There are some excellent cycling hotels in France for anyone who wants to enjoy this stunning country by bike. There are some stunning regions to explore, which we’ve covered when we looked at 7 of the best regions for a cycling holiday in France previously.
We’ve written this article to share our pick of the best bike hotels France has to offer, following our travels. They’re a mix of the hotels we’ve most enjoyed staying in or most wanted to stay in.
If you’re looking for the best places to stay in the Alps, outside France, this article is for you.
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France bike hotels: Comparison table
|Holiday Village Pont Royal en Provence||Provence||££||Click here|
|Hotel de Milan||French Alps (Alpe d’Huez)||££||Click here|
|Maison Caramel||French Alps (Col de l’Iseran)||££||Click here|
|Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée||Nice, Cote d’Âzur||£££||Click here|
|Patio de Luchon||French Pyrenees||£||Click here|
|Presqu’Ile de la Touques||Normandy and Brittany||££||Click here|
|Hotel la Baronnie||Île de Ré||£££||Click here|
|Manoir les Minimes||Loire Valley||£££||Click here|
Bike hotels in the south of France
Provence is famed for its vineyards and charming chateaux, nestling amongst smaller villages and beautiful countryside. This makes it ideal for a cycling holiday in France away from the bustling crowds and traffic you may find elsewhere – just rolling scenery, quiet roads and you.
Holiday Village Pont Royal en Provence
The Holiday Village Pont Royal en Provence is a three-star resort situated around 35 km northwest of Aix-en-Provence, well-placed for exploring the scenic Provence countryside. If you’re looking for family cycling holidays, France has few better options – expect heated pools with water slides, a wide choice of restaurants to cater to any picky eater, and kids’ clubs.
When it comes to the actual cycling, you can store your bike at your own apartment or lodge, while there’s also rental available if you don’t want to take your own. Packed lunches can also be requested.
- We love: The amount of family-friendly activities on offer.
- Be aware: This isn’t a cheap holiday park; it’s a premium resort.
- Best for: An upmarket family break with good cycling variety
Other bike hotels in Provence
Read our article on Ventoux cycling hotels.
Alpe d’Huez region, French Alps
For many people, cycling in France means trying to recreate some of the renowned routes and climbs of the Tour de France. Of those climbs, the Alpe d’Huez climb is the most famous and is considered a must-ride for the true enthusiast of road cycling in France.
Hotel de Milan
Hotel de Milan is a three-star property in Bourg-d’Oisans. It’s one of the better Alps hotels France has for cyclists and is easily accessible despite the scenic and peaceful location – for example there’s a free shuttle bus if you’re flying into Grenoble-Isere Airport.
As well as bike storage with a washing station, there are also free laundry facilities for your sportswear, a workshop for any repairs you need to carry out, and tour advice is available. For anything you can’t get at the hotel, a nearby bike shop offers special deals to hotel guests, and sports massages are available. After the climbs of the Alps, you’ll need one!
- We love: The extensive facilities for cyclists – everything you could need is provided.
- Be aware: This isn’t a region for amateur cyclists, as the climbs are challenging.
- Best for: Enjoying a sports massage after ticking off Alpe d’Huez.
Other bike hotels in the Alpe d’Huez region
Read our article on Alpe d’Huez cycling hotels.
Col de l’Iseran region, French Alps
If Alpe d’Huez is the most challenging climb of the Alps, then Col de l’Iseran is definitely one of the most spectacular – as the longest climb in France and the highest mountain pass in all of Europe, the views that this region offers to cyclists are some of the most incredible you’d find anywhere in the world. Breath-taking – and not just because of the altitude.
Maison Caramel is a small three-star guest house in Landry, a short distance south of Bourg-Saint-Maurice. It serves as the ideal base for some of the most spectacular cycling tours of France, and a great gateway to the Col de l’Iseran climb.
It may only be a small guest house but there is plenty of space to store your bikes, and the hosts provide ample tools for cleaning and repair work that you might need. Guided tours are available and packed lunches are included, while in the evening Serge and Kerry will provide a feast fit to end any tough cycling day. There’s also a hot tub if you need to soothe away any aches.
- We love: The location at the bottom of a valley – every day ends in a downhill.
- Be aware: There aren’t many facilities in Landry, but Bourg-Saint-Maurice isn’t far away.
- Best for: A quieter escape in a cosy guest house with fantastic hosts.
Other bike hotels in the Col de l’Iseran region
Read our in-depth guide to the region, which includes details of the hotel we stayed in.
Nice, Cote d’Azur
Some of the best hotel accommodation France has to offer cyclists can be found in Nice. It’s the perfect base for exploring the striking coastline of the Côte d’Azur, or heading further afield along the idyllic roads to Cannes, Monaco or into the Alps depending on your chosen direction.
Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée
The Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée is a luxurious five-star hotel situated in the heart of Nice on the promenade. As a Hyatt Regency chain hotel, you’ll have some idea of what to expect – contemporary rooms, attentive service and plenty of top-quality facilities including a casino, indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant and a lounge bar.
While not a hotel that is primarily aimed at cyclists, you will still be able to store your bike securely at the hotel, and there is flexibility in the dining times if you want an early start or you are looking for a later dinner after a long ride. The main boon of this hotel is its prime location – central and easy to reach, but with direct access to some fantastic cycling routes.
