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.
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.
Complex of stone buildings and a Michelin 2-starred restaurant set on a cliff above the Mediterranean.
One of the more affordable hotels in St.-Tropez, “Le Sube” is situated directly on the Vieux Port above the Café de Paris. The exterior is typical of Provençal by-the-sea architecture, with smooth stucco walls, wooden shutters, and metal balustrades.
The renovated château has a swimming pool and serves a delightful dinner.
On slim, windy Route D4, which crisscrosses the foothills below the summit of La Rhune mountain, we pass the lovely village of Sare, where the homey Hôtel Arraya harbors a restaurant and sells fresh gâteaux basques—dense, mealy cakes filled with cherry preserves.
Romance and a room on the bustling Rue de Rivoli may seem an unlikely coupling, but this hotel feels like you’ve stepped into the living quarters of a wealthy but eccentric aunt.
For classic French luxury with a hint of Italian swagger, look no further than the stylish Castille Hotel, steps from the haute-couture houses of Dolce & Gabbana and Hermès.
Located in the Latin Quarter near the small cafés and open-air market of busy Rue Mouffetard, the Five Hotel aims to cater to every sense (hence its name). The 24 small but well-planned rooms have clever details such as adjustable colored lighting and a menu of air fragrances.
Popular with international jet setters, Hotel Byblos is located in the heart of St.-Tropez, within walking distance of the town’s famous white-sand beaches.