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As the title says are there any laws or regulations that state what services/amenities must be provided inclusive of stay in hotel/motel in France?

Booked a holiday to the French Alps and the self-catered hotel were staying in, are now telling us we have to pay an extra 10-15€ for bed linen.

Is this allowed?

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Just tell them that you don't need bed linen and use your sleeping bag ;) –  RoflcoptrException Mar 8 '12 at 13:59
    
Am hoping not to take a sleeping bag as it takes up a lot of room in my bag! Hoping I can tell the hotel/organisers they have to give me ben linen! –  Aran Mar 8 '12 at 14:02
    
@Aran: Have you read the fine print on the booking? –  Ankur Banerjee Mar 8 '12 at 14:55
    
Some places ban sleeping bags because they're the major vector for bed bugs to be introduced. –  hippietrail Mar 8 '12 at 18:03
    
You can take your own bed linen. If you are tight for space take a sheet sleeping bag. –  DJClayworth Mar 9 '12 at 16:19
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If what you name a "self-catered hotel" is a "gîte", paying an extra for bed linen is usual. What is not is that the owner didn't mention it on the renting contract.

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Wasn't mentioned until we got our e-tickets. :-/ –  Aran Mar 8 '12 at 14:37
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I think that's the most important sentence: If it was not mentioned before signing the contract, it is definitively not normal. –  RoflcoptrException Mar 8 '12 at 14:37
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@Aran, Roflcoptr: It may be legitimate not to mention this explicitly. That depends entirely on what type of room was advertised. For example, if this was an official gîte, then only categories 2 and above include linen, category 1 might not. A gîte in the Alps might have a large clientèle that drives there and can take linen from home. –  Gilles Mar 8 '12 at 21:45
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