France may be the land of luxury, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your accommodations. With these money-saving tips, you’ll have leftover cash for the important things, like another bottle of Burgundy.
Similarly, Airbnb has been highly popular for access to studios, apartments, and rooms in private homes across the country. What's on offer in France? You could have a studio in central Bordeaux for $86 a night, or a one-bedroom apartment in seaside Biarritz for as little as $49 a night, depending on the time of year. Of course, we also love the perk of feeling like a local -- many hosts leave lists of their favorite restaurants, shops, and other activities, so you can experience the destination as if you live there, if only for a little while.
Country cabin or yurt
For unique, rustic lodging in wide open spaces, check out Canopy & Stars, a U.K.-based site where you can book a two-person yurt, cabin, or tent in rural regions like Dordogne and the South of France. All of the glamping-inspired accommodations are handpicked for special features like eco-friendly design or a lakeside setting. Filter by the “on a budget” collection to see choices in the under-$100 range.
Stay in a charming town just outside of Paris to still enjoy the cosmopolitan delights while skipping the city hotel prices. In Fontainebleau, a 45-minute train ride from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, stay at Hotel Carpe d’Or or the Ibis Château de Fontainebleau hotel, both of which start around $95 a night and are located in Fontainebleau’s central area. From there, you can walk to cafes, shops, and the Palace of Fontainebleau -- a nice alternative to more-crowded Versailles -- when you're not in the City of Lights.
Overnight train or ferry
Save a night of hotel money by combining your transportation and accommodation. Brittany Ferries offers a two-berth cabin on an overnight boat from Portsmouth, England, to the French city of Caen for about $60 per cabin. If you prefer to stay on dry land, consider an Intercités night train, a French rail service that offers overnight rides between select cities. An 11-hour journey from Paris to Nice starts at €60 (around $71) for a berth in first class.