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About Tours

Hub of the Loire, Tours is a lot more than just a gateway to the châteaux and wine of the region. This ancient Roman city fizzes over with life: there's the markets, arts and crafts, fashion and of course cuisine to be sampled. If this introduction makes Tours sound like a jack of all trades and master of none, then you're mistaken. Tours is quite masterful at several and it does offer something for everyone when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Tours.

Things not to miss:

  • Tours is more than just a gateway to the Loire châteaux, many of the region's 59 châteaux are easily visited from Tours including some of the most famous - the Château de Chenonceau, Château d'Amboise and Chambord. And some of the most beautiful - Château d'Usse, Villandry and Château d'Azay-le-Rideau.
  • On the wine front you're in the heart of the Touraine region, known for crisp, dry whites, which go extremely well with the rich foods. There's no better place to sample some of the region's bounty than Las Halles, the covered food market - make sure you try some local goat's cheese, maybe some rabbit?
  • If you're interested in developing knowledge as well as a nose for the wines of Touraine, start your odyssey at the Touraine Wine Museum. As well as wine tastings they have information on the history of wine making in the region and the 69 different Unesco-protected vineyards. There are also famous sample sales.
  • The town itself is easy to get around on foot with many of the prettiest bits of the city within walking distance of the heart of old Tours. As well as the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien, the Priory of Saint-Cosme and the ruins of the Basilica of St. Martins, people with an interest in history or religion may also want to visit the spot where Joan of Arc's armour was made.
  • Art lovers should visit the Museum of Fine Arts, which has a fine collection of works, including paintings by Rubens, Degas, Delacroix and Rembrandt. Tour's Clos Luce is a fascinating museum dedicated to the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Tours is also known for its shopping. Both new and second-hand clothes, antiques and original art. The Rue Nationale is a good place to start, especially if you're on the look out for hard to find French fashion labels, this is also where you'll find the galleries.

Cycling is a popular way to get in and out of Tours and there are numerous bike rental services. Many of the Loire's great châteaux are within a cycle ride of the best places to stay in Tours on the Loire a velo.

For unique luxury

  • Carved out of a rock face, Les Hautes Roches is something truly spectacular. Each room exudes its own unique charm and the hotel's restaurant combines delicious seafood with fabulous views. A hidden gem.

For the Châteaux

  • Château de Beaulieu has direct access to the Loire a velo, the Loire's main cycling route with a wonderful spa in the grand grounds. Château de Beaulieu also has an excellent cellar, with over 350 vintages to choose from.
  • The Château de L'Aubriere is a stunning château turned hotel run by a Count and Countess. Rooms and suites are huge and opulently decorated.
  • Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Chateau de la Bourdaisiere is a landmark hotel. Still bearing original 15th century charm, the hotel features wonderfully appointed rooms, an excellent restaurant and is packed full of historical treasures.

For a historic stay

  • Hidden in the Loire Valley, this former 12th century monastery offers a unique hotel experience for its guests. Le Prieure is awash with individual charm and features beautiful rooms, lovely gardens and a pristine outdoor pool.

For the wine

  • Stay right amongst the vines at Domaine des Bidaudieres, just out of the famous wine village of Vouvray. This beautiful 15th Century estate has B&B style accommodation in extensive grounds, with five rooms, two suites and two villas - one self catering.

For Designer Chic

  • The Art Hotel specialises in all things fashionable and trendy. Hosting regular art exhibitions and modern design features, it's undoubtedly one of the Loire's coolest hotels.

On a budget

  • In the heart of the medieval town and close to all the sights, Hotel l'Adresse has generous sized, wood-beamed rooms starting from £59 a night - perfect if you're on a budget but want something stylish.

Best B&Bs

  • If you're looking for value chic, one of the best places to stay in Tours is the Hotel Mirabeau. It's a B&B with a lovely terrace and relaxed atmosphere. Rooms sleep between two and five, so this is also a great choice for families.
  • Right opposite the theatre, the Hotel du Theatre is perfect for a simple and contemporary crash pad in the centre of Tours.
  • With a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful exterior, Hostellerie de la Mere Hamard is a charming place to stay. Fitted with comfortable doubles as well as family rooms, the hotel boasts an excellent restaurant and is perfect for a weekend in the Loire.

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  • For those looking for somewhere to themselves, we recommend visiting our online partner

Travel Information

  • The nearest airport to Tours is Tours Val de Voire (5 miles).
  • Tours and the surrounding Loire Valley is perfect for exploring by car. For the best hire rates visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to visit Tours is from June to September when the temperature sits in the mid to high 20s.

Still not sure?

  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Tours.
  2. Expand your search to the best places to stay in the Loire Valley.
  3. Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.


