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.

The hotel is nestled at the bottom of a picturesque gorge.

l’hôtel du moment

It's the only hotel worth anything, though hotel is a big word for what is really just an eight-room guesthouse. Open the windows to hear the sounds of the Siberian birds that nest nearby each spring.

Cédric Béchade, 32, onetime protégé of Alain Ducasse and chef commis at the Hôtel de Crillon, is now proprietor of this nine-room inn and restaurant.

Despite being in downtown Nîmes, jardins secrets feels like a romantic rural refuge, with 14 guest rooms and a small swimming pool shaded by orange and olive trees hidden behind a pink façade.

A 19th-century mansion and two private villas surrounded by 22 acres of gardens on the tip of the Cap d’Antibes peninsula. The grounds include a saltwater pool, seaside spa, private landing pier, and clay tennis courts.

A former 19th-century hunting lodge with 31 Empire-style rooms set on 178 forested acres between Blois and Amboise. 

Located in Paris’s Luxembourg district, the Hôtel Sainte-Beuve is within walking distance of a number of attractions, including Luxembourg Gardens and the Place Saint-Sulpice. Guest rooms are a stylish blend of old and new, with antique pieces and designer furniture.

The redesigned three-star château is a great value. Stroll the kitchen garden or eat at the restaurant, Auberge d'Antan, which serves exquisite Gascon cuisine - rich, earthy fare.