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Amboise is a tranquil and attractive Loire town with an impressive chateau that was used as a royal residence in the 15th century. Amboise enjoys protected status as an important historic town of France. Its old quarter features some charming half-timbered houses and mansions, with the highlight being the home of Leonardo da Vinci. There are paths along the banks of the Loire for relaxing strolls, and Amboise offers a great place to stay for travellers who will appreciate its quiet charms. Online accommodation specialist site Hotels.com can offer a great selection of Amboise hotels to suit all budgets and preferences. Book the best value Amboise rooms in advance using Hotels.com's quick and easy reservation system and look forward to a relaxed stay on the Loire.

What's Amboise Like?

Amboise's undoubted highlight is the chateau, a monument that started out as a fortress and became a palace. The 15th-century French king Charles VIII (known as "the Affable") was responsible, adding an ornate Gothic wing and building the unusual chapel St-Hubert above one of the buttresses. Amboise's other notable Renaissance resident was Leonardo da Vinci, who used the chateau of Clos-Luce until his death in 1519. The mansion, set in elegant gardens, features rooms furnished in period style with reproductions of some of the great man's inventions. Other sightseeing attractions in Amboise include the main town square behind the castle, with some attractive medieval buildings, and a 15th-century clock-tower above a stone gateway. The attractive 15th-century church of St-Florentin is located below the castle. Just outside the town, a striking 18th-century pagoda is all that remains of a chateau, but offers great views from the top. Amboise hotels offer an ideal base for exploring the attractive region of the Loire valley.

Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Amboise

Amboise is off the main tourist trails and English is not widely spoken in the town. A few French phrases may be necessary for negotiating ticket offices and restaurants. Get into the French habit of greeting staff in museums or shops with a polite "bonjour" as a matter of course, rather than asking questions immediately. Casual eating options in Amboise often amount to creperies, as locals seem to adore their pancakes. For an economical way to sample the regional cuisine, look out for prix fixe deals, usually at lunch time. The Hotels.com site can furnish all the information required to select your ideal option from our range of Amboise hotels. Consult the guest reviews, photo galleries and sample room descriptions to get a firm idea of what to expect from Amboise accommodation.