We continue our trip around France to see the different kind of accommodation offered by hotel groups that can be found in France. In part one we investigated the top hotels which are at the very pinnacle of French hotel hospitality, namely the famous Crillon hotel in Paris and others. In this blog we look at more affordable options.
Four and Five-Star Hotels
If your budget will stretch to four or five-star hotels during your French trip, you should be looking at the Sofitel and Pullman chain of hotels. These two chains are operated by Accor hotels and offer guests the highest service levels and great amenities. Usually the restaurant quality at either of these two chains is excellent and can even include Michelin-star chefs and cuisine. The French take their food very seriously and the standard of food at most French hotels outshines that of many countries.
Prices can be a little high depending of the location of the hotel but this is understandable. Another option at this end of the French hospitality market is the Kyriad Prestige chain, which attains the best reputation for high standard accommodation in France.
The Middle Hotel Sector
France is most famous for the middle sector of accommodation, with its international brands of Novotel and Mercure it is represented all over the globe. These hotel chains usually fall under the three and four-star hotel rating and will not disappoint. The two brands are highly recognizable in the world hotel industry and the levels of service and amenities are consistent wherever they are based. This market sector is highly competitive with many hotel groups operating in it, so to stay ahead of the game Novotel and Mercure have to give value for money.
Perhaps the most fiercely competitive hotel market is the budget accommodation sector. In France chains such as Ibis, Campanile, Kyriad and B&B Hotels all compete against each other at this level. Travelers and guests have one thing on their mind that use these types of accommodation and that is their budget. For those guests that are operating under an even a smaller budget there are super-budget hotels also. Chains such as Premiere Classe and F1 offer basic but clean accommodation. F1 is reputably the cheapest hotel chain in France, rooms accommodate up to three adults but are not always en-suite. Breakfast is included but normally in a basic restaurant and is continental style.
If you wish to keep to a strict hotel budget and want to look for an alternative to F1, then perhaps you should try out the smaller budget chains of Balladins, Fasthotels and Marmotte. Most of the super low budget chains are found near motorways, business parks and the like. So if you truly want to explore a place, their location may not be suitable.
Apart from all the major hotel chains that we have already covered, France has a plethora of independent hotels and boutique chains. These are mostly frequented by the more discerning traveler who wishes to experience more of the local flavor of France. The choice of course is totally up to you, on one hand you know what you are getting with a hotel chain, on the other hand is it not best to try something different?