Le Choiseul

Amboise, France

Conveniently placed for visiting the châteaux of the Loire Valley

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Le Choiseul

At a glance

32 rooms

Three 16th and 18th-century houses nestle together by the River Loire at the foot of the ramparts of Amboise Castle. Enclosed in Italian-style gardens, that skirt troglodyte caves, Le Choiseul promises an historical experience in an exceptional location.

Location

Amboise, near the castle for regular ‘son et lumiere’ shows. 252 kms from Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport and 30 kms from Tours Val de Loire Airport.

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Things to enjoy

Heated outdoor swimming pool in summer, table tennis, discover ‘Greniers de César’ a historic troglodyte site with mysterious galleries.

Number of floors: 2

In detail

A blend of period architecture with bright floral décor in light and airy rooms creates an atmosphere of relaxation at Le Choiseul. Sit on the sunny garden terrace and enjoy the delightful gardens with a collection of original Italian sculptures.

Stroll the grounds and explore nearby Amboise and its castle. Cruise along the River Loire, visit the vineyards of the Tours region or take a chateaux tour. However you spend your time here, be sure to return for dinner in Le Choiseul’s restaurant where you can savour traditional cuisine overlooking the Loire River.

Rooms

Le Choiseul has 32 rooms of 5 different categories, from the most elegant apartment to the most delightful room including an apartment, junior suite, "Deluxe", "Superior" or "Standard Traditional" rooms, located in one of the three residences which make up Le Choiseul: the Maison de l'Ermite, the Maison du Duc and the Maison de l'Apothicaire. All the rooms are elegantly decorated in keeping with their location and enjoy modern comforts. They offer pleasant views over the Italian garden, the Loire and the Château d'Amboise.

Le Choiseul

Standard Double Room

Delightful, cosy rooms, some located on the second floor with sloping ceilings and exposed beams overlooking the Italian style gardens. Complete bathroom and toilet, mini bar, hairdryer and flat screen television.

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Superior Room

These rooms are spacious, light and nicely decorated. They offer cosy intimacy with views over the Loire, the Château d'Amboise or the Italian style gardens. A sophisticated setting with luxury services. Complete bathroom and toilet.

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Deluxe Double Room

These are beautiful and stylish large rooms with a lounge area and private terrace on the gardens. The elegance of the decor emphasises the tasteful ambiance of these rooms where you will rediscover calm and serenity.

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Junior Suite

Junior Suites are ideal to host a family with one or two children. They have two generously sized, elegantly decorated adjoining rooms. Complete bathroom and private toilet, mini bar, hairdryer and flat screen television.

Services

The rooms at Le Choiseul are cheerfully appointed, and the scented terraces and gardens provide an unexpected intimacy that reminds one of home. The cuisine is light and typical of the Loire region, in tune with the delicious local Touraine wines.Unlike Le Choiseul's illustrious neighbours, the scale of the hotel is human, the pace more gentle and the manner much more informal.It is an altogether delightful encounter.


Directory of services

  • Anti allergy amenities inroom
  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • Car rental service
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Concierge
  • Daily maid service
  • Daily newspaper
  • Direct billing
  • Doctor on call
  • Dogs accepted
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • High speed Internet in public areas
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Internet / E-mail terminal
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pets Allowed for free
  • Porters
  • Pressing service
  • Room service - restricted hours
  • Sommelier
  • Themed Events
  • Wake up calls
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms

On-site facilities

  • Art gallery
  • Boutique/Gift shop
  • Business Centre
  • Garage
  • Library
  • Luggage storeroom
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pets accepted
  • Wine Cellar

Family facilities

  • Baby listening
  • Baby sitting
  • Cots
  • Family rooms
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Children's Meals
  • Sofa beds

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

Dining

Guillaume Dallay, Chef de cuisine at the Choiseul, presents The Restaurant "le 36" : - On the river for Dinner - On the garden and/or terrace for Lunch


Lunch at "le 36"

Overlooking the gardens, this is the meeting place for the "new gourmets" who enjoy tasting delicious cuisine with touches of the unusual in a setting bathed in light with a view over the Italian style gardens. The freshly coloured decor and the delicate cane armchairs create the pleasant atmosphere of a pergola. For Lunch, from the first days of summer, it is pleasant to enjoy meals outside on the terrace which borders the Italian style gardens where you can admire the sculptures on display.

