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Hotel asked for Pass Sanitaire

My hotel in Beaune, the Ibis Styles, asked to see my pass sanitaire upon check in. It was not neccessary for check in but it is necessary to eat breakfast in the breakfast room. They ask at check in so they don't have to bother at breakfast.

I asked if they would accept the CDC card and she had no idea what I was talking about.

This is the first hotel of four to ask about the pass at all.

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Our hotel in Nice asked for vaccine proof when we checked in on October 9th. They accepted the Ontario print-outs, and explained it was so that we could eat in the breakfast room as well.

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Our hotel near Amboise, in the Loire Valley, asked for our PS too, for the same reason.

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This "requirement" seems to be variable depending on the hotel. Hotels with a restaurant seem to be the strictest, which is understandable, since they wouldn't want to keep checking your status once you are in the hotel. I have been to quite a few hotels this year and none has ever asked me for my pass sanitaire for the breakfast room, but I would understand if they did. At the beginning of the pandemic, the breakfast rooms were not even open -- all breakfasts were brought by room service.

Just a note: it took almost a month in a half for my health pass to be accepted and I figured it out why. The pictures I used for my passport and vaccination card were beyond the 3 MB limit. I did not pay attention to that during the process and they probably did not open on their side. I scanned the exact same pictures into my turboscan app and used those instead of actual photos. I also used a difference email. I was approved and sent the QR code within 8 hours.

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I recently stayed at a Mercure in Toulouse which had a sign at the desk saying they would check your Pass Sanitaire. I was with a tour group and they did not check us but they've had Road Scholar groups for a few weeks now so know that everyone is vaxxed.

I wonder if it's an Accor Hotel group thing as both Mercure and Ibis are part of that brand?

On the other hand, they did not check our Pass Sanitaire in the breakfast room. One of the hotels on the tour, the Best Western in Sarlat did scan the passes. I assume they were OK with the CDC cards as I saw everyone from our group eating breakfast there, lol.

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Our Paris hotel (a couple of weeks ago) did not want to see our EU-approved pass from Switzerland even though there was a breakfast room. We thought it odd and it made us a bit nervous about the breakfast room. Even a coffee shop insisted we have the pass to sit inside for a cuppa. So many inconsistencies still!

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You’re so right Laurel, many, many inconsistencies.

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Pam...not an Accor thing. I was at an Ibis in Colmar and they didn't check. I'll be at a Mercure in Lyon in a few days and a mercure in Toulouse the following week. I'll see what transpires.

The only consistency I have seen is in restaurants. They always check.

Two trains today. First. a TGV where they never checked anything--pass or ticket. Second train was a TER so no pass needed but they never checked my ticket. Everyone wore masks on the trains.

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Frank, I was at the Toulouse Mercure Centre Saint-Georges. There are 2 hotels signed as Mercures within about 3 blocks of each other so make sure you get to the right one. A friend and I were walking back to our hotel and just followed the sign to Mercure and wound up at the wrong one, lol. Very nice staff there got us headed in the right direction. If you are a breakfast eater and in the Saint-Georges one, their AM buffet is pretty amazing. Enjoy the "Pink City".

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Boy, I can't remember every place we stayed but I think our pass was asked for at hotels at least 60% of the time. Maybe more, it definitely was in Paris. It might have been 100% at hotels, we stayed at a lot of Airbnbs/B&B's so it seems like only half but that's why probably.

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“The only consistency I have seen is in restaurants. They always check.”

I’ve been to some here in Paris that have not asked. Café Roussillon. and Café Central on rue Cler, and Carette at Place des Vosges did not.. plus others as well.

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I did not stop in Paris this trip so all of the restaurants I was in were in other parts of France.

Throughout my travels, I am hearing very little English. Mostly French, German, some Dutch and some Spanish.

The only English I did hear consistently was in Bayeux.

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We recently returned from 3 weeks in France. We found that generally larger chain hotels checked our Pass Sanitaire on check in and in some cases we were given cards or wristbands to avoid having to show the pass in breakfast rooms, lounges, restaurants. Smaller hotels did not always check. We took 2 TGV trains - one checked as we boarded, the other never checked. I would estimate about 2/3 rds of restaurants checked for pass although not all actuality scanned our passes. Restaurants and cafes in more touristy areas seemed to be most vigilant.

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I’m responding for others reading this who may be interested.

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"Throughout my travels, I am hearing very little English."

My experience as well both in Paris and SW France. We were the only English speaking group at any of the caves (did have English-speaking guides in all of them). I heard the most American voices on the streets in the Marais. Even on Rue Cler there were few Americans.

As to hotels in Paris asking for the Pass, I stayed in 3 different hotels with 2 separate stays in one hotel and none asked for my Pass. I ate in the breakfast room in all of them.