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Boutique hotels in France (61)

BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN FRANCE

We're proud of our wonderful collection of boutique hotels in France and having enjoyed the pleasure of visiting many of these charming Chic Retreats ourselves, we want to share these little hidden gems. We have a great list of boutique hotels in Paris to choose from to suit every budget and style. If you are looking for family holiday, then we'd recommend browsing our selection of small luxury hotels in Provence or perhaps you want a chalet in the French Alps?

The diverse landscape of France offers something for everything and Lulu's fabulous collection of France's boutique hotels and luxury villas will make it even easier to make the right choice. We know you'll love them just as much as we do.

Brittany

With its granite coastline, forests and canals, blustery Brittany is France’s westernmost point and the ideal place to start your holiday. Stay in the Grand Hotel des Bains a boutique hotel with spa in the tranquil fishing village of Locquirec which borders the Finistère and Cote d'Armor regions of Brittany. This French boutique hotel has stunning sea views and a spa where you can book in for thalassotherapy treatments that focus on the toning and detoxifying properties of algae and mud products. As you’d expect, life in Brittany revolves around the coast, from the plentiful amounts of fresh fish you’ll find in the local restaurants to activities such as diving, walking and kite surfing. As well as eating in this luxury French hotel, we also highly recommend having lunch at La Brasserie de la Plage, their in-town brasserie which is right by the beach. Seafood platters, goats’ cheese salad with honey and rosemary sauce and omelettes are all on the menu. A few steps from the beach in the charming port of Gravette, the contemporary and family-friendly boutique hotel Anne de Bretagne has a pool and a great restaurant where chef Philippe Vételé’s cuisine is both inventive and generous. 

Normandy

From Locquirec, it’s a 5 hour drive to Paris but you can break up the journey by treating yourself to a couple of nights at Chateau de St Paterne, another of Lulu’s recommended boutique hotels in France, just outside the town of Alençon in Normandy. A family-run Renaissance chateau where Henry VI’s paramours once stayed, it’s set in a 2.5 acre park with an outdoor heated swimming pool (there are bicycles to borrow, ping pong tables, badminton and croquet). Atmospheric Alençon is best known for its lace, which you can find in the shops and at the twice weekly market (Thursday and Saturday). There are also plenty of other nearby little towns - such as Alpes Mancelles and Saint Ceneri le Gerei - that are worth exploring, plus chateaux and gardens. Chateau de St Paterne is another luxury hotel in France where the food is taken very seriously and the hotel also has a restaurant in Alençon, Rive Droite, in the former lace museum.

Paris

Lulu has found the best boutique hotels in Paris, all over the city to suit different styles and budgets but her favourite area is St Germain des Pres on the Left Bank near to where she used to live. It’s full of chic fashion boutiques and pavement cafes which are packed at all times of day and perfect for people watching. Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots are two of the most historic, where you can pop in for a coffee or dishes such as French beef tartare at lunch. Check into The Aviatic Hotel, a family-owned French boutique hotel filled with antique furniture which feels more like a family home: we love the Prestige Rooms, which are decorated in fabrics by Manual Canovas, Kenzo and Designers Guild. St Germain des Pres is also a good base from which to see all the main sights: the Eiffel Tower, Pompidou Centre and the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Tuileries Garden and the smart, designer shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Languedoc

If you want to swap the city for the country, make the 6.5 hour drive south to Languedoc, near Beziers and Montpelier and stay inDomaine de Verchant Hotel and Spa in 17 hectares of vineyards and parklands or Chateau Les Carrasses, a 19th-century wine domaine, both high on our list of luxury boutique hotels in France. The chateau has been split into self-catering suites, apartments and villas, but with the bonus of typical hotel facilities and service (there’s even a concierge and an organised summer camp for children in the holidays). Much of the accommodation also comes with its own private gardens and pool.

Charming Languedoc has something for everyone in its traditional wine-making villages of Quarante and Capestang, medieval castles and beaches such as Serignan. The city of Narbonne is 20 minutes away and Montperlier is less than an hour’s drive. It’s also worth trying Anne Majourel’s Michelin star cooking at La Coquerie in Sète. The menu changes daily so you never know what to expect.

Provence

Your next stop in the south of France could perhaps be picture-postcard Provence a 2 hour drive east. The region is renowned for its fields of purple lavender and pretty villages and you can easily spend anything from a few days to a couple of weeks discovering different places. We have plenty of boutique hotels in Provence for you to choose from, including Mas de L’Amarinein the heart of St Remy de Provence, which was once home to contemporary French artist Roger Bezombes. This small luxury hotel has a swimming pool, shady terraces and gardens while the market, shops and restaurants are all a short walk or bicycle ride away. La Maison d'Ulysse is another beautiful boutique hotel in Provence: with just 5 rooms it was the birthplace of the poet and archeologist Ulysse Dumas (1872-1909).

