We did a lot of Internet research since January, before we decided to stay for 12 nights at this Best Western Hotel in Tours at the river Loire. As it's almost impossible to find a hotel room with a king size bed AND a walk-in shower outside of Paris, we booked this room, hoped for the best and did not regret it.
The location is very quiet, not only the hotel location, but also the location of our room # 444 on the fourth floor which is towards the garden and away from the street. The room is provided with 2 entrance doors which makes it very quiet, it also has a so-called rollo/rouleau which makes the bedroom very dark.
The bathroom is very spacious and has a bathtub and a large walk-in shower.
The breakfast buffet is delicious.
There's a hotel garden with a cute grey cat who comes to visit every now and then :).
The people at the reception are very friendly and helpful. Michael took a picture of us and helped us with the air condition after we arrived as we couldn't figure out the a. c. remote control. The a. c. works perfectly (we like it cool).
The only negative thing are the dim reading lamp on the night stands (which is a very common problem in many European hotels), so get yourself a rechargeable reading lamp at FNAC, a store in downtown Tours. Or bring one from home with an adapter.
The location of the hotel in Rue Berthelot is within easy walking distance to the historic part of town, many restaurants, cafés and shops. We can recommend L'etape des pates (it offers mousse au chocolat and a very good vegetarian Lasagne).
As Tours is right in the center of the many Loire, Cher and Indre castles, your furthest distance will be 130 km one way to Plessis-Bourré (south of Le Mans), about the same distance to Chambord, ca. half an hour to Azay-le-Rideau and not much further to Chenonceau, the most beautiful castle at the Cher. Chinon is about one hour driving distance (we can recommend the risotto at the restaurant Jeanne de France next to the town hall/mairie in downtown Chinon).
Don't keep your hopes up regarding wine estates, there don't seem to be any well-organized tours, only if you book them from Paris (?). And $ 1.000 per person seems ridiculous. less