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.

This former bottling plant has a classic bistro with an extensive wine list from the region’s best vineyards—including 30 organic vintages. The 12 guest rooms are furnished with Napoleon-era antiques and modern steel-and-bamboo campaign beds.

The 18th-century maison de village, just a few miles from the
romantic market town of Uzès, has wide-open views of the surrounding
garigue and Mont Ventoux and a walled swimming pool fringed with olive

Impeccable turn-of-the-20th-century château in the heart of the Champagne region. 

This hip yet plush hangout between the Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower is as au courant as it was when it opened in 1911, thanks to a 2000 refurbishment courtesy of its new owner, the Sultan of Brunei.

Fashion designer Catherine Painvin fled Paris for the Himalayas and finally ended up in Aubrac. The inn, with only six rooms—each more eccentric and wonderful than the last—is a favorite of connoisseurs.

The restaurant offers a superb lunch. The hotel only has seven rooms, all of them lovely and freshly renovated, and each with a view of the river.

Small and opulent (when Oscar Wilde died here in 1900, legend has it that his final words were, “I am dying beyond my means”), L’Hôtel sports 20 rooms, each with a different theme—leopard, Italian Baroque, Japanese pagoda—but all tastefully over-the-top.

An institution since 1898, the lavish, opulent Ritz—near the Louvre museum and Tuileries gardens—has maintained its stature as one of Paris’s leading hotels despite a plethora of trendy newcomers.

With its garden courtyard, large fireplace in the lobby, and manor-like appointments, this converted 17th-century abbey feels like a country estate in the middle of the Left Bank.

Located near one of Paris’s most upscale shopping districts in the 1st Arrondissement, the Hôtel Costes is a magnet for the fashion-forward, chic crowd.

This property, formerly a Four Seasons Resort, came under new management in 2012.

Built in 1923, this renowned Saint Germain des Près property next to Les Tuileries was remodeled in 1999. Over the years, it’s attracted a select clientele; guests have included painters Chagall, Buffet, and Miro.