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See all » 126 hotels in Provence

  • La Treille Muscate 12 rooms from $69

    Provence

    A gorgeous hotel in a stone country house. Rooms are laid back boutique style with wooden floors, dark wood furniture and white furnishings. Some have private terraces with forest views. Superb French cuisine and a charming bar. Great value, romantic, intimate and chic.

    Romantic Break  -  A private terrace overlooking the gardens, riding in the woods nearby and markets and festivals to explore
    Local markets  -  Pottery ateliers in Cliousclat and Mirmande
    Sights nearby  -  Grignan Castle
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Une Campagne en Provence 5 rooms from $87

    Bras, Provence

    A delightful country house B&B. Rustic rooms have exposed beams, terracotta floors and lovely bathrooms. Outdoor pool, cyprus-tree gardens and terrace. Excellent French cuisine for dinner and breakfast. Mini cinema within the cellar. Charming, peaceful and pretty.

    Hideaway  -  Very quiet atmosphere, over 3000 trees in the garden to wander through, riding, cycling or relaxing by the pool in countryside
    Local markets  -  Provencal markets: Saturdays in Brignoles or Wednesdays in Saint-Maximin
    Great walks  -  To mountain Sainte-Victoire and the snow-capped Alps
    Cooking classes  -  Catered to your needs and group size
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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See all » 79 hotels in Loire Valley

  • Hotel Mirabeau 23 rooms from $71

    Tours (Loire)

    Excellently positioned townhouse B&B in downtown Tours. Varying rooms sleep from two up to five. Ideal for groups and families, and great value.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Tours. Perfect base for exploring the Loire Valley
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Les Chatelains 5 rooms from $85

    Ennordres, Loire Valley

    Pretty B&B in secluded spot. The rooms feature exposed beams, artworks and period furniture. Heated outdoor pool, garden and terrace to enjoy breakfast. Quiet, traditional and relaxing.

    Hideaway  -  Heated pool, flower filled garden and totally secluded
    Sights nearby  -  Château de la Verrerie
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Full of character
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See all » 63 hotels in Normandy

  • Chateau de Sarceaux 4 rooms

    Normandy

    Once an ancient hunting lodge and then an 18th century castle, this Chateau is filled with character. Offering comfortable and individually styled bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, each room has its own fireplace and rustic wooden floors. Enjoy beatiful views over the surrounding park and pond.

    Sights nearby  -  Le Mont St Michel and D-Day landing beaches as well as the pretty town of Alencon
    Views  -  Rooms have views overlooking the park or pond
    Back to Nature
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  • Manoir d'Hermos 1 rooms from $68

    Saint-Éloi-de-Fourques, Normandy

    A fine stately home dating back to the 16th Century with 12 hectares of land, private fishing pond and an exciting history. Individually decorated bedrooms are traditionally french in style with antique sleigh beds and garden views. A charming base for exploring the Normandy countryside.

    Great walks  -  Good walking routes departing from the manor
    Sights nearby  -  Château du Champ de Bataille
    Fishing  -  Carp fishing site nearby
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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See all » 63 hotels in Brittany

  • L'Hotel 31 rooms from $66

    Nantes

    Fab location in the heart of Nantes, just a few steps from the cathedral & the station. Inside the hotel is chic and sleek, decorated in crisp simple colours and dark rich oak. Rooms have a great view of the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne or the garden. Stylish & convenient base for a city break.

    Sights nearby  -  Cultural sites not to be missed: The Dukes of Brittany Castle, The Fine Arts Museum, L'île de Versaille & many more
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  • Hotel Les Charmettes 18 rooms from $72

    St Malo

    Directly on the Saint-Malo seafront, Les Charmettes is a charming hotel. Rooms are comfortable and smart and many have glorious seaside views. Spend the day relaxing on the beach and in the evening enjoy delicious regional seafood, especially the world famous Sillon oysters.

    Surfing  -  Saint-Malo's strong spring and autumn tides make it a great place for surfing.
    Sailing  -  Perfect stopping point for a sailing trip around the coast of Brittany.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous 12th centrury Saint-Malo ramparts.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hotel Les Degrés de Notre Dame 10 rooms from $116

    Paris

    Charming bedrooms for great value make this a sought-after base in the Latin Quarter, with views over Notre Dame. Large attic room has best views, suitable for families. Traditional French breakfast to kick start the day of exploring. A local find full of character and antiques.

    Sights nearby  -  Notre Dame is within walking distance.
    Views  -  Of Notre Dame, best from attic suite.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Les Etangs de Corot 43 rooms from $167

    Paris

    A stunning historic house made from timber in a small hamlet just in between Versailles and Paris. Beautiful landscape includes ponds, courtyards, and woodlands to explore. Luxurious rooms and suites decorated with elegance. Michelin star restaurant, top of the range spa, and romantic views.

