Loire Valley, France

Le Relais de Chambord

Rates per night from$153.49

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR135.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Renaissance man

Setting

Regal ramparts

The restored Relais de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley sits on the same patch of parkland as the fabled chateau over the road. The hotel’s 16th-century interiors have had a modernising makeover, but the fireplace and library ensure the heritage remains intact. All eyes, however, are on the gloriously curving castle, especially out on your terrace, where you can channel your inner Louis XIV and sip a raspberry liqueur as you survey the monolithic masterpiece in front of you.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

55.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $153.49 (€135), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.16 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (€18 a person).

Also

Speaking of King Louis, the famous French raspberry liqueur – now branded and marketed as Chambord – was served to the visiting royal when he called by the castle in the 1600s.

At the hotel

Free WiFI throughout, gym, car park. In rooms: TV, minibar, free bottled water, La Bottega bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for a room with ‘Chambord’ in its name if you fancy opening your curtains to that magnificent Renaissance monolith every morning. (We particularly like the regally roomy Junior Suite Chambord.)

Spa

The spa has two treatment rooms for hot-stone massages and reflexology, a steam room, sauna and an outdoor Jacuzzi with a view of the Cosson River.

Packing tips

Bring your hair extensions to come over all Rapunzel/Louis XIV; pack breeches and brocade if you want to take things really seriously.

Also

Each of the guest rooms can be reached via a lift; and there are some specially adapted rooms for wheelchair users on the ground floor.

Pet‐friendly

Small dogs are welcome on request. See more pet-friendly hotels in Loire Valley.

Children

All ages welcome. Cots can be added if booked in advance for no extra cost; extra beds can be added to the Junior Suite and Junior Suite Chambord categories (€33 for under-12s; €62 for over-12s). Some rooms interconnect.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Snag a spot on the front row of the terrace to make acquaintance with the chateau’s many and varied turrets.

Dress Code

King and queen for a day.

Hotel restaurant

An elaborate spread of pastries, cheese and fruit is laid out for guests in Grand Saint Michel every morning, where design flourishes include Patricia Urquiola chairs and a Marcel Wanders chandelier. The chef uses seasonal ingredients which can be enjoyed in one of the restaurant’s two grand dining rooms, if the views of the – let’s face it – even grander castle next door haven’t lured you outside onto the terrace. As for the food, the star of the show is the pairing of rhubarb with foie gras.

Hotel bar

The Bar du Relais, connected to the restaurant, has a cosy club vibe going on (leather chairs, brassy accents, fireplace). You can also take your drinks out into the chateau-facing terrace in summer, or settle for a round of pool or some board games in winter.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 10.30am (11am at weekends). Lunch is between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Dinner service is from 7.30pm until 10pm. Drinks are served in the bar between 7.30pm and 10pm.

Room service

Salads, sandwiches, pastas and burgers are available until 10.30pm.

Location

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Address
Le Relais de Chambord
Place Saint-Louis
Chambord
41250
France

Planes

You’ll probably touch down in Paris: the drive from Orly should take an hour and 50 minutes, and the hotel can arrange transfers.

Trains

The Eurostar connects London and other European cities with Paris, after which you’ll need to pick up your own wheels and head south to Chambord, or continue on a two-hour rail journey to Mer, which is the closest station to the hotel.

Automobiles

The nearest town is Blois, 20 minutes away by car. The hotel has a car park. Within the estate, you’ll be able to roam around by bicycle or on a game drive, so won’t necessarily need your own wagon.

Worth getting out of bed for

After you’ve drunk your weight in Chambord and kicked back at the spa, it’s time to get exploring the rolling grounds. Feeling energetic but not too energetic? Hop on one of the hotel’s electric bikesStep out Louis XIV-style to explore the Chambord forest, or hire a boat and set off down the Loire Canal. The key local attraction is pretty obvious, even if you’re not looking very hard – the multi-turreted, French fairy-tale fantasy castle, Le Chateau de Chambord, is looming before you. The hotel reception can arrange guided tours – don’t miss its double spiral staircase and ornamental moat.

 

Local restaurants

Outside the parkland, there are are plenty of classic boulangeries from which to  source the requisite baguettes and croissants to pop into the basket of your borrowed bicycle. Within the grounds of the park, you’ll find a food truck fancily called the Camionnette de Restauration (this is France, where even roadside restaurants are fabulous). Next to the hotel, La Cave des Rois is a fit-for-a-king retreat, with a suitably well-stocked wine list.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hotel in France and unpacked their red wine and raspberry liqueur, a full account of their rural break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Relais de Chambord

If you know anything about French history, you’ll know that its royalty liked to live well. So well, in fact, that they lost their heads. But in their heyday they did employ some pretty amazing architects. Commissioned as kennels for the king’s hunting hounds, Relais de Chambord in the Loire Valley now welcomes guests of the non-canine category to enjoy its monochrome murals, parquet floors and velvet headboards. You can see one of the finest chateaux in France from your bedroom window (if you’ve booked carefully) or from the restaurant terrace. The parkland (or domaine, for the Francophiles among us) spans an area as big as Paris – this is a hotel with some serious countryside to offer. As well as landscaped gardens, you’ll find canals, rivers and forests, to explore on foot, on a game drive or by bicycle with a baguette sticking out of your basket. By night, you’ll have the stately Chateau de Chambord to yourself from the relais’ vantage point, after the crowds have dispersed. The sort of benefit previously only applied if your name was Louis.

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