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There is an enormous variety of hotels in France, the majority of which are pretty standard and perfectly suitable, but it can be hard to find one that really stands out. The classification system is also unclear as, although it is based on the five star system, it seems to have more to do with how many bathrooms there are per guest than more tangible aspects of quality such as good service and value. It is quite possible to find a very reasonably priced hotel with only one star that comes up trumps, where a three star might have got complacent and not come up with the goods on the day.

At the budget end of the scale, under €30 will get you a room that probably has a basin (lavabo), but the showers and toilets are likely to be communal. You may even have to pay a couple of euros for the shower, so it could be a good idea to upgrade to a room with en suite if you are travelling with other people who can share. €35 to €45 buys you a room with shower, possibly with your own toilet, and comfortable furniture. It does not, however, guarantee that the décor will be anything to get the flags out about. €45 €70 will procure you a decent bathroom, and if you spend anything over €70 you should expect a certain amount of luxe et volupté included in the price! You can, of course, spend crazy amounts of money on a hotel room, especially in ParisParis and on the Côte d'AzurCôte d'Azur.

Hotel styles will vary according to whether you are in a city or in a regional backwater, and it is often in the more remote areas, having tried and failed to get a room at the trendy hotel en ville, that you will happen upon a little gem of a family run hotel and keep going back to it for years and years. Well, that's what happened to me, anyway.

Other options when choosing a hotel in France include renting an apartment an increasingly popular way of seeing the country from an insider's point of view or staying in a chambre d'hôte, where you are literally kipping in someone's back bedroom. The owners have often constructed a separate entrance for guests so that they can enter without interrupting family life too much. In some cases, the guests are made to feel like part of the furniture, which is fantastic if you want a real French experience, but not so good if you want a quick breakfast rather than an hour long tasting session of all the local produce (this also happened to me, and it was very pleasant).