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A hotel by Amboise

To discover the châteaux of the Loire

Our hotel near Amboise invites you to discover the treasures of this stunning town. Although it is most famous for its two main monuments - the Château Royal and Clos Lucé - Amboise is home to many other remarkable buildings. 

On a stroll through the quiet streets of this charming city, stop to admire the handsome, half-timbered houses, the clock tower, above an old city gate, and Saint-Florentin church. This church was built on the orders of Louis XI who, fearful of disease, provided parishioners with another church so they wouldn’t have to worship in the château. You should also visit the Fontaine au Grand Génie, one of the rare works of Max Ernst, which can be found on Quai du Mail. Then, head to the grounds of the old Château de Chanteloup, a few minutes from the old town centre. While the château was entirely demolished in the 14th century, its park is still home to a surprising monument: Chanteloup Pagoda. Built between 1775 and 1778 for the Duke of Choiseul, and 44 m high, it is an edifice inspired by Oriental architecture, but decorated in typical Louis XVI style!

The Château Royal

The Château d'Amboise was where the royal children were born and brought up in the 15th and 16th centuries. It owes much of its reputation to Charles VIII, who transformed the old medieval fortress into a superb Gothic palace. Visitors will be astonished by the two massive towers that he had built so that coaches could reach the terraces, 40 m high. Make sure you stop by the gardens too. These overlook the Loire and enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramic views in Val de Loire.

Clos Lucé

Clos Lucé was the last home of Leonardo da Vinci. It is a pink brick and white stone manor which has remained practically untouched since the Renaissance. Today it presents the life and works of the painter of the Mona Lisa: 3D models and animations of his inventions, giant machines, reproductions of his paintings or drawings... Visit the artist’s room, workshop and the great Renaissance hall where he received guests.