Restaurant details
Type: French gastronomie
Dress Code: Casual
Opening Hours: Lunches every days from 12:00 to 14.00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays only from October to March.
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Dinner at "le 36"

Le "36" river side, in this beautiful light, airy room with freestone walls (a type of limestone typical of the Loire Valley) adorned with wood panelling, you will delight in discovering the sophisticated, welcoming atmosphere suitable to a Duke's home. The large fireplace gives the room a certain grandeur, the magnificent view over the Loire being its key asset. If the cuisine at the "Choiseul" draws its inspiration from the tradition of the Loire Valley and its outstanding produce, it leaves plenty of room for creativity. Reservation and casual elegant dress code required. Candelight dinner in winter.

Restaurant details
Type: French Gastronomic Restaurant
Dress Code: Casual elegant for dinner
Opening Hours: Dinners 19:15 to 21:30. Every days.
(Except Mondays and Tuesdays from October to March)
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

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Spa Treatments
  • Acupuncture

Leisure

Discover all the cultural riches worth visiting the Loire Valley and also its vineyards.


Activities

  • Horse Riding - Nearby
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool - On Site
  • Sailing - Nearby
  • Tennis - Nearby
  • Bike Riding - Nearby
  • Hairdresser - Nearby

Meetings and Business

Le Choiseul is specialized for small management residential seminars combining working days and outside activities.


Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Conference telephone
  • Direct dial telephone
  • DVD
  • Internet / E-mail access
  • Microphone
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • Podium with microphone
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Slide projector
  • Television
  • Wireless internet access

Getting there

Hotel Address

Le Choiseul
36 Quai Charles Guinot
37400 Amboise
Loire Valley. France AMBOISE37400France

Transportation

Nearest train station: AMBOISE 10 minutes walking (5 mn Taxi).
TOURS - SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS TGV Train station : 25 minutes driving.

Motorway: A10 or A85, 15 minutes driving.

Nearest car rental office: AMBOISE (5 mn Taxi).

Nearest city centre: AMBOISE, 5 mn walking.

International airport: PARIS ROISSY Charles de Gaulle 2h30 hours driving.

Local airport : TOURS – Loire Valley : 30mn driving (Regular flights with LONDON /STANSTED).

Local airfield : AMBOISE-DIERRE (private flight).

Airports

Nearest international airport: PARRIS ROISSY CHARLES DE GAULLE (More than 50 Km.)
Nearest local airport: TOURS CITY - LOIRE VALLEY AIRPORT (21 - 30 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest train station: AMBOISE (2 Km.)
Nearest bus or coach station: AMBOISE (1 Km.)

Driving

Nearest motorway junction: A 10 and A 85 (11 - 20 Km.)

Car Rental

Nearest car rental office: EUROPCAR - garage du relais des châteaux (5 Km.)

Directions

By Road:

  1. From North LE MANS (A28 then A10) or PARIS exit the A10, junction 18, “AMBOISE / CHATEAU RENAULT”. Take the D31 direction of BLÉRÉ, cross the Loire and turn right just after the bridge Direction of AMBOISE, follows the river (right hand) hotel will be on your leff (banks of the river) before arriving to the Royal castle.
  2. From South BORDEAUX (A10 then A85), From West ANGERS /SAUMUR or East VIERZON / BOURGES exit the A85, jonction 18 “BLÉRÉ”, take the D31 direction of AMBOISE /CHATEAU RENAULT A10. Berore crossing the Loire, turn right just before the bridge Direction of AMBOISE, follows the river (right hand) hotel will be on your left (banks of the river) before arriving to the Royal castle.
By Rail:
  1. TGV from PARIS-Montparnasse station (1-hour trip) or From ROISSY airport (1-hour 30 minute trip), arriving to SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS (25 driving fom hotel)
  2. From PARIS Auterlitz (2 hours trip regular train) arriving at AMBOISE station (10 minutes walking 5 mn Taxi).

