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Chartres is a small city less than an hour South West of Paris. It is renowned worldwide for its gothic Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the finest and best preserved of its kind in Europe, despite being very nearly destroyed by American forces during the Second World War. It was spared due to the heroic acts of one Colonel Griffith who insisted on going behind enemy lines and searching the Cathedral to establish that it was not being used as a German observation post. You'll also find a Fine Arts museum in the former Episcopal Palace. Most of the best places to stay in Chartres are centrally located, so its highlights are very easily accessible.
The centre of the city is very pretty with its old half timbered buildings - don't miss the Maison du Saumon and the Maison de la Truie on the Place de la Poissonerie. Chartres holds an annual Arts and Crafts fair in early October. Or for outdoorsy types you can simply enjoy hiking along the banks of the river Eure. The best places to stay in Chartres provide an ideal base for discovering this lovely city, whatever your reason for a visit..
For a central location
- Hotel Jehan de Beauce is ideally situated, with all of Chartres' best bits easily accessible on foot. Rooms are elegant with creamy furnishings and large bathrooms.
- Le Jardin Cathedrale, as the name suggests, is just a stone's throw from Chartres' stunning Cathedral. It's a charming B&B with just two elegant rooms, and gorgeous antique filled interiors. Plus there's a lovely garden offering glimpses of the Cathedral beyond.
Just out of town
- About 20 minutes north of Chartres, you'll find La Bergerie de L'Aqueduc. It's a charming and secluded farmhouse B&B, with just four individually designed, liuxurious bedrooms, gorgeous gardens and outdoor heated pool. A very romantic spot.
Best Hotels in Chartres
Hotel Jehan de Beauce 35 rooms from $118Chartres
Comfortable hotel in the centre of Chartes. Elegant guestrooms have art deco touches with creamy furniture, big bathrooms and even bigger suites with sofas. Sauna and lobby lounge to relax in. Friendly service and plenty of recommended restaurants within walking distance.Local exploring - Perfect, central location from which to explore this rich city - full of stunning churches, gardens and galleriesLocal markets - City has excellent reputation for its craftsmen, its glass masters, antique shopsSights nearby - Two minute walk from the Notre Dame de Chartres CathedralGreat walks - Through beautiful gardens of Andre Gagnon Park
Le Jardin Cathedrale 2 rooms from $120Chartres
A delightful little B&B a stones throw from Chartres' magnificent Cathedral. The ornate rooms with beautiful wall papers and charming knick-knacks give the place real character. The perfect place to stay for a weekend of exploring the picturesque Norman city of Chartres.Local exploring - Ideally located for exploring Chartres, within walking distance of the main sights.Local markets - Guests will love exploring the local markets of Chartres, ask your hosts what days these are held.Sights nearby - Cathédrale de Chartres is two minutes walk away, as is the Municipal theatre.Full of character
La Bergerie de L'Aqueduc 4 rooms from $189Chartres
A charming, secluded B&B set in an 18th century farmhouse. Offering four comfortable rooms, each are individually decorated with views looking out onto the garden. The garden itself is perfect for a relaxing afternoon and features a heated outdoor pool. Ideal for a romantic weekend away.Country Escape - Classic country stay surrounded by beautiful rose filled groundsRomantic Break - Cosy rooms with open fireplaces are made for romanceLocal markets - Pick your way through the local market in Houx.Great walks - Enjoy lovely walks along the Voise Canal.