12 of the best points hotels in France

Feb 28, 2020

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It’s France month at TPG U.K.! As one of our closest neighbours, France is a popular holiday destination for us Brits — it’s close enough to even pop to Paris for the day. But France has so much more to offer than just Paris — wine country, blissful beaches, eclectic cities, snow-capped mountains, historical ruins, exotic islands and more. Stay tuned for top tips on where to stay, what to do and how to get there as well as the return of our readers’ insider tips.

If you have a solid stash of points, booking accommodation in France is the perfect way to use them. With hundreds of incredible points hotels around the country it may be difficult to pick just the right one. From luxury to quaint (read: splurge or budget) located in Paris and beyond, here are some top TPG U.K. favourites for the best points properties to stay in our country of the month.

Stay tuned for a coming post on unique and boutique hotels to book in France, from fashion hotels to millennial hipster hubs, from treehouses to giant bubbles and from chateaux to floating boat properties.

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1. PRINCE DE GALLES, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, PARIS

A staple on the French hotel scene, the Prince de Galles has been open since 1929 and its Art Deco vibes enhance, not deter its sophisticated French luxury design scheme. Near the Champs-Elysées, many of the hotel’s guest rooms feature balconies offering expansive views of the sparkling Parisian skyline.

Room rates at this Bonvoy property start at 550 euros (£457) or 70,000 Bonvoy points per night.

(Photo courtesy of the Hotel Prince de Galles)
(Photo courtesy of the Hotel Prince de Galles)

2. HOTEL DU LOUVRE, PARIS

Re-opened in June 2019 after an extensive renovation, Hyatt’s Hotel du Louvre features 106 rooms and 58 suites, all luminous, with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Design touches like a glass Mona Lisa art installation and a special suite dedicated to painter Camille Pissarro remind you that you’re directly across the street from one of the world’s most iconic art museums — if the name of the hotel didn’t already clue you in. Read our review here.

Room rates start at 290 euros (£240) or 25,000 Hyatt points per night. Note that in March 2020, World of Hyatt is moving to a dynamic award chart with off-peak, standard and peak date

(Photo by Andrea Rotondo/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Andrea Rotondo/The Points Guy)

3. THE NIEPCE PARIS HOTEL, A CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON, PARIS

Even though Hilton boasts a second Parisian Curio Collection property — the historic Maison Astor — the 52-room boutique-style Niepce Paris Hotel is truly the hidden gem. Inspired by photographer Janine Niepce, we can’t help but a love a hotel dedicated to plastering this influential female photographer’s stunning shots throughout the hotel — even on the ceilings.

Room rates start at 180 euros (£150) or 60,000 Honors points per night.

(Photo courtesy of the Niepce Paris Hotel)
(Photo courtesy of the Niepce Paris Hotel)

4.  HOTEL BERRI, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, PARIS

Another Parisian Luxury Collection property, Hotel Berri, which opened in 2018, is a sight to behold — think endless marble, a private art collection and handcrafted statues. With guest rooms featuring design elements like jewel-toned velvet settees, canopy beds and Diptyque amenities, a stay at Hotel Berri is an artistic and cosmopolitan experience.

Room rates start at 450 euros (£375) or 70,000 Bonvoy points per night.

Further reading: London to Paris: A Eurostar guide for families

(Photo courtesy of the Hotel Berri)
(Photo courtesy of the Hotel Berri)

5.  HOTEL GRAND POWERS, A SMALL LUXURY HOTEL, PARIS

Hyatt has several luxury properties in Paris, but the brand-new Hotel Grand Paris is decidedly Parisian chic. The property effortlessly gives off an intimate vibe that larger brand chain hotels are normally unable to offer, making for a one-of-a-kind stay. The 50 guestrooms/suites come in colours such as powder pink, celadon green or blue, while furniture and fabric choices are delightfully juxtaposed: marble with velvet, oak with brass, lacquered with silk.

Room rates start at 420 euros (£350) or 25,000 Hyatt points per night. Note that in March 2020, World of Hyatt is moving to a dynamic award chart with off-peak, standard and peak dates.

(Photo courtesy of Hotel Grand Powers)
(Photo courtesy of Hotel Grand Powers)

6. INTERCONTINENTAL CANNES

Alfred Hitchcock fans may recognise this glamorous property from the movie from the 1955 film To Catch a Thief. The hotel has its own private beach and hip Carlton beach club and many of the rooms and suites offer perfect views of the Côte d’Azur.

