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“Merci, Olivier!”
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Hotel Colbert
Ranked #7 of 88 Hotels in Tours
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2017

You will have many good memories of Tours after staying here, but your best memory will undoubtedly be your acquaintance with Olivier, the young man who greeted us at the reception desk when we arrived and who looked after us during our three-night stay. He is charming, witty, and outgoing, and he made us feel welcome whenever we saw him. Olivier also served breakfast to us each morning, arriving at the table to take drink orders and offering a tray of various cheeses, butters, jams, and yogurts, from which you selected whatever you wished. Each guest also received a wicker basket with a large fresh tartine as well as a flaky croissant. Olivier always checked back to see if we needed more coffee or anything else. It was a filling breakfast in a cheerful breakfast room where some of Olivier’s musical instruments, including a piano, are on display. (He is a jazz musician in addition to being an outstanding hotel proprietor.) He has an excellent command of English as well, and we enjoyed conversing with him about his music, his dogs (two King Charles spaniels), and his recommendations for places to eat.

We had reserved a room facing the inner courtyard, and it provided fresh air and a quiet atmosphere at night. The second-floor room (#11) was spacious and had a comfortable bed, a desk, an upholstered chair, and a modern bathroom with a convenient walk-in shower (no curtain or glass doors to fuss with). The room and its furnishings were very clean and well-maintained, and our room was serviced every day.

The hotel’s location is ideal: a walk of less than ten minutes from the train station, a short walk to the Place Plumereau, and just a few blocks away from the cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. The Rue Colbert seemed busy both day and night, and we always felt safe as we walked around. The street is lined with many good restaurants, one of which (Le Petit Patrimoine) is virtually next door to the hotel and served beautiful, affordable meals in a very friendly atmosphere. The reception desk at the Hotel Colbert is not open at all hours, but Olivier provided a security code for the front-door keypad which enabled us to come and go as we wished at night.

We used Tours mainly as our base from which to make day trips to the Château de Langeais and to the Château de Chenonceau, both of which were easily accessible by train, but we discovered many interesting things to see and do in the town. If you happen to be in Tours on a weekend, don’t miss the Saturday open-air market which spills out onto the streets on the Place des Halles and the Place Gaston Paillhou. Right beside the open market, which appeared to be the domain of local farmers, is a large enclosed pavilion called Les Halles de Tours, containing dozens of permanent vendors selling the most marvelous meats, cheeses, breads, and vegetables. This huge market is open every day and well worth a look. You can also purchase a variety of items to put together a very satisfying, inexpensive, gourmet-quality lunch that you can enjoy on a bench outside.

If you’re visiting Tours, the Hotel Colbert should be your first choice for lodging. We thank Olivier for being so attentive and kind to us during our stay.

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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

We searched for long a hotel that was charming and could accept a family of 5. Hotel Colbert is in the city center on a pedestrian street. We had 2 rooms next to each other, View with a lovely garden . They are plenty of car parking places around. The owner was very welcoming and made us feel at home. We will come back!

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

I researched all the hotels in Tours, and glad I chose Hotel Colbert. The owner was very welcoming, helpful and was always available. I stayed several days and enjoyed it so much I returned the following 2 weekends. The rooms are clean, well laid out and have all the necessities. I looked forward to the breakfast each day which was beautifully presented and included a baguette, croissant, confiture, yogurt, many types of juices, coffee, tea etc. The location is perfect with lots of restaurants, bars, and shops and just a couple minutes walk to the Loire River. Buses and trams are just minutes away. I recommend it highly.

Room Tip: Rooms toward the back are quieter.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Hotel Colbert lives up to it's reviews. The owner, Olivier, has created a warm and welcoming hotel in a vibrant part of town. It is beautifully decorated and well maintained. He is incredibly charming, and mornings we were greeted by his two King Charles Cavaliers. We needed recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing, which he was quick to provide and were superb. I would recommend this hotel for anyone visiting Tours.

Room Tip: Opt for a room facing the back as you will not be subject to the nighttime revelers on Rue Colbert.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Olivier, the manager, made sure our stay was as pleasant as possible. The room was large (as was the shower!) and very comfortable. Space is a bit limited for putting clothes away, and the breakfast was plentiful but relatively simple.

An excellent impression overall, ideal for couples (but business travelers will be absolutely fine too), excellent value for money.

Would definitely call again!

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Colbert

Address: 78 rue Colbert, 37000, Tours, France
Region: France > Centre-Val de Loire > Loire Valley > Tours
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tours
#1 Business Hotel in Tours
Price Range: S$102 - S$133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Colbert 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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