Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in France

Hotels, B&Bs, chateaux, auberges, restaurants with rooms

We are delighted to announce that we have started recommending hotels in France once again. Official French tourism figures for 2014 revealed it was the most visited country in the world, and over 80% of visitors were from Europe, especially the UK. 

The scope of our recommendations reflects this; we’ve already put up a hand-picked list of what we consider to be some of the best hotels in Paris, and similar recommendations in Provence and Brittany, and more, will follow shortly.

We hope readers will nominate their favourite hotels in France so that we can gradually build up the numbers again. That is the way the Good Hotel Guide began 33 years ago when Hilary Rubinstein, a literary agent, asked all his friends to nominate their favourite hotel.

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Featured hotels in France

Le Fleuray Hotel & Restaurant Le Colonial, Amboise, Loire Valley

This 19th century manor house has been converted into a charming country hotel restaurant by its English owners, Hazel and Peter Newington. They run it with son and daughter, Jordan and Cassie.


Hotel Diderot , CHINON, Loire Valley

Near the famous château of this well-known wine town on the Vienne, this B&B owned by two sisters, Francoise, and Martine, and their brother, Laurent,  continues to


Auberge du Bon Laboureur, Chenonceaux, Loire Valley

'Lovely looking and efficiently run,' say visitors. At the château gates, this l8th century post house (Relais du Silence) has been owned by the Jeudi family since 1902. lt consists of five


L'Abbaye-Chateau de Camon, Camon, Midi-Pyrenees

‘Just as lovely as we remembered,’ says a returning visitor to this converted 10th-century abbey, part of a castle in this lovely old fortified village, way south-west of Carcassonne. The


Le Manoir les Minimes , Amboise, Loire Valley

Excellently situated, next to the château’, this luxurious 18th-century manor house was built on the foundations of an ancient medieval monastery. It stands on the banks of the Loire near


Le Moulin du Roc, Champagnac-de-Belair, Dordogne

Michelin awards a star to owner/chef Alain Gardillou, admiring also the ‘magic’ setting of his 17th-century oil mill on the Dronne: Guide readers, too, call it a ‘wonderful, bucolic


Domaine de la Tortiniere, Veigné, Loire Valley

 ‘A lovely hotel’. The owner/managers, Anne and Xavier Olivereau, are the fourth generation of the family to run this handsome pepperpotted Second Empire mansion, set amid woods and


Ti Al Lannec, TREBEURDEN, Brittany

The Jouanny family’s handsome, white 19th-century mansion (Relais de Silence) stands in a large flowery garden, 'a beautiful location', where meals are served under parasols and cypress trees.


Château de Moulin-le-Comte, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais

In a hamlet near Aire-sur-la-Lys, this graceful 19th-century mansion has been lovingly turned by its Belgian owner, Sir Francis Van der Elst, into a welcoming B&B with table d’hôte.


La Villa de Mazamet, Mazamet, Midi-Pyrenees

In a quiet residential area, this 1930s maison de maitre has been carefully restored by English owners, Peter Friend and Mark Barber, who run it as a luxury chambres d'hôtes with dinners.


Le Valmarin, St-Malo, Brittany

‘Such a wonderful building; good value,’ says a visitor about Françoise and Gérard Nicolas’s 18th-century house, elegantly renovated in period style. South of the old


La Bergerie, Morzine, Alps

This family owned and run B&B is located very conveniently in the centre of Morzine, less than 100m from the nearest ski lift. Owners Eric and Caroline Marullaz-Monné have exceptional


Hotels in France

  • Auberge de la Selune, DUCEY, Manche

    In a beautiful setting on the Sélune (one of the last salmon rivers in France), where the N176 crosses an old bridge, this unsophisticated Logis de France is run by Patrice and Sandra Girres;

  • Hotel Crillon le Brave , CRILLON-LE-BRAVE , Provence

    Below Mont Ventoux, in a tiny hill top Provençal village, this smart hotel (Relais & Châteaux), owned by Peter Chittick and Craig Miller, is managed by Sébastian Pilat.

