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Hotel De France Chartre-sur-le-Loir

An independent boutique hotel near Le Mans and the Loire Valley

5.0/5 3 Reviews Add Review
Medals Gold

Recommended by our readers, researched by us.


Some of the team visited here for lunch a few years ago and had a great time.  However, we thought long and hard about adding it to the site due to the very limited number of private parking spaces available.

Then, one of our members recommended it, saying “lots of Le Mans history good restaurant lovely rooms”, and we thought ‘how could we omit this iconic location?’.

So, here it is with the caveat that if you are unsure of using the free public car park at the front of the hotel you need to contact them in advance to book one of their spaces in the gated car park. We had no problem obtaining a space when we stayed there in May 2022, albeit only confirmed on arrival.

Furthermore, we’ve seen first-hand and heard from locals that they love and value visiting classic cars and so they’re treated with respect. After all, it’s a core part of their tourism income!

No doubt you’ll be served in the bar by Christophe who has been serving the great and good of motoring history there since 1981 and has enough memorabilia to set up his own museum!

Thus, despite our initial reservations about parking, Hotel de France deserves its gold rating!

Additional Details

  • Good for club gatherings
  • 25
  • Gated car park
  • Smooth, Level, No speedbumps, Suitable for low cars, Tarmac

3 Reviews for Hotel De France Chartre-sur-le-Loir

DaveJones 1 Reviews
Great Heritage

First visited HdeF many years ago when attending the 24hr race – managed to secure a room and stayed there every year until a few years ago when I bought a house around the corner – the atmosphere in “normal” times around the 24hr and Classic is electric – many car clubs and individual petrol-heads visiting and soaking up the atmosphere. True the hotel has limited secure parking, but in all my time visiting La Chartre I have only heard of one act of vandalism and that was some damage to a French registered car – thought to be some kind of personal feud between the owner and perpetrator. Priceless vehicles are parked in the square all year round and given the interest and respect they deserve by visitors and locals alike. As for the hotel – it is a unique experience attracting many stars from the motor racing community and the rooms and food aren’t bad either!!

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Terry 15 Reviews
Part of the Le Mans History

Stayed here a couple of times now, and visiting again this year. Steeped in history and owned by people who love cars, there is always something to enjoy here, classic cars or well-known people. I was privileged to park up next to a Merc 300SL roadster !! If you are in the area then make a detour to stop by. Even better, book a night or two and use it as a base for Le Mans. The country road from here to LM was used by the racing teams to test the cars prior to the race day, so give that a go too.

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Experience a bit of history

For any Le Mans fan this is a piece of history and worth the 30+ mile detour from your drive down the Mulsanne Straight to experience yet more nostalgia. The owners are really friendly and accommodating and will do their best to find you somewhere to sit for a quick coffee even on a busy day – but it’s essential to book if you want lunch/dinner around the Le Mans events and in the summer. It’s a great place to sit and watch some rather beautiful classic cars coming and going as other petrolheads come to soak up the atmosphere and see the memorabilia. The owners are excellent guardians of the history and are really keen to share this with visitors. So if you want to walk in the shoes of Jochen Rindt and Jackie Stewart it really is worth a stop. In the summer it gets pretty busy in the square. To avoid the mayhem we parked at Place Jeanne Bourin (from the West on the D305 just follow Centre Ville and P (65 places) signs). Parking is also available at Rue Jean Dorat (47°43’43.3″N 0°34’40.5″E).

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