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About Les Trois Vallées
Spread over a vast terrain including not three but four valleys, Le Trois Vallées has 600 km of interconnected piste, masses of unchartered back country, 180 lifts and dozens of mountain restaurants, from gourmet Michelin-starred offerings to simple family-run establishments.
The Trois Vallées consists of eight official resorts: Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Bride les Bains, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle, and a sprinkling of smaller villages and hamlets within its giant web. So making recommendations for the best places to stay in Les Trois Vallées is quite an undertaking. If you have an idea of which resort you might want to stay in then you can refine your search below, but if you’re looking for our Guru’s top choices for the best places to stay in Les Trois Vallées based on levels of luxury, family-friendliness or chalet-charm, then read on.
Our Guru’s Les Trois Vallées Collections
- The Best Places to Stay in Courchevel
- The Best Places to Stay in Méribel
- The Best Places to Stay in Val Thorens
- The Best Places to Stay in St Martin de Belleville
Trois Vallées devotees have their favourite resort: Méribel, plum in the middle, is for many better placed and less ostentatious than its swanky neighbour, Courchevel. The south-facing slopes from the top of Saulire don’t hold their snow well in late season, but there’s quick access to higher pastures and snow-sure Val Thorens, a resort which has spruced itself up, with the 2011 opening of the four-star Altapura and several other four stars in the pipeline.
Courchevel 1850 wins the glamour stakes, with 12 five-star and 11 four-star hotels; certainly a good amount of the best places to stay in Les Trois Vallées. Although no beauty, the hub of Courchevel has been cleverly planned so that virtually all the hotels are ski-in and ski-out with sunny terraces for soaking up the sun. Courchevel 1650 is now considered by some to be the more exclusive.
Bride les Bains is good for cheap accommodation but it’s a hike to get up the mountain from here in the gondola.
Les Menuires would never get passed the developers now with its ‘70s architecture, but its hotels, self-catering chalets and apartments afford excellent value. The unspoilt backwater village of St Martin de Belleville is charming. In late season the south-facing slopes become slushy but the snow cannons keep access open all the way down.
The Best Places to Stay in Les Trois Vallées for Access to the Slopes
- Bang in the middle of the Méribel’s piste the super stylish Hotel L’Helios delivers a chic and calming experience. The restaurant is pretty lavish as well.
- Méribel’s Hotel Yeti also enjoys a superb position at the Rond-Point. Perfect to stop off early for some spa treatment before returning to the piste.
- The Hotel Val Chaviere in Val Thorens is an excellent value, family friendly hotel in unbeatable ski-in ski-out location right on the piste. Plus you’re just a few minutes walk from the resort. The bar and restaurant are welcoming and Thursdays is fondu night.
- The Altiport Hotel is a ski-in ski-out hotel right between the slopes and Méribel’s golf course. There are 41 chalet style rooms, but with an aviation theme, along with gourmet cuisine, a luxurious spa and a pool for the warmer months.
The Best Places to Stay in Les Trois Vallées for Après-ski
- The Hotel Koh-i-nor is a superb, contemporary hotel right on the slopes of Val Thorens. The rooms are luxurious, there’s an extensive spa and a Michelin starred restaurant plus extraordinary views.
- For super cool, super modern, super five star in Val Thorens try Altapura. It's got all the traditional ski lodge motifs, but updated in a hip way. There's still the exposed wood, stone and fur, but it's all in pale neutrals and in modern shapes.
- Le Val Thorens is a reasonably priced chic alpine hotel with 83 rooms and suites an excellent restaurant and a lively bar. Right on the slopes and right next to a ski school!
The Best Places to Stay in Les Trois Vallées for Chalet Charm
- Inside you feel the old-fashioned warmth of exposed wood, but outside Courchevel’s Le Chabichou is a chalet-lovers rhapsody-in-white. And their two Michelin star restaurant doesn't just serve wonderful food, they also prepare weekly cooking demonstrations.
