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Top Hotels in France

Bellecour Sur Cour

Built in 1653, this elegant hotel is situated on the centrally located PlaceBellecour. Choose ... more

3 Rue Colonel Chambonnet
Lyon , 011-33-4-6159-4546
Tags: budget | great value
Caron de Beaumarchais

This charming, 19-room, family-run hotel takes its name from the irreverent18th-century ... more

12 Rue Vieille-du-Temple
Paris , 011-33-1-42-72-34-12
Tags: moderate
Chateau Cordeillan-Bages

Sure, it’s set in the middle of a prestigious vineyard outside Pauillac, but it’s ... more

Route des Châteaux
Pauillac , 011-33-5-56-59-24-24
Tags: architecture | moderate | historic | dining
Chateau de Brissac

The splurge of all splurges in Chateaux land is this utterly luxurious15th-century chateau, with ... more

49320 Brissac
Loire , Loire Valley
011-33- 2-4191-2221
Tags: luxury | smart splurge
Château de la Verrerie

Part museum and part private residence, the 12 spacious rooms at this Renaissance chateau will ... more

Aubigny-sur-Nère , 011-33-2-4881-5160
Tags: luxury | architecture | smart splurge | historic | expensive
Chateau de Mirambeau

Step back in time at this Renaissance-style chateau. The 19 guestrooms are so lavishly appointed ... more

1 Avenue du Comte Duchatel
45 minutes from Bordeaux
Mirambeau , 011-33-5-46-04-91-20
Tags: luxury | architecture | smart splurge | historic | expensive
Chateau des Vigiers

This venture was born in the late ‘90s when the owner, a Scandinavian Harvard Business ... more

Chateau des Vigiers, Monestier
Tags: luxury | historic | vineyard
Château du Rayet

It’s obvious an artist was behind the restoration of this 17th-century manor surrounded by ... more

Chateau du Rayet, Villéreal
Tags: moderate | historic | notable chef
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

After its Saudi prince owner initiated a complete $125 million overhaul in1999, George V has ... more

31 Avenue George V
Paris , 011-33-1-49-52-70-00
Tags: luxury | architecture | historic | expensive | jim's pick
Grand Hotel La Croisette

This oldest hotel on boulevard de la Croisette was recently renovated in sleek early ’60s ... more

45, blvd. de la Croisette
Cannes , 011-33-4-93-38-15-45
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive | boutique hotel
Hi Hotel

Just a few blocks inland from the waterfront, this avant-garde property is known for its ... more

3 Avenue des Fleurs
nice , 011-33-4-97-07-26-26
Tags: luxury | trendy | views | expensive
Hostellerie de Plaisance

Set in a 200-year-old stone building with expansive views over the surrounding medieval roof ... more

Place du Clocher
Saint-Émilion , 011-33-5-57-55-07-55
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | views | expensive
Hostellerie du Chateau de l'Isle, Chivray

A charming, quiet hotel in a renovated, 18th-century manor house on the banks of the Cher, only ... more

1, rue de l’écluse
Civrey de Touraine , 011-33-2-4723-6360
Tags: moderate | historic
Hostellerie Gargantua

This inexpensive family-run hotel occupies a 15th-century, former palace and each of its seven ... more

73, rue Voltaire
Chinon , 011-33-2-4793-0471
Tags: family | budget | historic
Hôtel Abbey Royal de Fontevraud

Stay on the mysterious, luxury premises of the Abbey Fontevraud, the12th-century Abbey which was ... more

Rue Saint Jean de l'Habit Bp 14
Fontevraud , Loire Valley
Tags: budget
Hôtel Amour

Instead of obsessing over a room with a view, consider booking one thatexhibits top-notch art. ... more

8 Rue Navarin
Paris , 011-33-1-48-78-31-80
Tags: moderate | trendy | editor pick
Hôtel Brighton

Overlooking the famed Rue de Rivoli, the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the TuileriesGardens, and the ... more

218 Rue de Rivoli
Paris , 011-33-1-47-03-61-61
Tags: moderate
Hotel Byblos

This is definitely the most luxurious and celebrated place to stay inSt-Tropez, with prices that ... more

Ave. Paul Signac
St. Tropez , 011-33-0-4-94-56-68-00
Tags: luxury | trendy
Hôtel Chopin

For travelers on a tight budget, this cheap, cheerful, and charming hotel– named for the ... more

