New Hotel At Chambord Opens March 16

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.

Cycling though the forest enroute to Chambord

 

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.

  1. Hi Maggie, I very much doubt that the new hotel will be cyclist-friendly. The whole environment of Chambord has sadly been completely changed. I think the hotel will be reserved for the elite and that the more competitive prices on hotels.com and booking.com will only apply to the top floor, no-view rooms. There has been talk of making everyone pay to enter the grounds of Chambord, which would be terrible for cyclists. We’re hoping it won’t happen as it remains one of our favourite rides from Blois, especially using the ferry at Cours-sur-Loire.

    1. Like you, I am so hopeful that this will not be the case. I had not heard that there was talk about a grounds fee for Chambord. This definitely would be very sad for all tourists, not just cyclists. I am so happy that we had the opportunity to spend the night in the old hotel before it was closed. It is a memory that I will forever cherish, regardless of how the new hotel evolves. As always, thanks for your wonderful comments. Having input from such an informed “local” is always such a treat. Wishing you many lovely rides in the upcoming spring weeks!

      Maggie LaCoste
      Experience France By Bike