  • Hôtel Le Plantagenet , CHINON, Loire Valley

    Martine de Carvalho, the new owner, is proud of the 'warm family ambiance' of her centrally placed, white-painted B&B hotel. It stands near the gates of the medieval city, not far from the River

  • La Perouse, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    ‘Perfect location, perfect staff, perfect pool.’ On a hill at the east end of the Promenade des Anglais, this popular hotel has stunning views over the Baie des Anges. It stands back from

  • Hostellerie le Beffroi, VAISON-LA-ROMAINE , Vaucluse

    This old town has fascinating Roman remains, not public buildings but patrician villas, shops, a bridge and an amphitheatre; nearby is the modern section, with shops and restaurants. To the south,

  • Hotel de Buci, Paris

    Near St-Germain-des-Prés, this small, luxurious B&B hotel is in a 16th-century building facing the well-known outdoor market (which some rooms overlook) of the narrow Rue de Buci.

  • Hotel d'Aubusson, Paris

    ‘Not cheap, but the style, decor, service and fabulous location make it a winner’: this 17th-century mansion is within easy walking distance (via Pont Neuf) of the Louvre and Notre Dame.

  • Hotel de l'Abbaye, Paris

    Returning to Pierre and Gisèle Lafortune’s hotel, a former 17th-century convent near St-Sulpice, a visitor wrote: ‘Expensive, but worth every euro. The people are charming.' Set

  • Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais, Paris

    ‘Well managed, charming; the location is superb,’ says a visitor regarding Alain Bigeard’s elegant small hotel in the trendy Marais district. ‘Very romantic’,

  • Hotel Chopin, Paris

    Philippe Bidal’s modest hotel (a listed historic monument) stands at the end of a glass-roofed 19th-century arcade with shops, near the junction of boulevards Haussmann, Montmartre and des

  • Chatillon Hotel, Paris

    ‘Outstanding value, nearly perfect in its class.’ Ever popular, this lovely little hotel is off the beaten track, in an ‘amazingly quiet’ square near the Porte

  • Hotel Le Clement, Paris

    M. and Mme Charrade’s ‘typical Parisian small hotel, narrow, on 6 floors’, is located just off Boulevard St-Germain and a stroll away from Luxembourg Gardens and the Notre-Dame. The

  • Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon, Paris

    ‘Full of character, delightfully decorated and a haven of peace’: this 18th-century mansion is in a side street off Boulevard St-Germain. It has old beams, rough stone walls, tiles,

  • Hotel de Fleurie, Paris

    Owned and run by the Marolleau family, this well-restored 18th-century building is in a narrow street, full of cheap restaurants, near St-Germain-des-Prés. It was liked again by visitors on

  • Hotel des Grands Hommes , Paris

    Liked immensely by many readers (‘good, quiet, exceptional value’; ‘an excellent hotel in a very good location’), this converted town house is named after the ‘great

  • Grand Hotel Malher, Paris

    ‘Excellently located’, in the Marais, this ‘very friendly’ hotel has for three generations been owned and run by Didier Fossiez’s family (‘he and his wife, Pamela,

  • Hotel du Palais Bourbon, Paris

    Thierry Claudon’s B&B hotel is fairly inexpensive despite its grand name, and is housed in an elegant old building in a quiet, pleasant street near Assemblée Nationale, Invalides and

  • Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris

    ‘Romantically set’ in the Marais, on one of Paris’s loveliest squares, this handsome 17th-century building, with creeper-draped facade and pretty front courtyard, is an elegant hotel

  • Hotel de la Place des Vosges, Paris

    Located in the Marais, on a one-way street two minutes’ walk from Place des Vosges, is this former stable for mules of Henry IV, now an ‘attractive, honest, reasonable’ family-run

  • Hotel Pratic , Paris

    ‘Wonderfully located’ in the Marais, this inexpensive hotel overlooks the lively Place du Marché-Ste-Catherine. The 19th-century building has a charming wood-beamed lobby, where

  • Relais du Louvre, Paris

    ‘Well placed for visits to central Paris’, this 18th-century building is where Puccini set La Bohème. ‘Quietly elegant’, it is in a small street opposite the Louvre, by

  • Hotel Le Sainte-Beuve, Paris

    This 'agreeable’ small hotel is located in a quiet street at the northwest end of Jardin du Luxembourg (two minutes' walk away) and near St-Sulpice and Montparnasse. It is owned and managed by

  • Hotel de Varenne , Paris

    Close to the Invalides and the Rodin museum with its fascinating garden, this former hôtel particulier's owner, Jean-Marc Pommier, who is much in evidence, has extensively decorated in Louis XVI