By Air:

  1. TOURS Loire Valley airport (19 miles) Regular flights with London Stansted by RYANAIR(1h20).
  2. AMBOISE/DIERRE airflied (6 miles) for private fly.

Near Le Choiseul

Golf, horse riding, hot-air ballooning, Château d’Amboise, Château du Clos Lucé (last Leonardo Da Vinci residence), Château de Chenonceaux and nocturnal promenade, Gardens Festival at Chaumont/Loire, Château de Chambord.


Landmarks

  • Chateau de Villandry

    By far the most famous gardens in Touraine, those of the Château de Villandry , couldn't illustrate this mix any better. The castle boasts what must surely be the most sublime kitchen garden in the world. Villandry's grounds also include elaborate allegorical hedge gardens, trimmed into symbols of love. How very French!

  • Chateau of Amboise

    Amboise, major royal castle, is made of sterner stuff, being citadels as much as castle, dominating the town. Amboise, still in royal French hands, is where Leonardo da Vinci met with King François I.

  • Chateau of Blois

    Royal castle in city center. This Royal Château combines four distinct wings around a single courtyard, each one corresponding to a district period and style, forming a unique panorama of French architecture. The 19th and 20th century restorations complete the architectural history of the château.

  • Chateau of Chambord

    This Royal château and its grounds cover almost three thousand acres, an area almost the size of Paris making it an ideal choice for rambling and discovery local nature. Built in 1519 by François Ier, it is also an architectural masterpiece combining the tradition of French master masons with the lightness of Italian Renaissance buildings. Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, its design is distinguished by its magnificent double-return stairs. Bristling with numerous chimneys, turrets and dormer windows which seem to lift it up towards the sky, Chambord recalls the wondrous tales of chivalry. Its imposing dimensions defy the imagination : a facade 156 meters long and a height of 56 meters quite a building. The Château was completed by Louis XIV in 1685.

  • Chateau of Chaumont

    The château originally belonged to Catherine de Medici, but when her husband died, she pressured Diane de Poitiers into swapping Chaumont for the château at Chenonceau. Today, you can still see the drawbridge, which has remained intact and the 19th century Hermes saddlery in the courtyard.

  • Chateau of Chenonceau

    Chenonceau's castle includes perhaps the most beautiful and famous bridge in France, across the Cher river.

  • Chateau of Cheverny

    This magnificent 17th Century château is still lived by the same family and it has great rooms with a lot of furniture. In fact, Tintins fans (French comics) will love Cheverny, because it was the inspiration for Captain Haddock's chateau at Moulinsart. So there is a permanent exhibition. You can get around the park by boat on the lake or a buggy, a fun and original way to explore the leafy surroundings. And now, you can discover new two gardens.

  • Chateau du Clos Luce / Leonardo Da Vinci park

    The artist Leonardo da Vinci was donated the Château du Clos-Lucé when he came to work for King François I

  • Loire Valley Aquarium

    You will be able to see some of the giant species that live in the Loire, as well as rare tropical fishes, turtles, alligators, piranhas ... and even sharks, at the Loire Valley Aquarium, Europe's foremost freshwater aquarium. - A 30-metre-long tunnel with more than 10,000 river fishes - See the giant species that live in the Loire - 53 tanks - 2 million litres of water - Touch tanks to get a real "feel" for the fishes - More than 95% of the display is devoted to freshwater fish including rare species from tropical rivers ! - Cayman park - Come and see turtles, alligators ... and piranhas ! - The fish are fed daily at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. - an amazing show... - And don't miss the shark tunnel, 15-metre-long !

