Over the years, I've had a lot of valuable advice and help from French TI's, but this year we had an interesting experience. We were looking for a cheap hotel in Cassis. The TI woman went on her computer, and offered us a three star hotel, which she said was really nice, just on the edge of town. The price was over what we wanted to pay (well over E300 for two nights, then breakfast, etc). She said that was the nearest she could do. We walked around the harbour and found a character 2 star. They were full that night, but the owner took us to another 2 star, where they had a couple of rooms that a couple were looking at. Meanwhile, we looked at Hotel Liautaud, right on the harbour side. They had rooms, including one with a balcony overlooking the water. The room was en suite, had parking, and was about E100 all in. Looking around, we saw lots of 2 stars right in the town.
Anyone else found such chicanery?