Le Choiseul       
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In 1983, Monsieur Rene Traversac, the owner of Le Choiseul was keeping a close eye on the work taking place on the Château de Divonne near Geneva, when Pierre, his eldest son who had been his right-hand man for about twelve years, became very interested in a hotel for sale in the Val de Loir that had been abandoned for many years. This was Le Choiseul, situated between the Loire and the hillside just at the foot of the famous château d'Amboise. Behind the high solid walls, in the centre of the thick brush of the park, the buildings appeared sound but totally in ruins inside; the renovation work would be considerable but the location was exceptional and the tourist potential significant. He decided to purchase it and take charge of the construction site.

This marvelous property opened its doors in 1985. Le Choiseul is a haven of peace in the town of Amboise. It is a gracious collection of residences built in the 16th and 18th Centuries between the Loire and the terraced gardens bordered by troglodyte caves. An ideal base for those who wish to discover the Loire Valley Castles and savour the area's celebrated cuisine.

Le Choiseul has 32 rooms of 5 different categories, from the most elegant apartment to the most delightful room including junior suites, "Deluxe", "Superior", "Traditional" or "Standard" rooms, located in one of the three residences which make up Le Choiseul: The Maison de l'Ermite, the Maison du Duc and the Maison de l'Apothicaire with pleasant views over the Loire, the Italian garden and the Château d'Amboise.

All the rooms are elegantly decorated in keeping with their location and enjoy modern comforts (WIFI, Flat-screen TV, Hairdryer), minibar and dressing gows.

Superior Room

These rooms are spacious, light and nicely decorated. They offer cozy intimacy in a sophisticated setting with luxury services.

Traditional Room

Charming and cozy rooms, some with sloping ceilings and elegant old style exposed beams.

Deluxe Room

Beautiful and stylish large rooms with a  private lounge and terrace. The elegance of the decor emphasises the tasteful ambiance for rediscovering calm and serenity.

Classic Room

Take advantage of the swimming pool, the parking/garage, the large buffet breakfast as well as of all the services of the hotel.

Junior Suite

Two adjoining rooms: a room with a king-size bed communicating with a living room equipped either with a bed for one person or a sofa bed for two or in family and satisfy all the needs of space, amenity and comfort.


Three residences of the 15th and 17th centuries coexist harmoniously to form the Choiseul: the Hermit House, the House of Duke and the House Apothecary.


Overhanging the Loire below the Royal castle of Amboise, Choiseul is a 18th century house typically from Tours very appreciated for is charm. Refinement and elegance are there.


At the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise

Italian-style gardens, green and bucolic setting between the Loire and hillside

Lounges on the ground floor


A professional team at your service

Meals cooked by the chef

Personalized services

- Arrival bridegrooms in carriage or classic car or limousine

- Orchestra or DJ

- List of providers available: photographers, floral decoration, musical entertainment, rental of Cadillac

Two reception rooms open onto the gardens

For an intimate wedding: salon Saint-François up to 40 guests

Charles VIII salon up to 80 guests

Cultural & Leisure activities

Amboise Castle, 2 minutes from Choiseul, a Renaissance castle overlooking the Loire. "Sound and Light" Show in July and August.

The Clos Lucé is 2 minutes away. This was the final residence of Leonard de Vinci & contains a collection of some of his inventions

Less than 50km:

Chenonceau Castle 20 kilometres away, exceptional through the richness of its history, built and protected by famous women: Queen Catherine de Medici

Chaumont Castle 20 kilometres away. This castle, overlooking the Loire, hosts the annual garden festival.

Château royal de Blois (35 km), favourite residence of kings and queens of France in the Renaissance period, this castle is a real panorama of the architecture and the history of the Val de Loire.

Château de Cheverny (50 km), the most magnificently-furnished of all the Loire Valley castles.

Chambord Castle, 54 kilometres away, is symbolic of the Renaissance

Buggy Riding 20 kilometres away, an original way to discover the vineyards of the Tours region

Cruise on the Loire in a traditional "gabare" boat, 20 kilometres away

The Hot-air Balloons of France Montgolfiere 30 kilometres away - flights over the Loire Valley


At the foot of a castle overlooking the Loire, Le Choiseul welcomes you for convivial meals and family celebrations.

