment, coupled with the prime location and fresh brioche in the morning, makes this a perfect home base for a trip to Angers – particularly for cyclists doing a tour of the Loire Valley, as there is ample bike storage. Solo travellers visiting for a night or two should book the budget-friendly Small Room, whilst the Superior Room can sleep a family of three. An organic breakfast can be served in the cafe or in-room, consisting of fresh juice, croissants, cereals and ham.
For an experience like no other, book a room at this 15th-century castle, housed in the family château of the Cossé-Brissac clan. A stay in one of the lavishly appointed rooms will make you feel like royalty – expect ornately carved four-poster beds and remarkable views over the surrounding gardens and ponds. Just watch out for the ghost of Charlotte de Valois, the daughter of King Charles VII, who is said to walk the corridors on stormy nights.
This B&B is slightly outside of the city, located on a riverside hilltop. The 19th-century country house features five rooms with period decor alongside modern bathrooms and homely pot plants; some upgraded rooms offer four-poster beds and private balconies. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace during the summer months. Don’t miss the lounge, which has a piano and a library that you are welcome to use, plus a heated outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by lavender and sun loungers.