This category includes outdoor establishments such as camping sites or furnished cabins, summer cottages or forest cabins. They generally offer services such as reception desk, planned activities and sport and leisure equipments.
France has revised its rating system for tourist accommodation. Discover the new requirements for campsite star ratings:
New ratings for campsites and residential leisure parks
- 1 star refers to cheap outdoor accommodation. Per hectare (2.4 acres), a camp site cannot exceed 100 sites while a Parc Résidentiel de Loisirs (PRL – a site that hosts camping cars, caravans, and recreational vehicles) cannot exceed 80 sites.
- 2 or 3 stars refers to mid-range establishments. In a 3-star outdoor accommodation site staff will speak at least two foreign languages in addition to French.
Such establishments are equipped with a reception desk (or administrative block for PRLs), which is staffed 24 hours a day in the 3-star category.
Common areas must include a playground for children and a range of services (internet access, vending machines, etc.) in 3-star.
- 4 or 5 stars refers to superior and high-quality outdoor accommodation.
4-star establishments cannot exceed 80 sites per hectare, while 5-star establishments cannot exceed 70 sites per hectare (66 for PRLs).
Reception services are available in a minimum of two foreign languages (including English) in 4-star establishments, or three foreign languages in 5-star establishments.
Other services required for high quality rating include 24-hour reservations, swimming facilities, internet access and heated bathroom facilities with hot showers.