The Loire Valley is a brilliant travel destination for any wine enthusiast, nature or culture lover. The area boasts fascinating historical buildings and museums, river cruises, and beautiful gardens.
The Loire Valley spanning 280 kilometres (170 mi), is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. Kings, queens, dukes and nobles came here many years ago. This explains why this fertile river valley is sprinkled with hundreds of France’s most opulent châteaux and estates.
Flying to Lyon is the best way of reaching this area, with EasyJet offering direct flights from Gatwick and British Airways from Heathrow and then rent a car.
Alternatively, drive down towards the South of France in your own car. We have picked the 10 best luxury hotels in the region that are worth travelling to and that will help you enjoy this beautiful region.
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1. Château le Prieuré, Pays de la Loire
The beautiful Château le Prieuré is set above the Loire river in a spectacular location.
This 4-star hotel offers an unobstructed view of the Loire below, which you can enjoy from the rooms and terraces, at any time of the day. The restaurant has panoramic views along with mouthwateringly good food.
2. Troisgros Hotel, Pays de la Loire
Troisgros design hotel is surrounded by vineyards and is set in a period farmhouse. Guests arrive in the farmhouse, which includes a kitchen workshop where products are transformed, a restaurant, Le Bois sans Feuilles, were sharing is experienced.
There is also a large Italian-style house where relaxation may be had. All of these spaces have a modern soul and are surrounded by fields, woods, a lake, garden, and orchard.
Come here for the dining in particular as this hotel also houses the three-Michelin-starred and award-winning ‘world’s best chef’ Michel Troisgros.
3. Hôtel Oceania L’Univers Tours
This stylish Hôtel Oceania L’Univers Tours is one of your best hotel choices in Tours. It is located in the center of the charming city of Tours, just across Boulevard Heurteloup from the Hotel de Ville and a few minute’s walk from the Old Town.
Today fully renovated, this design hotel in Tours offers 91 rooms with high ceilings that successfully blend tradition, design and modernity. Some of them offer you the opportunity to relax in a spa bath.
The Oceania L’Univers Tours offers the possibility for families to stay in our Junior Suite, a superb family room (4 people).
During the renovation process, every effort was made preserve the authenticity and charm of this mythical Tours venue, while bringing touches of colors as well as chic and elegant furniture, combining history and contemporary styling.
4. Château d’Artigny, Pays de la Loire
Château d’Artigny oozes glamour with chandeliers and elegant decor in this impressive five-star chateau.
Chateau d’Artigny is the dream Belle Époque castle built by François Coty, the famous perfumer. This Castle-hotel is located in the heart of the Loire Valley just 15 km from Tours and dominates the valley. The frontage is Renaissance-style and the interior is period but the highlight, beyond the atmosphere and highly luxurious rooms, is probably the fine-dining restaurant.
5. Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé, Pays de la Loire
This hotel is situated in yet another château, one that is thought of as one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in France.
Just 17 elegant guestrooms sit above, a fine dining restaurant all which look down upon French gardens and the lake beyond.
6. Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Domaine des Hauts de Loire is a hunting lodge in the forest with an excellent restaurant.
Set in the very heart of the Valley of the Kings, The Hauts de Loire makes an indescribable impression, the sort of impression you get from a place where those in the know come to enjoy the comforts of a 19th-Century hunting lodge that is now devoted entirely to good living and the simpler, subtler pleasures in life.
You can hike from here and enjoy the farm animals or just laze by the gorgeous pool. Chef Rémy Giraud has two Michelin stars for amazing Loire cuisine.
7. Auberge Du Lac, Saint Marcel lès Annonay
Auberge Du Lac in Saint Marcel lès Annonay is located in the commune of Saint Marcel-lès-Annonay in the heart of the Green Ardèche. It is the last commune of the Ardèche, at the doors of the Regional Natural Park of Pilat, in the Loire.
This is an elegant 4 star property with a gorgeous lakeside setting. Simple rooms are generously proportioned and decorated in natural hues. A lovely infinity pool flanked by stylish decking looks out over the beautiful lake. The view couldn’t be more idyllic! The acclaimed restaurant here serves modern French cuisine. All this plus plenty of activities in the surrounding area makes this hotel ideal for families. This is a great place to relax and hike.
8. Le Londres Hotel, Pays de la Loire
Le Londres Hotel is a family run and colourful luxury hotel with a big heart. Probably the best hotel in Saumur, this hotel is labelled 3-star but we feel it is much more luxurious than its rating.
Inspired by its glorious past and with history dating back to 1837, you can step back in time while enjoying fully restored the rooms. Quality materials have been used while injecting him a strong dose of modernity to ensure the continuity of this hotel’s beautiful story. This is also the cheapest hotel in our listing with rooms from around £60 per night. A bargain for this level of luxury.
9. Les Hautes Roches, Rochecorbon, Tours
The amazing boutique hotel, Les Hautes Roches, is located near Tours in the Loire Valley and offers superb rooms, some of which are carved into the rock.
Located on a tufa cliff overlooking the meandering Loire, recently listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site, every room is different. The south-facing cave rooms have a view of the Loire, some carved into the rock.
All are elegantly decorated with stylish fabrics in perfect harmony with the place. The classical but creative Breton-inspired cuisine perfectly marries the fresh seafood with local products. Each season brings new things to discover at this treasure on the Loire.
10. Fontevraud L’Hotel, Pays de la Loire
Fontevraud L’Hotel, Pays de la Loire is set in a vast 12th century abbey in the Loire Valley.
Furnished in a former priory, our rooms offer a warm cocoon which combines quietness, comfort and elegance.
At night, the guests can walk along the Abbaye Royale, draw inspiration from its thousand-year-old heritage and immerse themselves in its unique atmosphere.
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