Whether you set out each morning and walk as far as feels comfortable or you have your luggage transferred and need your accommodation booked in advance, it’s always nice to know where your next bed is and how to contact your host!
When deciding which hotels, chambre d’hôtes, gîtes and campgrounds to include in the guidebooks, I have used the following criteria—
- The accommodation has its own website—perfect, they’re included!
- The accommodation is listed on the local Tourist Office website with an address, phone number or email contact details—good enough, they’re included!
- The accommodation only has an address and phone number which I have discovered while in France—only included if I think this may make or break your decision to do the walk, for example, it is the only way to break a very long day of walking. It may be difficult to book from the other side of the planet but is helpful if you are already in France.
- The accommodation is listed on Trip Advisor but I couldn’t confirm its existence while I was there—not included! By all means, use Trip Advisor or your favourite hotel review site to check your accommodation and maybe find some I haven’t included. Bear in mind though, there are an awful lot of villages called Villefranche and Châteauneuf (and a few other common names). Be very sure you have the right location before you book a room.
Ready to book your room but not sure what to say in French?
This is how I email my host.
OK, you’re almost ready to go! Here are some practical tips to help your trip go smoothly.
Bonne randonnée 🙂 Have a wonderful time!
And when you have a chance, send me an email and tell me all about it!