  • Hotel Tilsitt Etoile, Paris

    Liked for ‘peace, comfort, reasonable rates and accessibility’ is this hotel on a quiet side side street near Étoile, part of a group of four small hotels. 'Decor is artistic yet

  • Hotel de l'Universite, Paris

    Formerly a Benedictine convent, this ‘civilised’ little Left Bank hotel underwent extensive renovations in 2011 and is now smart and modern, although traces of its past remain with

  • Hotel Verneuil, Paris

    ‘Small and personal, with attentive staff’, this B&B hotel is in a quiet street in St-Germain-des-Prés: ‘A lovely location, close to shops and the local market,’

  • Hotel Mansart , Paris

    Considering its location (just behind the Ritz, and a short walk to the Louvre and the Tuileries) and its reputation for excellent service, the Mansart offers good value. Rooms are elegant, and

  • Hotel St-Christophe, Aix-en-Provence, Provence

    ‘Wonderful’, ‘excellent value’, are comments on the Bonnet family’s hotel in the centre, near the Cours Mirabeau. Léopold Bonnet turned a garage into a restaurant

  • Hotel Spa Le Calendal , Arles, Provence

    ‘A lovely little hotel,’ says a visitor to Frederic and Cécile Lespinasse-Jacquemin’s quiet, friendly B&B in three buildings in the old town. Other comments:

  • Le Prieure, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, Provence

    On the west bank of the Rhône, this historic little town above Avignon has a splendid charterhouse and other noble buildings, including this 14th-century priory, now a luxurious hotel (Relais

  • Baumaniere - La Cabro d'Or, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Provence

    Well away from the tourist crowds which flock to this spectacular hilltop village is the Charial family’s sophisticated modern hotel (Relais & Châteaux). Built in the style of a

  • La Bastide de Voulonne , Cabrieres d'Avignon, Provence

    A honey-coloured 18th-century bastide, run by Penny and Julien Hemery as a charming small hotel. Light and airy, full of Provençal colour, it is in the valley between Gordes and the Luberon

  • Residence du Vieux Port, Marseille, Provence

    ‘Splendidly located’ on the quayside and facing south over the Vieux Port is this modern seven-storey B&B hotel. The 1950s exterior is no beauty, but a recent renovation means the

  • Le Pigonnet, Aix-en-Provence, Provence

    ‘One of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed in,’ say visitors. ‘Staff were particularly helpful. Food was excellent.’ This 19th-century mansion is decorated in sophisticated

  • Relais de la Magdeleine, Gemenos, Provence

    ‘A lovely hotel in a beautiful setting’; ‘calm and quiet’. It is one of the Guide’s best-loved hotels, owned by the Marignane brothers: Christophe and Vincent manage;

  • Les Florets , Gigondas, Provence

    Against a background of the craggy Dentelles de Montmirail, this old-fashioned hotel has a superb setting high in a wooded valley, near some of the best Côtes du Rhône vineyards.

  • Le Mas de Guilles , Lourmarin, Provence

    ‘We cannot adequately praise this hotel,’ say visitors about this 17th-century mas (Relais du Silence). It stands up a private road on a large estate, outside this beautiful village on the

  • Domaine du Colombier, Malataverne, Provence

    In open country south of Montélimar, this creeper-covered 14th-century bastide was once an overnight stop for pilgrims. It is now a stylish little hotel, owned and run by Cyric Fressac, who is

  • Le Hospitaliers , Le Poet-Laval, Provence

    Visitors returning to the Morin family’s hilltop hotel found it ‘delightful as ever’. In a medieval village east of Montélimar, it is built on the ruins of a much older

  • Le Mimosa , St-Saturnin-de-Lucian, Provence

    In a village near Clermont-l’Hérault is this delightful small hotel, run since June 2014 by welcoming hosts Sonia and Sylvain Geindreau. ‘The rooms are simple and

  • Hotel Montmirail , Gigondas, Provence

    In a ‘delightful location’ near Vacqueyras, at the head of a wooded ravine below the rocky Dentelles de Montmirail, this 19th-century building was once a spa centre. ‘We once again

  • Sous le Figuiers, St-Remy-de-Provence, Provence

    ‘A little French gem, full of charm and character’: Gisèle and Denise Lafuente’s chambres d’hôtes stands quietly in ‘beautifully kept

