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Amboise: Le Clos d'Amboise

27, rue Rabelais

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Reviewed by: Donna Marie from US, review #2719

When: September 2009

Gorgeous hotel in the lovely town of Amboise! {3 stars}

Le Clos d'Amboise, situated in the center of Amboise, is one of those small hotels that you will remember long after you have returned home.

A small compound consisting of a main house with a beautiful dining room on the main floor, bedrooms above and converted out-buildings with additional rooms surround a lush and well-manicured lawn and garden. A swimming pool beacons on warm, sunny days and if you feel the waistline tightening, a small exercise room and sauna in the converted horse-stable is at the disposal of all the guests.

The bedrooms are expansive and beautifully decorated with double paned windows, plenty of light, comfortable beds and seating and bathrooms with every amenity.

Breakfasts taken in the lovely dining room are plentiful and delicious.

There is every attention to detail and the staff is knowledgeable and extremely helpful.

The hotel is situated right in the town and an easy walk to the Castle of Amboise and its gardens, to the Clos Luce where Da Vinci spent his last years, and for evening strolls along the Loire after dinner.

There are plenty of good restaurants and bistros all within walking distance. On a few occasions we stocked up with all the fixings for a fine picnic purchased at the many shops in town. The shop owners take pride in their beautifully displayed fruits, cheeses, vegies, meats ... on Saturday the boulangerie did a brisk business as did the butcher and there was little left at the patisserie by the time we got there. Laundromat, banks, bookstore, cafes, wine shops ... all within an easy walk.

Amboise is also perfectly situated for day trips to many of the glorious Chateaux and gardens in the Loire. I can't recommend Le Clos d'Amboise as the place to stay in this beautiful little town highly enough. We loved it!

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