hotels in FRANCE - 2019
French hotels with character
enjoy staying in
– even château
hotels – enjoy the real
France, discover a
careully selected choice of small French hotels with character and
a friendly welcome.
Finding and choosing a hotel
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Trying to find and book
the right hotel
for your stay or an overnight
stop in France can be a daunting task.
The total number of hotels in France in early 2019 was 17,720 – and in
to that, there are thousands of Bed
or other forms
To visitors used to seeing the inevitable Ibis, Campanile and
other chain hotels in almost any French town or city, it may come as a
surprise to learn that in actual fact, the large majority of hotels in
France, some 83% of them,
are independent hotels ; and most of these are small hotels.
The average size of an independent hotel in France is 26 rooms.
The trouble is that the big hotel chains have a
vastly superior presence when it
comes to advertising, and they also tend to site their
properties in strategic and visible locations. Conversely, most
independent small hotels are in less eye-catching locations,
have the budget to do massive advertising, so finding them and
realising how many of them there actually are, can be a hard task.
However there are many advantages to be had from going for
independent hotels. As well as the choice (there are four times more
independent hotels than chain hotels in France), there is the variety,
the fact that independent hotels tend to be small hotels, run by local
people, and a distinct price advantage. According
to tourism consultancy Coachomnium.com,
room rates in independent hotels in France are on the whole 18% -
20% less expensive than in chain hotels – which may be seen as a
reason to choose an independent hotel.
- Independent-hotels.info selection is quite
: unlike many other directories,
just pay to be listed or featured with
Independent-hotels.info. iHi France
lists only small hotels that meet a range of
and price criteria
, good quality good value
hotels for independent and discerning travellers.
sought out wherever possible small hotels in attractive
from noisy main roads. There are hotels in rural France, in
small French towns, and even in or around French cities;
for hotels in urban locations, iHi gives priority to hotels in quiet
quarters, on side streets or on roads with little night-time
most of the small hotels listed in the iHi
independent hotel directory are in period or traditional buildings,
converted farms or
chateaux, old coaching inns, or classic town houses in regional style.
A few modern hotels are included, when these are the best options
available for a given location or area.
editors have read through thousands of verified hotel reviews, to
hotels where many travellers have reported friendly, helpful and
has selected hotels offering good value for money. Good value hotels
are not necessarily cheap hotels; they are hotels whose prices
competitive or low compared to other hotels of similar standing in the
same area. Some - a few - of the hotels listed in this directory are
cheap - but travellers wanting essentially to book cheap
hotels should realise that cheapness usually comes at a price....
And that the price of cheapness is either poor quality, small
rooms, characterless hotels, or other downsides that will ensure that a
hotel is not listed with iHi.
To be listed on iHi France, a hotel must rank well on at least three of
the four above criteria.
book rooms, you will be directed either to a booking portal offering
the best rates avaialble, or in some cases directly to the hotel's own
website. While most hotels now use booking portals, some do not - but
this is not a reason to be excluded from the iHi directory if criteria
hotel classification - The
official hotel star rating:
Hotels range from five-star to one-star; there are also unclassified
hotels and upscale B&Bs. In the French hotel ranking system,
stars used to be awarded essentially in function of the
amenities and services provided, not the state or nature of those
amenities, so were not always the best reflection of a hotel's quality
. The current system introduced in 2009 has gone some way towards
correcting this, but even so the system still leaves a fair number of
hotels over-classed, and others underrated, specially in the two-star
to three-star categories. And since hotels pay certain taxes and
charges in function of the number of stars they have, it is not unusual
to find hotels , specially small independent hotels, whose star ranking
clearly underestimates quality of service provided.
In addition, in 2018 some 30% of all French hotels
did not bother to obtain an official star ranking. With quality labels
and rankings being offered by a range of online booking sites, travel
guides and other media, and being generally provided free of charge as
a user service, the official star ranking is no longer the perceived
gld standard that it used to be..
Free hotel listings with iHi -
strictly for independent hotels
good and calm independent hotel in France, Spain, Italy or the UK.
If you run or have stayed
a small independent hotel that you think ought to be in this directory,
iHi welcomes suggestions from
travellers and hotel owners.
size (discretionary) : 40 rooms. City hotels: acceptable
up to 75 rooms. No
independent establishments or hotels belonging to very small
independent chains. Membership of a voluntary chain or independent
hotels, such as Logis de France or Inter Hotels, is no
indépendant à iHi :
Ne soumettre que des
bénéficiant d'un cadre calme et
agréable. L'annuaire iHi - France accepte des
établissements indépendants appartenant
à des chaînes d'indépendants, comme
Logis de France.