- We love: The beautiful views from the terrace – grab a drink after a tiring day!
- Be aware: While there is bike storage, you’ll need to visit a local bike shop for repairs or rentals.
- Best for: A luxury escape that serves as a stunning gateway to the region.
Other bike hotels in Nice and the Cote d’Azur
Read our in-depth guide to cycling Nice, which includes details of the hotel we stayed in.
When planning a biking holiday and looking for cycling hotels, France has a number of alternatives to the Alps if you’re looking for a combination of tough climbs and rewarding views. The Pyrenees are one of them. Known for shorter, steeper climbs, it’s the ideal place to test yourself if you’re a serious road cyclist.
Patio de Luchon
Patio de Luchon is a three-star bed and breakfast situated in the centre of Bagnères-de-Luchon that offers comfortable rooms and a relaxing terrace area, with a hot tub that’s ideal for soothing sore muscles. It serves a continental breakfast, with early servings from 5am on request for anyone keen to get on the roads nearby.
And those roads are excellent, with scenic climbs right on the doorstep. The B&B can store your bike, or it has bikes you can borrow for no charge if you don’t bring your own with you. There’s a laundrette opposite, while the owners can put you in touch with a local bike shop if you need any repairs or other help.
- We love: The quiet ambience – it’s central, but tucked away off the busier main street
- Be aware: You’ll need to source your own lunch and dinner but there are plenty of options in walking distance.
- Best for: Solo travellers and couples looking for some challenging climbs and a quiet spot to relax afterwards.
Other bike hotels in the Pyrenees
Bike hotels in northern France
Normandy and Brittany
While not always the first choice for road cycling holidays in France, the northwestern regions of Normandy and Brittany have plenty of beautiful countryside to explore. Hundreds of miles of greenways make your tours in this region relaxing and pleasant.
Presqu’Ile de la Touques
Presqu’Ile de la Touques is a five-star hotel on the Torques Peninsula, half-way between Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer. It’s a stunning haven of luxury with indoor and outdoor heated pools, a spa and a sauna, while also hosting a play area and splash pool for kids.
Facilities for cyclists are a little limited – there is bike rental available, along with a buffet breakfast and laundry facilities for your sportswear – but the appeal here is the fantastic spa and pool areas. For holidays cycling in France, you get the best hospitality and some excellent country roads to explore within easy reach.
- We love: The Algotherm spa for recovery treatments after a longer ride.
- Be aware: Some facilities, like the laundry and breakfast, incur extra charges.
- Best for: Combining a luxurious retreat with scenic coastal cycling routes.
Île de Ré
A small island close to the Bay of Biscay and La Rochelle, Île de Ré is a popular holiday destination for the French, with beautiful beaches and great seafood. It also has miles of quiet, low-intensity cycling roads to explore, which have only become more popular since the island hosted the finish of Stage 10 in the 2020 Tour de France.
Hotel la Baronnie
Hotel la Baronnie is a beautiful four-star manor house hotel in Saint-Martin-de-Ré with a spacious garden area for sunbathing, along with a counter-current swimming pool and another heated outdoor pool. There’s a spa too, where guests can enjoy various treatments and therapies and make use of the sauna.
The hotel has a partnership with Yootoo, a bike store just a few metres from the hotel itself, where guests can enjoy discounted bike hire and get any repairs carried out on their own bike too. There’s also bike storage at the hotel, secured by a keypad to prevent any worries over theft.
- We love: The historic manor and its spacious, well-appointed rooms.
- Be aware: Cycling is extremely popular, so there is lots of safety advice and signage all around if you need help.
- Best for: Joining in with the hundreds of other cyclists exploring the island at a leisurely pace.
Other bike hotels in the Île de Ré
Read our in-depth guide to cycling the Île de Ré, which includes details of where we stayed.
Vineyards, chateaux, rolling countryside and welcoming villages – the Loire Valley is both the literal and metaphorical heart of France. It’s very popular for those interested in endurance cycling routes in France, with roads that are long, flat, quiet and exceptionally scenic.
Manoir les Minimes
Manoir les Minimes is an 18th-century listed building that’s been renovated and converted into a stunning five-star hotel. It’s located in Amboise, overlooking the Royal Chateau d’Amboise and a short ride from Tours to the west. The unique feature of the hotel is Les Minimes Gourmets – essentially a help-yourself bistro where you can eat and drink at any time of the day.
The hotel has bike storage, including charging points for electrical bikes, so your bike will always be secure, while there are bike shops nearby if you need any repairs. The location on the river, with access to beautifully scenic cycling routes, and the option to pack your own luxury picnic, make this hotel a great base for exploring the Loire Valley.
- We love: The Grocery-Bistro concept, which gives you freedom to eat around your rides.
- Be aware: If you want a proper meal prepared for you, there are ample restaurants close by.
- Best for: Enjoying truly five-star service and exploring the stunning routes along the river.
A final word…
I hope this has helped you find your perfect choice of French bike hotel.
Check out our cycling in France hub page for all our guides to cycling France. Some of our most popular articles are our pick of the best French cycling destinations and our guides to cycling Alpe d’Huez (+ where to stay in Alpe d’Huez), the Alps, the Pyrenees and Mont Ventoux.
If you want to cycle in the Alps, but not in France, don’t miss our article on where to stay in the Alps outside of France.
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