Before you pack your bags and head off to France, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it would be good sense to take care of your accommodation while staying in the country. There is a range of option in accommodation available in the major cities in the country and you need to choose the one that suits you the best. Depending on your individual preferences, you can opt for hotels, apartments, bed and breakfasts or private houses.
Unlike in some other parts of the world, ‘cheap’ here doesn’t mean that something is lacking in quality or value, it simply means inexpensive and there are certainly plenty of inexpensive hotels in Paris, even those that are in a five star locations within your budget. There is more in Paris than just hotels though, there are also several other low-cost accommodation options available, such as camps and hostels. Most accommodation is booked via a travel agency before the flight and requires a down payment in advance, this can often be significantly more expensive and should be avoided if possible.
Hotels are the most popular form of accommodation for travelers around the world and France is no exception. Hotels in Paris and other major cities are rate 3, 4 and 5 stars depending on the level of service and luxury provided by them. Double rooms in 3 star hotels in Paris cost from approximately 100 euros upwards while similar rooms in 4 star hotels are available upwards of 200 euros. If you are looking for pure luxury (and can afford it), head to one of the 5 star hotels where a double room can set you back by approximately 300 euros.(Image by Esprit de France)
You can rent studio, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments in Paris and other major cities. These can be rented for short or long term and there are some general rental conditions that have to be kept in mind. These conditions include:
o Minimum stay: 3 nights.
o Arrival any day of the week.
o Payment: 25 % (or 50% for long-term rental) deposit is required to confirm booking (of which 200 A$ are non-refundable).
o Balance is due 60 days prior arrival.
– A $200 booking fee is non-refundable
– 50 % cancellation fee applies between 60 and 30 days prior to arrival.
– 100 % cancellation fee applies for 29 days and less prior to arrival.
o No refund for no show or anticipated departure.
o Taxes are included
o Check-in formalities: ID and credit card details are needed. Tenant is required to sign a deposit upon arrival.
You can also look for one of the various Australian owned properties for rent in France. This gives you an opportunity to deal directly with the owners and benefit from their local knowledge.(Image by seier+seier)
The most common places for tourists to stay in Paris, these often have to be booked in advance and can be done through your travel agency most of the time, just be careful of suspicious pricing additions. Prices vary somewhat, but for quality, cost-effective hotels, you can expect to pay about 60 Euro a night. There are, of course, also plenty luxury hotels in Paris with costs of up to, or more than, 250 Euro a night.
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