One of my favorite splurges in the Loire Valley was staying at the Hotel Grand St. Michel Hotel next to the magnificent Chateau of Chambord. The experience was magical. Unfortunately the hotel has been closed for the last 2 years, undergoing what I thought were major renovations to the existing hotel. But in fact, it has been completely reborn into a new, very modern luxurious hotel, Relais de Chambord.
The new hotel will open in just 2 weeks, on Friday, March 16.
The contemporary hotel was designed by renowned French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte and features 56 rooms, a spa, fitness center and library. I suspect it will quickly become the place to stay in the Loire Valley. I hope that the new hotel will be as welcoming to cyclists as the old Hotel Grand St. Michel. I can’t wait to spend the night at the new hotel.
Rates for the hotel on the Small Luxury Hotels of the World website range from $441 for a classic room to $752 for a suite for 2. At the writing of this post, there were some very competitive rates available on Hotels.com and Booking.com, but these rates will be gone quickly, so if you are thinking about booking, do it now! Once the hotel officially opens, it will be impossible to get a room at any price.
If you’re lucky enough to stay here, send me a note and let me know about your experience. Since I visited the Loire Valley last summer, it will be a couple of years before I return. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy my memories of cycling to Chambord.