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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Have stayed here many times over the last fifteen years and it never disappoints! Perfect location, great value, excellent breakfast and friendly professional service. A real treat in one of my favourite towns in France. Thanks, we will be back

  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank anguskeith
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

My husband and I spent 9 fabulous nights at this beautiful and charming hotel, which is almost in the center of the small medieval town of Chinon on one of the tributaries of the Loire. The hotel is made up of three old townhouses and has more of the atmosphere of a home than of a hotel. The rooms are individually decorated, some with traditional flowered wallpaper and much of the building shows the exposed roof beams and wood and brick walls that are a traditional part of the local architecture.

Our room had an extremely comfortable bed, and although there is no air conditioning, the room had a powerful yet quiet fan that kept us very cool throughout a very hot period of August [I might add I am very sensitive to heat]. The room was beautifully decorated and was had plenty of room for both of our suitcases. There was desk, amoire, and shelves with plenty of room to put our stuff. There was also a sitting area with two beautiful purple chairs. The bathroom had all the modern amenities, including excellent lighting and a powerful and hot shower.

I must note that our room was on the second floor, and the building has no lift. If you have difficulty climbing narrow and steep stairs, I would make sure you ask for a room on a lower floor.

You can choose to have a daily breakfast for an extra fee. We decided to have breakfast the entire stay because even though the breakfast is the same everyday, it was extremely convenient for us to get on our way each day. The breakfast is delicious. You get a big basket of freshly baked artisanal breads and croissants, organic local apple juice, local goat cheese, local honey and walnuts, and a variety of plain and fruit yogurts. The pièce de résistance is the homemade jams made by co-owner Jamie. The 50-odd jams are amazing and each one tells its own story. You must try all that are on offer. Make sure you go to every table to check what jams she has put out for the day. One of my favourites is Reines Claudes Gingembre Confit. But there is also Fraise Ananas, and .... Suffice it to say, I brought home 4 jars. One I gave as a gift.

Jamie Schler-Dagneaux, her husband Jean-Pierre, and their staff couldn't be nicer. Jean-Pierre is a wealth of knowledge about the area and has provided on their hotel website an extensive list/map of recommended restaurants in the area.

It is romantic and quiet, and is a fantastic location for doing day trips around the Loire. We only parked at the hotel one night and used the free parking just around the corner because we usually returned after the hotel parking area was locked.

The hotel is a few minutes walk from the town square, Place Jeanne d'Arc, where there is a weekly market. We picked up small baskets of raspberries and wild strawberries.

I highly recommend getting a glass of local wine from the hotel bar and sitting out on the terrace. It is a great way to meet other guests.

We will definitely return to the hotel at the first possible opportunity.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet. No lift, so if needed, request a lower floor.
  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank MichelleKN1
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

The hotel is a beautiful building but there wasn't a particular friendly welcome and no help with luggage (room was up windy narrow stairs). The first night we returned after supper (main entrance shut at 9pm and access through a side street door) hotel was dark and gloomy and we had no idea how to get through building to access a courtyard room! The bar shuts at 8.30 and there is no communal place to socialise. If there is more than 1 large group staying there are not enough seats on the terrace. Signs regarding picnicking and consuming own drinks on premises reminded me a little of a youth hostel in 1970s. Great situation on edge of town.

  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank 21maggieb5
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2018

Dear MAGGIE,
thank you for taking the time to post a review and to share your remarks.

We are glad you liked the architecture of the hotel and its situation, and we are sorry you got confused by the way it is organized. As you were traveling with a sizeable group, your guide, who has been coming for years and knows the place inside out, was supposed to fill you in on details after we had welcomed you personnally upon arrival and introduced you to the establishment. I am surprised and sorry that he neglected do so.

We offer a very detailed picture of the hotel and of its organization on our website, so travelers can make an informed choice. Alternatively, they can read the comments left by their predecessors on Trip Avisor as well as our answers to these comments. This should avoid any misunderstanding, as the points you are mentioning have been treated at length on both platforms : the hotel is family-owned, and operated like a large guesthouse ; the bar stops serving at 8.30 pm and we invite guests that want to celebrate with alcohol they purchased outside to do so in their room, because we want to keep the hotel quiet. This is also why we close the parking gate to avoid the noise of engines and slamming doors. And this is why we give customers the key to the night entrance and show them how to use it when they check in.

When it comes to groups, we count on the guide to inform us of any special need within the group prior to the arrival : we have 7 rooms that do not require climbing stairs, and we are always glad to sort that out when people choose to book with us by phone.

As for luggage, although we give a hand when a guest clearly needs help, we are also responsible for not damaging the health of our personnel : 27 rooms mean around 30 pieces to lug back and forth each day. At an average weight of 10 kg each, that would give us 8.4 tons to carry each month in high season.

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Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

The hotel is charming, comfortable and quiet. The breakfast is great with variety of homemade jams, jellies and preserves. Our room was quite nice with a world class shower.
However there are a few caveats. If you go out in the evening, make sure to take your key. The hotel is locked at 9pm and the only way in is a back entrance on a side street. The bar closes at 8:30 and drinking your own alcoholic beverages on the terrace is prohibited. If you arrive in Chinon by train you probably won’t find a taxi at the station. You should arrange for one beforehand. The is no elevator in the hotel. You must be able to carry your luggage up stairs.

Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank H1022
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

Good evening,
thank you for the nice review, and thank you for reminding your readers how the hotel works.

By the way, you will find all this information, and much much more on our website, like the detailed composition of our breakfast, the things to see and to do in and around Chinon, a selection of good restaurants, wine shops and cellars, etc. etc.

You can also read the comments other travelers posted, as well as our answers : this will tell you even more about the bar, the parking, the gate, the night entrance, the terraces, the garden, the drying room, the TV stations, etc.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

We have just returned from a short break at Hotel Diderot. I was really surprised to see some negative comments on the page as the hotel clearly describes itself on the website. This hotel is stunning, the staff are really friendly and the rooms and garden are an absolute delight. This hotel is not a corporate hotel that could be anywhere in the world but is an absolutely charming place for a fantastically relaxing break in a great location. I recommend this hotel unreservedly to anyone who wants exceptional comfort in lovely surroundings. we definitely hope to be back - as it was impossible to try all of the jam no matter how hard i tried.

Room Tip: we had a room overlooking the garden but all looked lovely
  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank carolyn G
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hoteldiderot, Propriétaire at Hotel Diderot, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2018

Thank you so much CAROLYN for this very nice comment.

We are glad to have contributed to the agrement of your stay in Chinon and we hope to see you again : there is so much to see (and some jams left to try...).

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