10 Blvd. Montmartre
Paris , 011-33-1-47-70-58-10
Tags: family | budget | great location
Hotel Coeur des Loges

The 62 rustic rooms at this charming hotel are decorated with medievalfurniture, but have luxury ... more

6 Rue du Boeuf
Lyon , 011-33-4-7277-4444
Tags: luxury
Hôtel de Crillon

Smack in the center of Paris, this gorgeous neo-classical palace groans with17th-century ... more

10 Place de la Concorde
Paris , 011-33-1-44-71-15-00
Tags: luxury | historic | expensive | jim's pick | smart luxury winner
Hotel de France

This welcoming hotel is a stone’s throw from attractions like the Place des Grandes ... more

7, Rue Franklin
Bordeaux , 011-33-5-56-48-24-11
Tags: budget | great location
Hôtel de L' Abeille

This quirky budget hotel in the heart of Orleans has much to recommend it – low prices, ... more

64, rue Alsace Lorraine
Orleans , 011-33-2-3853-5487
Tags: budget | bar
Hotel de la Poste

Historic four-star hotel in the heart of Beaune, with a relaxing courtyard,bar, bistro, and a ... more

1-5 boulevard Clémenceau
Beaune , Burgundy
Tags: moderate | historic
Hôtel de Lutèce

One of the oldest and most romantic spots in all of Paris is the picturesque ... more

65 Rue Saint Louis-en-l’île
Paris , 011-33-1-43-26-23-52
Tags: moderate | historic
Hotel de Provence

A small and unpretentious property on a quiet street in a 1930s building, the Hotel de Provence ... more

9, rue Molière
Cannes , 011-33-4-93-38-44-35
Tags: budget | gardens
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

Paris is a city of old buildings and little rooms. For years its smaller hotelsrelied on ... more

15 Rue de la Grande Chaumiere
Paris , 011-33-1-43-26-66-44
Tags: art | great value | boutique hotel | smart luxury winner
Hôtel Diderot

Just off a leafy courtyard, the 15th-century property bursts with old worldtouches like ... more

4 Rue de Buffon
Chinon , Loire Valley
Tags: moderate
Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Christian Lacroix is beloved for his love of wild color combinations andtheatrical design, so it ... more

29/31 Rue du Poitou
Paris , 011-33-1-42-74-10-10
Tags: moderate | smart splurge | trendy | boutique hotel
Hotel Eldorado

When you're paying hostel prices for a big-city hotel, there's probably acatch, and the ... more

18 Rue des Dames
Paris , 011-33-1-45-22-35-21
Tags: budget | trendy | boutique hotel
Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière

The Hausmann-era façade of Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière, builtaround its famous ... more

46 Ave. George V
Paris , 011-33-1-40-69-60-00
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | great location | hotel restaurant
Hotel L'Oasis

Rooms are on the small side at this central Nice hotel, but are well-maintained and include ... more

23 Rue Gounod
Nice , French Riviera
Tags: budget
Hotel La Belle Étoile

This hotel is named for the toile fabric sold by the current owner’s great-grandparents ... more

Le Bourg, La Roque Gageac
Tags: budget | great value
Hôtel Langlois

You'd be hard-pressed to find more atmosphere for your euro than at thecharming, somewhat ... more

63 Rue Saint-Lazare
Paris , 011-33-1-48-74-78-24
Tags: architecture | moderate | historic | great value | editor pick
Hotel Le Bristol

As one of seven so-called “palace” hotels in Paris – which gobeyond even the ... more

112 Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré
Paris , 011-33-1-53-43-43-00
Tags: luxury | spa | historic | expensive | swimming pool | hotel restaurant | jim's pick
Hotel Le Florian

The Carlton it ain’t, but the Florian’s 20 small rooms are comfortable and clean, ... more

8, rue du Commandant André
Cannes , 011-33-4-93-39-24-82
Tags: budget
Hotel le Relais Saint-Germain

Le Relais Saint-Germain is like the beautiful woman who wears an expensivenecklace tucked ... more

9 Carrefour De L’Odeon
Paris , 011-33-1-44-27-07-97
Tags: luxury | expensive | smart luxury winner
Hotel Le Royal Lyon

Part of the Istitut Paul Bocuse, which trains students in the culinary arts andwhose Lyon ... more

20 Place Bellecour
Lyon , 011-33-4-7837-5731
Tags: moderate
Hôtel Le Yaca

The elegant and stylish Hôtel Le Yaca, situated in an early 18th-centurytownhouse, tucked ... more