Continuing east for 2 hours, pass through Aix-en-Provence and Vidauban before reaching Mougins and country house hotel Les Rosees. Choose between 5 gorgeous suites, take breakfast on the terrace overlooking the olive grove and spend days relaxing by the pool or in the shady gardens. There’s a golf course and a day spa nearby and you won’t want to miss the lively Friday morning market at Valbonne when you can pick up cheese, lavender and spices.

Corsica

From here, it’s also very easy to get to the lovely French island of Corsica. Drive 30 minutes to Nice where you can pick up the ferry (they also run from Marseille and Toulon) to Calvi or Ajaccio. The crossing is around 4 hours to Calvi and 6 hours to Ajaccio. Supposedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Calvi boasts a citadel, a 5 mile beach and a UNESCO Marine World Heritage site, Scandola, which is only accessible by boat. Stay at The Manor, one of Lulu’s picks for boutique B&Bs in France. It’s a restored stone house with Mediterranean gardens, olive groves and great access to the beach, which is only 800 metres away. In Calvi, Le Bout du Monde is a low-key fish restaurant right on the sand, while U Fanale is a Michelin star restaurant that specialises in traditional Corsican cooking. Further south on the island (it’s a 2 hour drive) in Ajaccio, another option is Hotel Les Mouettes. It’s right on the beachfront and has breathtaking views across the Mediterranean. Explore the old port, laze on the white sand at Barbicaja and Marinella beaches and take day trips inland to Lake Tolla.

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L'HÔTEL

paris, france

The original luxury boutique hotel, L'Hotel, sits on Paris's Left Bank, minutes from the cultural riches and literary heart of St. Germain-des-Près. One of the most romantic boutique hotels in Paris and one of Lulu's favourite city Chic Retreats.

CASTEL BRANDO

corsica, france

Low key and elegant, Castel Brando is a charming boutique hotel that sits in the Cap Corse area of Corsica. Just 100m from the Mediterranean sea, this Chic Retreat is located in the village of Erbalunga and is a favourite of many international celebrities.

HOTEL LUMEN PARIS LOUVRE

paris, france

A short walk from the Champs Élysées and Place Vendome, Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre is a luxury hotel in one of the most sought after areas in Paris. Designer interiors and warm hospitality make this 38 room Chic Retreat the perfect choice for couples, business travellers and those who love to shop.

DOMAINE DE VERCHANT HOTEL AND SPA

castelnau-le-lez-montpellier, france

Domaine de Verchant is a majestic boutique hotel in the heart of the Languedoc region in Southern France. This gorgeous hotel is a striking piece of design with one of the best spas we have come across; an absolute must for all hotel lovers.

VILLA ROSE

samoens, france

Villa Rose is a mountain hideaway in Samoëns (just 1 hour from Geneva) that has been designed with every luxury comfort in mind with impeccable attention to detail and exceptional personal service. Book an individual room or take over the entire villa for up to 12 guests.
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HOTEL LE SAINT À PARIS

paris, france

The sunny street of Prés-aux-Clercs is home to Hotel Le Saint à Paris, a new 54 room hideaway in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Even the most discerning traveller will be bowled over by the charm of this small but perfectly formed boutique hotel with spa & restaurant that has been named on Condé Nast Traveller's Hot List for 2017.
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LA VERRIERE

crestet, france

La Verriere, tucked away in the mountains of Provence, was once a powerful medieval priory surrounded by lush working vineyards. Today, it has been painstakingly refurbished to become the ultimate in luxury villa indulgence - and still produces superb wines!

HOTEL CHAVANEL

paris, france

Discreet and elegant, the 27 rooms & suites at Hotel Chavanel in La Madeleine, Paris, are spread over 6 floors and provide a quiet oasis in what is a thriving and bustling neighbourhood. Owner/Manager Sophie Charlet's mission is to meet and wherever possible to exceed your expectations.

COUNTRY KIDS

octon, france

Paradise for parents and heaven for children is the best way to describe Country Kids. It is truely unique, providing a boutique-style luxury self-catering (or catered in high season) experience with accredited childcare & activities thrown-in. Fully regulated crèche and kids club takes babies from 3 months and Big Kids Club for 6-12 year olds.

LE MAS DU TEMPS...

carpentras, france

With just 4 rooms and suites Le Mas du Temps... will hypnotise you with its charm and style.  This 200 year old 'mas' is hidden admist the lavender and vineyards of Provence near Mont Ventoux where time seems to stand still.

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THE MANOR B AND B

france

The Manor B&B has breathtaking views of Calvi's sandy beach and the famous Citadelle in Corsica. This boutique hotel is an elegantly furnished and beautifully restored stone house surrounded by five-acres of olive groves and gardens.

GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS

brittany, france

Grand Hotel des Bains is a stylish boutique hotel with spa, specialising in understated luxury and relaxation. Set in a stunning seaside location in Brittany, France, it is far away from the crowds, noise and pollution.

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