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.

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.

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.

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

Inspired by literature, art, and the bustling Saint Germain des Prés district of Paris, the Bel Ami hotel appeals to chic travelers visiting the city’s Left Bank. The hotel’s 112 guest rooms and suites feature a strikingly modern aesthetic.

Hotel Concorde La Fayette caters mostly to business travelers, with its easy access to Porte Maillot, La Défense, and Palais des Congrès.

A five-room B&B on the edge of town.

The recently updated four-star hotel features molecular gastronomy in chef Philippe Etchebest's restaurant. Try the unexpected scallops in beef jus with raspberry vinegar.

At these prices, luxury is a given; it’s the sincerity sans arrogance—and the prime Champs-Élysées location—that nudges this 21st-century newcomer ahead of other Parisian five-stars.

The Hôtel des Saints-Pères is situated near the Le Bon Marché store and the Café de Flor in the Saint Germain des Prés district of Paris.