REVIEW

La Roseraie

This 18-room hotel in Chenonceaux was a must-stay on the itineraries of political notables after World War II—including Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

By Margie Rynn, Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 12:00 AM

La Roseraie

La Roseraie

About this Hotel

Price From $85

This 18-room hotel in Chenonceaux was a must-stay on the itineraries of political notables after World War II, when the Allies were trying to figure out how to piece Europe back together. Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, and Eleanor Roosevelt all, at one time or another, laid their heads at La Roseraie. (A letter from Roosevelt still hangs in the breakfast room.)

In 2000, Sophie and Laurent Fiorito acquired the property and completed a top-to-bottom renovation. There is no such thing as a standard room here—tiny singles have just enough space for a twin bed, while one suite fits a family of five. The decor is equally varied. One room has a Louis Philippe-style dresser and a crystal chandelier; another shows off a modern pink-checkered sofa.

The hotel's best asset is its proximity (a five-minute walk) to Château de Chenonceau, which Henri II gave to his beloved mistress, Diane de Poitiers; the massive 16th-century building hovers over the River Cher.

Closed Nov.Jan. and Mar.