4 new dream French Palace Hotels nominated

Published on August 09, 2016
  • Le Royal Evian - Evian-les-Bains

    Le Royal Evian - Evian-les-Bains

  • La Bastide de Gordes - Provence

    La Bastide de Gordes - Provence

  • Les Sources de Caudalie - Martillac

    Les Sources de Caudalie - Martillac

4 new dream French Palace Hotels nominated


French Minister of State responsible for Tourism, Matthias Fekl, elevates 4 more top French hotels to the prestigious 5-star "Palace" distinction, bringing the total up to 23 hotels. The new hotels are:





Established by the French Minister of Tourism in  November 2010, the Distinction Palace is designed to award official recognition to the finest 5-star hotels.


They must have exceptional qualities that embody French standards of excellence and contribute to enhancing the image of France throughout the world. It is also designed to increase the profile of these establishments, especially on the international scene.


The ministry of tourism awards the "Palace" distinction after the completion of a two phase process:

  • an initial investigation phase conducted by ATOUT FRANCE based on objective eligibility criteria. These mandatory criteria include having the following available to guests: fitness area, spa, multilingual team, concierge service and more.
  • an evaluation phase is conducted by an experienced panel, based on a set of assessment criteria including: location, appearance, history of the site, character of the establishment, involvement of staff in seeking excellence, gourmet restaurants, respectful environmental policy, and more.