Composed of three mansions dating from the 15th through 18th centuries and nestled on the banks of the Loire River, Le Choiseul is the best hotel in Amboise and serves its best cuisine. Its rooms are opulent with traditional charm and all the modern comforts of a luxury hotel. Be sure to explore the grounds, where an outdoor pool is surrounded by Italian sculptures; ask the staff about visiting the impressive Greniers de César troglodyte caves nearby. 

New chef Mickaël Renard has brought his creativity and savoir-faire to the recently reinvented restaurant Le 36 (open to nonguests). His refined menu of beautifully presented dishes might include sea elms with Jerusalem artichoke mousse and truffle juice or filet of duckling, with nougat, tender turnips, with orange sweet-and-sour sauce.