Entry into force of the new classification “Collective Hostels”

C. Mallet / Locatis


Older youth hostels and newer ‘hostels’, or other slightly hybrid tourist accommodations, are now part of the collective hostel, the same category of establishments. Laws and orders specify the procedure for classification by Atout France.

The Decrees and Orders published in the Official Gazette on 13th September contain further details regarding the classification of ‘collective hostels’. Collective hostel? The term has not really become a common term yet. “A Collective Hostel is a commercial accommodation facility that provides daily beds in shared and private rooms to people not residing there. In an article inherited from the Financial Law of 2008, the Tourism Code said:

More specifically, communal hostels are youth hostels, international accommodation centers, certain mountain reserves, etc., which are now called “hostels” in France.

“To accommodate new tourist consumption patterns, operators have taken inspiration from old youth hostels while creating hybrid accommodations (‘hostels’) closer to the hotel industry. , are distinguished by certain characteristics (limited number of people per room, no sleeping in dormitories), while associating value codes with the types of traditional youth hostels. We are expanding our offerings with rooms and new services.Shared sanitary facilities continue to dominate in all types of accommodation. Given the convergence of economic models and the clarification of the hybrid accommodation situation, we are It seemed useful to group them into categories.

The decree, which enters into force on 15 September, requires collective hostels, like all tourist accommodation, to be classified by Atout France “according to the criteria set by the classification table drawn up by this same body”. I stipulate. A request for classification must therefore be made electronically, accompanied by an inspection certificate issued by a type A or C assessment body accredited for the management of collective hostels by the French Accreditation Commission (Cofrac) or an equivalent European body. must be sent to Atout France in a timely manner. Body”. This order specifies the deadlines for the elements and procedures contained in this inspection certificate, knowing that the classification is valid for 5 years.

The classification criteria are detailed in the legislation. They concern facilities (reception, common areas, toilets, rooms, etc.), services (reservations, website, catering, etc.), accessibility and sustainable development (disability, drinking, etc.).

Once the classification is obtained, the facility will affix the corresponding signage to its facade. A model of this plate has not yet been found either on the site of the tourist accommodation sign supplier, nor on the site of Atout France, which does not seem to provide dedicated information.

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