1 Blvd. d’Aumale
St. Tropez , 011-33-04-9497-5850
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | smart luxury winner
Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie

This wine-themed luxury hotel, with its 49 comfortably chic rooms, is set smack in the middle of ... more

Chemin de Smith Haut-Lafitte
Martillac , 011-33-5-57-83-83-83
Tags: luxury | expensive
Hotel Negresco

This pink-domed neoclassical palace has been a quintessential symbol of the opulent French ... more

37 Promenade des Anglais
Nice , French Riviera
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | views | expensive
Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris

When Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) hits Paris forthe show's finale, ... more

25 Ave. Montaigne
Paris , 011-33-1-53-67-66-65
Tags: luxury | expensive
Hotel Residence Alhambra

The price is right at this budget hotel near the bustling restaurant-and-barscene stemming off ... more

13 Rue de Malte
Paris , 011-33-1-47-00-35-52
Tags: budget | great value
Hotel Windsor

This family-run property offers 54 one-off, art-inspired rooms and a top floorwith a fitness ... more

11 Rue Dalpozzo
Nice , French Riviera
Tags: moderate | trendy
InterContinental Avenue Marceau

The Intercontinental Avenue Marceau is by far the smallest Intercontinentalproperty in the world ... more

64 Ave. Marceau
Paris , 011-33-1-44-43-36-36
Tags: luxury | historic | expensive | great location
InterContinental Carlton Cannes

While more egalitarian than it used to be, the Carlton is still firmly at the top of ... more

58, blvd. de la Croisette
Cannes , 888-424-6835
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive
La Bastide de St. Tropez

The elegant La Bastide de St. Tropez offers 26 individually decorated rooms,ranging from ... more

Route Des Carles
St. Tropez , 011-33-0-4-94-55-82-55
Tags: moderate
La Maison Blanche

You’ll want to leave the red wine behind when checking into the charming,minimalist La ... more

Place Des Lices
St. Tropez , 011-33-0-4-94-97-52-66
Tags: moderate
La Maison Bord'eaux

Whimsically set in an 18th-century townhouse, each of this contemporary hotel’s six ... more

113, rue Albert Barraud
Bordeaux , 011-33-5-56-44-00-45
Tags: moderate
La Réserve Paris

Bored by the thought of mere hotels? Seduced by the allure of space anddiscretion? Opened in ... more

10 Place du Trocadéro and 3 Ave. d’Eylau
Paris , 011-33-1-53-70-53-70
Tags: luxury | family | expensive | extended stay
La Villa Gallici

Perched on a hillside near the historic heart of Provence's enchanting capital,the opulent La ... more

Sa Baglioni France
Ave. de la Violette
Aix-en-Provence , 011-33-4-4223-2923
Tags: luxury | villa | wine
Le Chateau des Baudry

This truly magical spot in the Bergerac region of Southwest France between Bordeaux and Toulouse ... more

Le Baudry, Monestier
Tags: moderate | historic
Le Clos d'Amboise

A beautiful 16th-century manor house set in a walled, 3,000 square meter park in the heart of ... more

27, rue Rabelais
Amboise , 011-33-2-4730-1020
Tags: luxury | architecture | moderate | historic
Le Domaine de Rudel

This bed-and-breakfast's location and grounds are its main appeal - it's rightsmack in the ... more

Domaine de Rudel - Saussignac
Tags: budget | swimming pool
Le Grimaldi

Comprised of two belle époque edifices that share an inner courtyard, this stylish property in ... more

Central Nice
15 Rue Grimaldi
Nice , French Riviera
Tags: moderate | views
Le Meurice

In the City of Light, luxury is a serious business, so when it came tonaming our favorite hotel ... more

228 Rue de Rivoli
Paris , 011-33-1-44-58-10-10
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | views | expensive | jim's pick | smart luxury winner
Le Pavillon des Lettres

Only 26 rooms – one for each letter of the alphabet – make up LePavillon des ... more

12 Rue des Saussaies
Paris , 011-33-1-49-24-26-26
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive | boutique
Le Relais de Franc Mayne

The Belgian owners of Chateau Franc Mayne (“Franc Mayne” means “hilly ... more

14, La Gomerie, Saint Emilion
Tags: luxury | design | swimming pool
Le Relais de Roquefereau

Body (100-200 words): This stylish hotel, set in a pale stone, 8th-century hunting lodge atop a ... more

