This is a fact. But it doesn’t mean that no hotel is of a five star standard. The problem lies in the national classification system which only goes up to four star or four star luxe but never five star. France’s recently appointed Secretary of State in charge of Tourism, Luc Chatel, looks set to overhaul this outdated structure which puts French hotels at a disadvantage when being compared to their European neighbours. Not only do five star hotels not exist in France but the way hotels are given their stars depends on size of rooms and amenities and has nothing to do with service or state of (dis)repair. So for now when choosing a hotel in France your best bet is to ask around for recommendations or put your faith in a travel agency you trust. Watch this space as the new hotel categorization is put into placeâ¦ Sophie LeBrozec runs Le Brozec, specialising in luxury holidays on the French Riviera.
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