"Non-accredited" hotels are hotels that do not have a "tourism" classification. We include only those hotels proposing rooms or furnished apartments for short-stay hire to clients for stays by the day, week or month.
It should be noted that we exclude (from this definition) those hotels that may largely play a role of long-stay accommodation or housing for occupants who may even have elected domicile there.
Among these non-accredited hotels, a distinction is made between:
- chain hotels without tourism accreditation
- hotels without tourism accreditation that do not belong to a chain
Membership of a chain is characterised by a common chain name for the hotels that belong to the chain. When all the hotels are run by the same company or are associated in the form of a franchise, the chain is an integrated one. When the hotels are run by independent companies, the chain is a voluntary one.
As of July 2012, the ranking Atout France has replaced the old ranking prefectural approval.