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    Bed and Breakfast in France

    We are looking at touring across France then up thru the Netherlands to Denmark next year. I've tried to get an idea of what B & Bs might cost for two, but all I find with web searches are large hotels which are expensive. We are looking at biking along the Loire River and wonder how much camping vs B&Bs. Has anyone had experience with the cost of touring in France?

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    We spent several weeks cycling through France, but we mostly camped. Camping was not all that cheap at 20-25 Euros. The least expensive room we got was 24 Euros. It was raining, we were lost and when I asked the price she originally said, "45 Euros". She gave us a sympathetic look, reconsidered (she did not speak English, and my French sucks) and gave it to us for 24- if we used our own sleeping bags. No breakfasts are provided, at least where we stayed. However, some had kitchens available. The cheaper hotels were in the range of 45-60 Euros, and usually had some kind of breakfast.

    Try a search on these:
    Maison d'hôtes;
    Chambres d'Hotes; and
    Gites- This is the sign we saw the most. Small and inconspicuous.

    We used booking.com in several European countries when we wanted to see what is available and the prices.

    Pretty nice for 24 Euros!


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    Old and being still pre web in the brain.

    Being an un planner , I'd say stop at he village tourist information centre,
    and they will have contact information of all the people operating a B&B's around there .
    and even offer to see who has a place for you.

    because that is why they are there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Old and being still pre web in the brain.

    Being an un planner , I'd say stop at he village tourist information centre,
    and they will have contact information of all the people operating a B&B's around there .
    and even offer to see who has a place for you.

    because that is why they are there.
    +1

    Rowan and I never booked anything during the 3 months we were touring Europe last year.

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    F1 hotels in France are widespread, usually cheap and do cater for cyclists. They are usually to be found in the industrial estates on the town outskirts and close to some sort of eating place. If you have a bike they will give you a room on the ground floor and you take your bike (or bike and trailer in my case) into the room.

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    Wasn't Formula 1 taken over by Ibis? We didn't see any Formula 1 hotels in France last summer ... but there were heaps of Ibis hotels all over the place. Ibis seems to have spruced up those old Formula 1 hotels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
    We are looking at touring across France then up thru the Netherlands to Denmark next year. I've tried to get an idea of what B & Bs might cost for two, but all I find with web searches are large hotels which are expensive. We are looking at biking along the Loire River and wonder how much camping vs B&Bs. Has anyone had experience with the cost of touring in France?
    Yes, and I answered your question in your previous thread last week (cited above my Machka). Did you bother looking at the link I provided? If so, you could have easily done searches and found chambres d'hote (B&Bs) and gites, with prices for each available place.
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    Originally Posted by fietsbob
    Old and being still pre web in the brain.

    Being an un planner , I'd say stop at he village tourist information centre,
    and they will have contact information of all the people operating a B&B's around there .
    and even offer to see who has a place for you.
    because that is why they are there.
    Tourist information centers are a good resource. However, don't count on them being open if you get into town much after 5:00 PM.


    Rowan and I never booked anything during the 3 months we were touring Europe last year.
    You don't need to use Booking.com to book a place. We used their site as a resource to see what types of lodging were available in the different towns. We do not book in advance very often either. It depends on the area, the time of year, and what is going on in the town on any given day. It was hard to find rooms in small hotels on Saturday nights in August. The down side of not booking in advance is that we have had to ride another 35 kms to another village, arriving in the dark, because the town we planned to stay in did not have any available lodging. However, we are not adverse to wild camping in a pinch.

    Also, if you are going to take a GPS, Garmin City Navigator-Europe is a great resource. The program has all the roads, and a good library of lodging and campgrounds. However you have to look at it once in awhile. I obviously was not using it the day we got turned around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by axolotl View Post
    Yes, and I answered your question if your previous thread last week (cited above my Machka). Did you bother looking at the link I provided? If so, you could have easily done searches and found chambres d'hote (B&Bs) and gites, with prices for each available place.
    Thanks for the info. For some reason, I could not find my original thread when I looked for it, even with a search. Now I can. Sorry.

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    Admittedly, it has been a while since I cycled in France (15 years ago, in 1998!).

    I made no advanced reservations, the internet was much less developed than now, and I certainly did not carry a web-enabled device! Nobody did. Nevertheless, I always found places to stay.

    I stayed in B+Bs that I happened upon in villages and towns. In one remote village, the owner told me she had no vacancies. But after a few minutes of polite conversation, she phoned her neighbour and asked whether they could accommodate me, which they did. The lesson: talk to people!

    I also stayed in 2 star hotels that I found by and by. They were clean and basic: Fine for my needs, and not overly expensive. I stayed in 3 star hotels on splurge days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarabelle View Post
    Thanks for the info. For some reason, I could not find my original thread when I looked for it, even with a search...
    Next time just go to the top of the page, click on My Profile on the right, then click Find latest started threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Wasn't Formula 1 taken over by Ibis? We didn't see any Formula 1 hotels in France last summer ... but there were heaps of Ibis hotels all over the place. Ibis seems to have spruced up those old Formula 1 hotels.
    It seems you are right as they are now Ibis Budget.

    I wonder what their policy on bikes is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
    It seems you are right as they are now Ibis Budget.

    I wonder what their policy on bikes is.
    Well, from our experience ... staying in quite a few of them last summer ... our bicycles were stored in the conference room in all but 2 cases. In those cases, our bicycles were parked in the parking garage under the hotel. They weren't really set up for bicycles, and there was no way we were allowed to store them in the room, but they were willing to make some adjustments so that we could store them somewhere relatively safe.


    If we had travelled with folding bikes (which is what we would do in the future), quite likely we could have taken them into the room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    Well, from our experience ... staying in quite a few of them last summer ... our bicycles were stored in the conference room in all but 2 cases. In those cases, our bicycles were parked in the parking garage under the hotel. They weren't really set up for bicycles, and there was no way we were allowed to store them in the room, but they were willing to make some adjustments so that we could store them somewhere relatively safe.


    If we had travelled with folding bikes (which is what we would do in the future), quite likely we could have taken them into the room.
    Well that is a pity as when I was touring, it was the main reason for choosing F1 hotels along with the cheap price. It brings a great feeling of security to have your bike along with you in the room.

    I think you are on the right track with the idea of folding bikes as in addition it would make train-hopping much easier.
    Although health reasons have forced me to stop touring I find that I can't seem to stop buying touring bikes (wishful thinking I suppose). I bought this one although I find it is a bit heavy for carrying.
    http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products....d=m1b0s19p2745

    I do know that some tourers use the Chameleon which is much lighter at 22 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
    Well that is a pity as when I was touring, it was the main reason for choosing F1 hotels along with the cheap price. It brings a great feeling of security to have your bike along with you in the room.
    We weren't allowed to keep our bicycles in our rooms anywhere during our 3 months in Europe, with the exception of campground cabins. When we got to the west coast of France, we stayed in a three campground cabins (just like what you'd find in a campground in Australia) for a total of about 13 nights, and there we could move the bicycles inside if we wanted.

    That might be another option ... some campgrounds have cabins which are really quite nice. The prices vary, but are, of course lower off peak season.


    When Ibis took over the F1 hotels, it looks like they spruced them up. We stayed in one in Perth, Australia which had just recently been bought and was still pretty basic. But Ibis is actually quite nice.

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