Where to stay: Franche-Comté

Cycling accommodation in France

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Belfort - Hotel Belfort

Stylish and contemproary hotel in the Belfort city centre

9 Avenue Wilson
90000 Belfort
Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €53

Open: All year

Hotel Belfort is located close to the train station in the town centre. A stylish and contemporary hotel, it has air-conditioned room, free wifi and flat screen TVs in every room. Tea and coffee making facilities also in each room. Full breakfast buffet, 24-hour reception and bar. A short ride from local sites, including the Lion de Belfort Monument and the Saint-Christophe Belfort Cathedral. Management advises that they welcome cyclists and will be happy to provide safe and secure bike storage inside the hotel.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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Besançon - Hôtel de Paris

A contemporary base in one of France's most beautiful historic centres

33 rue des Granges
25000 Besançon
Doubs, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

A former stage house for the well-heeled, this hotel is just 15 minutes from Besançon's Vauban citadel, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Relax and enjoy the cool decor and the terrace after a day on the bike exploring the nearby routes, including the EuroVelo 6 Loire Valley route, which passes through Besançon. Private and secure parking is provided, with bikes kept in shelters in the enclosed hotel yard. Free wifi. French, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Besançon - hotelF1 Micropolis

Super cheap budget hotel just outside the Besançon city centre

1 rue Pierre-Rubens
25000 Besançon
Doubs, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €30 per room

Open: Year round

Basic but clean and cheap option for cyclists passing through Besançon. Wifi. 24-hour reception. Rooms include TV, hairdryer and cable/satellite TV. Rooms are doubles and triples with sinks. Bathrooms located a few metres down the hall. Management says there is a lockable room to store bikes overnight. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally

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Besançon - Ibis Centre Ville

Reliable city hotel located in the Old Town of Besançon

21 rue Gambetta
25000 Besançon
Doubs, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €55

Open: Year round

Clean and friendly city centre hotel with 24-hour reception. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast. 24-hour snack bar. Within easy reach of the Viotte train station, the Vauban Citadel and the Museum of Fine Art. From spring 2014 there will be a dedicated bike room for secure parking. At the time of writing (October 2013), there was space for 3 bikes in the equipment room.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Chancia - Camping La Presqu'Île du Jura

Camping on the banks of the Lac du Croiselet

Chemin de la Presqu'île
01590 Chancia
Jura, Franche-Comte

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Price from: €16 for a tent pitch for 2, prices vary for cabins and chalets

Open: April to October

Set on a small peninsula bordered by the River Ain and the Lac du Croiselet, Camping La Presqu'Île du Jura is an unspoilt, family campsite offering a quiet holiday destination with views of the lake and mountains. It's a 3-star campsite at Chancia, close to Oyonnax in the Jura. It has camping pitches and chalet and mobile home rental. There is a multi-sports court nearby, with fishing, canoeing and boats. This is a good base for road cycling, as well as walking, mountain biking and horseriding. Don' forget to also sample the local cheeses and wines. Onsite snack bar and shop. Children's playground.  Accueil Velo-rated.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Les Rousses - Logis Hotel Arbez Franco-Suisse

Comfortable chalet-style rooms in the Jura

601 rue de la Frontiere
39220 Les Rousses
Jura, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €80

Open: All year

This hotel on the French-Swiss border is part of the Logis hotel group and meets their bike-friendly criteria (parking, good breakfasts, etc). It is easy to reach from Geneva and is a great base for exploring the Jura around the ski station of Les Rousses, with Côte de la Combe de Laisia Les Molunes just over 20km away. The hotel has a restaurant and provides free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Rochefort-sur-Nenon - Hotel Fernoux-Coutenet

Family run hotel-restaurant on the EuroVelo 6 bike route

Rue Barbière
39700 Rochefort-sur-Nenon
Jura, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €76

Open: All year

On EuroVelo 6, Hotel Fernoux-Coutenet is used to welcoming cyclists (the hotel is part of the Logis group and it meets the group's bike-friendly standards). Rochefort-sur-Nenon is a lovely stop for cycling – it's a fortified village near the Doubs river. The Chaux forest neighbours the village, providing a peaceful space for walks and rides. The building itself dates back to 1857, and still carries much of this old charm, though the rooms themselves and the decor are quiet basic. Buffet breakfast (I'm told it's 'big'). The hotel has its own bar (for tasting the wines from neighbouring Burgundy), as well as its own restaurant, which serves local menus prepared with local produce. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Vesoul - Camping Val de Bonnal

Riverside camping ideal for exploring the southern Vosges and Jura

1, Chemin de Moulin
25860 Bonnal
Doubs, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

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Price from: €24.50 for 2 people

Open: May to September

Situated on the river Ognon, this family campsite provides spacious hedged pitches to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The river, nearby lakes and heated swimming pools combine to provide an oasis of watersport oppurtunities for all ages, including fishing. A large restaurant/bar with newly renovated terrace provides eat-in and take-out options and is also the venue for entertainment. Fresh bread is sold in the well-stocked grocery shop, and don't forget the try the delicious local cheese, Comte.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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All accommodation has been checked to ensure it meets our cycle-friendly criteria. We also deal with tour operators personally before adding them to the site. To recommend a great French cycling holiday or a nice bike-friendly place to stay, please email lyn@freewheelingfrance.com

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