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About Amboise

Just ninety minutes from Paris on the TGV, Amboise is a popular pick for a long weekend in the glorious Loire Valley. Home to the famous Château d'Amboise, the town also hosts a superb weekend market, and is surrounded by beautiful châteaux and vineyards. Catering to a trendy Parisian crowd, as well as couples and families from further afield, accommodation options are wide-ranging: you can expect everything from townhouse B&Bs to luxurious châteaux-turned-hotels. Many of the best places to stay in Amboise are within a short distance of the town centre, making on-foot explorations a breeze, but our picks also include lovely rural hideaways for those dreaming of a tranquil French escape.

A charming market town, Amboise sits between the Château d'Amboise and the Loire River. Expect delightful eateries, buzzing farmers’ and flea markets at weekends, and lots of quirky boutiques to peruse as you stroll along meandering streets. The town has an appealingly trendy feel, and an especially lively vibe during the weekends, when it’s worth booking your table for dinner (and your accommodation) in advance.

The Château d'Amboise is one of the Loire's best-known. Originally built to serve as a fortress, the château was used as a weekend retreat, until it became the 15th-century home, of King Charles VIII. Reputedly boasting France’s first formal gardens, the imposing Italianate residence is also the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. Le Clos Lucé, the nearby manor where da Vinci lived, is also open for fascinating tours.

Don’t miss vineyard tours and tastings, or catching a glimpse of the whimsical Pagode de Chanteloup and the Parc Mini-Châteaux, an amusing collection of scale models of the Loire’s famed historic buildings. Outdoorsy travellers will find ample opportunities to try cycling, horse riding and hiking. The ultimate adventure is a striking hot air balloon ride over the Loire Valley!

Close to Tours and within easy reach of the Loire Valley’s many treasures, the best places to stay in Amboise are the perfect base for discovering the region.

The Best Places to Stay in Amboise

For a Central Stay

  • Le Clos d'Amboise is a beautiful 17th-century château alongside the Château d'Amboise. A sensitive restoration has yielded expansive rooms with period furnishings, a swimming pool, gourmet eatery and extensive gardens. Well-located for exploring Amboise and also offering wine tastings. For couples or families.
  • Le Pavillon des Lys is a superb sandstone manor house close to the Château d'Amboise. Expect eight elegant rooms — some with huge private terraces — and delicious breakfasts. Ideal for romantic couples and in-town explorers.
  • Le Manoir les Minimes is right on the Loire River in old Amboise. Pick this place for the stunning location and sophisticated interiors, which fuse classic charm with all the mod-cons. Breakfasts are a highlight! A real treat.

For a Rural Escape

  • Château de Nazelles is a charming 16th-century residence surrounded by vineyards, perfect for a romantic getaway or a fun family trip. Understated rooms and cottages feature exposed stone walls, contemporary furnishings and original beams. The pool and three hectares of gardens will be a big hit with the kids, and the largest self-catering cottage sleeps up to five people.
  • Château de Perreux offers a quiet escape for families, groups or couples in tranquil surroundings. Particular highlights include the seasonal fare at the table d'hôtes, and the spacious family suites, with a classic, pared-back elegance.
  • Le Fleuray is an ivy-clad country house hotel with a top-notch restaurant. Families will love the big suites (some with space for up to six), the relaxed atmosphere and the pool, whilst golfers will find themselves right next door to a great course. In the countryside north of Amboise.
  • Château des Arpentis promises a peaceful, secluded stay in 30 hectares of gardens within easy reach of Amboise. The château boasts a fascinating history, as well as twelve luxurious rooms with attractive original features. A laid-back B&B for quiet couples, friends or families in a striking building.

For Foodies

  • Château de Pray dates back to the 13th Century. The impressive building is now home to 19 rooms and suites, a stunning collection of antiques, and a gorgeous Michelin-starred restaurant. Chef Arnaud Philippon crafts punchy dishes in an unusual restaurant space carved into the rock. One for foodies and history buffs.
  • Le Choiseul sits in a picturesque riverside spot in Amboise, and is well-suited to families or couples looking to explore the town. Rooms and suites feature patterned wallpaper and joyful pops of colour. Savour gourmet fare in 'Restaurant Le 36', under expert Chef Hervé Lussault, who specialises in adding an exotic twist to traditional fare. Book a table overlooking the Loire!

For Boutique Luxury

  • Domaine les Hauts de Loire is an enchanting former hunting lodge-turned-boutique-hotel in Onzain, between Amboise and Blois. The ivy-covered house features pretty bedrooms with floral wallpaper, as well as a two-Michelin-starred restaurant headed by Chef Rémy Giraud. An indulgent French escape for families, friends or couples. Also a foodie favourite.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Tours Val de Loire Airport, located 24km from Amboise. You can then travel to your hotel by bus, train or car. There are also regular 90-minute trains from Paris to Amboise.
  • The Loire Valley is brilliant for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • You can expect the warmest weather between June and September. For a quieter trip and great hotel deals, come in the spring (April - May).



