stayed here a couple of years ago, very welcoming and Dutch so they speak English better than we do if its a bit of a stretch, then Luxembourg is full of hotels and the famous George and Dragon I don’t remember walking away from here a few times over the years:P if you want really cheap there is a Formula 1 in Metz just off the motorway. As a place to stay then here is a great place and the owners are an australian and his local wife, so again no language problems (except with him:P) the area is incredibly scenic, and as a suggestion a route from there to France try putting this into google, Lauterbrunnen>Speiz>Gstaad>Chateau D’oex>Champex>Annecy
Interesting route to Switzerland… how about using the D roads from Calais to Dijon area and finding a B & B with a green and yellow sign saying ‘Auberges et Logis de France’ on it? Alternatively, http://www.logis-de-france.fr/fr/index.htm (is in French) will give you info. They are cheap & clean and off the beaten track. Any translation needed, let me know Q
works out to be one of the quickest routes for me , 700 miles door to door (give or take) a choice of motorways or fast “A” type roads, a diversion through the Voseges and then a blast across Switzerland, and he did say he was looking at 4 days, I love the Bernese Oberland for views and some really nice small roads and villages.