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When in France hotels are generally very friendly and welcoming places. The French are known for their hospitality and are very family-friendly. As with many other cities in Europe, the hotels range from luxury accommodation and boutique properties to smaller, budget hotels.

Service charges are included on bills as a matter of course in France it can be a good idea to leave a tip on certain occasions. If the hotel concierge has been particularly helpful then a tip is welcome and they may be just as happy to receive wine or chocolates as a gift. Hotel porters are usually tipped at a rate of €1 per bag although if the bags they are carrying are heavy then a little more is welcomed.

It should be noted that in France hotels are rated on a different system than is applied in most other countries. In France it is just one system, while in other countries there are different organisations which have their own systems. This means that all hotels in the country are assessed on the same criteria and the assessment process was put together by the government. This ratings system looks at the facilities offered by the hotel, rather than judging on standards of luxury. The soundproofing in the rooms, the size and number of rooms and the heating or air conditioning that is installed are all part of the assessment criteria. In France hotels may have all of these features and have a good rating but may not be one of the most luxurious properties.

It is also a good idea to learn a few basic phrases of French before arriving. The French are very happy to help those who make an effort to communicate with them in their own language, even if it is just the basics. Do not be afraid of making a mistake as they will hardly notice.

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