Hotels and Lodging
In looking for hotels in France and elsewhere, I have had good luck with the following sites:
I am usually able to get pretty good deals for rooms of reasonable quality on these sites.
In addition, others and myself have had mostly positive experiences with the following specific hotels:
The only area that I would recommend avoiding in choosing a hotel is the area around the train station, as it has the reputation of being comparatively unsafe and seedy (especially during the evenings).