    Lakeside  -  A privileged lakeside setting with romantic views.
    Foodies  -  Le Corot Restaurant has a Michelin star.
    Spa breaks  -  A top of the range spa.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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See all » 53 hotels in Côte d'Azur

  • Hôtel L’Arena 32 rooms from $76

    Fréjus

    L'Arena hotel's rooms boast warm summer colours and true Provencal rustic styles in a comfortably modern setting. Each looks out over the beautifully landscaped gardens, or the inviting pool terrace area. Explore locally - Fréjus dates back centuries, or head to the beach a little over a mile away.

    Great walks  -  The densely wooded Maures and Esterel mountain ranges offer great walking trails for all ages
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Hotel des Deux Rocs 11 rooms from $78

    Seillans, Provence

    A sublime restaurant with wonderful rooms and sweeping valley views. Excellent food and shady terraces, three family rooms sleep four, all in a stunning location. A gourmet spot fit for families and romantic breaks.

    Views  -  Wonderful views over the valley.
    Gourmet
    Foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the hilltop villages, or take a trip to the beaches of the Cote d'Azur
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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See all » 47 hotels in Burgundy

  • Hostellerie des Clos 36 rooms from $81

    Chablis, Burgundy

    A lovely hotel in the heart of the Chablis wine region. Contemporary rooms have wooden floors and large bathrooms. Gym, gardens and a terrace. Excellent Burgundian cuisine and wine in the restaurant. Great for a romantic weekend fuelled with excellent food and wine.

    Romantic Break  -  Take a cycle trip through the vineyards, visit the food and antique markets nearby and view Renaissance architecture
    Local markets  -  In Noyers sur Serein Vezelay, Auxerre Blunderbuss
    Sights nearby  -  Auxerre
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Le Puits d'athie 4 rooms from $86

    Burgundy

    A charming 18th century Burgundian mansion come guesthouse close to Auxerre. Beautiful rooms and suites have white washed walls, wooden floors and boutique furnishings. A pretty flower garden, terrace and great regional dishes. Great for a quiet and authentic country weekend in Burgundy.

    Country Escape  -  Very quiet location, pretty gardens, local walks and eateries
    Sights nearby  -  10km from Auxerre
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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About France

France. The many cliches are so familiar: the romance of Paris, the peaceful rural beauty of Provence, the bounty of its table, the glamour of its coastline. But that doesn't even touch on the art, or architecture, or châteaux, or history, or the country's landscape. Which are all reasons to visit in their own right.

France is also known for its rather arbitrary hotel rating system, so our Gurus are here to help you find the best places to stay in France, whatever the reasons behind your visit.

Consult our Guru's list of the best places to stay in France

Just like the song says, Paris is beautiful whatever the weather. The architecture is graceful, the art impressive, its grand boulevards and their cafe culture are atmospheric and romantic. Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysee are exciting to see but the real charm and memorable delight of a stay in Paris is usually in the details. The people of Paris are every bit as diverting as the grand architecture, whether they are in charming, shruggy, flirtatious, dismissive or garrulous mode.

Many visitors to France are looking for châteaux and grape vines, and the Loire Valley, just an hour from Paris, is one of the best places to find both. It can feel like each château you visit demonstrates an increase in extravagance and opulence - their gardens ordered and majestic, and the rows of vines create a neatness to the landscape which you can imagine The Sun King would approve of. The other thing the Loire is famed for is its produce. Wines, game, cheese and other delicacies fit for a king will grace your plate when you visit this region.

Champagne is an obvious one for wine buffs, and the lush Dordogne with its dramatic river valleys and impressive ancient cave art, is also a great region for wine and châteaux, and also food. Then there's Burgundy, another mouth-watering option for foodies ask wine-buffs. Rich food, but also a very rich history; for centuries Burgundy remained independent from the rest of France, ruled by its powerful Dukes. This rich heritage can be seen all over the area from the ruins of Cluny monastery to the numerous châteaux dotting the countryside. And then there's the wild wilderness of the Morvan National Park.

If you're looking for the pleasures of rural France, Provence entices, with its mesmerising straight, fat rows of lavender and picturesque medieval hilltop villages promising long, drowsy lunches. And plenty of wine. And plenty of sunshine. Edged by the spectacular, and glamorous, blue of the Côte d'Azur, Provence's own shades of green and terracotta have played muse for many artists, who've been beguiled by the light, which Matisse described as 'soft and tender, despite its brilliance'. And their legacy remains, distributed through the region's excellent museums.

