France Favorites: the links

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General Resources:

French Government Tourist Office/ Maison de la France Everything about France!

Gay France Guide Official French Tourist Office site

Air France

Logis de France Usually excellent, reasonably priced hotel-restaurants

Bienvenue au Chateau Association of historic, romantic and beautiful hotels

Peugeot Open Europe Your choice of brand new Peugeot models for long-term rental

SNSF Official French rail network site

 

Paris:

Office de Tourisme & des Congres de Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V Rooms bigger than your apartment. amazing flowers. Prices to match! The restaurant is worth maxing out your credit card!

Hyatt Regency Madeliene Modern, comfortable rooms; The fashion-model staff is remarkably friendly and helpful. Expensive.

Grand Hotel Malher Friendly, comfortable and moderate. Great heart of the Marais location

Hotel Sevigné Best value budget hotel in Paris

Restaurant Jules Verne In the Tour Eiffel; amazing view, good food, expensive and hard to book

L’Ecluse A small chain of wine bars with excellent food

Maison Blanche Super hip room with a view—where the food is actually excellent; expensive!

 

Reims and Champagne:

Hotel Crystal Charming and friendly bargain hotel in the center of Reims

 

Versailles:

Hotel du Barry Charming Hotel near the famous palace

 

Moulins:

Hotel de Paris Faded grandeur in a tourist-free city

Restaurant des Cours A very good place to eat should you find yourself in Moulins

 

Lyon:

Lyon tourist office Great guided city tours

Hotel du College Nice hotel in the center of historic vieux Lyon

Raphael Beringer Modern, stylish restaurant, very good food

Cafe des Federations Tres traditional Lyonnaise Buchon…lots of organ meats!

 

Bourgogne:

Hostellerie des Clos Fabulous gourmet restuarant and a bargain inn in Chablis

 

Avignon:

Hotel d Angleterre a comfortable logis in the walled city

Hotel Le Cloitre St. Louis Luxury lodging in a renovated historic cloister within the city walls

 

Provence:

L’ Hotel les Ateliers de l’Image super stylish hotel in St. Remy; amazing swimming pool

 

La Grande Motte:

La Compagnie des Comptoirs Amazing summer-only restaurant on the beach. Eat and swim!

 

Val de Loire:

Centre – Val de Loire Regional Tourist Board

Val de Loire UNESCO World Heritage

Parc Floral de la Source gardens!

Les Quatre Saisons Pretty riverside restaurant and inn with great food

Clos Lucé Museum and former home of Leonardo da Vinci; great for kids

Hotel de L’Abeille Cute and quirky hotel in the center of Orleans

Manoir des Minimes Luxury hotel in Amboise, reasonably priced

Le Clos d’ Amboise Another affordable Luxury hotel in Amboise

Château de la Verrerie If you have ever wanted to live in a chateau, this is a must

Hostelerie du Château de l’Isle Rustic country inn and restuarant near Chenonceau

Hotel Gargantua Pleasant hotel in the heart of Chinon

Diderot Charming hotel in Chinon

 

Strasbourg:

Hotel des Rohan Charming and very friendly hotel in the city center

Chez Yvonne Delicious Alsatian specialties; great foie gras and choucroute

 

Chateau-Thierry:

Auberge Le Relais Great food and a nice inn between Paris and Reims. Great stop to/from CDG