  • Mini Chateaux Park

    This tour gives you a chance to explore (or re-explore) the Loire's most prestigious castles in miniature, in just half a day ! Thanks to the exceptional quality of the reproductions, laid out among trees along a route stretching for 1,5 kilometres, you enter another dimension, venturing right into the historical heart oh the Loire Valley. - A route stretching for 1.5 kilometres, in a landscape park covering 2 hectares - 6 miniature railways and boats - 10,000 figurines - Shows, interactive games… - 44 models of outstanding quality ! - Over 2,000 bonsai trees and shrubs - The most prestigious castles and manor houses in the Loire Valley ! - The most important heritage sites in the Loire Valley !

  • Tours of old city and museums

    Tours is a real experience, a city with a lively student atmosphere that complements its cultured heritage. Stopping off for a drink in the famous Place Plumereau, you are surrounded by history and part of this friendly, vibrant city at the same time. Exploring the squares and back streets of the renowned historical district of Plumereau to the square by Saint Gatian's Cathedral, you can spend the day drifting between today and yesteryear. Place Plumereau and Old Tours If there is one place in Tours that symbolises the city, then this is it. Place Plumereau is the historical heart of the city, the buzzing students' hang out; it's the place to be to get a feel for what Tours is really like. It's also the place to take a break on a café terrace, with half-timbered houses all around you. The indoor and outdoor markets of Tours Rest assured, there's nothing wrong with being a foodie! That's a good job, because in Tours there are temptations everywhere! Firstly there is the indoor market, where the enticing aromas are bound to get your mouth watering? Rillettes, roast gélines (a delicious local breed of chicken) fruit and vegetables, cheeses, pastries? Plenty to keep you going while you explore the city on foot! There are also a number of regular outdoor markets in Tours, in Place Velpeau on Sundays and Place des Halles on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And there's also the flower market, held every Wednesday and Saturday along Boulevard Béranger. Saint Martin's Basilica, Saint Gatian's Cathedral and the Psalette Cloister Most people know Saint Martin as the centurion who shared his cloak with a poor wretch, but for the people of Touraine he is above all their local religious figure. Saint Martin was taken from Poitiers to Tours, where he founded the bishopric. After his death he was buried in the crypt under the basilica that today bears his name. The basilica was partially destroyed, but was rebuilt in the 19 th century. Standing either side of the lively shopping street of Rue des Halles, it symbolises the importance of religion in the city's history. On the other side of Rue Nationale, are Saint Gatian's Cathedral (the oldest parts of which date from the 12 th century), and the Psalette Cloister next door. The building looks superb when lit up in the evenings, from 7 p.m. The Journeyman Museum This is the only museum of its kind, a collection of the masterpieces, tools and archives of the skilled journeyman who travelled around France learning their trades. Every trade imaginable is featured: rope making, metalwork, roofing, baking, etc. The exhibition ends with some astonishingly creative items that must have involved hours of painstaking work, such as a reproduction of the Hospices de Beaune made out of pasta. Museum of Fine Arts The museum is in the former bishop's palace (17 th century) and contains a major collection of French and foreign works dating from the Middle Ages to the 20 th century. During the summer months the formal French gardens there are a lovely place for a stroll. In your shopping bag : a selection of fine produce from Tours indoor market ( rillettes , rillons, a géline de Touraine ), some Tours nougat, and perhaps some flowers from the twice-weekly market (the second largest flower market in France after the one in Grasse).

  • Wine Tasting

    Wine enthusiasts might enjoy following the special Loire Valley wine route through Touraine, the Route des Vignobles Touraine-Val de Loire, a vineyards trail specially set up by the wine and tourism authorities for you to enjoy the best of the area's vinous attractions. The route passes through Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire, then south of Tours along the Indre valley, ending with a circuit round Bourgueil and the Chinonais. Look out too for fêtes des vins, foires aux vins and salons des vins, basically all names for wine festivals!

  • Chateau de Langeais

    Langeais' massive rounded towers may intimidate the little town cowering below, but inside, the chambers are made cheerful by the warmest collection of tapestries.

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