Hi. We're planning to spend one night (July 2) in the Loire region before heading to Paris. The idea is to take a train from Switzerland, and stay in Amboise, as recommended by the Rick Steves books.
Problem is, there seem to be only 2 places to stay within walking distance of the train station. One is a hostel (L'Auberge de Jeunesse), and they haven't responded to my inquiries (2 emails in the last week). I just contacted the other (la Breche) but don't have high hopes on this short notice. It actually seems the nicer places are in town -- but too far to walk?
Naturally we plan to do the Chateau thing. The minivan tours from Amboise look like a good option. But... all things considered, would we be better off staying somewhere else? (Tours?) Alternatively, would it be worth the hassle to rent a car?