Grenoble is often referred to as the capital of the French Alps, located in the stunning Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Most tourists come here to ski, snowboard, or hike, so here’s our pick of the most comfortable and relaxing Airbnbs in Grenoble – always blessed with beautiful views of nature.
Gite L'O Bleue Mountain Homestay
Swimming pool at Gite L'O Bleue | Courtesy of Laurent/Airbnb
Most people flock to Grenoble to soak up the incredible scenic views, and you can’t get any closer than Gite L’O Bleue. This Airbnb is tucked away in the heart of the mountains halfway between Belledonne and Vercors Chartreuse, not too far from the towering mountain peaks of Isère. Boasting such breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this Airbnb might be quite difficult to reach from the city centre. However, it’s located only 10 minutes from Grenoble, so it’s convenient to access by car or by bus. The ultimate highlight of this self-contained modern apartment is found in the middle of the spacious garden – from May to October, you can relax in your very own heated swimming pool or bubbling jacuzzi whilst gazing at the mountains.
You don’t have to sleep right at the foot of the mountains to be able to appreciate the nature of the region. This top floor apartment is a perfect example, offering incredible, unobstructed panoramic views of the mountains. It’s a little more central compared to Gite L’O Bleue, which is convenient for popping into the shops for last-minute supplies. The fully equipped kitchen, which offers guests basic food products and hidden treats like homemade marmalade, opens out onto a big balcony. The nine-metre-long outdoor terrace with table and chairs is an irresistible spot to snack in the summer, facing eastward to ensure the flat stays luminous. The convertible sofa in the living room helps to keep the cost down too by allowing space to welcome up to four people when coupled with the double bed in the bedroom.
If what you’re after is a haven of calm, far removed from the chaos of urban life, then this independent studio is the perfect option. It’s nestled right at the entrance to the Parc de la Chartreuse, which is one of the best places to enjoy hiking and the thrills of cross-country skiing – take a 20-minute walk and you’re right in the heart of it all. Being immersed in such nature does come at a price though – there’s no public transport nearby. It’s located five kilometres from the historic centre of Grenoble, which makes it only accessible by car or by motorcycle for most. However, you simply wouldn’t be able to enjoy a swimming pool of these dimensions in the city centre (13m x 5m), available from April to October on a quiet outside terrace. The house is just what you need after a hard day’s slog in the mountains, and in terms of actual price, it’s one of the most reasonable.
Of course, not everyone who visits Grenoble will hike or ski during their stay. Since Grenoble is the gateway to the French Alps, many people only stay a night or two to stock up on supplies before heading off elsewhere. If this sounds like you, then it could be a good idea to choose a place that’s just a stone’s throw away from shops and major transport means. Jean François’s Airbnb is one of the most conveniently located. This fourth floor apartment is in the heart of Grenoble, just five minutes from the train station and surrounded by bustling commerce. You’re greeted by the brightness of the lounge and warmth of wood-beam decor as you enter this spacious 55 m2 flat. There’s a generous work-space desk area for business people and a splendid view of the Belledonne mountain range for the dreamers. Breakfast can be provided at a small extra cost.
This quirky renovated period apartment in the heart of Grenoble has ample choice of supermarkets, tobacco stores, boulangeries and restaurants on its doorstep, and yet still manages to offer beautiful views of the mountains too. The 40 m2 apartment is sumptuous in design with draping scarlets and sensuous decor, making it a great place for a romantic getaway. There’s a cosy fireplace in the living room that you can gather around during the winter months, making it feel like a genuine ‘home away from home’. The place can sleep up to four guests, with extra sofa beds in the living room if you need them.