3 Smart Ways to Save Money on Accommodations in France

Exploring a historic city, soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, or admiring the beauty of the countryside – there are many different reasons for visiting France. Hotel bills can be quite expensive, so why not try one of these lower-cost ways of staying in France?

F1 Hotels

Hotel F1 is a chain of 240 budget hotels at many locations throughout France. Many F1 hotels are situated near airports or close to major roads, so they are very accessible if you are traveling. They are also very inexpensive with room rates starting at around 30 euro per night.

A hotel F1 room is basically furnished with a double bed and a single bunk bed above it. There is a television with a wide range of channels to watch. You can also connect to the hotel’s WIFI system in the public areas and in some rooms. Some hotel F1 rooms have an en-suite bathroom; others have a washbasin in the room and shared showers and toilets nearby.

Although some F1 hotels now offer family rooms for four people, most hotelF1 rooms accommodate a maximum of three people, including children. However, booking two hotel F1 rooms can still be more economical than booking a family room in another hotel.

An optional buffet-style breakfast is available at some F1 hotels in France for a small extra charge per person. It is a good idea to take advantage of this offer if you are traveling on a budget. You can eat and drink as much as you like, enabling you to spend less on food and drink during the rest of the day.

Youth Hostels IN FANCE

Youth hostels (auberges de jeunesse) are not only for young people and you do not always have to share a dormitory and/or a bathroom with other people. An increasing number of youth hostels now offer private rooms at reasonable rates. These usually have en-suite bathrooms and are suitable for couples or families.

There are around 120 youth hostels throughout France, in a variety of locations from the city to the countryside. Staying in a youth hostel is a particularly good option if you are traveling alone because you can chat to other guests in the communal room whilst heating up food in a microwave or preparing a hot drink.

In Paris and other large cities in France, hotels and rented apartments can be extremely expensive, so staying in a youth hostel can enable you to stretch your budget further.

Campsites

In the spring and summer, staying at a campsite (camping) allows you to enjoy the outdoor life at a low cost. A large number of campsites throughout France offer a variety of accommodation options. Bring your own tent or hire a fully equipped tent already on-site.

At some campsites, you can utilize a lot of facilities, such as swimming pools, children’s play areas, general stores and cafes. If you are looking for place to stay where you and your family can enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, and a variety of outdoor activities, a campsite is a good choice.

Staying at a campsite, a youth hostel or an F 1 hotel will mean that you have more money available to enjoy all that France has to offer. With the money you save on accommodations, you could treat yourself to a leisurely lunch in a chic restaurant, accompanied by a bottle of local wine.

 

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