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.

Pavillon des Lettres, hotel, Paris, France, author, literary

Voltaire once wrote, “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Paris’s 2010-opened Pavillon des Lettres takes this spirit to heart, and also pays homage to Voltaire himself, along with 25 other writers who were the inspiration for this chic hotel on

Just steps from the Champs-Élysées and the Triangle d'Or, this 1889 townhome houses the Hospes Lancaster, opened in 1930 by famous hotelier Emile Wolf. In 1996 it was remodeled with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture as well as antique lighting, gilded mirrors, and oil paintings.

Built around 1850 by famed city planner Baron Georges Haussman, this seven-story boutique hotel just a short walk from the Place de la Madeleine unites early 1900's charm with five-star amenities.

The hotel was originally Napoleon the Third's summer palace. Converted into a hotel in the late 1800's, the décor has been relatively unchanged for the last 50 or so years.

A jewel box of a hotel, the 34-room Duc de Saint Simon resembles a private Parisian home, with a black-and-white marble hall, graceful staircase, and rooms decorated in richly colored traditional French fabrics like toile de Jouy.

A pleasant, family-friendly inn and spa with an ambitious (if overrated) restaurant.

Once the private residence of literary great James Joyce, Victoria Palace Hotel is located in the sixth

At the Zen-inspired property, 15 suites give onto a terraced garden overlooking the Mediterranean. To reach the nearby beach, hop on one of the hotel's free bikes or take the shuttle-a Bentley, no less.

The renovated château has a swimming pool and serves a delightful dinner.