  • Hotel Daniel , Paris

    The imaginatively detailed interior of this hotel sets it apart: the 18th century French chinoiserie style includes fabric toile du Jouy wallpaper, oriental carpets and custom-made furniture with

  • Le Castel Marie-Louise, La Baule , Brittany

    Built a century ago as a private house, this belle époque mansion (Relais & Chateaux) was turned into a hotel by François André in 1926: he named it after his wife. It stands

  • Domaine de Rochevilaine, Billiers, Brittany

    On a rocky spur of the south Brittany coast, this luxurious hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is owned by Bertrand Jaquet. A romantic collection of buildings, including a 13th-century stone gateway,

  • Grand Hotel des Bains, Locquirec, Brittany

    ‘A terrific place,’ said a recent visitor. Gloriously positioned on a peninsula in a fishing port on the north Brittany coast, this handsome white 1900s hotel is decorated in

  • Quintessia Resort, Orvault, Brittany

    Built in the 1970s, this large white villa, with its sloping red-tiled roof, looks more Basque than Breton. Previously known as Le Domaine d'Orvault, but still managed by Nathalie and Sylvain Lejeune,

  • Hotel Le Mur du Roy, Penvins, Brittany

    The setting of M. and Mme Boyère’s modern hotel is ‘splendid’, say visitors to the lovely Rhuys peninsula. Others wrote of ‘a spacious feel, a friendly patron’.

  • Manoir de la Hazaie, Planguenoual, Brittany

    ‘Superbly restored’ by owners Jean-Yves and Christine Marivin, and with ‘furnishings tastefully selected to create an authentic contemporary ambience’, this stone-built manor

  • Hotel Montgomery, Pontorson, Brittany

    Built in 1526, this creeper-covered building was the home of the Earl of Montgomery, who accidentally killed the French king, Henry II, in a tournament. Now a hotel ‘full of character’

  • L'Hotel, Paris

    This hotel’s most famous guest was Oscar Wilde, who died here when it was a rundown boarding house, but since then a number of celebrities have stayed here and continue to do so; a revamp by

  • Relais de la Rance, Quedillac, Brittany

    A restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) in a village north-west of Rennes, just off the main road to Brest. This old granite maison bourgeoise is run by its ‘charming and sophisticated’

  • L'Auberge Bretonne, La Roche-Bernard, Brittany

    ‘Pretty close to perfection’ was one couple’s verdict on this charming hotel in a busy market village near the south Brittany coast.  The restaurant, in an enclosed cloister, is

  • Le Brittany & Spa, Roscoff, Brittany

    Right by the sea, this 17th-century manor house, just east of the port, is now an attractive hotel whose owner, a Mme Chapalain and her son, ‘are very kind’, says a returning visitor. The

  • Hotel de la Plage, Ste-Anne-La-Palud, Brittany

    Run ‘with panache’ by its owners, Anne and Jean Milliau Le Coz, this upmarket beach hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is described by correspondents as 'delightful'. It stands beside a

  • Manoir de Lan-Kerellec, TREBEURDEN, Brittany

    ‘A beautiful hotel,’ one reader wrote. Built of local pink granite, this 19th-century Breton manor house (Relais & Châteaux) stands on a wooded headland on the edge of this

  • Maisons de Bricourt, Cancale, Brittany

    Owner/chef Olivier Roellinger and his wife, Jane, preside over their collection of maisons (Relais & Châteaux) in and around this picturesque fishing port renowned for its oysters. They

  • Chateau de la Cote, Bourdeilles, Dordogne

    In a park with century-old trees bordered by box tree walkways, this Renaissance château near Brantôme looks across a valley. Graceful and romantic, it is creeper-covered,

  • Hostellerie Les Griffons, Bourdeilles, Dordogne

    Beneath the 13th/16th-century château of this village near Brantôme, this 17th-century maison bourgeoise stands by the River Dronne. Owned by Frédérique and Jacques Dauba, it

  • Le Metairie, Mauzac, Dordogne

    In the Périgord Noir, this ‘true gem’ is run by its ‘genial’ Swiss owners, Heinz and Rita Johner. An ivy-covered 18th-century house, it stands amid pretty countryside,

  • Hotel de la Ferme Lamy, Meyrals, Dordogne

    Michelin finds Michel Bougon’s extended 17th-century farmhouse in the Périgord Nord near Sarlat, ‘ravishing’ and tells of its ‘ambiance cosy’. And a nominator