Wether for intimate gathering or large reception, we can meet all your expectations and put our various lounges at your disposal.

Dining room "Côté Loire"

This lovely bright room of 120m2 located on the 1st floor of the "Maison du Duc", just above the lounge bar and reception. Large windows offer superb views over the Loire.

12 to 100 people

Dining room "Côté jardin"

  • The first floor of the house of the Duke, this charming room is level with the Italian style gardens where you may enjoy an aperitif on sunny days.
  • 20 to 40 people
  • Salons Saint Francis and Charles VIII
  • Both lounges are located in the heart of the park, in ground garden of a beautiful half-timbered building in the ramparts of the castle of Amboise.
  • Salon Saint Francis can accommodate up to 40 guests. One can make a fire in winter.
  • The living character of Charles VIII can accommodate up to 80 guests.
  • The two rooms can be joined by opening a double door.
  • 40 to 120 people

The garden terrace

In summer, the Italian style gardens of Choiseul become open-air lounge for a cocktail or lunch on the terrace near the rose garden. A dedicated contact will make you discover the hotel and will propose you an offer adapted to your needs

Le Choiseul is made up of three houses dating from the 15th and 18th centuries:

The Maison de l'Ermite: François de Paule, a Calabrian hermit came to Amboise at the request of Louis XI and founded the congregation of the Minimes in the 15th century. The present house is built on the foundations of the old convent.

The Maison du Duc was given by Louis XV to Etienne François Duc de Choiseul, the Minister of Finance and the Army before he, having become rich and important, built a "little Versailles": the Château de Chanteloup, a short distance away.

The Maison de l'Apothicaire in which Jehan de Gastignon, herbalist to Charles VII and Francis 1st, prepared creams and unguents for the ladies of the court. He was given a large part of the property, including the cellars and several "Granaries" which border the back of the estate, by the King. The granaries include 3 rooms, one of which is 90 metres long and 4 silos 4 metres long with double walls which were used to store wheat. They were used as "Tithe Barns". Before the French Revolution, a tenth of the harvest was paid over to the church or the local lord.

Le 36

At the foot of the Royal Castle of Amboise, a few steps from the old town, "Le 36" restaurant welcomes you in a green setting between Loire and the hillside, lined with troglodyte caves, the mysterious "Greniers de César" is an ideal gourmet stop: fine cuisine and renowned wines.

The dining room "Côté Loire", on the first floor, offers an exceptional panorama and the air conditioning makes it pleasant even in high heat.

The dining room "Côté Jardins" opens directly onto the Italian-style gardens where it is good to have an aperitif as soon as time permits. Service on the terrace on sunny days.

Restaurant Le 36

Built between the last wild river in Europe and terraced gardens bordered by troglodyte caves, the "36", Choiseul's restaurant, is a perfect gastronomic stop: fine cuisine and famous wines.
The dining room "Côté Loire" on the first floor offers a magnificent panorama over the Loire. The dining room "Côté jardins" opens directly onto the Italian style gardens where you may enjoy an aperitif during summer.

To see the Menu click here

Opening Hours
Open all day. Lunch: noon to 2 pm. Dinner: 7.30pm to 9pm.

36 Quai Charles Guinot - 37400 Amboise, France

Phone: +33 02 47 30 63 36

Email: choiseul@grandesetapes.fr

Official Website: http://www.le36-amboise.fr/


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By Car: From Paris, motorway A10, exit Amboise - Château Renault and onto the D31 after 9 miles take the Amboise nord exit, cross the river, turn right and follow till about 0.2 mile before the town centre from Tours (15 miles) D751 Montlouis-Amboise (direction Chaumont-sur-Loire) south bank till 0.2 miles beyond the town centre from Blois (22 miles) N152 then D31 for about 9 miles. Take the Amboise nord exit, cross the river, turn right and follow the south bank till 0.2 mile before the town centre. Car park and garages available. By rail: TGV from Paris-Montparnasse station (1-hour trip). From Roissy airport (1-hour 30 minute trip, with the first departure a 7.45 am). St-Pierre-des-Corps station (12 miles), Amboise (0,6 miles) or Tours Centre (14 miles). By air: Tours St-Symphorien airport (19 miles). Amboise-Dierre aerodrome (6 miles).

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