Brittany and Normandy are also good options for a seaside break with a bit of flair. And Brittany is another foodie-friendly option, but then this is France.

France also offers great ski fields in Les Trois Vallées, Chamonix and Val Thorens, for example.

The Best Places to Stay in France

If you know which part of France you'll be exploring skip through to our French Destination Guides:

The Best Places to Stay in France for a Parisian City Break

  • Hotel d'Aubusson has been attracting the literati and glitterati to this Seine-adjacent townhouse since the 17th Century. Arranged around a large courtyard, you can expect exposed beams, huge double doors and grand proportions.
  • The Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon in St. Germain is plush, romantic, traditional, elegant and intimate - think overstuffed furniture and cleverly conceived paint effects , TVs only on request and room service instead of a mini-bar.
  • Hotel San Régis, with its neoclassical facade, wondrously decorative wallpaper and elegant, county house feel, is just off the Champs Elysees in the heart of haute couture.
  • The Hotel de Sers has been converted from the elegant 19th Century mansion built for the Marquis de Sers, and is a prime example of traditional elegance blending with cutting edge design. Located by the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, the hotel bar, S'Bar is a cocktail hour magnet for locals in the know.
  • The Hotel de Sers has been converted from the elegant 19th Century mansion built for the Marquis de Sers, and is a prime example of traditional elegance blending with cutting edge design. Located by the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, the hotel bar, S'Bar is a cocktail hour magnet for locals in the know.
  • It's a rarity to find such a good value hotel in such a superb location, but Hotel Thérèse is just five minutes walk from the Louvre. This chic property oozes eclectic style; the only downside being that some of the standard rooms are a little on the small side.

The Best Places to Stay in France for the Châteaux

  • If you want to feel like royalty one of the best places to stay in the Loire Valley is Château de la Barre. The decor is sumptuous beyond opulent, collected over the last 600 years by the family who're still the current owners. Twice a week the owners do a formal Grand Siecle dinner for their guests. So this is also a great destination if you're interested in the history of the place.
  • The Château de Gixeux has one of the grandest approaches you can imagine, but there's more to this château than acres of beautiful parkland - there's loads to do! But there are only five suites and one villa, so it's intimate too.
  • Provence isn't an obvious choice for châteaux, but Château de Massillan is worth recommending. It's a beautifully renovated small château with turret bedrooms and elegant interiors. It's surrounded by parklands, and has a lovely lake, and an excellent restaurant.
  • For the complete château experience book a room in the Dordogne's Château les Merles. A luxurious, fairytale château in its own right, it's also surrounded by golf courses, vineyards and forests. In addition to its 18 rooms it also has two separate villas.

The Best Places to Stay in France for a Once in a Lifetime Visit

  • Parisian charm at its most authentic, L' Hôtel was once Oscar Wilde's bolthole in Paris. Louche and decadent in the 60s and 70s, L'Hotel has been flamboyantly re-imagined by Jacques Garcia, and its opulence has been gloriously restored. Think jewel-box rooms and themed suites (if you can bear the tristesse you can sleep in the room in which Oscar Wilde expired beyond his means), and a candlelit plunge pool.
  • The Marquis de la Fayette once lived in the building the Marquis Faubourg St Honore now occupies, just a short walk from the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Opera House. And the refurbishment is elegant and chic, with plenty of museum-grade originals.
  • So Parisian-cool the website is borderline unhelpful, Hôtel Costes has done everything to excess, but somehow lavish haute-bordello style works, and the A-listers love it. Pool, gym, hammam and spa, fine dining, a very lively bar - all achingly hip.
  • With just four exceptionally glamorous rooms, Cap Estel is an exquisite mansion on a cliff top peninsula overlooking a stunning Côte d'Azur bay you can enjoy from both the terraces and private balconies. There's also a private beach, spa, gorgeous infinity pool and gourmet restaurant. True luxury 'A-list'.

