With its superb slopes, animated nightlife and spectacular views, Val d’Isère is one of France’s top ski resorts. It’s well-loved for its high altitude, offering snow-sure conditions and a vast off-piste playground. Joined with neighbouring Tignes, there are 300km of pistes to explore, ideal for intermediate to advanced skiers. The downside? It is one of the most expensive ski resorts in France. Aside from the town centre, Le Daille is a popular base for access to the slopes and neighbouring bars, restaurants and shops. Le Fornet and Le Laisinant offer a better price, but you’ll need to get a taxi home at night. Read on to discover Culture Trip‘s best hotels in Val d’Isère.
This humbling refuge, only accessible via the Solaise gondola, looks out over the French Alps from 2,550m (8,370ft) above sea level. Watch the sun rise and set from your bedroom – above the clouds – or on a clear night, trace out the constellations in the night sky. Inside the building, you’ll find luxury and modern style mixed with the traditional trappings of an alpine hut. Don’t worry about being beaten to the slopes in the morning – you’re already there.
The Kandahar hotel was built in the 1960 in a traditional Savoyard style of architecture, with wood and stone dominating the exterior look. Their restaurant, Taverne d’Alsace, has been headed by chef Michel Wehrung for the past 25 years – French classics meet Alsatian (dishes from the Alsace region in France). Try the tarte flambée, Alsatian-style snails, homemade meatloaf or baeckeoffe – a hearty potato and beef-based casserole dish.
Slide down the Bellevarde and Solaise slopes and you’ll arrive at Le Yule, a few steps from both the lifts and shops of Val d’Isere. The five-star hotel is fantastically warm and comfy with considered, stylish lighting, cosy-as-it-gets rugs, wooden decor and big windows. Their Nuxe spa covers 400 square metres dedicated to wellness. Meanwhile, Le Solstice restaurant is a bubbly place to try creative, unusual compositions from chef Rita Silva and pastry chef Valter Ribeiro.
Right in the centre of the town, and only a couple of minutes’ walk from the slopes and lifts, Le Tstanteleina really could not be much better located. The fabulous decor of this luxurious establishment, with impressive interlaced wooden beams on the ceilings, transports guests to a real mountain world. Its spa is especially welcome after a long day of skiing and the food at the restaurant, La Table des Neiges, reaches for gastronomic perfection. Many of the rooms also offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Right in front of the chair lift and cable car, the Funival, and only a short walk from the town centre, La Tovière is conveniently located. This quiet, cosy establishment is tranquil and is especially catered towards passionate skiers. With its own ski room that includes personal heated ski lockers, it is possible to walk straight from the hotel to the slopes while keeping your boots on. Guests also have free access to a steam room and sauna – especially welcome after a long day on the slopes.
A couple of kilometres from the centre of Val d’Isère, Chalet Hôtel du Fornet is a great spot for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the town centre. Situated in the idyllic little Fornet hamlet, the recently renovated hotel has retained its quaint stonework and authentic wooden beams. With only twelve rooms, this friendly establishment offers a personal welcome, alongside a sauna, hammam and jacuzzi. Despite not being in Val d’Isère village centre, the Fornet gondola is only a 200m (656ft) ski-boot-stomp away.
For an authentic chalet experience, the five-star Hôtel Les Barmes de l’Ours has been specially designed to embrace all the luxurious aspects of mountain living. Its four floors are each interestingly themed, with different takes on mountain accommodation – from the bright, elegant Scandinavian floor to the cosy, dark-wood of the American Great White North floor. Inside, you’ll also find three restaurant plus one of the most opulent spas in the French Alps.
A small, tranquil hotel, just a few minutes’ out of the town centre and an easy bus ride from the slopes (on some days guests can even ski right back to the hotel), L’Avancher is a cosy and personal establishment. Built in 1949, it is one of the oldest hotels of the town. With its sauna and ski workshop, as well as a large wooden terrace, garden, and mountain bike rentals, it caters well to its guests all year round. Especially noteworthy is the restaurant that uses great quality, fresh, local produce to provide truly superb meals each day.
In a great location right in the centre of Val d’Isère, just a stone’s throw from the ski lifts and the best bars and restaurants, the stylish Hôtel l’Aigle des Neiges caters to all of your skiing needs. The lounge bar is an especially lovely place to relax after a long day on the mountain, with its own fireplace and regular live music. On top of this, the hotel has two restaurants that allow you to choose which kind of ambiance you are seeking each night: one modern and family-friendly, the other refined and up-market.
Just a few metres from the lifts and at the foot of the famous Bellevarde run, Hôtel Altitude is in a great location for avid skiers. A perfect spot all year around, it boasts convenient ski lockers and boot warmers as well as breathtaking mountain-views from its many balconies. During the summer, its pool is especially welcome as is its large outdoor terrace. The lounge bar is especially charming and the restaurant provides traditional food, with a substantial, typically French breakfast and dinner to boot.
Located right in the centre of town, Le Kern is an intimate, cosy hotel which, though modest, immediately makes guests feel at home with its welcoming atmosphere. Rooms are simple and traditional, while not the most spacious, the price reflects this. Start with breakfast in the traditional dining room, styled in classic alpine decor, before grabbing your skis from the onsite boot room. A welcome change from the bigger, more imposing hotels, Le Kern is a lovely little gem of comfort.
Centrally located on one of the most picturesque roads in town, Hôtel Avenue Lodge is a luxurious five-star establishment with a stylish, refined decor that tastefully marries tradition with modernity. The large, funky bar is a great place in which to relax after a long day’s skiing, as is its spa, complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi and saunas. Expect gourmet food in the restaurant – from succulent steak and truffle-topped pasta dishes to traditional Savoyard raclette.