The Ultimate Guide To Cheap Family Holiday Accommodation In France

guide to cheap family holiday accommodation

Cheap Family Holiday Accommodation in France

Who hasn’t dreamed of a holiday in beautiful France known for great food and wine, stunning landscapes and bountiful markets loaded with local produce? A vacation in France can get quite expensive but with the right planning, it is possible to find cheap family holiday accommodation in France.

guide to cheap family holiday accommodation

In my ultimate guide, I will cover what to bear in mind when you plan your holiday. You can apply these tips to other countries in Europe as well. Also, I am going to show you two awesome tools that will help you guaranteed to find a cheap family holiday in France and elsewhere.

A Few Things To Consider When Planning Your Trip

It is a good idea to keep a few things in mind when you are planning your vacation.

Firstly, what month or season of the year would you like to go? If you can, and it mostly depends if your children are going to school or not, avoid traveling to France during the French School Summer Holidays. They usually start at the beginning of July and end at the end of August. (For exact dates, you can click here.)
As you can imagine the country will be crowded by other tourists and holidaying French families. And, of course, the prices for accommodation are much higher than usual.

Secondly,  how long you would like to stay in one place. For instance, if you stay for two weeks, you might like to stay in two different locations. That way, you will see more from the country. Since you are traveling with your kids, I would suggest  keeping travel distances to a minimum.

Thirdly, what is your budget/spending plan? Keep it a bit flexible and realistic.

Fourthly, what region of France would you like to visit? Have a rough guide of where to go and what is on your sightseeing wishlist.

Lastly, what kind of accommodation do you prefer? A Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, a Campsite or Holiday house? Let’s talk about this point in more detail.

Hotel or  Holiday Apartment – What is Your Choice?

hotel or holiday accommodation

Whatever type of accommodation you choose, it will have an impact on your budget for your family holiday. I believe, that staying in an apartment or Holiday house will be cheaper in the long run.

Why? Because everything you need is available like a washing machine, a kitchen, TV and most likely toys and games for your kids. Maybe even a garden for them to play. I have found that it is much easier for children to settle in such an environment.

Hey, and the best part is that you can cook breakfast and dinner with produce you discovered at the local market. You also have the chance to meet your neighbors and learn more about daily life and culture in France.

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Provence – market. (courtesy of pixabay.com)

But if you prefer a Breakfast and Dinner Service at a Hotel, maybe even a Babysitter service and Kids Club, there are options available as well.

As I mentioned earlier, it all depends on your personal preferences.

I am going to introduce two search engines to you; both offer affordable accommodation regardless if you’d rather stay in a Hotel or Holiday apartment.

They are called 9flats.com US and 
trivago

 

 

 

What is 9flats.com?

When I was planning a three-day stay in Paris last year, I was so grateful when a good friend of mine recommend a search engine called 9flats.com US to me. What a fantastic search engine. I booked a tiny apartment for us (the size was typical for Paris) that had everything we needed – a kitchen, a TV, comfortable beds and it was situated close to the city center. The best part was certainly the bakery close by with scrumptious croissants, freshly baked baguette, and other delicacies.

9flats.com offers over 200000 private accommodation like houses, apartments or private rooms worldwide. The website is easy to use and navigate. Just type in:

  • how many people including children
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    9flats.com
  • your arrival and departure date
  • the area of where you would like to go
  • how much a night you would like to spend and your preferred currency

Also, it might be a good idea to check how far your desired accommodation is to the airport, how far to attractions, if there are public transport and other amenities in close distance.

What I always do is I read the reviews about the place but also about the host. Is he or she helpful? Are they providing tips on what to see and do?

You can even send an email to the host if you have any questions. In my case, for instance, I was able to change the check-in time to suit our needs.  A good host will reply very quickly.

The  screenshot on the right shows you a few more useful filter options.

9flats.com
9flats.com

As you can see, you can even book instantly and pay on arrival. Another great feature is that 9flats com shows you an end price including cleaning fee, additional service charges or maybe even a discounted price. So there won’t be any unwanted additional hidden costs. What you see is what you pay for.

I can highly recommend this fantastic search engine. It will help you finding cheap family holiday accommodation in France.

Check it out for yourself:  9flats.com US 

 

If you are not quite sure if  private accommodation is a right choice for you, read on about my second fabulous search engine. 

 More about Trivago

According to Wikipedia, Trivago is the largest hotel search engine in the world. It has been around for over 10 years now. It searches through 900000 hotel deals, from over 250 booking sites. These are huge numbers.

trivago

trivago filter search
trivago filter search

If you are not quite sure if a hotel is the best accommodation choice for you, you can search for a Campsite, Bed& Breakfast or a Holiday home as well. I think it is such a great feature. It gives you  a vast variety of options.

