The ancient city of Blois is a major attraction with its vast and beautiful château dominating the town. So there are plenty of places to stay and a lot of choice of restaurants. Here are a few suggestions of recommended places in Blois.
Hôtel Anne de Bretagne
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. 2 rooms adapted for disabled guests. No restaurant but delightful breakfast in the garden in summer.
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Hôtel de France et de Guise
In the middle of Blois, some rooms have a view of the chateau. The 2-star 50 room hotel is in a 19th-century white building with rooms that are generally well sized and simply furnished. Some rooms will take up to five people so it’s good for families. The breakfast room is delightful and the welcome genuine.
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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 good bathrooms. The choice for those who prefer modern style to contemporary charm.
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La Maison de Thomas
Address12 Rue Beauvoir, 41000 Blois, France
Set in a pedestrianised streets, this very chic bed and breakfast has just four rooms. They’re stylish and comfortable with high ceilings and large windows. Good bathrooms and a pretty breakfast room make up the complete package. It’s only disadvantage is that you have to ask them to punch in a code to get past the bollards in the street and you park a little way away. But that means a peaceful night in a very comfortable bed.
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Le 16 Place St Louis, Blois, Loire Valley
This is another new bed and breakfast, located in the old town just by the cathedral in a restored 18th-century townhouse. Here 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. There’s also a pretty drawing room and dining room. It’s slightly more expensive than La Maison de Thomas but still under 100 euros a night for two.
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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 for the skilful cooking. Mainly classic with modern touches; try lobster with mango, raw fennel and confit lemon; wild turbot with herbs. It’s all beautifully presented and the menus are very good value at this level of cooking.
Menus from 35 to 55 euros.
Once a grocery and bar, 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 get an equally good choice with fillet of beef or perhaps lamb. Dishes depend on the market. It’s quite expensive, with starters around 26 euros and mains 36 to 39 euros.
Menus are very good value from 35 euros to 6 courses for 76 euros.
Address52 Quai de la Loire, 37210 Rochecorbon, France
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.
Menus 20.50 to 27.50 euros.
Address9 Rue Henri Drussy, 41000 Blois, France
Phone+33 2 54 74 20 20
For sheer good value, a fun if somewhat eccentric décor and 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 mains.
Menus at 15 euros.