Hotel Diderot

2 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

Jun, 2013

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip


Last summer my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful driving holiday in France. For the first few days of our holiday we stayed in the beautiful château city of Chinon on the banks of the river Loire at the delightful Hotel Diderot.

Diderot is owned by Laurent Dutheil and his sisters Francoise and Martine, and is a beautiful 15th century building filled with quirky furniture and antiques ( a real draw for my antique loving husband!) The bedrooms are typical French, style with simplicity, matched with sparkling modern bathrooms. Rooms look out over a beautiful courtyard garden, lovingly tended by Laurent. After a day sightseeing it is a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine, before taking a short stroll into the city centre for the bars and restaurants.

In addition to fantastic service ,Hotel Diderot take great pride in providing their customers with the finest produce, sourced from highly valued local suppliers. On the staircase at Hotel Diderot there are a series of large, stylish, black and white photographs of the hotels local suppliers. The baker, the fresh fruit supplier, the honey supplier, the walnut supplier … the list goes on! I think it’s great. Pride of place for all their local partners on the main hotel stairway !

Talking of fruit, the hotel requires tons of it as the hotel breakfasts are famous for showcasing Laurent’s home-made jams … around fifty different flavours, all laid out for the guests delight each morning! Too bad we have only booked for four nights! Too many flavours to get through! ( I think I managed to try seventeen though I have to admit the flavours did start to merge by the fourth morning! ) Some of the jars were labelled with riddles or quotes rather than the jam flavour. Breakfast became a game with Laurent as we tried to guess his varieties! Apple pear and quince; green tomato and lemon; persimmon; apple and lavender; pear and vanilla.

I loved our stay at the Diderot. Run by a family who treated their guests as family! We will be back should we return sometime to Chinon!

We left, full of jam, smiles on our faces, with a copy of Laurents recipe book “L’ARMOIRE A CONFITURES” (JAM IN THE CUPBOARD) and a little gift from Laurent- a jar of my personal favourite, Aniseed!!

Geraldine Smith

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.