France is the premier destination for romantic getaways, historic sightseeing, and cultural experiences. French culture has since the Middle Ages been considered to be the height of refinement and charm. Today, France is well known the world over for its gastronomic delights, wine and perfume making, enchanting architecture, and ancient towns and cities. There are hundreds of towns and cities throughout France to choose from, each offering its own flavor of attractions and unique blend of sights and experiences, from the Medieval charm of Annecy, to the colorful streets of Eguisheim. France has plenty to appeal to anyone, history lovers and shopaholics alike. Finding your ideal hotel in France can be a daunting task, especially with thousands to choose from. With Hotels.com, you can find your perfect hotel which is well suited to your budget and expectations. Hotels.com has thousands of user submitted hotel reviews, hotel photo galleries, and hotel locations provided via Google maps.
What the different Hotel Stars mean
There is not much difference between 2 and 3-star hotels; the main one is the size of rooms. 3-star hotel rooms must have a minimum size of 13.5 sq meters including the bathroom (145 sq ft or 12 x 12 ft room) The reception area/lounge must be a minimum of 50 sq meters (538 sq ft or 24 x 22.5 ft.) Staff must speak an additional European language (other than French) and the reception must be open at least 10 hours per day.
These hotels represent the higher end hotels in France and are the ones to go for if you want guaranteed comfort and service. Guest rooms are more spacious: 16 sq meters including bathrooms (172 sq ft, or 12 x 14 ft). If the hotel has over 30 rooms, the reception desk must be open 24 hrs a day.
This is the top end (apart from the super Palace Hotels).Guest rooms must be 24 sq meters (259 sq ft or 15 x 17ft). Staff must be able to speak two foreign languages including English. Five-star hotels are also required to provide room service, valet parking, a concierge and guests must be escorted to their rooms on check-in. Air conditioning is also required.
The Palace designation can only be awarded to exceptional 5-star hotels. It’s really the tops and includes every creature comfort you could want, plus a very special ambience. There are currently 16 Palace hotels.Most of them are in Paris, but some are outside in the chicest destinations. In Biarritz you get the Hotel du Palais; in the top skiing resort of Courchevel there are many top hotels, including three in the Palace category: Hôtel Les Airelles; Hôtel Le Cheval Blanc and Hôtel Le K2.