France

Hotels in France

An inland maison d'hôtes of good intentions and some allure.

A petite, 14-room charmer with Provençal flair (embroidered toile bedspreads; carved walnut headboards). Two of the largest rooms face the harbor, with its bobbing sailboats.

Directly across from the Neoclassical Opéra de Lille, the Hotel Carlton is centrally located within walking distance of the Euralille business district, Lille-Flandres railway station, and Grand Place de Lille (the city’s main square).

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.

The property boasts an infinity pool overlooking the Calvi coastline.

The principal structure is an exceptional example of colloquial perigourdin architecture, with a façade of limestone blocks in a deep, drenched-ocher color; schist roof shingles; and knobbly pisé floors—schist chiseled into small, triangular stones driven pointy-side-down into wet, beaten earth.

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. 

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.