Part One.

Everybody is different when it comes to vacationing, some people love hotels, luxury villas while others love  camping, bed and breakfast, youth hostels or camping cars .

Every establishment has a wide range of rooms and prices. It always depends on what you are looking for , in that case prices can increase or decrease and the difference can be enormous, a large room with antique furniture, a television or a balcony with sweeping views , a complete bathroom will cost much more than a poky back room in the same hotel with a window overlooking a car park, no antiques and the WC down the hall. Most two stars hotel have their own showers and WC, most one star offers room with or without. A reminder always book ahead to make your vacation much sweeter and enjoyable!. There are chain hotels in most cities and they are pretty much geared to the business traveler more than the tourist. You can always stay in Relais du Silence, one is Le Mas des Romarins in Gordes, with amazing views of the Luberon and Gordes, it is a five star hotel with great charm!. Also another Relais du silence is Hotel Villa Borghese is located in Greoux- Les- Bains near Aix en Provence and not far from Manosque, the rate is approximately 75 euros  ( please check)/ night per room. Also Relais et Chateaux offers  more to an upscale clientele.

Bed and Breakfast. are usually located in rural areas, there are plenty of opportunities for a stay in a private home or farm. Prices tend to be moderate or inexpensive – Fleurs – du- Soleil offers maisons d’hotes and B&Bs throughout southern France.

Gites d’etape and refuges. Most cities have youth hostels and  ( Auberges de Jeunesse), they offer simple dormitory accommodation and breakfast. The majority offers kitchen facilities as well or inexpensive meals. They are the best deals for people traveling on their own.

Camping is another option as well as camping cars if you want to visit the region. there is at least one campsite in every town, inexpensive and run by the town itself ( camping municipal). Other campsites are graded with stars like hotels, from four to one, at the top of the line you can expect lots of trees and grass , hot showers, a pool or beach, sports facilities and a grocery, a bar and or/ restaurant. Again everything is booked in July and August, beware!.

Next chapter Self-catering accommodations.

Provence in the Fall.

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