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  • Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais (Paris): This adorable inn re-creates the ambience of 18th-century Paris, when the hotel’s namesake, the author of “The Barber of Seville,” was cavorting in the neighborhood. Rooms are covered in fine reproductions of period fabrics and furnished with antique writing tables, ceiling fixtures, and paintings—a bit of Old France right in the middle of trendy Marais. 
  • Relais St-Germain (Paris): A luxurious mix of past and present makes this hotel a romantic and modern haven, just steps from the bustle of Boulevard St-Germain. Run by the same management as the famous restaurant Le Comptoir du Relais (downstairs), this beautiful spot makes the perfect gourmet getaway. 
  • Château d’Artigny, south of Tours (Loire): Complete your castle experience by staying at one of the Loire’s most regal château-hotels. You really will feel like a king, bedding down in Louis XV–style rooms and relaxing in the hotel’s luxurious spa. 
  • Le Manoir Les Minimes, Amboise (Loire): Regional charm and character shine through at this reasonably priced manor, a perfect base for exploring the château country. Tucked behind its high walls, it has many rooms facing the river, while others offer glimpses of the royal château of Amboise. 
  • Grand Hôtel Barrière de Dinard, Dinard (Brittany): Relive the era of grand Victorian seaside resorts at one of the period’s finest hotels. This luxurious hotel-casino features modern comforts, chic dining facilities, and stunning views of the bay. 
  • Manoir du Stang, near Quimper (Brittany): Surround yourself in the charms of Brittany at this enchanting 16th-century stone manor. Tucked away in the Fouesnant Forest yet only a 10 min. drive to the coast, it’s the perfect countryside retreat in western France. 
  • Cour du Corbeau, Strasbourg (Alsace): One of the oldest hotels in France, this 17th-century inn combines the historic character of thick wooden beams and sainted-glass windows with stylish contemporary furnishings and amenities. 
  • Clos St-Vincent, between Strasbourg and Colmar (Alsace): Admire the vineyards of Alsace directly from your private terrace at this refined hotel along the country’s oldest wine route. 
  • Alchimy, Albi (Languedoc-Roussillon): For a small restaurant with rooms and a very large wow factor, book at Alchimy in Albi, designed by two top interior designers. Rooms are a mix of bold colors, mirrors, striking art, and one-off objects. The glass-vaulted restaurant with columns and terracotta-colored walls is fast becoming Albi’s top place to eat (and certainly to be seen at). 
  • Hôtel de la Cité, Carcassonne (Languedoc-Roussillon): Go medieval at this hotel in Carcassonne, which looks over the ramparts and to the distant mountains. Wood paneling, friezes, and four-poster beds take you back to its origins. But there’s also a heated pool, a top restaurant, and every 21st-century mod con you could wish for. 
  • Le Pavillon, St-Emilion (Bordeaux): A luxurious chambres d'hotes in the beautiful medieval village of St-Emilion. Six rooms focus on luxury and carefully chosen details, with prices that remain the same year-round and include breakfast plus a bottle of wine. 
  • Hotel de Bouilhac, Montignac (Dordogne): Not just lovely, but great value too. This hotel is located near the new Lascaux caves exhibition, one of the must-visit attractions in southwest France. 
  • Hôtel Parc Beaumont, Pau (The Basque Country): Some of Pau’s best accommodation, with good-sized beds, balconies, and beautiful views over the park. The hotel’s Jeu de Paume restaurant is particularly recommended. 
  • Hotel Le Normandy, Deauville (Normandy): This legendary hotel, built in 1912 is a giant fairy-tale concoction that overlooks the seafront. With spacious rooms and a glass-ceilinged indoor pool, it’s favored by smart Parisian families. 
  • Le Strato, Courchevel (The French Alps): The height of decadence: this Small Luxury Hotels of the World property is the place to be seen in the French skiing place to be seen: Courchevel 1850. It’s not rare for guests to arrive by private helicopter. 
  • Hôtel Ermitage, Evian-les-Bains (The French Alps): Both part of the Evian Resort, these two properties occupy the hillside rolling down towards Lac Léman. True to the area’s luxurious heritage, spa treatments and expensive meals are the order of the day. 
  • Le Champ des Oiseaux, Troyes (Champagne Country): Step back into the middle ages at this half-timbered four-star hotel which has been elegantly renovated by master craftsmen. 
  • Le Cep, Beaune (Burgundy). Old-fashioned service and luxury are what you’ll find at this historic five-star hotel and spa in Burgundy’s wine capital. 
  • Château de Bagnols, (Rhône Valley): Surrounded by Beaujolais vineyards, this fairy-tale Renaissance castle comes complete with a drawbridge, moat, fortifications, extensive formal gardens, and a spa. In 2017, this Relais & Châteaux hotel celebrated its 800th anniversary with the winning of a Michelin star for its restaurant. 
  • Mama Shelter, Marseille (Provence): The work of legendary designer Philippe Starck, this contemporary hotel is located in the hip cours Julien neighborhood. On the ground floor, there’s a courtyard pastis bar, perfect for sampling the city’s favorite aperitif. 
  • Château Saint-Martin, Vence (Riviera): Perched on a hilltop just 20 min. from Nice, Château Saint-Martin is one of the Riviera’s most splendid hotels. The gardens are sprinkled with wildflowers; the infinity pool quite literally goes on forever; and a truly exquisite spa is onsite. Lucky guests can gaze at the Mediterranean from bed. 
  • Hôtel Belles-Rives, Juan-les-Pins (Riviera): Once a vacation villa to Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Hôtel Belles-Rives still maintains a flamboyant, 1920s feel. Sip a sundowner on the hotel’s sea-facing terrace, or try waterskiing at the hotel’s aquatic club, the very spot where the sport was invented a century ago. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.