Megève is famous for its skiing, and at its heart it is a tourist town. Five star luxury sits beside tiny cabins and chalets, in its impressive roster of accommodations. Read Culture Trip‘s guide to the best hotels in Megève, France.
Les Fermes de Marie | Image courtesy of Les Fermes de Marie
Les Fermes de Marie is almost a village in itself: a selection of beautifully-restored wooden houses have been modernised, though still in keeping with their surroundings. Expect to find plaid prints, wooden beams, open fires and cozy blankets in all of the rooms. Rooms vary from the cosy ‘Classic’ to the huge ‘Prestige’, and all have spectacular mountain views. The spa is one of Europe’s best, but can get itself into trouble with scheduling, so make sure to get a booking in early. It also houses one of the area’s top restaurants, perfect for an easy night in after a day on the slopes.
Flacons de Sel is another five-star hotel and home to a three Michelin star restaurant as well. There are just six rooms and two private cadets, all decorated in a pretty contemporary mountain style, think: wooden-paneled rooms, stoves, furs and huge windows overlooking the Alps. Wood, stone, and glass are used throughout to fuse the modern with the classical and natural. Impeccable service, spacious yet cozy rooms, and an excellent spa come together into one amazing Alpine package.
Hotel Chalet D'Antoine | Image courtesy of Simon Butler Summer
Some might say that this hotel is starting to show its age, but in Megève, a lived-in look adds glamour, not tiredness. With its white frontage and wood-panelling, the hotel has a classic mountain vibe. The thing that sets this hotel apart from its competitors, though, is its service. Staff are friendly, cheerful, and attentive, which makes all the difference in a foreign locale. Rooms are great for the price, all have ensuite bathrooms, and there’s a cute dining room with open fireplace, a lounge, bar, massage room, and boot room, making this one of the best value hotels in Megève.
Take a break from classic chalet style with Les Cimes, a cute guesthouse near the centre of the village. The atmosphere and the scale of this place makes it feel more like a B&B, with its friendly owners, ivy-clad frontage and just eight rooms. Rooms are decorated in traditional mountain stylings, but equipped with mod-cons like en suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs.
The name of this hotel means, “In the corner by the fire”, a suitably rustic and cozy name for the hotel. When you return from the slopes you’ll generally find the fire going in the lounge, and can settle down with a pot of tea and a traybake. Decor is traditional: lot’s off wooden panelling and red and white fabrics, with a refined and warm atmosphere. The “classic” rooms are on the small side, so it might be beneficial to upgrade to “club”. However, with the nearby lifts and ski storage, you might not be spending much time in the hotel at all.
A few kilometres from the village centre, this five-star hotel is in fact housed over three different chalets. The rooms feel Alpine, but not too rustic, pairing fur throws with antique art and objets. It’s a bit larger than some of the more bijou hotels in the region, and boasts an impressive spa, a golf course a restaurant and bar, and several sister restaurants at various pints on the slopes or around the resort. A great place in summer or winter.
Several-storied, but squat, this building stands out from its surroundings, a classic hotel with a great ambience. Rooms are plushly decorated with cushiony beds and wood panelling, sitting alongside cool bathrooms and modern furnishings. They can veer towards the small, so if that bothers you try asking for a Club room or larger. Higher rooms also offer some of the best views of Megève that you can get. Le Georges lounge is the Edwardian island in the Alpine sea, a lovely little tea room that brings a spot of Bohemia to your skiing.
A small B&B run by a young couple, this chalet is only a few hundred metres from Megève’s main thoroughfare. This is close, obviously, but far enough that it’s away from the noise and bustle of the streets. The owners are very helpful, attentive and knowledgeable about Megève. The light wood interior, coupled with views of the valley, creates a postcard scene, especially if you’re in one of the rooms with a balcony.
A high-class affair in the centre of Megève, this hotel boasts a swimming pool with counter-current swimming, two restaurants, a bar and a lobby with an open fire. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, it lives up to the label with its service, its amenities, and its rooms, which are contemporary and pleasant. The Junior Suites are good for families are larger groups, with plenty of space separated into bedroom and living room.
A large hotel, albeit one serving almost as a ski base, Rochebrune is great for people skiing on the Rochebrune side of Megève. Two minutes from the telecabine and ski hire store, it’s basically as close as it is possible to get to the slopes. Rooms are a little bigger than other ski hotels, but still compact. This close to the slopes, you probably won’t be in your room too much, so it’s not a problem. Décor is classic wooden panelling with contemporary splashes of bold colour.