Most hotels on this page have been awarded the official European Union
eco-lable, or a French environmental quality label, notably La Clef
Verte or the green key. Others
have clearly indicated a commitment to good
French Green Key label
hotels in France.
small hotels have - or claim to have - a green environmental policy,
only a very small proportion of them have actually signed up to one of
official labels - for which there is always a cost involved. For this
part of its small hotels directory,
has sought out a selection of
hotels that have obtained an official eco label or
have taken clear steps to minimise their environmental impact. These
include notably the use of environment-friendly "green" products, use
of renewable energy sources, and or organic or locally-sourced products
in their restaurant.
and selective iHi does
not automatically list hotels just because they have a green label;
modern chain hotels and hotels with poor visitor reviews will not be
listed, however many green or organic certifications they may
have. Consequently, some hotels listed on other green
accommodation websites have not been accepted on iHi .
This listing is not complete; more hotels are
being added as they are discovered.
coast of Brittany - St Pol de Léon (29 Finistère) Hotel
du Cheval Blanc
- French Green
the small seaside town of St Pol de Léon, less than 5 miles
Roscoff. Popular for cyclists; bike hire available. Small 19 room hotel
with one disabled access room. Bar, terrace, free parking. Clean,
friendly, good value for money.
Brittany - Cournon (56 Morbihan) La
Grée des Landes
Certified bird-garden label. Organic restaurant
Modern hotel harmoniously blending with the natural
29 rooms. Spa offering organic beauty treatments. Rural location
in northeast Morbihan, between Rennes and Vannes. Grounds and
meadows maintained to favour bird life.
West coast Brittany - Crozon peninsula (29 Finistère)
The Hostellerie de la Mer
** Hôtels au naturel label
Small hotel in in the little fishing port of Crozon, in
the natural park area of the Crozon peninsula. Tranquil location, a
friendly welcome, and a good restaurant offering local seafood
and local home-made fare. 21 rooms.
- Saint-Lô (50 Manche)
A quiet upscale chateau hotel, with two
restaurants. Located midway
between Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy landings
- La Chapelle Montligeon (61 Orne)
- French Green
In the south of Normandy, this is a traditional French
hotel, with just 6 rooms. It was awarded the Green Key label in 2013.
The restaurant serves locally sourced produce. Bike hire at the hotel.
Horse riding close-by.
Area 2 - Paris
5 - Latin quarter, near Notre Dame
Jardin de Cluny
Forty comfortable rooms in a quiet location in the historic
Latin Quarter, between the Sorbonne and Notre Dame. Clean hotel,
friendly staff, good value though small rooms - but this is Paris.
Breakfasts include organic and fair-trade produce.
12 - east side, near Bercy & bois de Vincennes
Small hotel with individually decorated rooms;
non-smoking throughout. Committed recycling and energy-saving policies.
Metro and paid parking available close-by. A friendly hotel with
classic Paris charm. Rooms quite small.. but this is Paris!
16 - near the Eiffel Tower
first small Paris hotel with green certification, the Gavarni is across
the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. 25 rooms. The hotel applies a full
environmental policy with regard to recycling, energy
devices and lighting, water saving, and provides organic or fair-trade
produce for breakfast
France - Montlouis sur Loire (37 Indre & Loire)
de la Bourdaisière
Sustainable development policy. €€€
A gardener's paradise. 29 refined rooms in this
Loire chateau belonging
to the Prince de Broglie, in 130 acres of grounds. Restaurant, pool,
facilities for the disabled. The château has prestigeous
gardens, including an orchard of traditional fruit tree varieties, a
collection of medicinal plants, and a renowned tomato conservatory.
France - La Chatre (36 Indre)
du Lion d'argent et des Tanneries
en-suite rooms in this two-star hotel on the outskirts of La Chatre.
The hotel, built in the 19th century, has a garden bordering the river
Indre, and a swimming pool; its restaurant offfers wherever possible
freshly prepared local produce.
Area 3 - North
and east France
- Le Crotoy, Baie de Somme - (Somme) 80 Les
on the seaside at the small resort of le Crotoy - 35 rooms including
some kids' dormitory rooms. Direct beach access. Restaurant
region - Gudmont, Haute Marne (52)
*** French Green
km north of Chaumont, the 12-toom Source Bleue (blue springs)
occupies a converted paper-mill on the banks of the river Marne, in
grounds of 12 acres. Soundproofed art-deco guest rooms with balconies
or terrace. A haven of peace.
