We are driving from Cherbourg to the Pyrenees in August and would love to hear of any good hotels or hotel chains we can overnight at. We are 2 adults & 3 kids (6, 3, 1). Big issue will probably be needing a cot each night as we are not intending to take our own. All suggestions welcome!
We have often been to the SOuth of France & Spain, and always stay in a Novotel family room. Breakfast is included in the price & for us it is cheaper than a cheaper chain where we would need 2 rooms (DS is 9, DD 14).
We have stayed at various ones, Dijon, Orleons etc, but our favourite is at Chambray les Tours because it is right next to a shopping complex with lots of cheap eateries nearby (My children love The Flunch there!). The restaurant at Novotels is good but a bit formal & pricey for us after a solid days driving. This won't be on your your route, but would recommend Novotels - beds comfy & pool for kids to cool off in.
Would suggets the french bed & breakfast system. We have a book called Maisons d'hotês en France. Lots of lovely big houses to stay in, many with pool & that will cook an evening meal. We have 3 kids & have found this worked really well.
Have to agree with Milliways - Novotels are fab for families and kids. We have stayed at Dinard ad Rouen South . Rouen even had a playstation and games room right next to the bar (which pleased DH no end) and our 18m old loved it!! It's also near other restaurants and a small wood and had a pool, woodland walk area and activity park. they have pools, play areas and the food is good - they really spoiled the kids. May be a bit pricier than some of teh other chains but the cots were v good quality and we wouldn't stay in anything else!!
Triplets - Ours is the 2000 edition. It's a Guide de Charme, Payot & Rivages; isbn 2-7436-0566-9 - got it abroad. It's in french but many owners will also speak some english. It's a great book - has a map as well.
Another vote for novotel. We've used it quite a lot. I would say the restarant meals are not good for children and avoid the swirl lolly stick- hyperactivity here we come, but breakfast is usually very good.
All the rooms are laid out the same so when you get up you don't get that where am I confusion if you stay at lots of different places