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Old 04-27-13, 08:37 AM
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B&Bs along Loire River, France

We are considering touring along the Loire River in France, from the coast to Dijon then from there towards Strasborg and the Rhine. We are debating on how much camping vs B&Bs we should plan. When I search for B&B's in the Loire Valley, all I get are hotels which are pricey. Has anyone had experience with B&Bs in France and have an idea as to their cost and availability? Any info would be appreciated.
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Try looking up Pensions rather than B&Bs.

And for relatively inexpensive accommodation, the Ibis hotels in larger centres aren't bad. They are usually reasonably priced and offer decent, basic accommodation. We stayed in a lot of Ibis hotels in Europe last year with no complaints. And they all accommodated our bicycles. However, if you've got folders, that would be even easier.
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B&B's are called "chambres d'hote" in French. There are a lot in France, and I'm sure the Loire valley has plenty. Prices vary. I stayed in a couple 2 years ago in other regions in France. I think I paid around 40 or 45 euros, toward the lower end of the price range. Any local tourist office in France will have free pamphlets with chambres d'hote listings by department.
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Also consider the international hostels. Usually pretty decent, inexpensive (€20 per night) and there's one in most middle-sized towns.

Edit. Just checked, there appear to be only two in the Loire Valley, at Nantes and Beaugency sur Loire. Worth checking out, though.

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If price is a major factor, you should look into "gites", which are more like a hostel than a B&B. Here's a good website in English for both chambres d'hote and gites:

https://en.gites-de-france.com/search-book.html
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I've been researching options as well - we're heading to France in 10 days and will be starting with a week or so on the Loire. I've only booked my first accomodation (€68/night, located a few km outside of Angers). My expectation based on the many I've looked at is that I can get what I want - double room with breakfast, ideally with some character - for €60-€80/night in most places. Some I've looked at are as low as €35, but given my dislike of booking in advance, I'm not counting on getting those kinds of prices.

I haven't rigorously investigated camping costs, since I will not be bringing camping gear, so can't give you any guidance on what the price differential is.
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