France

Hotels in France

Seeing as the world “hotel” has its origins in the French language, there’s obviously no shortage of hotels in France. Visitors will find everything from international French hotels to cute B&Bs and, another French word, plenty of chateaux (especially in the famed Loire Valley). And for those traveling on a budget plenty of hostels and hotels in France offer affordable accommodations perfect for the wallet-conscious traveller. There’s even a long tradition of work-to-stay France hotels that give visitors room-and-board in exchange for working French farms. Just be sure to do your research before booking a hotel in the country’s many cities and make finding an excellent concierge or enthusiastic local guide a top priority. Both can do wonders for a great French vacation.

Hedonists and oenophiles rejoice: French vinotherapy brand Caudalíe has recently opened a spa in the 19th-century hotel Les Étangs de Corot, in Ville-d’Avray, 15 minutes north of Paris.

The property, just southwest of Pomerol, is now in the hands of Martin Krajewski, an English businessman who has added several large and immaculate guest rooms, regional cooking classes, and a freestanding art gallery filled with John Hoyland and Terry Frost canvases.

Curvaceous sensuality is the prime element in the 95 rooms and six junior suites in the four-star Hotel Jules in the Bohemian Faubourg Montmartre neighborhood in the Ninth Arrondissement.

Three years after garnering raves as the creator of the Marais’s fanciful Hôtel du Petit Moulin, couturier Christian Lacroix is back with a discreet (at least from the outside) 34-room hideaway, seconds on foot, our stopwatch confirms, from the Musée d’Orsay.

Palatial hotel with sexy interiors—a daring design departure from its more traditional neighbors—just off the Place Vendôme.

A Provencal estate set in the grape-filled Vaucluse, with an 18th-century wine cellar that houses 2,500 bottles.