Room rates start at 230 euros (£191) or 60,000 IHG Reward points per night. Note that this list is light on Intercontinental properties because we’re anxiously awaiting for the full integration of the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotels into the IHG portfolio — meaning travellers will soon be able to stay at over 500 new properties using IHG rewards points — so stay tuned.

(Photo courtesy of the Intercontinental Cannes)
(Photo courtesy of the Intercontinental Cannes)

7. MUSE ST. TROPEZ, A SMALL LUXURY HOTEL

One look at the sexy cabanas and relaxing loungers at the MUSE pool and you’ll be itching for a sun-filled summer holiday. The cream-coloured, light-filled rooms and suites at this Hyatt Small Luxury Hotel inspire the perfect Saint-Tropez getaway — especially the suites that come with private plunge pools.

Room rates start at 580 euros (£480) or 40,000 Hyatt points per night. Note that in March 2020, World of Hyatt is moving to a dynamic award chart with off-peak, standard and peak dates.

(Photo courtesy of MUSE St. Tropez)
(Photo courtesy of MUSE St.Tropez)

8. RADISSON BLU HOTEL, NICE

The recently refurbished Radisson Blu Hotel in Nice is set on the sun-soaked Promenade des Anglais. Many of the guestrooms have sea views and the property also has its own private beach. But the best amenity is the rooftop pool and terrace, a chic scene that offers incredible views and delicious cocktails/bites.

Room rates start at 120 euros (£99) or 70,000 Radisson points per night.

(Photo courtesy of the Radisson Blu Hotel)
(Photo courtesy of the Radisson Blu Hotel)

9. L’HERMITAGE GANTOIS, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION, LILLE

A refurbished 15th-century property, this quaint hotel’s rooms feature design elements like fireplaces, wooden walls, geometric French ceilings and French tiling, some of which overlook the property’s beautifully manicured French gardens. The hotel features an indoor pool and spa, plus a cosy library for those looking to relax with a good book.

Room rates start at 185 euros (£155) or 25,000 Bonvoy points per night.

Further reading: Eat your way through Paris — all the croissants, cheese, chocolate and pastries you need to try

(Photo courtesy of L’Hermitage Gantois)
(Photo courtesy of L’Hermitage Gantois)

10. WALDORF ASTORIA VERSAILLES TRIANON PALACE

Since you can’t spend the night at the Palace of the Versailles, the Waldorf Astoria Versailles Trianon Palace by Hilton is the next best thing. The hotel, which is just a short walk away from Versailles, features artfully landscaped gardens, regal guestrooms (some suites even have private lifts and hidden staircases), an indoor pool and Michelin-starred dining options by Gordon Ramsay.

Room rates start at 257 euros (£214) or 76,000 Honors points per night.

(Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Versailles Trianon Palace)
(Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Versailles Trianon Palace)

11. GRAND BARRAIL CHATEAU HOTEL, A SMALL LUXURY HOTEL, SAINT-ÉMILION

No French hotel list would be complete without featuring a chateau (a French castle) — and this particular one, the Grand Barrail, is not only set on a beautiful vineyard but also home to a rejuvenating spa. Soak up the sun on the hotel’s beautiful patio or admire the opulent chandeliers and stained glass of the chateau’s interior.

Room rates start at 244 euros (£203) or 25,000 Hyatt points per night. Note that in March 2020, World of Hyatt is moving to a dynamic award chart with off-peak, standard and peak dates.

(Photo courtesy of the Grand Barrail Chateau Hotel)
(Photo courtesy of the Grand Barrail Chateau Hotel)

12. DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CARCASSONE

While DoubleTree properties aren’t normally known as being trendy or luxurious, this particular DoubleTree is one of the few points hotels in a more rural area of southern France, specifically the walled village of Carcassone. Located along the Aude River, the hotel has features not typically found at DoubleTree properties such as stained glass windows, views of the nearby medieval historic city centre and a game of giant chess set on the grounds.

Room rates start at 155 euros (£129) or 37,000 points per night.

Further reading: Second cities: The best destinations to add onto a trip to Paris

(Photo courtesy of DoubleTree)
(Photo courtesy of DoubleTree)

Bottom line

If you’ve got a stash of points just waiting to be used, don’t let them just sit around. Instead, head to France and use them to stay at one of these incredible points hotels.

Featured photo courtesy of the Hotel Berri

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