Grenoble's beauty is in its setting; in the base of a bowl between the Chartreuse mountain range to the north, the Vercors rolling dramatically from west to the south and the Belledonne mountains hemming in the south-eastern side. Grenoble's other great pull is its energy. Famous for its universities and scientific research centres, this is a place full of fresh thinking and fun, with a collection of inspirational museums. And our pick of the best places to stay in Grenoble is ideally situated, bang in the centre of town, to make the most of what's on offer.
The spectacularly mountainous surrounds mean this is a great spot for walkers, hikers and climbers. And of course skiers. Grenoble hosted the Winter Olympics in the 60s, and it's just 45minutes in the car to the nearest ski station. Maybe more for the hikers, than the skiers, Grenoble's mountains are dotted with some very beautiful mountain lakes. Grenoble's location means it snows most winters, but in summer its amphitheatre of mountains keeps in the heat.
If you're looking for the main sights, Grenoble's art museum, and its smart building, is worth a visit, as is the Natural History Museum and the Musee Archaeologique de Grenoble, and the Museum of Resistance and Deportation - which is all about the French Resistance during WWII. It's definitely worth catching the cable car up to the top of the Bastille Hill, where there's a 19th Century fortress, and on a clear day views all the way to Mont Blanc. Or hike it if you're feeling energetic!
A chateau 15 minutes away from Grenoble city centre, situated amid a beautiful park with panoramic views available from all rooms. Each room has its own character, sleek and traditional in keeping with the building itself. Plenty of activities on site, as well as tremendous spa facilities.
Country hotel sitting at the foot of the French Alps, just 7km from Grenoble. Rooms are comfortable and well furnished with velvet and soft colours; each named for a celebrity who came to stay. Come for 2 Michelin Star food at Les Terrasses and a relaxing spa experience in a historical spa town.
Smart, functional and comfortable hotel designed for business people visiting for a short stay. Three conference rooms. Centrally situated, close to the tourist office and the pretty market in the Place Grenette. Bed and breakfast only, but a good choice of gourmet restaurants a short stroll away.