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Chartres: B&B Les Convivhotes

10 rue du Pot Vert, Phone: 02.37.90.88.62
www.lesconvivhotes.com

Reviewed by: Mary S from Canada, review #3050

When: April 2011

A Charming B&B located in the Historical District of Chartres and only a short walk uphill to the famous Cathedral.

I absolutely loved my one night stay in this quaint and immaculate B&B. When I arrived I was given a key to the main entrance and a key to my very private "yellow" room so I could come and go as I liked.

The room was beautifully decorated and appeared exactly as I saw on their web site. I had my own private, spick-n-span clean bathroom, plenty of towels and a hair dryer. Guests could use a well-appointed kitchen in order to make a meal of the bountiful breads, fruits and cheeses found in neighboring shops so I took advantage of this and prepared a feast made from local "fare" for supper.

Sylvie was an incredibly lovely host making me feel very welcome and she prepared a breakfast of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 3 kinds of freshly baked bread, a choice of jams, a raisin danish, yogurt, 4 types of cereals which included a fruit filled granola, and freshly brewed coffee or hot chocolate.

I slept right through the night on a very comfortable bed, and I didn't hear a sound from my courtyard window until I heard chirping birds at sunrise the next morning.

I paid 49 euros for my one night stay and wished I had stayed for two nights since Chartres has numerous galleries, shops, museums and points of interests to easily keep one amused while walking the winding cobbled stone lanes and pathways.

I traveled from Paris by train for 28 euros (return trip) and it took 1 hour and 10 minutes. I am 62 years old and traveled with a small knapsack and it took me less then 15 minutes to walk from the railway station to the B&B.

Be sure to take in one of Malcolm Miller's guided tours of the famous Cathedral and listen to his interpretation of the famous stained glass windows.

I walked about 30 minutes outside of the historic area to visit the "Picassiette House" which is a whimsical home that is covered inside and out, and all around the yard, in millions of tiny mosaic tiles made from the broken crockery and ceramic shards. The fellow that created this "Naive" took the ordinary and made it extraordinary !

I hope to return to Paris next year and I will make sure I book way ahead so I will be assured of getting a room here. If I was traveling with a friend I would choose the "Blue" room because the very large bed can actually be divided into two twin beds. It is just across from the "Yellow" room and it shares the cute kitchen.

I would come back in a heart beat and I know you will not be disappointed with this inviting, cosy, homelike lodging. This is far better then any hotel you could ever stay at if you want a unique Chartres experience! I would give this 5 STARS out of 5 !

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