France has its fair share of international chain hotels such as Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt and these can be found in every major city and holiday resort. But there are also major French owned hotel chains operated by mainly Louvre Hotels and Accor Hotels, that can cater for standard and comfortable accommodation at reasonable and more moderate prices than the luxury International brands.
We take a look at this French accommodation to see the pros and cons of staying in them, you may be aware of their names already as most of them are to be found in other European countries and places around the world. They include: Campanile, Hotel F1, Ibis Hotels, Kyriad Hotels, Mercure Hotels, Novotel Hotels and Premiere Classe.
French Star Classifications
The French hotel sector is highly regulated, the hotels are classified and registered with the French tourist authority on a regional basis. And in 2009 there has been a new five-star ranking that has been implemented across the country.
This new ranking is hard to achieve and puts the French hotels that gained it at the same level as recognized five-star hotels around the world. The French system is based more on the quantity of amenities the hotel has and not the quality of those amenities.
To achieve a star, it costs the hotel money, and this is why some hotels in France that would normally satisfy a five-star ranking stay as four-star establishments. So, if you are discerning and do your homework, it is really possible to find two-star hotels in France which have the qualities and amenities of a three or four-star hotel elsewhere. As in nearly any walk of life, price is normally the best guide to a hotel’s quality.
French Hotel Chains
France is a European leader when it comes to hotel chains, with two main groups sharing the market, Louvre and Accor hotels. Both of these hotel groups offer a number of subsidiary chains that are at different levels of comfort to satisfy as much of the market as possible.
The biggest operator is Accor who in 2017 had over one thousand six hundred hotels dotted about France. In fact, Accor is the third largest hotel group in the world and in France its subsidiary chains include five of the six largest chains in the country.
If you are traveling to France and want to stay in pure French-style luxury, then you should opt for a hotel that is operated by the Lucien Barriere group. This five-star group have hotels in Cannes, Deauville, La Baule and of course Paris, plus several major resorts. Other luxury French hotels that are famous due to their fantastic levels of service and quality amenities are the iconic Crillon Hotel in Paris and hotels run by the Intercontinental group. Although the latter is not a French brand.
In part two of this blog we travel the length and breadth of France looking at more reasonably priced accommodation that French hotel operators offer travelers. From four and five-star hotels right down to super budget accommodation.