- Oberlarg, (68 Haut-Rhin) - near Swiss border Le
*** French Green
in the heart of the country, a kilometre from the Swiss border. This 18
room hotel occupies a tastefully renovated 18th century farmhouse. Its
restaurant serves local produce. Garden, terrace; bicycle hire,
non-smoking hotel. Allergy-free room. Facilities for the disabled.
les Chateaux (86 Vienne)
- *** EU
In the Vienne valley 40 km southeast of Poitiers, this was
first French hotel to obtain the EU Ecolabel. It has 15 rooms, and a
restaurant awarded three stars by the SRA - Sustainable Restaurant
Association. It offers menus using local and organic produce.
- Cambo les
Bains (64-Pyrénées atlantiques)
- ** €
French Green key
kilometers inland from Biarritz, Cambo is a small genteel spa-town.
This is a friendly family-run hotel with 11 rooms and a restaurant
solely for guests. Gardens.
Auberge de la Truffe *** EU
Located in the
world's truffles capital, this small attractive three star
hotel has 23 rooms. Its restuarant offers superb cuisine, in the best
Perigord style. There is a garden, a sauna and pool.
- near Mussidan
Hotel ** € EU
Modern motel-style hotel, rooms opening out directly onto the
gardens. Clean and functional, and good value for money. Disabled
- Saint Cricq Chalosse
(40 Landes) Hôtel
la Petite CouronneEU
A small hotel with 10 clean spacious
rooms, a recent
construction built of wood, standing in its own grounds in a rural
location. Dutch owners. Outdoor pool, restaurants nearby. The hotel is
located near Orthez, an hour from the coast and 40 minutes from the
Pyrenees. Higly recommended.
Area 5 - Central
southern France & Alps
- Duingt - Lake Annecy - Savoie (73) Le
Clos Marcel **** €€€ French Green key
Modern design hotel on the shores of Lake
Annecy, with private
beach, sauna and spa. The hotel has been renovated to the highest
environmental and energy-saving standards. Consequently, it does not
have air conditioning.
- St Gervais les Bains - High Savoie (74) La
Ferme de Cupelin ***
A traditional Savoy farm renovated as a hotel
since 2000, using
traditional materials and modern technology. The restaurant serves
locally sourced food. Garden. Calm location with views to Mont Blanc.
Very friendly welcome; highly recommended.
- Murol - Puy de Dome (15) The Hôtel
de Paris ** French Green key
The hotel de Paris is located in the small
mountain town of Murol,
close to the high peaks of the Auvergne volcanoes regional park All
rooms have a view towards the impressive medieval castle of Murol.
(43 - Haute Loire) Hôtel
Domaine St. Roch
near Paulhaguet .
hotel in a recently renovated chateau on a hillside overlooking the
valley. Just off
N 102 route through the Auvergne region. Spa. The hotel uses geothermal
Area 6 - Mediterranean
- Argeles sur Mer (66 Pyrénées Orientales) Hôtel
French Green key andEU
strong environmental commitment at this simple 38 room hotel located in
central Argelès about fifty yards from the beach. Most rooms
offer sea views view or views to the mountains behind.
- Belesta (66 Pyrénées Orientales) Riberach
winery hotel ****
In a village 20 km inland from
Permignan, this is a modern 'design' hotel above a winery; the whole
complex was renovated in 2008-2011 to run on geothermal and solar
energy: the pool is replenished from rainwater. The restaurant serves
local and other wines. 18 rooms, terrace, private garden.
Languedoc - Béziers,
(34 Hérault) Hotel
des Poètes. ** € French Green key
A small hotel
metres from the train station, and looking out over
the Plateau des Poètes park, Bedrooms are
decorated with simple but good taste. The whole of the old city is
within easy walking distance.
Provence - Bédoin near Carpentras (84 Vaucluse)
French Green key
star hotel in a converted farmhouse in the Provence countryside;
outdoor pool, gardens, en-suite rooms. The property is situated amidst
vineyards and olive groves. Breakfast with organic produce. Electric
- La Palaud (Alpes de Haute Provence (04) The Hôtel
des Gorges du Verdon ***
French Green key and EU
on a superb hilltop location close to the gorges du Verdon (the deepest
canyon in Europe), this is a modern hotel with restaurant. Ourdoor
- Lorgues (83 - Var)
is an upscale chateau-hotel in the middle of 1000 acres of vineyards
and mediterranean pine forest. 30 km inland from the coast near Sainte
Maxime and Fréjus. Pool, restaurants.
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