Ibis Amboise

Z.I. La Boitardiere, Chemin du Roy, Amboise, Loire Valley, 37400, France

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    Hotel Ibis

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    Hooray!!! this is new hotel, built within the last two years and on the outskirts of Amboise.One of favourite group of hotels, you know exactly what you are getting with an Ibis. The Accor Hotel group have high standards and excellent staff.

    We stayed in room 119 which cost 76.00 Euros a night for two people (May 2012) but we have an Accor card which takes 10% off the cost of the rooms, bar and restaurant. Breakfast is 9.00 Euros each, all you can eat. Total bill for two, dinner, room, bar and breakfast was 177.31 Euros.

    Unique Quality: You get free Wi-Fi on request. Not a terribly good bar area, although the restaurant is the usual good standard.

    Directions: Outskirts of town, near the big new LeClerc roundabout. Plenty of parking. The website below has a map on it for easy location.

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Hours of opening should you wish to visitHours of opening should you wish to visit

Château du Clos-Lucé, Salon, 07/08Château du Clos-Lucé, Salon, 07/08

Château du Clos-Lucé, Le Parc, July 2008Château du Clos-Lucé, Le Parc, July 2008

Château du Clos-Lucé, Rear Garden, July 2008Château du Clos-Lucé, Rear Garden, July 2008

Forum Posts

Need advice about the wisdom of a late March visit

by smeans2

I will be in Paris later in March, and I want to extend the trip to visit Bourges and Chartres (by train). I've discovered I could easily visit at least part of the Loire Valley (by car) en route from Bourges to Chartres, but I have to wonder if this is a crazy idea. I don't expect anyone to predict the weather, but is the area (roughly from Tours to Orleans) likely to be at all rewarding at this time of the year? Perhaps there will be a very early spring :-), but assuming there is not, I would appreciate any thoughts on my sanity. I should confess that while I would want to visit a major chateau or two, this would not be my primary interest--landscape, villages, churches are my things. I'm sure there are better times to visit, but I'm working with the opportunity I have.

Re: Need advice about the wisdom of a late March visit

by Beausoleil

Hi. I answered your question in the Blois Forum, but logged on here to reiterate Amboise is a great base for touring the area that seems to interest you.

Highly recommended.

Re: Need advice about the wisdom of a late March visit

by smeans2

Thanks, Beausoleil, for this most helpful response. You have provided me with valuable advice in the past (re: Paris), and, once again, the generous sharing of your knowledge and experience are greatly appreciated. Many thanks! --Spencer

Travel Tips for Amboise

A walk into the city

by Dariana

It is great to swing along this little town with narrow streets, squares , hidden restaurants and bistros that seduces you with savoury flavours of fresh croissants. The silence surrounds you in the morning when the only noises are made by the merchants who opens their shops and austere sound of the bells. The silence and the colours at the sunset. And... the view from the bridge.

Obscure figures

by rexvaughan

We happened on this statue along the route to da Vinci's home. I frequently see statues and wonder who they are and why they are memorialised at all and in the specific location. I learned that Jean Fouquet was born in Tours and was a significant artist in te court of Charles VII and Louis XI. He did several large portraits, including Charles VII as well as several religious paintings. He was particularly adept at minatures used for illustrations in books. Some of his work is in Clos-Luce, hence his placement on the way to it. I have labeled this an obscure figure because he was totally unknown to me - which may just betray my artistic ignorance.

Walk Over to the Chapel St.-Hubert

by hquittner

The Chapel of St.-Hubert, finished in1493, is the gem of Amboise. The stonework of the interior is by Flemish masters in Flamboyant style. The masterpiece is the lintel of the double-door portal (the tympanum is a dull moden replacement), with the story of St.-Hubert and the Blessed Stag. The realization of him (kneeling right) and St. Christopher (at the left) are considered masterpieces. Inside in the left transept is a tomb reputed to cover the remains of Leonardo da Vinci (presumably found at another part of the terrace in 1869). The whole chapel was relocated to this spot as well at that time

St. Hubert Chapel

by Goner

This little gothic chapel is situated inside the area of the king castle in Amboise. In the chapel is the last resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. Originally Leonardo was buried in the heart of the king castle in the cloister of San Fiorentino. After destruction of the church and parts of the castle the mortal remains of Leonardo da Vinci were transferred to the Chapel of St. Hubert.

Château du Clos-Lucé: The Rear Garden

by von.otter

“Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”
— Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

There is a sweet little garden at the manor house’s rear; tables and chairs are set up within the garden for taking lunch from a concession stand nearby.

During the reign of Louis XI, Hugues d’Amboise (1080-1128) built this manor house in pink brick, between 1107 and 1115, upon the foundations of a Gallo-Roman building. In 1115 he rebuilt and fortified the castle of Amboise by the river and at the same time he built the bridge over the Loire. Hughes was one of Europe’s first nobles to fight to free the Holy Land in 1096; he died in 1128 after making a second trip to Jerusalem.

The king seized the estate and then gave by to his favorite, Etienne le Loup, a cook’s assistant whom he raised to the peerage. At the time the estate was called Manoir du Cloux, and was surrounded by fortifications. Within the park, Etienne Le Loup had a dovecote built, which is still intact, and which could house 500 pigeons.

When Charles VIII bought the property on 2.July.1490 by, Clos-Lucé became a royal estate. It remained as such for two centuries. While the Royal Court resided at Château d’Amboise in the Loire Valley, the Manoir du Cloux was used as a secondary residence. Charles VIII had the chapel built here for his Queen, Anne de Bretagne, who was in perpetual mourning for her children who died young.

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