Accommodation in France

Accommodation in France

How to find the accommodation you want in France - the conoisseur's guide to France
This page is a hub. Use the links below to discover the different types of holiday accommodation that are available in France - a wide choice that goes well beyond just staying in a hotel..

Other hotel and accommodation pages

Hotel information and regional selections

Specific regional hotel pages.

Other types of accommodation

From up-market holiday villas and campsites to backpacker hostels and camping "à la ferme", France has an extensive range of different holiday accommodation options.

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Map of FranceThe world's number one tourist destination, France is extremely well equipped in accommodation facilities; it has the largest number of hotels of any western country outside the  USA, and a range of hotels varying from the exclusive and expensive to the cheap and friendly....    even sometimes the cheap and unfriendly !
   France's Accor group is the largest hotel chain in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.
   But hotels are by no means the only option for finding accommodation in France. France also has plenty of backpacker hostels and youth hostels, as well as a good network of holiday villages - though these usually cater essentially to French tourists.
    In rural France, and to a lesser extent in French towns and cities, many local residents, including plenty of English-speaking expats, run friendly and attractive bed and breakfasts.  And throughout the French countryside, there are thousands of "gites", the French word used to describe holiday rental cottages. For hikers and cyclists in particular, there are also "gites d'étape", cheap and simple accommodation often fairly similar to the youth hostels of bygone years.
   France is also a camper's paradise, with thousands of campsites. These vary from luxury five-star campgrounds offering ready-equipped tents, chalets and even yourts, as well space for campers to pitch their own tent, RV or caravan, down to simple small "campings à la ferme" or farm camping, with no facilities beyond a friendly welcome and awashroom

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France has the largest choice of accommodation of any country in Europe : as well as hotels, there are hostels, b&bs, holiday cottages, châteaux, campsites and other kinds of place to stay
in. Use this
page to explore
the options

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Beyond Paris, a guide to the French regions and their tourist attractions.
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Make the most of your trip to Paris; Information on attractions, Paris hotels, transport,  and lots more. 
Tourism in France
The main tourist attractions and places to visit in France - historic monuments, art galleries, seasides, and more
Planning a trip to France 
Information on things to do before starting your trip to France.
Driving in France 
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Maps of France
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The French way of life 
A mine of information about life and living in France, including working in France, living in France, food and eating, education, shopping.
A-Z dictionary of France
Encyclopedic dictionary of modern France - key figures, institutions, acronyms, culture, icons, etc.
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Essential French for visitors
French rail travel
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