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.

The cliffside hotel was built in 1872, with hanging eaves and wrought-iron balconies.

French style by way of L.A., with a dash of baroque detail, defines this 1906 building, where photos of Hollywood and fashion types are matched with purple velour chairs and Venetian glass chandeliers against black lacquered walls.

Michael Portos's increasingly lauded hotel restaurant serves reconstituted sunny-side-up egg with baby clams. Booking a room without booking a table at the in-house eatery is a crime.

High in the hills of Auvergne, a five-hour drive south of Paris, the property isn’t for those seeking high-tech amenities or over-the-top service.

Surrounded by Côte d’Or vineyards and stately barge canals, this 12th-century abbey has been revitalized with exquisite ornamental details: limestone arches supported by laughing gargoyles, heraldic frescoes, stained-glass refectory windows, and a marble spiral staircase to the adjacent château.

Three former residences in Provençal style (tile floors; arched stone ceilings), 2 swimming pools, an organic kitchen garden, and a stellar French restaurant with a 60,000-bottle cellar.

Formerly the Auberge de Cantobre.

Designed by Frédéric Mechiche to resemble a Parisian townhouse, the Hôtel Le A is situated just two blocks from the Champs-Elysées. The chic, art-inspired hotel features 26 guest rooms decorated in shades of gray, white, and black with distinctive striped floors.

For a centrally located stay in Paris, consider the Pierre Seignol-designed Artus Hotel in the lively Left Bank.

A private garden with towering potted trees and rare species of plants serves as the centerpiece for this five-star hotel in the central part of the city.