  • La Terrasse, Meyronne, Dordogne

    Formerly the summer residence of the bishops of Tulle, this 11th-century château stands above the Dordogne, near Rocamadour: it has ‘glorious views’. ‘We loved the personal

  • Hotel l'Ecrin et Restaurant Maxime Crouzil, Plancoet, Brittany

    ‘Again we had a wonderful time,’ say trusted correspondents after their third visit to this restaurant-with-rooms in a village west of Dinan. Earlier they wrote: ‘It has vitality,

  • Hostellerie des Ducs, Duras, Dordogne

    In a ‘delightful’ small wine-growing town between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, the Blanchet family’s restaurant-with-rooms has a terrace facing Duras’s 14th-century

  • Chateau de Pray, Amboise, Loire Valley

    In a wooded park outside Amboise, facing the Loire, this small château was built in 1244 by Geoffrey de Pray; later, the wife of Alphonse Daudet lived here. Now a highly regarded hotel, it is

  • Le Manoir Saint-Thomas, Amboise, Loire Valley

    A 12th-century turreted former priory has been sympathetically restored, and is now a B&B hotel owned by Isabelle and Alan Sohn, and located two minutes' walk from Amboise centre. Rooms are all

  • Hotel du Mail, Angers, Loire Valley

    ‘Bang in the middle of decent-sized, pleasant town’, behind the Hôtel de Ville, is this converted 17th century Ursuline convent, now a B&B hotel. A visitor found it

  • La Solognote, Brinon-Sur-Sauldre, Loire Valley

    Owned by Marie-Christine Menec Lacube, this former coach house is now an auberge (Logis Hotels), with a low brick building and rear bedroom extension, and located by a river, in a village on the edge

  • Hotel Agnes Sorel, CHINON, Loire Valley

    Named after a mistress of Charles VII who was also an enthusiastic cook, this ‘sweet, unpretentious little place, astonishingly cheap’, has long been loved by Guide readers. Owned and run

  • Chateau de Marcay, CHINON, Loire Valley

    Built as a fortress in about 1150, the town of Marçay was originally inside the walls of this splendid château, now a smart hotel. The present structure, with pepperpot towers and a

  • Chateau de Chissay, Chissay-en-Touraine, Loire Valley

    In the Cher valley, near Chenonceaux and Blois, this ‘idyllic’ medieval château stands on a hillside. Owned by Philippe Savry, and part of the small Savray group, it is ‘a

  • Auberge du Centre, Chitenay, Loire Valley

    Convenient for visiting the Loire châteaux, this ‘cool and pleasant’ inn (Logis de France) is in a peaceful village south of Blois. It is the family home of the owner, Gilles

  • Auberge du Port des Roches, Luche-Pringe, Loire Valley

    On the banks of Le Loir (not La Loire, further south), is this small country restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France). ‘The setting is most attractive, the owners [Thierry and Valérie

  • Hotel du Commerce, Oucques, Loire Valley

    In quiet street in the small village of Oucques is this small hotel/restaurant (Logis de France, Michelin Bib Gourmand) owned by chef M. Lanchais: ‘He and his wife are warm and friendly. Our

  • La Tonnellerie, Tavers, Loire Valley

    Once the home of a 19th-century wine merchant, this vine-covered building is now a ‘charming small hotel’, says a visitor. ‘The friendly staff were very helpful.’ The owners

  • Le Manoir de la Foret, La Ville-aux-Clercs, Loire Valley

    Between Orléans and Le Mans, outside a village 18 km north of Vendôme, is this handsome, ivy-covered 19th-century former hunting lodge of Duc de La Rochefoucauld, now owned by Maryse and

  • Hotel Cantemerle, Vence, Provence

    This ‘very peaceful’ hotel stands on a hill amid pine trees, in a well-kept garden with swimming pool (where snacks are served in summer). ‘It is architecturally pleasing, in

  • Chateau de Trigance, Trigance, Provence

    ‘Magical.’ ‘Delightful.’ This former 10th-century fortress, near the awesome Gorges du Verdon, is owned by the family of Guillaume Thomas. ‘The welcome is warm and

  • Hotel Le Saint Paul, St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence

