If you’re taking some time to get to know Orléans before embarking on château country this is the city’s most charming hotel. Stepping into the foyer, you will be instantly transported back to the turn of the 20th century. In fact, the hotel dates from 1903 and has been run for four generations by the same family. The cozy Belle Epoque feel flows into the guest rooms, each decorated with vintage prints and antiques. Throughout the building are ornamental nods to both Napoleon, whose symbol was the bee and the namesake of the hotel, and Joan of Arc, the liberator of Orléans. Take a late afternoon break or morning coffee on its peaceful rooftop terrace.