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Establish a Hotel in France

Updated on Sunday 02nd April 2023

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Establish-a-hotel-in-France.jpgFrance is known for its beautiful landscapes and as the perfect host for various festivals which is why it attracts a great number of visitors on an annual basis. Tourism is one of the most important industries in the country and it comprises various branches among which the restaurant and the accommodation ones. The number of hotels set up in France is continuously growing and most of these establishments also operate outside the country being appreciated by tourists all over the world for the services they offer.

If you are interested in starting a business in the accommodation industry, you cannot fail if you decide to open a hotel in France. Our company registration agents in France can offer information on the laws you must respect when setting up a hotel here.

The first steps to open a hotel in France

Opening a hotel in France is no different from starting a business in any other industry. You must first select a structure for your business, have the documents of incorporation prepared and then filed with the Companies Register. Following that, you must handle the licensing process which is requires a lot of attention because of the rating requirements to be met.

You can rely on our French company formation consultants for assistance with the paperwork related to the company registration procedure.

Licensing and ratings for hotels in France

When setting up a hotel in France, you must know from the start the rating of your hotel and prepare accordingly. As an EU member state, France must comply with the directives imposed by the EU for the accommodation industry. The rating starts with one-star hotels and up to five-star hotels. Each category must comply with certain services requirements.

When it comes to the licenses a French hotel must apply for, these are:

  • -          a protection of minors notice;
  • -          an alcohol license;
  • -          an authorization for playing music on the premises;
  • -          a food license.

Before opening, the hotel must also be inspected by city hall representatives and by the fire department. The Veterinary Authority will also inspect the premises in order to make sure the hygiene regulations are complied with.

Our accountants in France have the necessary experience and can offer you the services you need in your company. Payroll services involve the calculation and delivery of salaries in the company, with the help of specific procedures and dedicated platforms. It is also necessary to register for the payment of taxes, before starting the activities of a company, in which case we can help you from the very beginning.

For information on the requirements needed to set up a hotel in France, please contact our company formation representatives.


Meet us in Paris

Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.