Stopover Hotels in France

(10 Posts)
thewalrus Thu 02-May-13 13:49:29

Hi,
We have 3 kids under 7 and travel through France a fair bit. We tend to be using hotels purely as a stopover, so not bothered about pools/uniqueness etc, and we've found campanile chain to be good - they usually have several rooms with connecting doors (chambres communicantes), so you can put the kids in one room and not have the problem of what you do in the dark room when they're asleep. (We've always had a twin room and the kids have fit in two beds/a kingsize ok, though guess this'll change as they get bigger.) We did the same in a premiere classe this year too - more budget, but fine just as a stopover.
Have a good holiday!

IntheFrame Tue 30-Apr-13 22:41:49

We did a road trip through to Italy last year. A night in Belgium, one in Germany, one in Florence - 4 night stay in Rome. return journey - one night in Milan, one in Alsace, one somewhere in the Champagne area and then home.

It was very last minute so we just booked places the night before on booking.com going by ratings. You can cancel for free and sort by useful things such as amenities (pools) or distance.
We went in August and there was absolutely masses of availability - if you can bear to go a mile or so from the motorway.
We found it much easier to go hotels in in small villages/towns. The standard was still as high as any chain, it was easier/cheaper to park and it was really enjoyable.
The worse hotel was the one I spent ages looking for and booked in England (the Milan one) so I have learnt to be more flexible!

mathilde1 Tue 30-Apr-13 10:48:05

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Try the Suite hotels, we stayed in the Rouen one last year and it was excellent, with underground parking too (handy for us & our roofbox).

Look at Alistair Sawdays's website for (more fancy but nice) B&B's en route.

Try the Suite hotels, we stayed in the Rouen one last year and it was excellent, with underground parking too (handy for us & our roofbox).

Look at Alistair Sawdays's website for (more fancy but nice) B&B's en route.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 22-Jul-10 08:29:01

We generally use logis too, the rooms are basic but have everything you need, and the food is excellent. Each hotel restaurant will be shut one night a week though, but it tells you on the website which night that will be.

1000cals Thu 22-Jul-10 08:24:26

Thanks for the suggestions - I will check out all of them.

duckyfuzz Mon 19-Jul-10 20:12:16

we always use novotels as the rooms take a family of 4 and they often have pools, they are a bit intentikit though!

SuzieHomemaker Mon 19-Jul-10 20:05:17

For a bit of local colour look at:

www.logisdefrance.com

These are family owned hotels all over France. As a tip the French practically invented the internet with Prestel so if a hotel doesnt have its own website then it's probably best avoided.

If you are looking for this summer then you may well struggle to find family rooms now so you may have to split yourselves over two rooms. However our experience is that hotels are often helpful with cots etc (even if they do look like they were first used for Grandmere's Grandmere).

Another good place to look is at www.viamichelin.com. These will also have been inspected and cover a broad range.

I hope you have a lovely time.

1000cals Mon 19-Jul-10 17:40:21

We're going to northern Spain for two weeks and going to stop over twice in France on the drive back. Any good recommendations on hotels to stop at?

We've got 4 kids from 1 year old to 6 years old, so family rooms/family friendly is a bonus. Swimming pool/local areas to explore would be great.

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