France's family-friendly hotels are some of its best kept secrets. Groups can enjoy the cultural attractions, historical sites, and cuisine that France offers and also welcome children.
L'Hotel du Collectionneur (Paris)
Located near Champs Elysees and Place de l'Etoile in Paris, this 5 Star, luxury hotel with 478 rooms and suites decorated in art -deco style, welcomes "le petit collectionneur" with a chidren's programme and a kid's concierge.
Not only is there a kid's menu but, on Sundays, Emile, the hotel's teddy bear mascot, greets children at a special brunch. After enjoying crepes, pasta, croissants, brioches, cakes, chocolate, candies, and fruit juices, they can participate in activities in their own private space. A gourmet tea for children at Petit Ecolier serves madeleines (tiny French butter cakes), marshmallows, milk rolls, fruit salad, a chocolate bar, and dessert.
Children between the ages of 7 and 12 can even be pampered at the Mosaic Spa with their parents. Select from one of 3 kid-themed treatments: sleeping beauty, princess hands and feet, and gentle massage. For adolescents, there is the Aromateenager.
The hotel's 1,700 square meters of function space includes 7 modular meeting rooms with a total capacity of 650.
With a neoclassical facade that dates back to 1776, Grand Hotel de Bordeaux & Spa welcomes children with in-room snacks, board games, DVDs, and child-sized dressing gowns.
All restaurants offer children's menus and, for most of the year, there is a table at children's height at the Sunday buffet. Petit Ecolier offers an afternoon tea for children. Activities include special outings and onsite activities like treasure hunts. Near the hotel there is a skateboard park, paintball, bowling, and Cap Sciences, where scientific activities for children are available.
The hotel's 130 guest rooms include Family Junior Suites that can be sub-divided into two to give parents and children maximum privacy. Executive Junior & Prestige Suites overlook the Opera.
The hotel has 7 salons and 4 foyers for meetings and special events. Other function spaces include 13 lounges, the bar with a large, illuminated glassed roof and The Night Beach, a terrace offering panoramic views of Bordeaux.
There are 258 rooms, 89 suites and 2 penthouses at this luxury hotel near the beach. During the summer, the onsite Diwi & Co Club offers poetry, cooking, mini-gardening, sculpturing, and costume making workshops for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
There are 18 meeting rooms and breakout rooms, a plenary hall with integrated sound & video, and a luxury, private screening room with 35 seats.
For larger meetings and events, the world-famous Festival Hall, with 26 conference rooms and auditoriums for 35 to 2,300 guests, is across from the hotel.
Photo Credit: L'Hotel du Collectionneur