Chambres d'hôtes Référence

What is “Chambres d’hôtes Référence” ?


Unlike other types of tourist accommodation, bed and breakfast can join labels (Clévacances, Gîtes de France…) but do not benefit from a ranking system set up by the French authorities.

It is for this reason that “Office de Tourisme de France” has created “Chambres d’hôtes Référence”, in order to provide to bed and breakfast owners a solution to guarantee the quality of their offer to their customers.




Why should you choose “Chambres d’hôtes Référence” ?


The objective of “Chambre d’hôtes référence” is to provide the possibility for non-labelled bed and breakfast to guarantee the quality of their services to their clients. By becoming a “Chambres d’hôtes Référence” you also contribute to improving the qualification of the tourist accommodation offer in your area.

Unlike existing labels and rankings, no scale of value is established between the services of the different “Chambres d’hôtes Référence”, but a guarantee is given on their quality. This qualification is valid for a period of 5 years.



How to become a “Chambres d’hôtes Référence” ?


In order to become a “Chambres d’hôtes Référence”, your service must meet a certain number of criteria established in a national standard.

You must apply for qualification from your Tourist Office. Following your request, an authorized person will visit your bed and breakfast to verify that it meets all the criteria of the standard. This same person is then responsible for sending your file to a departmental committee that decides on the allocation of “Chambres d’hôtes Référence”.

If you are interested in the “Chambres d’hôtes Référence” approach, contact your Tourist Office on 05 45 98 57 18 or by email:

To request your qualification visit, please download and complete the visit request file and the information sheet.

Then send these two documents to the Tourist Office by e-mail to: or by post to the following address: Office de tourisme de pôle du sud Charente, 8 Place du champ de foire, 16390 Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.