Paris Bed & Breakfasts
Many visitors to rural France have already discovered the benefits of Bed & Breakfasts -- known as Chambres d’Hôtes -- enjoying hospitality in authentic Provencal farmhouses or Loire Valley vineyards. And now even the privacy-loving Parisians are warming up to the idea of welcoming guests into their homes, those mysterious résidences hidden behind enormous wooden doorways, well-protected by concierges and electronic codes.
Hoping to encourage more meaningful interaction between locals and visitors, the Paris City Council launched a campaign in April 2005 called “Hôtes Qualité Paris”, a designation awarded to the city’s B&Bs that meet the strict criteria of comfort, amenities and friendliness. The Paris Tourism Office website lists the growing number of B&B agencies that have received the official seal of approval, including Alcôve & Agapes (Tel. 01 44 85 06 05; ), which has been promoting Paris B&Bs since 1998.
Hôtes Qualité Paris unites the listings for several agencies in one place, searchable in English by neighborhood or price.
Art lovers may want to check out the Art Travel Desk service offered by Art Process (52 Rue Sedaine, 11th, tel. 01 47 00 90 85), a company specializing in making the art world more accessible to the general population. They offer visitors the chance to stay in real artist studios and the homes of local collectors and gallery owners for a minimum of three days up to four weeks.
More affordable than hotels, rooms are typically €50-€150 per night depending on the number of guests and amenities available, such as private bathroom, air conditioning, kitchenette, or internet access. The Parisian-style breakfast usually consists of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, fresh breads, butter and jams. And, of course, in addition to personalized hospitality, B&B guests also benefit from reliable advice and insider tips on exploring the city from their knowledgeable Parisian hosts!
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