On the western edge of the Loire valley and all its attractions, the green city of Angers, the historic seat of the Dukes of Anjou, makes a great base for exploring the region. But it’s also a lively little city with a largely pedestrianised old town topped by a rather impressive dark stone château, and its 17 watchtowers and great battlements. The best places to stay in Angers and surrounds include a number of wonderful old châteaux, now converted into charming little hotels.
British travellers may also be interested to hear that Angers is also the home of the Plantagenets.
The Château d’Angers was the actual seat of the Dukes of Anjou, and the Plantagenets, but is today also known for its spectacular Apocalypse Tapestry, which is a 104metres of stitching illustrating the Book of Revelation. Surrounding the château are the first of the city’s lovely gardens, which were converted from a moat into pleasure and kitchen gardens during the Renaissance.
The city’s position, by the confluence of three major rivers, means that this town is verdant, and there are some truly magical gardens in and around Angers. The city’s first botanical garden was built at the beginning of the 18th Century, but there are now several, as well as several pleasure parks.
There are also a number of beautifully preserved, half-timbered houses in Angers, several of them in the streets around the château and the twin-spired cathedral - one of the first examples of the Angevin Gothic style of architecture. But the city also has a number of more recently built architectural treasures, like the Blue House, considered an Art Deco masterpiece.
In addition there's an excellent fine arts museum, a local natural history museum and a museum displaying notable tapestries from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Angers is also the home of Cointreau, if you needed inspiration for your after-explorations tipple in one of the Angers buzzing cafes.
The best places to stay in Angers and the surrounding area are always busy during the peak summer months, so if you want to ensure a room, get organised and book well ahead.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Angers, widen your search to include all our recommendations in the Loire Valley, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
In the heart of Angers, the Hotel Du Mail is the ideal place to stay to explore the surrounding Loire Valley. All the rooms are bright & spacious and are traditionally furnished. Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel before setting out to explore the region's many vineyards and architectural sights.
A contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of Angers. Light airy rooms, some with great city views, and funky feature walls. Superb regional dishes served at the restaurant. Ideally placed within close proximity to many of the cities attractions. A stylish and well priced option.
Angers (Blaison Gohier)
14th century chateau hotel. Large rooms have views over the gardens, draped double beds, period furniture and some with balconies; apartment has kitchen and living area. Outdoor pool, vineyards and gardens. Sunny breakfast room. Peaceful and ideal for a wine tasting stop off.
A gorgeous chateau hotel in a village just outside Angers. Elegant, large rooms host fireplaces, chandeliers and antiques. Outdoor pool, gardens, tennis court and terrace. Wonderful French cuisine and an atmospheric bar area. Romantic, smart, and very peaceful.
Angers (Saint Georges sur Loire)
Splendid 18th century chateau. Romantic suites have parquet floors and opulent fabrics; large bathrooms. Outdoor pool, sauna, hot tub and spa. 25 hectares of grounds to explore. Super French cuisine in charming dining room.