Cycling hotels in France: Accommodation for cyclists
If you’re a road cyclist or cycle tourist looking for accommodation in France, this page offers a comprehensive list of 70 properties tailored specifically to cycling enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking a hotel, bed & breakfast, lodge, or another type of accommodation, our list has got you covered. With properties located across France, you’re sure to find the perfect place to rest and recharge on your cycling journey. So why wait? Check out our cycling hotels in France today!
We experienced this style of accommodation for the first time in 2013 in the Pyrenees and loved it. The hotel we stayed at was full of other road cycling enthusiasts and it was great to meet new people and hear everyone’s stories of the day’s riding. We took a package that included breakfast and dinner, as did most of the other guests. This meant we did not have to go out and find somewhere to eat every night and the food was great. There was a secure storage facility for our bikes and a bike wash and bike maintenance area as well. We have now stayed in similar properties in the French Alps and Italian Alps and seek them out when planning a cycling holiday.
Accommodation for cyclists by cyclists
A key feature of many of these properties is that they are owned and operated by keen cyclists. In many instances, you will find the hosts are from countries like Ireland, England, or Australia by people who fell in love with cycling in France and have moved there permanently. The highest concentrations of this style of property are in the Pyrenees and French Alps, which thousands of cyclists visit each year.
This style of accommodation will typically include bike facilities such as secure bike storage, bike maintenance space, bike wash areas, and plenty of knowledge on local cycling routes for you to ride your bike. These properties offer a range of meal options catering to hungry cyclists. A popular offering is half-board which includes dinner, bed, and breakfast. We always love sitting around the dinner table meeting new people and talking about trips planned and past.
Accommodation ranges from traditional hotel-style rooms to grand Chateaux and everything in between. Many operate as ski lodges and chalets in the winter months and are set up to cater to groups visiting together.
Helping you plan your cycling holiday to France
Our aim with this list is to save you time when you are planning your own cycling holiday to France. We have researched what is available in each area and included suitable properties on this list. There is no affiliation with any of the properties listed and properties do not pay to be included on the list.
Other hotels and accommodation in France
Don’t worry if staying at a cycling hotel in France does not suit your travel plans as we have found that most hotels could be considered “cycle-friendly”. On our last trip, we cycle-toured for a couple of weeks and stayed in hotels along the way. In all instances, they had places for us to securely store our bikes making sure they were safe. We have a separate page that discusses the various types of accommodation in France if you are unsure of what is available.
Accueil Vélo is a program in France that offers a network of accommodation specifically tailored to cyclists. The program is designed to provide cyclists with a high level of service and amenities to help them enjoy their cycling experience. Properties that participate in the Accueil Vélo program offer a range of services, such as secure bike storage, repair kits, laundry facilities, and other amenities that cater to the needs of cyclists. The program is open to all types of accommodations, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, and campsites, and properties that meet the program’s criteria can display the Accueil Vélo logo.
Our own experience with Accueil Vélo has been mixed. None of the hotels and campsites we have stayed in that display the Accueil Vélo logo have really offered anything other than secure storage for the bike. Many of the hotels we have stayed at without the logo are just as bike friendly and have found places for our bikes.
Before staying at any new property we always recommend checking out the reviews on Tripadvisor. Many of the smaller properties do not list on other sites such as Booking.com and we find that Tripadvisor will include most of the properties on the list below.
Clicking on the name of the property links to their website and you can also filter properties by region making it easier to find the property for you.
Accommodation types for your cycling holiday
In the table, we have specified the type of accommodation that each property offers to give you an idea of what to expect.
Hotel – typical hotel-style rooms which would include a bed and private bathroom. Depending on the size of the property you could also expect a restaurant, bar, and reception area.
Lodge – individual rooms with private bathrooms. These properties are typically large houses or chalets with dining and outdoor areas.
Bed and breakfast – known as a Chambre d’hôte in France these will be similar in style to lodges.
Self-contained – these property types will be more like a small apartment which you have to yourself. Kitchen facilities will be included.
Gîte – self-contained properties which will have kitchen facilities and everything you need to enjoy your holiday. All the properties listed in our table have indicated that they are “cycle-friendly” and as a minimum will have secure storage for your bikes and potentially other facilities as well.
Chateau – individual rooms with private bathrooms in a large chateau.
Accommodation options for the cyclist
We have included some basic information as to what cycling options are available at any given property. Many properties are what we have termed “self-guided” whereby you turn up and essentially look after yourself when it comes to riding. Properties we have designed “guided” offer guiding services whereby someone will ride with you to show you the local riding. Other cycling hotels in France offer training camps and set itineraries for guests to choose from.
If you don’t see exactly what you are looking for make sure you contact the owners directly who will be more than happy to discuss your specific needs and see if they can accommodate them.
If you have a property in France that caters to cyclists and you are not on the list, please contact us at [email protected] and we will gladly add it to the table. There are no fees for properties on the list and it is not our intention to charge fees in the future.