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Best Hotels in Amboise

  • Le Clos d'Amboise Amboise 20 rooms from £90

    Fishing  -  For zander, bream, perch, catfish and carp in the Loire river.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Amboise Royal Château, a former royal residence.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    Sitting alongside the Royal Castle is this 17th century chateau. Having been renovated in 2011 all efforts have been made to maintain its original charm. Rooms are decorated with antique French pieces; some have balconies. There is a pool, extensive gardens, gourmet restaurant and wine tasting. See More

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  • Le Fleuray Amboise, Loire Valley 20 rooms from £85

    Sights nearby  -  Borrow one of the free bikes and explore the area on two wheels
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated pool available from spring to autumn
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Picturesque country hotel with an excellent restaurant. A variety of charming rooms from bedroom, to family suite, to suite, sleeping as many as six. Swimming pool, hot tub, and massage too. A great spot for families, groups of friends, and avid golfers - the course is next door! See More

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  • Chateau de Pray Amboise, Loire Valley 17 rooms from £110

    Foodies  -  Chef Frédéric Brisset's Michelin-starred restaurant
    Garden  -  12 acres of garden
    Sights nearby  -  Castle of Chenonceau, Da Vinci House and Chambord Castle
    Views  -  Loire River
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    Impressive 13th century chateau in the Loire Valley. Charming rooms and suites with antique furniture and all the mod-cons. Michelin starred restaurant and large garden. Wine tasting and ballooning nearby. An ideal weekend away for foodies. See More

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  • Le Manoir les Minimes Amboise, Loire Valley 13 rooms from £110

    Wine tasting  -  Loire valley vinyards nearby
    Riverside  -  Situated on the Loire River
    Sights nearby  -  Chateau d'Amboise, Clos-Luce, Mini-Chateaux Park, Pagoda of Chanteloup
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A stunning 18th century manor in the Loire Valley. Sumptuous decoration in rooms and suites with large bathrooms. Fantastic views across the Loire river. Close proximity to town and historical chateaus. An idyllic spot for couples or families. See More

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  • Chateau des Arpentis Loire Valley 12 rooms from £104

    Sights nearby  -  Few kilometers from the Chateau Renaissance d’Amboise
    Architectural  -  The chateau was renovated in 2008
    Wine tasting
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    Stunning Chateau set in 30-hectare park. Twelve luxurious rooms with original architectural features and a heated pool in the garden. Set in idyllic UNSECO Loire Valley in close proximity to other chateaus and wine tasting locations. A romantic spot for a short break. See More

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  • Le Pavillon des Lys Amboise, Loire Valley 8 rooms from £128

    Sights nearby  -  Right next door to Amboise chateau and ideally placed for exploring the sights of the Loire Valley
    Kayaking  -  On the rivers Loire and Cher
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    A beautiful sandstone French country house B&B. Elegant rooms and suites in creams with subtle lighting, some with enormous private terraces. Charming breakfast room, sitting room, and friendly service. Perfect for local exploring and romantic breaks. See More

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  • Le Choiseul Amboise, Loire Valley 32 rooms from £151

    Country House  -  The chateau accommodation is spread across 5 houses
    Architectural  -  A beautiful 18th century building.
    Wine tasting  -  Loire valley vinyards in vicinity
    Riverside  -  Loire riverside
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A stunning chateau in the Loire valley. Rooms are light and traditionally styled with toile de jouy wallpaper. Restaurant dining room overlooking the River Loire. Wine tasting, ballooning and chateaux on the doorstep. A romantic and relaxed choice for couples or families. See More

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  • Chateau de Nazelles Amboise (Nazelles-Négron) 5 rooms from £139

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly situated to see the Loire's chateaus, wine caves and boat trips on the river, all with this very chic base
    Sights nearby  -  Day trip to nearby Amboise
    Kayaking  -  Kayaks rides on the Loire
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    16th century house surrounded by vineyards. Rustic-chic interiors have exposed brick walls, wooden floors and white furnishings; modern bathrooms. Pavilion has full kitchen and living space. Outdoor pool, 6-hectares of garden. A modern take on the chateau break. See More

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  • Chateau de Perreux Amboise (Loire Valley) 11 rooms from £143

    Local exploring  -  Situated in Nazelles-Négron, at the heart of the Loire Valley, this is the perfect base for exploring this UNESCO heritage area.
    Total relaxation  -  Plush rooms, great pool surrounded by lovely gardens and forests, plus awrd winning cuisine and roaring fires.
    Kayaking  -  Grab a kayak and head off to explore the Loire, admire the lovely villages, chateaus and countryside.
    Great walks  -  There are lovely walks through the property's manicured gardens and wooded parklands.
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    An elegant Chateau dating back to the 1700s offering a quiet escape in peaceful surroundings. Tasteful bedrooms that combine contemporary comfort with the unique Chateau style. The in house chef focuses on locally sourced, seasonal produce. An outdoor pool is reached by a secret underground passage. See More

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  • Domaine des Hauts de Loire Onzain, Loire Valley 31 rooms from £208

    Families  -  Not only are there activities galore here, but during school holidays they also run a kids club
    Foodies  -  The restaurant has two Michelin stars
    Restaurant  -  Run by well-known French chef Remy Giraud
    Great walks  -  3 walking trails on the estate
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

    Classic luxury in a 19th century former hunting lodge and a two Michelin starred chef, plus happy and charming staff! Rooms and suites are traditionally dressed and luxuriously appointed with beautiful linen and Clarins smellies. Plus there's a pool, tennis & petanque. Simply wonderful! See More

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