Hotels in France

While not as well know as its gastronomic pleasures, France's overnight delight is its charming bungalows, countryside chateaus, and ornate city hotels. Many hotels in France are small and family owned, making your stay more personal and more enjoyable.

Some of the best hotels in France include the Hotel Negresco. Situated on the beach in Nice, the interior is full of domes, chandeliers, and glass cupolas designed by Gustav Eiffel. Hotel Negresco was voted one of the World's Ten Best Hotels by the American Association of Travel Editors. Hotel Chateau de la Tour in Cannes is surrounded by gardens, and is only five minutes from the Mediterranean sea, on a large estate. Features pool, jacuzzi, sun deck, and bar.

Hotels in Paris France range in size and style from the elegant five-star monsters to the pencil thin, intimate, two-star hotels. Hotel de la Tremoille in a Paris hotel with an ornate exterior, and a modern interior. The Pavillon de Paris is elegant and contemporary Paris hotel full of modern luxuries. Hotel Montalembert is a fashionable and high tech Paris hotel. In the Latin Quarter try the Hotel du Pantheon and the Melia Colbert Boutique Hotel. While Paris has some of the best accommodations in the world, it is also an excellent place to find a good deal on a hotel. Some budget hotels in Paris France include the Ile de la Cite stay at the Hotel Henri IV.

If money is no object when it comes to hotels in Paris France then head straight for the Ritz. The Ritz was conceived by Cesar Ritz in 1889, and has been adorned by many famous stars including Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Ernest Hemingway.

Nice France is blessed with sunny weather, charming French atmosphere, and plenty to see and do while on holiday. The glorious waterfront, on the French Riviera, is lined with a nice selection of hotels in Nice France. More budget oriented accommodations can be found inland, including hostels, and mid-ranged hotels. Hotels in Nice France are modern and stylish. Hotel La Perouse is a charming hotel, with Spanish style courtyards, sea view terraces, gardens, and a swimming pool. The Palais de la Mediterranee has an imposing entrance, elegant interior, and sea views. The Med is one of the nicest hotels in Nice France, once frequented by Scott Fitzgerald and Maurice Chevaller. The Windsor is a stylish hotel with art centered rooms. The Felix is a small hotel owned and serviced by a couple, with balconies over the rue Masséna.

The best value for an overnight stay can be found at one of the many hostels in France. Most utilize shared dorm beds, and some have private rooms for families and couples. At $10-30 a night, the price cannot be beat. If you don't mind sleeping in a room with three to seven other people - sometimes more - hosteling is one of the most economic ways to stay in France.

The Grand Hotel de la Grotte is charming and elegant, situated at the foot of the fortified castle of Lourdes. Other hotels in France include the Hotel Mont-Blanc, an alpine hotel dating back to the turn of the century. Located next to Mont-Blanc, Europe's highest mountain. Le Blizzard Hotel in Val d'Isere is a modern ski lodge at the base of the Val d'Isere mountain. Features a swimming pool, terraces, and accompanying ski village. The Chalet du Mont d'Arbois is a luxurious ski chalet, with a private golf course.

Additional hotels in France include Les Bordes is nestled in the Loire Valley on the former hunting estate of Baron Bich. Today it features a high-end golf course. The Hotel Claridge Bellman in Paris is friendly and accommodating with luxurious rooms and modern technology. Located near the Champs-Elysees. La Villa Maillot near the Champs-Elysees in Paris has a secluded interior courtyard that offers a peaceful respite from the intensity of Paris. Spa features detoxifying steam treatments and sauna.

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