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The ancient city of Blois in France is a major attraction with its vast and beautiful château dominating the town. There are plenty of places to stay and plentiful choices of restaurants. Here are a few recommendations for hotels and restaurants in Blois.
Hôtel Anne de Bretagne
A creeper-covered building looking onto a leafy square in the center of town, with simple but pretty rooms with large windows giving plenty of light. Two rooms have been adapted for disabled guests. The hotel's restaurant is a short walk from the hotel, but they offer a delightful breakfast in the garden in summer and in their dining room year round.
Hôtel de France et de Guise
The 2-star 50 room hotel in the center of Blois is in a 19th-century white building with rooms that are generally well-sized and simply furnished, with some that have a view of the chateau. It’s a good choice for families as most rooms can accommodate up to five people. The breakfast room is delightful and the welcome is genuine.
Hotel Ibis Styles Blois
This is a thoroughly contemporary hotel, taken over by Ibis from the former All Seasons Blois Centre Gare. Conveniently located five minutes from the train station and the town center, it's been completely renovated. Rooms are bright and cheerful with striking art on the walls and spacious bathrooms. It's an excellent choice for those guests who prefer modern style to contemporary charm.
La Maison de Thomas
Set in a pedestrianized street, this very chic bed and breakfast has just four rooms. They’re stylish and comfortable with high ceilings and large windows. Large bathrooms and a pretty breakfast room make up the complete package. The only disadvantages are that you have to ask the staff to key in a code to get past the bollards in the street, and you will have to park a distance from the hotel if you have a vehicle. Still, that means a peaceful night in a very comfortable bed.
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Au 16 Place Saint Louis
This is another bed and breakfast, located in the old town just by the cathedral in a restored 18th-century townhouse. The décor is traditional, as befits the setting. There’s also a delightful, air-conditioned suite under the eaves, with old floor tiles and odd angles. A beautiful drawing room and an equally impressive dining room round out this quaint property. It’s slightly more expensive than La Maison de Thomas but still under 100 euros a night for two.
Restaurant l'Orangerie du Château
In an old building originally belonging to the chateau, this is one of the best restaurants in Blois. A terrace gives a lovely view of the chateau, making it the perfect place to showcase the skillful cooking. Mainly classic with modern touches, the menu features lobster with mango, raw fennel and confit lemon, and wild turbot with herbs. It’s all beautifully presented, and the entrees are very good value for this level of cooking.
Menu items from 35 to 55 euros.
Once a grocery and bar and just a street away from the river, this white-washed house sticks to its origins as a meeting place for fishermen and serves very good fish. Starters might include marinated salmon with foie gras or lobster, followed by wild sea bass. Meat eaters are treated to an equally good choice with filet of beef or perhaps lamb. Dishes depend on the market. It’s quite expensive, with starters around 26 euros and main entrees around 36 to 39 euros.
Menu items range from from 35 euros to six courses for 76 euros.
Right on the Loire with a terrace above the river, this is a perfect summer evening place. Try starters like prawns with pink mayonnaise or beef carpaccio and foie gras and move onto steak and frites or roast cod. It’s casual, friendly and great fun.
Menu items from 20.50 to 27.50 euros.
For sheer good value, a fun if somewhat eccentric décor and a great welcome, this bustling restaurant with its terrace tables and crowded interior is hard to beat. The restaurant serves bistro favorites: goat cheese tart and green salad or gazpacho to start and grilled steak, hamburgers, and fish as main entrees.
Menu items start at 15 euros.