Some other extra filters include boxes you can check regarding your children: Do you need a Baby cot? check. Do you want a Kid’s playground? check … and so on. (please refer to screenshot)

Narrowing down the search by ticking the boxes will save you a lot of time and money because Trivago will present you with the best Deals available. The site is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Once you have decided on a deal, you will go directly to the booking site so you can complete your reservation. Easy Peezy.

Would you like to check it out? ♥ Click the link below.  Happy browsing!


Summing it up

I do hope my guide will help you having a fantastic yet affordable Family Holiday  in France. I have used  both  search engines with great success. They are user-friendly and give so many incredible options. No matter how small or big your budget is. Enjoy your next holiday!

Please let me know how you are getting on or if you have any questions.

What is your favorite place to stay? Do you like a hotel or an apartment better? Please leave a comment below.

As always
Have Fun and Safe Travels!
anke @funtravelingwithkids.com

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12 Comments

  • I can only DREAM of a holiday in France. The flights alone from Canada will make that difficult, price-wise though.
    HOWEVER, I still really enjoyed your post! I too have never heard of 9flats! It sounds a bit like AirBNB??
    You question about whether I prefer a hotel or an apartment/holiday house when traveling with kids… DEFINITELY an apartment. Totally keeps the cost down for me to be able to cook for the family instead of eating out, and another plus for us is that we can put the kids to bed at a decent hour and still have a nice evening ourselves at the apartment in the living room… if we shared a hotel room, we’d need to be sitting in the hall or something! 😉

    • Hello Marlaine, thanks for stopping by. Yes, you are right, 9flats is similar to AirBNB. When I was looking for accommodation in Paris I used both search engines but I have found that 9flats is easier to navigate and gave me more and better options. I hope that you will have the chance to visit Paris one day. I had to save up a few years to make our trip possible. An apartment for me it is as well. It’s more relaxed and gives you more freedom and space to do what you want. The opportunity to being able to cook certain meals is a huge money saver.

      I wish you all the best! Anke

  • Having been to France myself with the family, I can attest to how expensive it is. It really does pay to do your research beforehand, and this is where the internet becomes your friend. I think that whatever one’s budget is, there is something suitable, but as I just mentioned, you really have to go looking.

    • Hi there Tony, thanks so much for stopping by. I do hope that my article helps people to find inexpensive ways to travel to France. It’s all about the planning and of course researching.

      All the best from Anke

  • I love to travel. One of my most favorite hobbies. I would love to travel to France one day. Especially if I can do it for a low price.

    I would like to learn more about 9flats. Do they have it to where you can only book small apartments and homes or Hotel rooms as well?

    • Hi there, thanks for your comment. 9flats only offers private accommodation e.g. apartments, houses or rooms. Usually, the owner doesn’t live in the house, apartment etc. except if you rent a room. If you are looking for a Hotel then Trivago is the best place to use.

      Happy Travels! Anke

  • Hi Anke, you have some great tips there! Especially those search engines for hotels, I think I will have to use them in the future some time. I’ve heard of Trivago… perhaps I saw an advert on the television? 9flats is definitely new to me though so thanks a lot for the tip.

    For France I would say April/May and September/October are not bad months for visiting the south as it gets really very hot in the summer, perhaps a bit too hot!

    I did have a question… are those search engines just as good for a holiday in Germany? I keep wanting to visit Oktoberfest but I wouldn’t know where to begin. Thanks!

    • Hi there Robert, thanks for stopping by. You are absolutely right; April/May and October/September are the best months to travel to France. Those search engines are excellent for Germany as well; Munich , Berlin (by the way my favorite :-). or anywhere else in the world.

      In regards to Oktoberfest I would recommend getting started very soon because Munich will be crazy busy for this popular event.

      Have fun there!!! Cheers Anke

  • I never thought France is a place I’d like to visit with my child, and was always worried about budget, but now it doesnt look that impossible. Thanks!

    • Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. France is a beautiful country to visit. Using my search tools will help you keeping to your budget. Have Fun and Safe Travels with your family! All the best from Anke

  • Anke, thank you very much for the very useful information you share on your site. I was taken by your story, as like you, I live abroad and had to travel for many years with my boy to visit family regularly – I’m sure my job was easier, mind you, as I only have one child! But I wish I had had all your useful advice available to me at the time, as it would have made my life much more stress free. In passing, I travel more than before, now that my dad has passed away and my mum’s health is getting worse. As my son has study commitments, I travel on my own, but guess what, I do miss him tremendously. So, as you can see, it’s never a winning situation. But once again Anke, thank you very much for making us part of your experience. Giulia 🙂

    • Thank you, Giulia for your lovely comment. You are right; it is never a winning situation. Sometimes I wished it would be easier especially when traveling. But we grow with the day to day challenges. I am glad you found the information on my site useful. I do hope that more families will benefit from it.

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment on my post! All the best from Anke

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