- A clever blend of grand chateau and homely chalet, staying in one of Le St Joseph's fourteen rooms and suites, or two apartments, feels like you're staying at the home of grand old aristocratic friends in Courchevel.
- If your idea of romantic is rustic chalet chic then La Bouitte, in St Martin de Belleville, with its cosy, wood panelled rooms, wonderful spa and Michelin starred restaurant, is perfect for you. There are just ten rooms.
- The Chalet Hôtel de L’Adray-Télébar is a much-loved, cosy, comfortable chalet on the piste. There are just 24 rooms, traditional interiors with exposed stone walls and beams, and a wonderful relaxed board-game-y atmosphere.
The Most Luxurious Places to Stay in Les Trois Vallées
- Le Kaïla is the undisputed king of luxury in Méribel. With rooms so pampering you won’t want to leave, you might question whether there’s any need for a spa. But don’t worry, the next level of horizontal is only a floor away.
- One of the newest places to stay in Courchevel for luxury is Le Strato. It's not just five star - it has a gastronomic restaurant and gorgeous pool and spa. Even their fireplaces are designer, and when you finish your supper your gloves and boots are returned to you pre-warmed.
- Boasting one of Méribel's most respected restaurants, Hotel Le Grand Coeur is an all round winner with luxurious rooms, and amazing service besides the gastronomic delights.
- The Hotel Pashmina in Val Thorens is a luxury lodge with 50 gorgeous rooms and spacious suites, a gourmet restaurant and easy access to the slopes. Romantic and pampering.
- For a near perfect, but reasonably priced, accommodation choice in Val Thorens try the Hotel Fitzroy, five star, newly refurbished and in the heart of the resort, this hotel has its own ski shop, easy access to the slopes, classic Savoyard decor, an elegant spa and pool, an excellent restaurant and a choice of rooms or family suites.
The Best Places to Stay in Les Trois Vallées for Families
- Le Hameau du Kashmir is a collection of stylish rooms and suites on the slopes of Val Thorens, with living rooms offering spectacular views. The hotel pool and sauna are a retreat with sauna and manages available, and there are two restaurants and a lounge bar.
- The tradition and authentic feel of L’Oree du Bois will take those fortunate enough to be staying here back into the original spirit of Méribel: no unnecessary pampering, just dignified charm. The piste side location will quickly get you and the tots into the swing of things.
- Courchevel’s Le Portetta 1650's neighbouring nursery slopes make it a great choice for families. They also have a family suite with space for up to six, in-house ski and boot rental and a kid-friendly games room. And it's ski-in, ski-out.
- Himalayan decor might not be quite what you're expecting in the French Alps, but La Manali 1650 in Courchevel certainly works it. Enjoy a Tibetan foot spa after a long day on the slopes or relax with a drink in the fur and leather warmed bar, while the nursery, family suites, Kids Club and pool will keep the kids happy.
- Val Thorens’ Hotel Le Sherpa is a popular, 56 room hotel known for being family friendly. Typically Savoyard, but with a spa and hammam, the hotel has three lounges, a bar log firs and an open fire grill in the restaurant for raclette and found evenings.
- The Hotel St Martin, in St Martin de Belleville, is a rather charming, family hotel with 27 rooms, family suites and apartments sleeping up to ten. The decor is chalet charming and sung and there are two restaurants and a sun terrace all close to the slopes.
The Best Value Places to Stay in Les Trois Vallées
- Let's call it traditional rather than understated, the Hotel Les Monts Chavin is a comfy B&B built by the current owner's grandfather in 1955. He was one of Courchevel's first ski-instructors. Expect all the warming necessities: plenty of roaring fires, wood panelling and a cosy bar.
- Val Thoren’s Hotel des 3 Vallees has 33 rooms and four cosy family suites. And the breakfast buffet is of epic proportions, really setting you and your little ones up for a day on the slopes. Rooms start at less than £65 per night.
- Méribel’s Lac Bleu is an honest, good, family run hotel which will entertain everyone with their evening activities and send you into a stupor of comfort in their open fire sitting room.
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