Hotels can be seen as an expensive and overly decadent way of hitting the slopes. Large price tags and unnecessary extravagance can be what springs to mind. This however is no longer the case, there are some fantastic options out there to cater to all needs and budgets.
We have done the hard work for you and put together a comprehensive list of the hotels you should be staying in next season.
Ultimate Ski-in Ski-out
If location to the slopes is top of your priority list then look no further. These hotels will have you clipped in before everyone else has even sat down for breakfast.
The Hotel Le Mottaret in Meribel is sat adjacent to the piste down to the Mottaret village. This gives you immediate access to the largest ski area in Europe. At the end of the day you can enjoy an afternoon drink in the outdoor hot tub, whist you watch the last of the skiers return from Après.
Two lifts in one direction will take you to Val Thorens. One lift in the other will take you to Courchevel…what more needs to be said.
An intriguing combination of Native American Décor and a piste side location is certainly unique. This however is exactly what’s on offer at the Hotel Le Taos. Positioned a stone’s throw from the centre of Tignes Le Lac, you’ll have fantastic access to the freshest powder of both Tignes and Val d’isere.
If this level of access leaves you out of breath, the impressive spa will revitalise your body and mind for the days ahead.
For the Foodies
After a hard days skiing, thoughts understandably turn quickly to food. For those with a discerning palate, the quality of the cuisine is often a major selling point. If this sounds like you then look no further. These hotels will give your taste buds as much of a workout as your calves get from the piste.
Spearheaded by Chef Mathew Hegarty, the Le P’tit Polyte restaurant earned a Michelin star for the Hotel Chalet Mounier. This 4-star property in Les Deux Alpes prides itself on its gourmet menu, served in the elegant, yet welcoming dining room. The hotel itself holds an enviable position in the resort, close to both the bustling town and expansive ski area.
Translated as ‘Crown of the Moon’, the Hotel Taj-I-Mah boasts 5-star luxury in the heart of Les Arcs 2000. The Le Diamant Noir restaurant dishes up food as spectacular as the views, specialising in a combination of the land and the sea.
Pairing this tantalising mix with your favourite vintage won’t be difficult after browsing their indulgent wine selection, comprised of over 2000 enticing bottles.
Value for Money
If you’re looking for a hotel on a stricter budget, this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. There are plenty of options for those looking for the hotel experience without breaking the bank.
You will find the Hotel Cime d’Oro on the edge of the lively resort village of Madonna di Campiglio. This family-run hotel has a more intimate, personal feel, with a focus on hospitality and customer service.
The free shuttle service, modern wellness facilities and stunning views make this hotel feel like anything but a cheap afterthought.
Over in Courchevel 1850 (yes, Courchevel!), the Hotel Courchevel Olympic gives great access to both the lifts and the town centre at a very tempting price. You can relax with your flat-screen TV and walk-in shower, safe in the knowledge you still have some cash left over for a few trips to the Folie Douce.
If you’re looking to treat yourself to that special trip with all the trimmings, then sometimes nothing but the best will do. Ultimate luxury comes at a cost, but after you start browsing these properties, it will be hard to turn back.
Nestled beneath Sassongher peak, just outside Corvara, the Hotel Sassongher oozes elegance. After a day spent exploring the Dolomiti Superski area, the heated outdoor whirlpool, piano bar and private cinema will keep you entertained after sunset. And yes, this 5-star getaway does have its own private heliport.
If you are in need of a 5-star extravaganza, sat directly on the piste in Alpe D’Huez, then the Hotel Daria-I Nor is the one for you. Another hotel named after a regal gem, the Daria-I Nor comes complete with two swimming pools, a Turkish bath and an ice fountain.
There is even a salt wall, said to boost energy levels and stimulate positivity, what better way to build confidence for the next day’s skiing.
Sometimes you want something a little extra from the place you’re calling home for the week. This could mean some funky décor to take you back to the retro days of the 80s, or simply some questionable artwork that makes you double take.
The Hotel Ormelune is a great example of the latter. Painted life-size cows will be waiting to spring out from around almost every corner. The vivid colour scheme extends to all 56 of the flamboyant bedrooms, ensuring your stay is as vibrant as it is memorable.
All this in the centre of Val d’isere, just a few minutes’ walk from the slopes and the bars. Definitely worth a look.
10. Hotel Ibiza
Les Deux Alpes is home to the Hotel Ibiza. The name suggests over the top lavishness and it doesn’t disappoint. Shrouded in a purple hue, the rich wooden interior gives an instant feel of class, the grand piano certainly does not look out of place. This hotel isn’t just about appearance however. The wellness centre and extensive social areas will keep you as entertained as the hotel’s Spanish counterpart.
For the Families
Travelling with children can be a breeze if you find the right accommodation. Or at least somewhere that will keep them entertained while you escape for a few much-needed vin chauds. Pair this with a shorter transfer time and you’re onto a winner.
In Alpe D’Huez you will find the Hotel Club Les Bergers. Fantastic childcare with a 2 hour transfer time will sound like a match made in heaven for those with young aspirational skiers. The hotel’s kids club caters for all ages between 18 months and 17 years, with the ski school meeting points accessible just outside the door.
The Alpenroyal Grand Hotel in Selva Val Gardena is a great example of a hotel that makes children feel welcome. Their Miniclub Alpenprince offers fun activities during the day, with their private nanny service taking over in the evening.
However, this 5-star hotel isn’t all about the kids, the Alpenroyal boats a generous spa complex. Have you ever been serenaded by underwater music as you swim in a heated outdoor pool? If not, this is the place for you.