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.

Named for the 18th-century playwright (he wrote The Marriage of Figaro) and revolutionary who did some of his best work up the street—now one of the main shopping drags of the Marais—this 19-room retreat incorporates plenty of historical charm.

When food editor Orlando Murrin and his partner, Peter Steggall, first visited the Tarn, outside Toulouse, they fell in love with the landscape and immediately relocated to the south of France.

An intimate hotel in the city center.

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.

After their Le Cavendish relaunch, Guy and Christine Welter transformed this lovely 1884 villa in central Cannes into 11 beautifully appointed apartment suites with four-star luxuries. The eclectic styling mixes postmodern and Belle Époque, all elegant lines and rich colors.

This primo spot just underwent a $51 million renovation with ski valets, a tandem sauna and snow cave, and a 5,900-square-foot premier suite.