From the Latin hospitallis, in the Middle Ages, a hostelry was a part of a monastery open to the public (pilgrims or foreigners), reserved for their reception and accommodation. Over the centuries, the word “hôtellerie” was transformed into “hotel” and designated an establishment where one could stay for one or more nights.
With 18,807 hotels and similar establishments, France had a capacity of 1,284,000 beds on January 1, 2015. These hotels are classified from 1 to 5 stars according to the standard they offer and some can even be qualified as “exceptional” or “Palace” hotels. There are currently 31 in France (for example the George V in Paris, the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz or the Cheval Blanc in Courchevel).
These establishments occasionally host seminars, conferences and large-scale meetings in rooms designed for this purpose in order to give participants an exceptional experience. It is common for a company to use a hotel to organize its important meetings or seminars, in order to be able to discuss important issues in a neutral and exceptional place. It is therefore important for all event agencies to have such venues in their database in order to best satisfy a client.