The Best Places to Stay in France for Foodies and Wine Buffs

  • The family-run Les Florêts at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail is set in the heart of the owners' own vineyards. The Gigondas wine that they produce is available in the restaurant where many of the dishes on offer complement it beautifully. Homely furnishings with a delightful terrace for eating outside and excellent French service.
  • Hostellerie Berard et Spa is a lovely hilltop hotel with an excellent spa, great wine cellar and a Michelin starred restaurant. And all in a charming Provençal village with beautiful views over the surrounding valleys.
  • Also in Provence, Château de Berne is perfect if you want to eat well, but also learn something about what you're eating. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of private vineyards, they offer wine tastings and cookery classes.
  • L'Artemise is a heavenly gastronomic restaurant with rooms on a hillside just outside Uzes, with lovely views and a lovely garden. The 'surprise' menu changes daily.
  • Just out of the famous wine village of Vouvray, Domaine des Bidaudieres is a great choice if you want to be right in amongst the vines. This beautiful 15th Century estate has B&B style accommodation, with five rooms, two suites and two villas - one self catering. And of course they run tastings.
  • Also set amongst vineyards, Château de Marcay is ideal for people who want to spend some time 'at home'. Everything you need for a relaxing day can be found here, from cooking classes to wine tastings, to grand gardens with a lovely pool. The restaurant is excellent and the wine list impressive.
  • Château d'Igé in Burgundy is wonderfully atmospheric. There are stone-flagged floors, winding staircases, fairytale turrets, huge hearths, a beamed dining room and a well-established, impeccably maintained garden. Food is delicious and distinctly Burgundian in flavour.

The Best Places to Stay in France for Sunshine in Style

  • Sumptuous and luxurious, the Hotel Residence de la Pinède, on the Côte d'Azur is also one of the few hotels in the South of France with access to a good beach. As well as its beach terraces and elegant suites, this hotel also has a restaurant with two Michelin stars.
  • The Château du Domaine St-Martin is a grand affair in the hills above the Côte d'Azur, with classically sumptuous rooms, beautiful suites, private villas, exceptional gardens and two Michelin stars.
  • The Château De La Messardiere is too cool even for St-Tropez, instead it peers down from a hilltop overlooking the bay. This is a glitzy and secluded spot to relax in, where you'll feel truly pampered.
  • Cannes' Le Cavendish's Belle Epoque façade and open bar in the evenings hark back to a more glamourous era of bright young stars and glamour. The small size, location just a few steps from La Croisette and private beach make this a popular spot, so book ahead.
  • Le Ferme d'Augustin is a charmingly converted farmhouse hotel in a beautiful spot, only five minutes from St-Tropez's port, but surrounded by lemon trees and olive groves.
  • Les Rosées, in the hills above Cannes, is a romantic, elegant, five room guest house which serves fantastic home-cooked food, but also has Michelin starred restaurants just a short walk away. Surrounded by lush gardens, this is a peaceful, sunny retreat.

The Best Places to Stay in France the Rural Idyl

  • The Hotel Crillon le Brave in the village of the same name, is a particular favourite with tile-floored rooms decorated in cool blues and neutrals which are absolutely perfect for the area and architecture. The accommodation is spread amongst a cluster of old pink stone buildings linked by atmospheric cobbled alleys, and enjoys wonderful views of Mont Ventoux.
  • Domaine de la Baume is a picture perfect country house in the hills of Provence, surrounded by vineyards, beehives and olive groves. There are just eight Toile du Joy styled bedrooms and suites, but the restaurant and wine cellar are known through the region.
  • Relais de la Mothe, in a small, quaint, Loire village is period-featured-charming. It's got an excellent restaurant of its own, but the small village also has a Michelin starred restaurant.
  • Le Jeu de Paume offers an alpine idyl with its traditional, alpine lodge feel, woody decor, lots of big open fires and generous leather armchairs. This hotel also has its own mini après-ski scene, and a restaurant with a reputation for being one of the best in the Chamonix valley.
  • For beautiful Dordogne river valley views you can't beat Le Moulin de L'Abbaye. This old mill has 19 charming bedrooms, and two excellent restaurants.

The Best Places to Stay in France for Families

  • In the heart of the Marais, Paris, Le Petit Moulin has been converted from the oldest boulangerie in Paris - this is where Victor Hugo probably bought his baguettes. Cool in itself, what gets this 17 room hotel on the list is that while the facade is original, the interior has been redone by design royalty, Christian Lacroix.
  • If you're bringing your family to Provence, La Maison du Paradou is perfect! It's a stunning sandstone B&B set in beautiful grounds, beside a separate cottage which sleeps six. The rooms are glorious, there's two pools and you're within walking distance of an excellent little bistro.
  • Château Talaud is a château turned B&B, which also has five stylish rooms decorated with antiques, plus two apartments and a separate, self-catering cottage. This is a great spot for visiting both Orange and Avignon.
  • Epi Plage on Pampelonne Beach is a collection of ten wooden chalets, all surrounding a central pool. Great for families, you're also only a short drive to the action of St-Tropez.
  • The Hôtel Le Hameau is a Provencal farm house conversion beside the road to St. Paul de Vence. With views over a green valley and a simple elegance to its rooms, this is a peaceful and comfortable spot.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in France for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in France, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.