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Post by melvin » Tue May 30, 2017 4:32 pm

You all have a fair amount of knowledge of France,so the question is,if you are touring around France would you book accommodation before hand or chance it on the day?



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Post by 2cvandy » Tue May 30, 2017 4:43 pm

Chance it on the day,
that way you get to pull up when you're ready,
you can have long days on the bike or take in a few sights along the way as the mood takes you,
most towns have at least one hotel.
My missus took a bit of convincing the first time we did it, but in 30 years touring in France I've never had to sleep on a park bench,,,,,,,,

The only caveat to that of course is if you're traveling in a large group, but even then, 5 of us did a lap of France a couple of years back and we still found a bed each night.
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Post by Glynmo » Tue May 30, 2017 5:38 pm

I basically agree with 2cvandy, but not in August!
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Post by Glynmo » Tue May 30, 2017 5:40 pm

I meant I don't believe his advice is necessarily sound in August, not that I don't agree with him in August!
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Post by wizzard » Tue May 30, 2017 6:22 pm

Yeh, August can be difficult, but I've never been stuck for a place to sleep. The tourist offices are usually very helpful and find a place if you're stuck. :)
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Post by melvin » Tue May 30, 2017 6:49 pm

Just as a side note it wouldn't be in August.

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Post by Breninfrance » Tue May 30, 2017 7:18 pm

just finished a 2000 KM trip, no problems turning up at campsites unbooked, and if you're prepared to shell out then booking.com came up with loads of last moment deals, if you're buying on the run so to speak a nice room will cost you about 150 a night!! you can get rooms for 50 but I only stayed in one once, and it was TERRIBLE I didn't sleep a wink, and I'm a heavy sleeper!, I camp for pleasure rather than it being a chore though!

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Post by wizzard » Tue May 30, 2017 7:41 pm

If you get stuck there is always the Formula 1 type hotels. I've used them in emergencies, cheap and cheerful, but the ones near the ports are usually full up very quickly.
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Post by ChrisD » Tue May 30, 2017 8:29 pm

Loads of budget B and B, Etap, Ibis type motels, usually on the edge of towns and if you're off piste just follow a chambre d'hote sign for old fashioned B and B.
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Post by Jamstealer » Tue May 30, 2017 9:19 pm

Ibis, F1, Mercure, Novotel plus about another dozen or so " brands" are all part of the same group ( AccorHotels) varying prices and quality, but all reasonable. If you sign up on their website you can book any easily ( and get discounts). There is a phone app as well so you can Search and book from the road.


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