Setting up in B&B/Chambres d'Hôtes Owners Posted December 14, 2007 Sounds like Quillan coped pretty well with an "unusual" situation. Regarding whether you HAVE to collect ID on every guest for the benefit of the gendarmes, I think the answer is in theory the law says "Yes", but in practice "It depends". Let's face it, this law is generally ignored - a bit like the 1799 Act to regulate the fees charged by innkeepers and porters for holding and delivering packages in London. I have never been asked for my address by a hotel or a B&B in France and whenever I've seen this same topic on French B&B owners forums they say the same thing - nobody bothers with it any more. I've never had a French guest offer me their ID card on arrival and if they did I'd probably tell them to put it away.Nor do we ask for payment on arrival - that way we get more tips when they pay on leaving. [;-)]In fact, we do ask for and collect most guests' details at time of booking "just in case". In case of what I'm not sure. [:D]"Wait until you have a controle, then you'll be sorry if you don't have everyone's details". I somehow doubt if the gendarmes know everybody who stayed with us so it would be pretty hard for them to catch us out even if they did suddenly decide to do a Spanish Inquisition on us - so I'm not about to wet my pants at the thought of gaps in our guest records. If I don't know someone's address I just mark the address section on the invoice "inconnu".