Accommodations

There are several types of accommodations in France, from camping sites to 5-Star hotels, and everything in between. This includes Bed and Breakfasts as well as hotels that offer half board (i.e., breakfast and dinner included) as well as full board (i.e., breakfast, lunch, and dinner included).

If one of these options appeals to you, consider visiting the Official Tourism Office site discussed in the Travel to/within France section; these often include links where you can make online reservations. If your destination is a decent sized town, you can also try the bigger hotel sites like hotels.com and booking.com.

Rental Cottages
One of the most popular ways for Europeans to travel to France is to rent what is known as a gite, or cottage in French. There are 50,000 or more of these gites for rent throughout France, and they offer an economical alternative to a hotel room, with the added bonus of a kitchen so that you don’t have to eat every meal in a restaurant. Moreover, if you have traveling companions, you can rent a gite with additional bedrooms and split the cost among you.

** Travel Gem ** :

Gites generally rent by the week from Saturday to Saturday (sometimes Sunday to Sunday), with a late afternoon (e.g., 4 pm) check in on the day of arrival and an early check out (e.g., 10 am) on day of departure. Be sure to take this into consideration when planning your trip if you intend to rent a gite.

** Travel Gem ** :

Perhaps the largest and most reputable gite rental company is aptly named Gites de France, online at http://en.gites-de-france.com/search-book.html. Once you know the region where you’d like to stay you can search by that region, using additional search parameters such as the number of persons, bedrooms, and budget. Note that Gites de France includes cottages, bed and breakfasts and some campgrounds. The terms vary but often you have to pay upfront, and generally there is an additional charge for linens and cleaning.

Alternative, in Google search gite + the region where you wish to stay and you will see several options.

I typically rent a gite and then use it as a base to explore the local area and beyond. By using reputable companies and carefully reviewing details, photos and financial information I have never had a problem. It’s no different than renting a home through VRBO.com – just be sure to do your homework!