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.

Designed by Frédéric Mechiche to resemble a Parisian townhouse, the Hôtel Le A is situated just two blocks from the Champs-Elysées. The chic, art-inspired hotel features 26 guest rooms decorated in shades of gray, white, and black with distinctive striped floors.

A private garden with towering potted trees and rare species of plants serves as the centerpiece for this five-star hotel in the central part of the city.

For a centrally located stay in Paris, consider the Pierre Seignol-designed Artus Hotel in the lively Left Bank.

A 580-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Paris' Latin Quarter, accommodating up to four, with modern, all-white décor, a queen-size bed, a fully equipped kitchen, high-speed internet, and cable.

Family-owned hotel and restaurant in a restored farmhouse.

Located in St.-Germain-des-Prés, Relais Christine is a small boutique hotel just two blocks from the Seine. Built on the remains of a 13th-century abbey, the hotel incorporates original architectural elements such as centuries-old stone vaults that arch over the cavernous breakfast room.

An 18th-century former residence set in expansive gardens.

Le Corbusier's 1959 influential midcentury masterpiece still stands tall—12 stories to be precise—as a testament to pioneering postwar urbanist architecture. The massive, multicolored apartment block was designed to house 1,600 people in a vertical village

Three former residences in Provençal style (tile floors; arched stone ceilings), 2 swimming pools, an organic kitchen garden, and a stellar French restaurant with a 60,000-bottle cellar.

Formerly the Auberge de Cantobre.

Originally built as a wine exchange in 1609, the inn has 18 cozy rooms with exposed wooden beams and flat-screen TV’s. The owners, Marc and Carmen Rohfritsch, are an extremely cordial couple, and Marc makes an excellent sauerkraut at the restaurant.

Near the fortified port town of Concarneau, the Les Sables Blancs presides over an unspoiled strip of sand. The hotel opened less than a year ago, and has a mod, minimalist look, with bright orange chairs on a vast lantern-lit bar terrace where guests gather at night.