Accommodations in France
before you go
Hotels in France
Tourist hotels are approved and examined by the
authorities. They are split into 5 categories according to
their facilities, areas and services. The categories are
1-star, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star and - for hotels of great
comfort - 4-star L (luxury). Prices displayed outside the
hotel and in bedrooms must be inclusive. They are unregulated
and a surcharge can be levied for an extra bed or for
breakfast. Rooms must usually be left by noon on the day of departure. There
are about 17,500 hotels, inns and motels in France.
Finding a Room.
It's always easier to reserve your accommodation through a
travel agent before coming to France. You can also contact
local Tourist Offices or the Syndicats d'Initiative: they will
inform you on the local possibilities of accommodation
There are dozens of
hotel chains and reservation
services for hotels in France
which group standardized hotels or hotels each with
its own character. The range covers all categories, from 'Relais
& Chateaux', 'Chateaux et Hotels de France'
hotels (3- and 4-star) or more economical hotels near major
cities (Hotel Formule 1, Etap Hotel,
Balladins, Bonsaï, Liberté,
Première Classe). Hotel chains usually have central
Quoted for per night for a
single or double room. Rates are quoted per person if they
include room and board.
include taxes and service.
Reservations should be in
writing (letter, fax or email). At that time, an advance
deposit should be sent to the hotel. Your reservation, room
rate and receipt of deposit should be confirmed in writing, by
the hotelier. To avoid problems, reservations should never be
An advance deposit is required to secure
your reservation. The exact amount is not fixed by law but, in
general, the deposit amounts to the equivalent of 25% of the
total cost and one night for shorter stays.
Whatever the type of accommodation
you choose, pay a deposit. The deposit will not be refunded
unless the contract stipulates it. If the hotel cancels your
reservation, he must pay you the double of the deposit.
Guests are expected to arrive at their hotel no later than
between 7 and 10 pm. To avoid misunderstandings, it is best to
let the hotel keeper know the approximate arrival time,
especially if it might be late. If you a telephone reservation
has been made without a deposit, the hotelier is not required
to hold the room after 7 pm.
The French Civil Code, Article 1590, regulates the rights of
hotel guests and hoteliers regarding cancellation. In
addition, many hotels follow stipulations laid down by the
international Hotel Convention. Be sure to request details of
the hotel's cancellation policy along with the reservation
want to book accommodations upon arrival may consult the
Automatic Central Reservations Board in Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle
can be made for the day of arrival at the Syndicats
d'Initiative or Tourist Offices in Paris and other cities.
At a campsite
France offers more than 9,000 fully equipped campsites
officially grated from 0 to 4* and 2,300 farm campsites. The
Official Campsite Guide is on sale at bookshops, newsagents,
FNAC [national chain of department stores selling books, CDs,
computers …] and all good retailers, as well as by mail order
(postage and carriage: 3 euro per copy).
Fédération Française de Camping-Caravaning [French Camping
and Caravanning Association] (tel +33 (0)1 42 72 84 08).
Camping off-site is permitted with the authorization of the
landowner, but prohibited on beaches, roadsides or at
For information, please ask at Tourist Offices or the
In tourist apartments
These are buildings housing apartments for rent, fully
equipped and with a choice of hotel services.
Visit the website
In furnished accommodation
These are fully equipped holiday villas or apartments for
rent to tourists: information from Tourist Offices and estate
In Gîtes or Guest Houses
By renting a room in the owner's home (per night or per
week, with breakfast and, occasionally with evening meal), you
will have the chance to discover more about, and share in, the
French way of life.
In Holiday Villages
Non-profit making organizations who offer
especially designed accommodation for families and groups, the
holidays Villages also have excellent leisure activities. A
stay in a holiday village is a great way to meet French people
in a friendly environment and at the same time keep a feeling
of individual freedom.
The following guides are of help :
Le Guide des Monastères
Maurice Colignon - Editions Pierre Horay
277 rue Saint-Jacques
75006 - PARIS
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 53 90
Fax: +33 (0)1 56 24 76 27
New guide in 2001 (15th edition). Price: 15.09
Le Guide Saint-Christophe
22 bis, passage Dauphine
75005 - PARIS
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 24 76 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 43 54 63 50
HOTEL RESERVATION SERVICES
13810 SE Eastgate Way, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98005
A good selection of hotels in France. A solid
online reservation system.
10440 North Central Expressway, Suite 400,
Dallas, Texas 75231
Many hotels in France,
in Paris and other main cities of France
3150 Sabre Dr.
Southlake, TX 76092
Probably the largest
selection of French hotels that can be found online.
Availability searches and reservations can be made
801 North Grant
Odessa, TX 79761
Many hotels in France, and last minutes deals.
Online reservation system is available.
