Where to Stay by Chateau Chambord
One of my favorite regions in France is the magical, castle-filled Loire Valley. There are over 40 chateaux to visit here, with the inimitable Chateau Chambord being the most popular. And why is it so popular? It’s one of the most famous symbols of Renaissance architecture, & its sheer size makes it unforgettable ~ as does Louis XIV’s opulent influence; he was the King who finally completed the castle’s contstruction. Then, to cap it off: Leonardo Da Vinci himself designed the genius *Double Helix* staircase that takes up the entire center of the castle. Here, we’ll learn where to stay by Chateau Chambord!
Map of Chateau Chambord
Chateau de Colliers (On Loire River)
Relais de Chambord (Closest Hotel to Castle)
Chateau des Grotteaux (Boutique 5-Room Hotel)
Overview of Hotels by Chateau Chambord
The three hotels below get you as close as possible to Chateau Chambord, & also provide a good base to explore other nearby chateaux ~ such as Cheverny, Chenonceau, & Chaumont.
- Relais de Chambord ($182+/night) = The Closest Hotel to Chateau Chambord: Situated on the Cosson River, & actually on the grounds of the Chateau’s 5,000 acre-property, this refined hotel is just a five-minute walk to the palace entrance. Some of their 56 rooms have castle views, as does their restaurant terrace. All rooms are pet-friendly, have flat-screen TV’s, tea & coffee ~ & there’s a bar, billiards room, & restaurant downstairs. The Relais is reasonably-priced for how close it puts you to Chateau Chambord!
- Chateau de Colliers ($128+/night) = Family-Run Boutique Hotel with a Personal Feel: Located 4 miles north of Chambord on the Loire River, this early 20th-century chateau features Louis XV furniture & a lounge terrace with sweeping river views. There are just five rooms here ~ so booking ahead is required. Four rooms open onto the terrace with river views, while the fifth looks directly towards the castle’s courtyard. The owners here know much of the local history, & are a great resource! There’s also an outdoor pool, free breakfast, bike rentals on-site, & they’re pet-friendly.
- Chateaux des Grotteaux ($286+/night) = Gorgeous Restored Chateau 5 Miles South-West of Chambord: This posh boutique hotel is set in a lovingly restored 17th-century chateau, & also has just five rooms ~ but rooms are large, TV-free, & some have garden views. There’s a serence outdoor pool, tennis courts, & free breakfast; you can also borrow bikes & fishing gear here. The owners & staff will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable ~ & you’re just still just 5 miles from Chambord. This is a good base for exploring other chateaux further south, such as Cheverny & Chaumont!
Best Hotels by Chateau Chambord
One final thought, if you’re visiting the Loire: I recommend renting a car. It’s so easy to drive in this region, as it’s mainly mellow, country roads without much traffic. You can also try Uber’ing from place-to-place, but this may end up being more expensive than simply renting a car.