Roquefereau, Penne d'Agenais (proximité Agen)
Tags: budget | design | historic | swimming pool
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris

With the October 2010 debut of Philippe Starck’s top-to-bottom-redo of LeRoyal Monceau, ... more

37 Ave. Hoche
Paris , 011-33-1-42-99-88-00
Tags: luxury | spa | design | expensive | hotel bar | swimming pool | hotel restaurant
Le Vieux Logis

This refined hotel in the handsome stone village of Trémolat was one of Relais & ... more

Tags: luxury | historic | expensive | swimming pool
Mama Shelter

It doesn't get much hipper than Mama Shelter, the first budget hotel designedby Philippe Starck. ... more

109 Rue de Bagnolet
Paris , 011-33-1-43-48-48-48
Tags: budget | trendy | great value | boutique hotel | editor pick
Manoir de la Giraudiere

This pleasant country hotel in a 17th-century manor/farm is surrounded by Chinon vineyards. The ... more

Beaumont en Véron
Chinon , 011-33-2-4758-4036
Tags: family | budget | historic
Murano Resort

Situated on the border of the trendy Marais neighborhood, the Murano’s 43rooms and nine ... more

13 Blvd. du Temple
Paris , 011-33-1-42-71-20-00
Tags: trendy | expensive | hotel bar | hotel restaurant
Park Hyatt Paris - Vendôme

The Park Hyatt Paris - Vendôme is a favorite among business travelers,but that's where ... more

5 Rue de la Paix
Paris , 011-33-1-58-71-12-34
Tags: luxury | business | expensive
Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s

Housed in a stately 18th-century mansion (in a neighborhood full of statelymansions), Radisson ... more

117 Rue de Lauriston
Paris , 011-33-1-53-65-66-99
Tags: luxury | historic | views | hotel bar | romance
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Hotel

With sleek, Francois Champsour-designed rooms, panoramic Eiffel Tower views,and a distinctly ... more

10, Place de Mexico
Paris , 011-33-1-56-90-40-04
Tags: luxury | design | hotel bar | romance
Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux

It took nine years and close to 140 million Euros to make it a reality –and altogether ... more

2-5, Place de la Comédie
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | design | expensive
Relais et Chateaux Villa Florentine

The Villa Florentine, a converted 17th-century convent, claims 28 ItalianRenaissance-style ... more

25, Montee Saint Barthelemy
Lyon , 011-33-47-269-1601
Tags: historic | views | expensive | swimming pool | hotel restaurant
Renoir Hotel

With just 26 rooms, this visitor favorite, recently refurbished and with a strong reputation for ... more

7, rue Edith Cavell
Cannes , 011-33-4-92-99-62-62
Tags: moderate | great value
Saint James Paris

Who needs the Loire when you can live out your fairytale fantasy of castlestays and garden ... more

43 Ave. Bugeaud
Paris , 011-33-1-44-05-81-81
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive
Seeko’o Hotel

A little distance away from the historic center of Bordeaux but easily accessible by tram, the ... more

54, Quai Bacalan, Bordeaux
Tags: moderate | design | great value
Shangri-La Paris

Paris has its fair share of top-notch luxury hotels, but there’s anewcomer that is giving ... more

10 Avenue d’Iena
Paris , 011-33-1-53-67-19-98
Tags: luxury | spa | views | expensive | hotel bar | hotel restaurant
The Hôtel de la Buffa

This charming, family-run hotel is located just a stone’s throw from the Promenade des ... more

56 Rue de la Buffa
Nice , French Riviera
Tags: family | budget
The Pastis Hôtel

This imaginative and intimate 9-room property, set in a typicalProvençal-style house, ... more

61 Ave. du Général Leclerc
St. Tropez , 011-33-0-4-98-12-56-50
Tags: moderate | trendy
Villa Majestic

Split between 25 classic rooms and 27 contemporary suites, Villa Majesticoffers elegant ... more

30 Rue La Perouse
Paris , 011-33-1-45-00-83-70
Tags: luxury | spa | expensive | swimming pool
Villa Saint-Exupéry

Set amid an old monastery and gardens, this is the ultimate in hostel lodging.Though about two ... more

22 Ave. Gravier
Nice , 011-33-4-93-84-42-83
Tags: budget
Windsor Home Paris

More like visiting with friends than staying in a hotel, this nine-room formerprivate mansion ... more

3 Rue Vital
Paris , 011-33-1-45-04-49-49
Tags: moderate | great value

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