COSYTEL SMALL HOTELS OF
4935 Queen Mary, #404
Montreal, QC H3W 1X4
Tel: (514) 738-4040, (888) 41PARIS
Fax: (514) 738-6112
250 privately owned & family run hotels (10,000
rooms) from 2* to 4* located in the heart of Paris &
throughout France. Optimum
350 5th Ave., #4310
New York, NY 10118
Tel: (212) 631-0100, (800) 221-4542
Fax: (212) 631-0510
European leader & worldwide group in hotels &
services with over 3,700 hotels worldwide. Member
groups: Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Libertel, Ibis &
Formule 1. Sofitel is a group of upscale hotels &
resorts located in key business & leisure
BED & BREAKFAST
Tel:(619) 531-1179, (800) 872-3632
Over 100 private family residences throughout Paris
offered by experienced company. Charming hosts,
lovely homes, convenient locations, attractive rates
and a great introduction to the culture.
75 Valencia Ave., #900
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Tel: (305) 925-9000, (800) 453-2582
Fax: (305) 925-9042
Expanded the concept of American plans worldwide. Over
100 destinations worldwide incl. Guadeloupe,
Martinique, Bora Bora, Corsica & France.
Specializing in 3* & 4* ski, sun & mountain resorts.
Great food, exotic destinations, unique & extensive
sports/activities/ excursions offered.
1 Penn Plaza, #2127
New York, NY 10119-2127
Tel: (212) 935-1045, (800) 777-4182
Fax: (212) 752-8916
Smaller hotel chain with over 30 first-class &
deluxe hotels in France (over 75 worldwide). Six
hotels in Paris. Hôtel de
Crillon in Paris and Hôtel Martinez in Cannes
are part of the chain.
Special seasonal promotional rates available.
CROWN INT'L MARKETING
12 Rte. 17 North, #203
Paramus, NJ 07652
Tel: (201) 265-5151, (800) 628-8929
Fax: (201) 712-1279
Reservations for deluxe hotels in Paris, Beaujolais,
Vence, St. Tropez, Evian, St Barth's and other
islands of the French West Indies.
800 West Ave. #335
Miami, FL 33139
Tel: (305) 538-9697, (800) EPOQUE1
Fax: (305) 538-4820
27 Paris hotels offering leisure & business
travelers rooms & services with emphasis on a
welcoming home-style stay.
EUROPEAN HOTELS & TOURS
305 Madison Ave., #1166
New York, NY 10165
Tel: (212) 744-5217, (800) 800-3048
Fax: (212) 288-6947
Select 3* - 4*L hotels situated in cities & the
countryside. Customized itinerary planning for
discriminating individual & groups including
cultural, gastronomic & wine tours, private transfer
services are also available.
FRENCH BOUTIQUE HOTELS
8 Knight St.
Norwalk, CT 06851
Tel: (800) 700-9549
Over 300 small & affordable hotels and inns,
including charming mills, castles and manors and
throughout the French countryside. An official
representative of Relais du Silence Hotels of
GLOBAL HOME NETWORK
1110 D Elden St., #106
Herndon, VA 20170
Tel: (703) 318-7081, (800) 528-3549
Fax: (703) 318-7086
Apartments & small hotels in Paris' Latin Quarter &
throughout the city. Luxury to budget serviced
apartments & small, elegant hotel accommodations
throughout Paris, including the Left Bank, the
Champs-Elysées area & the Trocadéro district. SABRE:
Y/HHL/HNT & APOLLO: HODHN/INFO.
HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD
305 Madison Avenue, Ste 1166
New York, NY 10165
Tel: (212) 744-5217, (800) 800-3048
Fax: (212) 288-6947
Select 3 to 5 star hotels and chateaux located in
the cities and the countryside. Customized-itinerary
planning is available, featuring cultural,
gastronomic and wine tours. Private transfer
services available for major destinations.
ITS CARS & HOTELS
3332 NE 33rd St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Tel: (954) 566-7111, (800) 521-0643
Fax: (954) 566-0036
Car rental reservations at most major airports & at
certain city locations throughout France.
Hotel reservations through airline systems & Website
366 54th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Tel: (727) 321-6883, (800) 755-9313
Fax: (727) 321-1637
Specialized in handling reservations for palace and
châteaux-hotels, deluxe country inns & quaint hotels
in historic centers of cities as well as studios,
apartments & villas. Also acts as informed
consultant on all aspects of the country including
best cities, hotels, restaurants & points of
LE MERIDIEN HOTELS & RESORTS
420 Lexington Ave., #1718
New York, NY 10170
Tel: (212) 805-5000, (800) 543-4300
Fax: (212) 697-1445
Global hotel group of over 140 luxury & upscale
hotels (38,000 rooms) in 55 countries worldwide.
MILLENNIUM HOTELS & RESORTS
145 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 789-7859, (800) 892-7444 (groups),
Fax: (212) 789-7861
Recently renovated, 163-room hotel ideally located
for all the famous landmarks of Paris (Galeries
Lafayette, Louvre, Sacré Coeur & the Opera). The
hotel's guest rooms are air- conditioned &
soundproofed & offer in-suite bathroom, mini-bar,
satellite TV, direct dial phone with PC connection,
radio, trouser press & hair dryer.
RELAIS & CHATEAUX
11 E. 44th St., #707
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 856-0115, (800) 735-2478
Fax: (212) 856-0193
Organization of privately owned hotels & restaurants
142 of which are located in France. Former castles,
abbeys, manor houses, mills, estates, private
residences & country houses have been converted into
comfortable hotels & elegant gourmet restaurants.