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Best Hotels in Tours

  • Hotel Mirabeau, Tours Tours (Loire) 23 rooms from £58

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Tours. Perfect base for exploring the Loire Valley
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningGardenPet friendlyParking

    Excellently positioned townhouse B&B in downtown Tours. Varying rooms sleep from two up to five. Ideal for groups and families, and great value. See More

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  • Hotel du Theatre Tours, Loire Valley 14 rooms from £61

    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    ParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A townhouse B&B in a great location opposite the theatre in the centre of Tours. Simple and contemporary bedrooms are functional rather than aesthetic. Good value for a clean and simple city spot. See More

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  • Hotel l'Adresse Tours 17 rooms from £61

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of mediaeval Tours
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Attractive townhouse B&B with large wooden-beamed rooms, some with private balconies. Well placed for sight seeing and excellent value for money. See More

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  • Hostellerie de la mere Hamard Semblançay, Loire Valley 11 rooms from £69

    Sights nearby  -  Great base for exploring the sights of the Loire Valley
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningRestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Excellent restaurant with rooms in a picturesque village. Contemporary and comfortable rooms and family rooms, lovely garden courtyard and terrace, and a relaxed ambience. A great spot for families, groups and local explorers. See More

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  • Chateau de Beaulieu, Tours Tours 17 rooms from £84

    Sights nearby  -  10 mins from Tours city centre and easy access to all the Loire chateaux
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Elegant rural chateau with an excellent spa and gourmet restaurant. Beautiful gardens and terraces and stately salons. A country escape ideal for weddings, foodies, and families. See More

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  • Chateau de La Bourdaisiere Montlouis sur Loire, Loire Valley 29 rooms from £109

    Total relaxation  -  A great spot for unwinding in style, from the heated pool with views, to the tennis courts and well maintained gardens.
    Value chic  -  Great value for money considering the historic setting, elegant interiors, fantastic location and spoiling amenities.
    Great walks  -  Surrounded by 15 kms of forest, with plenty of well marked trails for nature lovers.
    Swimming Pool  -  An outdoor pool is available for guests
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    A picturesque fifteenth-century castle, surrounded by landscaped gardens and parklands in the lovely Loire Valley. Rooms exude old world charm, with exposed wooden beams, checkered floors and smatterings of family antiques. A chic and charming hotel in an unbeatable location. See More

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  • Art Hotel, Loire Valley Rochecorbon, Loire Valley from £110

    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Air conditioningSpaGarden

    An art and design hotel with fantastic spa and art exhibitions. Rooms and suites in black and white with almost neon lighting. Excellent for receptions, meetings, and weddings. All very modern! See More

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  • Hotel Oceania Tours 91 rooms from £114

    Total relaxation  -  For a city centre break try out the modern spa boasting a trendy stainless steel pool, Jacuzzi, hammam and fitness room.
    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of the city, well placed for getting around and conveniently placed near the train station.
    Sights nearby  -  A number of castles in the area that make lovely day trips including the Chateau du Rivau and Chateau de Saumar.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled access

    A luxury hotel with contemporary interiors and a great positioning within Tours. Elegant rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen and contemporary chandeliers. The gourmet restaurant is the perfect spot for romantic evenings, and the modern spa is a complete city haven. See More

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  • Domaine des Bidaudieres Vouvray, Loire Valley 5 rooms from £117

    Swimming Pool  -  Large outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Air conditioningSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled access
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Stunning sand-stone country estate cum luxury B&B with vineyards. Rooms, suites, apartments and two cottages cater to families, groups and weddings. All decorated in elegant style with valley views. Fabulous swimming pool, terraces, and gardens. See More

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  • Chateau de L'Aubriere Tours, Loire Valley 9 rooms from £121

    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    TennisRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Stunning chateau turned hotel, run by a Count and Countess. Huge bedrooms and suites with four poster beds and opulent decoration. Rooms, suites, and family suites to suit families, groups of friends, or perhaps a wedding party. Excellent food by arrangement. See More

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  • Chateau de Jallanges Tours 5 rooms from £133

    Country Escape  -  A grand rural proeperty boasting a quiet spot in acres of beautifully manicured gardens.
    Great walks  -  Embark on long scenic walks starting straight from the property.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pool
    Full of character
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    A striking chateau built in 1465 by Louis XI. Set in a scenic part of the Loire Valley the current owners have entirely renovated the property following its disrepair. Five traditional (yet whimsically eccentric) rooms are spacious and characterful. A unique and historical stay. See More

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  • Bagatelle Tours (37210 Vouvray) 4 rooms from £139

    Country Escape  -  An idyllic Loire Valley estate ideal for a refreshing country retreat
    Sights nearby  -  Head to some famous chateaux such as Amboise, Chinon, Chenonceau, within easy driving distance
    Great walks  -  Go on one of the many beautiful walks and marked trails around the house
    Swimming Pool  -  Seasonal outdoor pool
    Swimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A lovely 18th-century stately home, with a pool, surrounded by romantic courtyards and pretty gardens. Elegant interiors feature original plasterwork and grand fireplaces, and the spacious rooms are kitted out with antiques and classic style furniture. A rural delight, and great breakfasts too! See More

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  • Les Hautes Roches Tours 14 rooms from £195

    Foodies  -  The restaurant has a Michelin star and specialises in seafood.
    Sights nearby  -  Exlore the many historic chateaux of the Loire
    Quirky  -  Some rooms have been hewn from the caves
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

    Perched on a cliff and overlooking the Loire, this hotel is entirely unique. Carved into the rock, bedrooms are exciting and elegantly decorated with complementing fabrics and fittings. There is a fine restaurant with views of the river. Fresh seafood and local produce. A treasure on the Loire. See More

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