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.

Housed in an 18th-century mansion on Place des Voges, Le Pavillon de la Reine hotel has a vine-covered façade and a shaded inner courtyard separated from the square by an iron gate.

Located in a 17th-century port, the hotel is made up of three fishermen's houses.

The Hôtel Le Saint Grégoire features 20 guest rooms and interiors decorated by David Hicks. Guest rooms are outfitted with antiques and paintings, lending a comfortable, home-like feel.

A former 13th-century stone fortress may not seem like the most welcoming structure for a bed-and-breakfast, but Château de Cassis feels at once intimate and modern. It hovers 250 feet above the Mediterranean, in Cassis, which is quietly becoming an insider’s alternative to St.-Tropez.

Even legendary French chefs with Michelin three-starred restaurants nurture pastoral dreams.

Part of France’s new wave of country hotels and restaurants, this estate dates from 1677, with a 19th-century château built by one of Napoleon’s generals. Dutch decorator Joris van Grinsven plays off Les Merles’s Neoclassical bones with simple, but not spartan, style.

French graffiti artist Monsieur André can now add hotelier to his résumé with the retro Hôtel Ermitage. Each of the 27 stylish rooms was decorated by one of his friends (Chloë Sevigny and Christian Louboutin among them), and the hotel's restaurant is already drawing crowds.

Just steps from the Champs-Élysées and the Triangle d'Or, this 1889 townhome houses the Hôtel Lancaster Lancaster, opened in 1930 by famous Swiss 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.