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Star Struck: Demystifying France's Hotel Rating System!

Hotel in Colmar, France.

Exploring France isn't just about soaking in its culture and tasty food; it's also about finding the right place to stay for your perfect trip.

France's official hotel star rating system, mandated by law, assigns one to five stars to every hotel nationwide, with these ratings prominently displayed near the main entrance to inform visitors of the expected amenities. The criteria for these star ratings, established by tourism authorities, focus on facilities rather than subjective qualities, such as service, charm, or location. Each hotel is re-evaluated once every five years. Additionally, a small select group of exceptionally outstanding five-star hotels receive an additional honor: the Palace designation.

All hotels in France, no matter the number of stars, are required to provide breakfast options. This doesn't mean breakfast is included, but it must be made available. However, the range of breakfast offerings varies according to the hotel's star rating. For instance, a one-star hotel may provide a basic breakfast, possibly coffee but not tea, and basic bread and jam without croissants!  

Coffee, cheese, grapes, croissants for breakfast.

French Hotel Star Ratings

1-star hotels ⭐️

Feature very small guest rooms (8x10 feet) with shared bathrooms, no elevators or air conditioning, and limited amenities. Hours of front desk service vary, and staff may primarily speak French. Credit card acceptance is not mandatory, and these hotels are located away from popular city attractions.

2-star hotels ⭐️⭐️

Have similar-sized rooms but require at least 75% of rooms to have private bathrooms. Credit cards are accepted, and elevators are mandatory if they have five or more floors. Air conditioning is unlikely, and English-speaking staff is uncommon.

3-star hotels ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mandate en suite bathrooms and may offer various room sizes. Public spaces are more spacious with a lobby bar. Elevators are required for four or more floors, and air conditioning is optional. English-speaking staff is common, but not required.

4-star hotels ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Offer spacious rooms, air conditioning, and extensive amenities, like high-speed internet, dining options, bars, fitness centers, and more. English-speaking staff is prevalent, and elevators are necessary for multi-floor buildings.

5-star hotels ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Feature even larger spaces, renowned restaurants, and room service. The staff’s ability to speak English is required, and safes are available in all rooms.

Please note that small guest rooms are common in Paris hotels across star ratings.

Whether you're getting ready for a romantic escape, a family trip, or exploring solo, grasping the ins and outs of hotel ratings will surely elevate your stay in France, and let you focus on taking in the French fashion, beautiful scenery and amazing cuisine!

Alleyway in Cordes-sur-Ciel France



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