Hi Regina, There is a bit more to it then that.
First will you run your business the whole year or just in the summer period?
Do you have both a B&B and a Gîte?
Do you live in a touristic area?
What kind of clients would you like to attract?
Your clients will they be mainly French or British?..
I am on my fourth year, and this is my experience to run a two bedroom B&B/chambres d’hotes 6 months of the year (April-Oct.) in a very touristic area during the summer Les Landes and close to the sea. Clients 60/40% French/Foreigners
Airbnb: clients are active (booking) from May/June and through the summer.
Holiday lettings: Part of TripAdvisor. Does not work in our area of the south west, and I only had one client from them. Left Holiday lettings in 2016
TripAdvisor Will call you up and try and make you join them with a monthly fee/yearly fee. As you discuss with them they suddenly goes down in price! I am on TripAdvisor, but not as a fee paying member. Using their TripConnect and paying 12% commission in case of a reservation. Have NOT had one up to date! Probably would have to go up to 15% commission to be more exposed.
Booking.com: Powerful and provide the clients. Yes you pay 15% (varies from different areas) but they fill out your rooms. I guess since I joined B.C. in 2015 in my first year I had 4 times more clients then with Airbnb!
BedandBreakfast.EU: Joined them in Jan/17 to cut down on the commissions and attract more busniess to my own website. Cost 90 Euro per year. Have had one client so far from them.
I have my own website www.bnbchezo.com and using FREETOBOOK.CO.UK as a booking agent (FREE AND NO MONTHLY COST) to avoid any double bookings. Booking.com has been connected to Freetobook and all information’s are controlled from Freetobook. I pay 1 pound for that pleasure per reservation, but it gives me peace of mind that double bookings are avoided.
CONCLUSION: Booking.com has taken 75% of my yearly reservation and resulting in that Airbnb is left out as their clients don’t start to search and book before its way to late. The last two years I have had two reservations from Airbnb, so I will probably leave them end of this year. BUT I think they are good to start up with and probably end with the day I slow down the business.
Booking.com paying to be on other websites! So you would suddenly find yourself on websites you have never joined yourself. However they should be removed automatically if you join any of them yourself, if not contact them.
Airbnb is probably better for Gîte, Chalets, apartments and in general weekly rentals.
Booking.com great for short term bookings and last minute reservations. (I do a minimum of two nights now to avoid people who are just using me as a pit stop overnight. It has opened up for many longer stays and you avoid all that work cleaning)
You can join the local tourist office for a yearly fee.
TECHNICAL DETAILS TO RUN ANY B&B/RENTALS:
SINCE JANUARY 2016 YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SIRET NUMBER! (And paying CFE tax once per year. Minimum 135 Euro. It all depends of your total revenue. You can apply for a reduction of the CFE tax with application form No 1327-CET. Pay attention there are two different forms according to your setup. I’m MICRO BIC (No reduction of expenses) (Revenue under 17000 euro). You will receive a letter from SERVICE IMPOTS DES ENTREPRISES telling you the amount you have to pay. Print out the form 1327 and go and see them. They will be happy to help you fill it out and explain.(Bring your cheque book) If not contact me.
SIGN UP AT YOUR LOCAL TOWN HALL.
TAXE DE SEJOUR (Only if you are in a touristic area)
DECLARE YOUR INCOME
This is a bit of a mouthful, but it give you an idea.