    ‘For warmth of reception combined with lovely rooms, it cannot be beat,’ writes a travel expert about Roberto and Nanda Polito's luxurious and stylish little hotel (Relais &

  • Auberge de Reillanne, Reillanne, Provence

    This 'beautifully refurbished’ old bastide is located within walking distance of the ancient fortified village of Reillanne. A reviewer found it  ‘calm, quiet, relaxing; simply

  • Hotel d'Europe, Avignon, Provence

    A hotel since 1799, this elegant 16th-century building has long been a favourite of Guide readers. Earlier visitors include Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Tennessee Williams, Picasso and the Brownings. In

  • Auberge de Carcarille, Gordes, Provence

    Informally run by the Rambaud family is this stylish inn located in a ‘pleasing stone building’ set back from the road, in ‘fairly spacious’ grounds with olive and almond trees

  • Mas de Aigras, Orange, Provence

    This creeper-clad stone mas is now a welcoming three-star demeure d’hôtes, quietly set amid fields, vineyards and orchards in the heart of Provence, 4 kms from Orange. Sylvie and

  • Hotel Saint-Jean, Orange, Provence

    Near the Roman theatre, at the foot of St-Eutrope hill is this 17th-century coaching inn, now a pink and green-shuttered two-star B&B with ‘welcoming’ owner/manager, Alain Bennejean.

  • Hostellerie Les Gorges de Pennafort, Callas, Provence

    Opposite the dramatic gorges of Pennafort, in wooded country near Draguignan, this former relais de poste is now a luxurious hotel/restaurant managed by chef Philippe Da Silva and his wife, Martine.

  • Le Logis de l'Escalin, La Garde-Adhemar, Provence

    ‘A lovely discovery’, by a regular Guide correspondent. Just outside this medieval village perché north of Orange, above the Rhône, it is only a kilometre from the A7,

  • La Passiflore, Vergeze, Provence

    In a pretty village between Nîmes and Montpellier is this renovated, creeper-covered, old farmhouse, run by Alain Foubert. All the air-conditioned bedrooms face the central courtyard or a

  • Auberge de la Tour, Valros, Provence

    In two buildings, separated by a garden with a swimming pool, is M. and Mme Grasset’s ‘relatively modern’ Logis de France, popular with golfers. ‘Cheap and cheerful, with

  • La Ferme St-Michel, Solerieux, Provence

    ‘Charming as ever,’ says a visitor, returning to this 16th-century stone mas in vineyards and lavender fields in rolling country east of the Rhône valley. ‘No airs and graces,

  • Hotel la Cle des Champs, Gordes, Provence

    This old hill village, popular with artists, is full of arty boutiques. Its name means ‘russet’: it is famous for its ochre quarries, and its buildings are in shades of red, pink and

  • Hotel Charembeau, Forcalquier, Provence

    Tastefully converted by its owners Sandra and André Berger, this group of 18th-century stone farm buildings is now an inexpensive B&B hotel. It stands in a large park of woods and rolling

  • Hotel du Levant, Cap d'Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Although somewhat dated and in need of renovations, this ‘attractive, comfortable’ hotel still offers lots of charm, and ‘helpful staff. Good value in an expensive

  • Le Cagnard, Haut-de-Cagnes, Cote d'Azur

    This unusual hotel is a clever conversion of medieval houses on the side of a cliff, by the ramparts of this fashionable hill village, inland from Nice. The hotel was purchased from the Barel-Laroche

  • Hotel Windsor, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    This unusual hotel is located not far from the seafront, behind the mighty Hôtel Negresco. Visitors called it ‘a delight’. Fairly quiet, yet lively, it has a quirky style. The hall

  • Hotel Welcome, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur

    Between Nice and Monte Carlo, this ‘impeccable hotel’, owned by Gérard Galbois, stands opposite the fishermen’s chapel decorated by Cocteau. ‘He wrote Orphée in

  • Le Bosquet, Pegomas, Cote d'Azur

    Between Cannes and Grasse, on the edge of a village in mimosa country, this informal and ‘convivial’ holiday hotel, long popular with readers, is owned and run by Chantal Cattet and her

  • La Colombe d'Or, St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence

    At the entrance of this old walled town, this ‘beautiful and special’ hotel is run by François Roux with his wife, Daniele. His artist grandfather, Paul Roux, founded it in 1931,

