France has plenty of dog-friendly accommodation to choose from, of many different types. From luxury and boutique dog-friendly hotels in the city (the perfect way to experience Paris in style) to gîtes in the countryside, and Airbnbs of all types and locations. Here are some of my recommendations for dog-friendly accommodation in France…
For more tips on travelling in France with your dog, check out my full guide to dog-friendly France
A Luxury Hotel in Paris
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If only the best will do for your pup in Paris, consider La Reserve, the Belle Époque former mansion of Pierre Cardin, located in the fashionable 8th arrondissement. Popular with the fashion set, this hotel was selected as the #1 hotel in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2017. Prices start at €1400 per night, a little outside of my budget so I didn’t get to personally experience it. But naturally when you’re paying that much, your small dog under 10kg is allowed to join you, for the extra fee of €50 per night. Four-legged guests have their own gourmet menu, ranging from “Viande hachée, riz, épinards” to “Poisson du jour, carottes, épinards” for €36 per dish.
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A Practical Apartment Hotel Near Orly Airport
If you’re flying in or out of Orly Airport and it’s a more practical option you’re after, consider the All Suites Appart Hotel Choisy Le Roi. Situated just a short Uber drive from Orly Airport, and near a train station that will take you directly into the centre of Paris, the rooms here are large and apartment-style. That means a decent kitchenette for you to cook in, plus self-service laundry facilities downstairs. There’s also a great burrito shop next door, if you don’t feel like cooking. Pets are allowed for an extra €10.50 per night, in selected rooms. There is a limit of one pet per room, and it’s best to request a pet-friendly room in advance.
A Petit or Grand Gîte in the Loire Valley
The Loire Valley was one of the highlights of my time in France, including our visit to the pet-friendly Chenonceau palace. Another highlight was the lovely gîte where we stayed in the countryside, especially the friendly welcome and other touches from the owner Laurette. We stayed in the petit gîte, a self-contained apartment including kitchenette which is perfect for two. There’s also a grand gîte which can accommodate five to eight people. Well-behaved dogs can also stay, if organised in advance. Just be warned there are no fences, so it might be best to keep your dog on a leash, especially when the chickens wander past.
A B&B and Gîte in a Typical French Hamlet
Chez Beaumont is located in the small hamlet of Beaumont, in the department of The Creuse, about halfway between Paris and the Spanish border. Enjoy a taste of French life, deep in the countryside, hosted by Clare and Peter Tilley. As well as two guest rooms in the main house, each of which has a double and single bed, there’s also an adjacent gîte. Located in a former boulangerie and lovingly renovated, it has three bedrooms accommodating up to 8 guests. Well-behaved dogs are accepted (enquire in advance), although note that there are also two dogs, a cat and free-roaming chickens on the property. Also enquire about the art courses on offer.
Tip: When booking dog-friendly accommodation in France, check to make sure that it’s still dog-friendly. A few of my favourite recommendations no longer allow four-legged guests…
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