  • Les Rosees, Mougins, Cote d'Azur

    Located very close to the village of Mougins, and only 20 mins from Cannes, this small luxury hotel is described as more of a country house than a hotel, with only five beautiful suites. Three are in

  • Mas Djoliba, Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Ten minutes’ walk from the busy old town and its beaches, this converted 1920s mas has something of the air of a private home: ‘handsome, quiet and comfortable’. Each bedroom is

  • Hotel Excelsior, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    Located just steps away from the Promenade des Anglais is this small, Belle Epoque boutique hotel, with charming and friendly staff. Rooms have a clever 1920s travel theme, with travel-related

  • Hotel Baie Doree, Cap d'Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Although you are paying for location more than decor - the reception is tiny and the rooms simply furnished - all rooms have terraces with sea views. The hotel also has two swimming pools - one

  • La Treille Muscate, Cliousclat, Rhone-Alpes

    Easily accessible from the A7 Autoroute du Soleil, and just 24 kilometres from Montélimar (which has a TGV station), the Delaitre family’s ‘exquisite’ ivy-covered,

  • Cour des Loges, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘What a remarkable place,’ says a visitor to this designer hotel in the lively narrow streets of the trendy St-Jean quarter of Vieux Lyon. Four adjacent Renaissance mansions have been

  • Hotel des Artistes, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

    Located by the Théâtre des Célestins, this B&B is much used by visiting actors. The lobby, with its painted walls and dramatic red and gold tones, is reminiscent of a theatre,

  • Hostellerie de Perouges, Perouges, Rhone-Alpes

    This lovely medieval village, with its ramparts, half-timbered houses, and cobbled streets, is often the setting for historical films. Here, the Thibaut family have presided since 1912 at their hotel,

  • Hotellerie Beau Rivage, Condrieu, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘Very smart’ and ‘beautifully situated’ (on the Rhône, in a famous vineyard), the Humann-Donet family’s hotel is ‘still highly recommended. Modernisation

  • Domaine de Clairefontaine, Chonas L'Amballan, Rhone-Alpes

    Owned by the Girardon family, this lovely 18th-century mansion, once the country home of the bishops of Lyon, is on the edge of a Rhône valley village. It has a ‘beautiful terrace’,

  • Le Chalet, Gresse-en-Vercors, Rhone-Alpes

    Amid the ‘breathtaking scenery’ of the eastern Vercors, where, say visitors, ‘sheer mountain cliffs rise majestically above trees and meadows’, is this ‘gem’ of a

  • Auberge St-Pierre, Tourtour, Provence

    High in the mountains in Upper Provence, outside a lovely but touristy village, is this ‘special place’. René Marcellin’s converted 16th-century bastide stands in a large

  • Le Logis du Guetteur, Les Arcs Sur Argens, Provence

    An 11th-century fortified castle at the top of a medieval village in the hills south of Draguinon has been turned into this small hotel where, say the nominators, ‘everything was correct’.

  • Hotel Chilo, Barcus, Pyrenees-Atlantiques

    South-west of Pau, in a tiny village on the edge of the Pays Basque, this old inn has been turned into a restaurant-with-rooms by owner/chef Pierre Chilo and his wife Martine. Praised by readers for

  • Le Lion d'Or, Bayeux, Normandy

    This Logis de France (also Relais du Silence) is a short walk from the famous tapestry (really an embroidery). A much-modernised old coaching inn, it was enjoyed again by nominators. ‘Staff were

  • La Villa, Calvi, Corsica

    ‘Extremely luxurious’, Jean-Pierre Pinelli’s hilltop hotel (Relais & Châteaux) stands in lovely grounds above this fortified harbour town (its 15th-century citadel, built

  • Le Vieux Castillon , Castillon-du-Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

    In a medieval village between Avignon and Nîmes, this group of ancient stone houses has been turned, ‘with charm and imagination’ into a luxurious hotel, now part of the small H8

  • Hotel Echo et Abbaye, La Chaise-Dieu, Auvergne

    In a picturesque village amid the ‘great countryside’ of the Massif Central, this ‘delightful small hotel’ stands on a quiet square behind a lovely abbey (fine Flemish

  • Auberge du Camp Romain, Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy

    Between woodlands and vineyards on a Burgundy hillside, this holiday hotel stands on a minor road, below an old Neolithic settlement. Its leisure facilities include a ‘first-class outdoor