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Savoie and neighbour Haute-Savoie were once part of the historic region of Savoy, but the Haute-Savoie got a lot of the lowlands in the split and Savoie got much of the alps. These days Savoie is best known as a skiing destination, and some of the best places to stay in Savoie are its resort towns.
Savoie is where you’ll find the Trois Vallées, the world’s largest ski area (which includes the resorts of Méribel, Courchevel, Val Thorens) Tignes, La Plagne, Les Arcs and Val d’Isère, as well as some smaller charmers like Champagny en Vanoise and Pralognan. There are tens of choices when it comes to the smaller resorts of Savoie.
If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Savoie for skiers then you might want to refine your search to:
- The best places to stay in Méribel
- The best places to stay in Val d’Isère
- The best places to stay in Courchevel
- The best places to stay in Val Thorens
- The best places to stay in Tignes
- The best places to stay in Les Arcs
- The best places to stay in St Martin de Belleville
- The best places to stay in Chambery
- Great hotels in Les Trois Vallées
Climbers, hikers and skiers might be interested to know that Savoie is where you’ll find the Belledonne Massif, Mont Cenis, the Lauzière Massif and the Aiguilles d'Arves Massif. Savoie is especially peaky up by the border with Italy.
After all that promised activity you might be wondering what to expect from Savoyard cuisine? Well the good news is that Savoie is known for its cows, which also means cheeses: Reblochon, Beaufort, Savoie Gruyère and Tomme de Savoie are all locally made cheeses. Savoie is also known for its wines, mostly Pinot Noir, Gamays and Mondeuse based, or blends. And in the summer Savoie also produces apples and pears of distinction.
You might also enjoy hearing that Savoie has long been a place to enjoy some hydrotherapy, and Aix-les-Bains, Charles-les-Eaux, Brides-les-Bains and La Léchère are still known as spa towns. So you can really wind down and relax after all your alpine adventures.
Just don't forget that if you plan to visit one of the best places to stay in Savoie during the peak winter periods (Christmas, New Year or February half term) you'll need get organised and book well ahead.
The Best Places to Stay in Savoie
- 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 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.
- Mineral Lodge is a lovely little chalet in the Vanoise Valley, just below Les Arcs. It has just five rooms, but everything you need to enjoy either a summer or winter break. They’ll do you a packed lunch and dinner by arrangement, and they’ll also help you sort out your bike and ski hire.
- Hotel 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.
- The Chateau de la Tour du Puits is a beautiful, ivy clad château surrounded by a rural landscape. There are seven charming rooms with wonderful views across the gardens, plus lovely original features. Then there are all the modern comforts you might need, like a spa, gym, outdoor pool and an elegant bar. There’s also a restaurant serving great regional cuisine.
- One of the newest and best 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.
- The Château des Allues is a haven for foodies who love the great outdoors. There are just two bedrooms, so it’s private and peaceful, but the restaurant is quite something, fed by the château's own huge organic kitchen garden. There’s also a beautiful non-edible garden, and as well as workshops for foodies the Château also hosts workshops for gardeners. The decor is comfortable but quirky.
- If you’re looking for something a bit more modern, try Les Saint Peres, a nine room, lodge-style hotel with cosy but tasteful decor and amazing views of the surrounding countryside. There’s also a great outdoor pool.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Savoie for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Savoie, expand your search to include all our recommendations in the Haute-Savoie, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Savoie
Le Caprice des Neiges 16 rooms from $68Crest-Voland, Savoie
A cosy chalet opposite Chaine des Aravis. Rooms have panelled wooden walls, warm furnishings and large bathrooms. Excellent local cuisine in the restaurant, charming bar lounge. Peaceful, stunning and great value.Country Escape - Very relaxed atmosphere as goats and cows roam the bottom of the ski slopes, you can enjoy the view from the terraceSights nearby - Mont BlancViews - Great views from hotelGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Hotel St Martin 27 rooms from $125St Martin de Belleville
Appealing family hotel in pretty traditional French village, close to the slopes. Family suites and apartments that can sleep up to 10. A charming chalet with snug rooms, two restaurants, and a sun terrace.FamiliesSkiingActive HolidaySecluded setting - For escaping.
Chateau des comtes de Challes 54 rooms from $134Challes les Eaux, Savoie
A 15th-century chateau set amidst beautiful grounds. Individually decorated rooms with simple white-washed walls and crisp white linen set against heavily draped beds and windows. Grand reception rooms allow for elegant evenings. An award-winning restaurant. The ideal spot to completely unwind.Total relaxation - A glorious space to unwind with a book, sip on regional wines and take a lap or two of the pool.Sights nearby - Just 5km from the historic Chambéry famed for its elegant castle and Elephants Fountain.Great walks - Lovely trails through the surrounding countryside.Romantic - Good for couples.
Mineral Lodge 5 rooms from $165Les Arcs (Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise)
A lovely little chalet in the Vanoise Valley. Just five rooms, packed lunches, dinner by arrangement, ski and bike hire too. Contemporary rooms have light wood and lots of natural light. Perfect for the great mountain outdoors, and ideal for couples and families.Active Holiday - Set in the Vanoise National Park there's plenty of outdoor pursuits.Skiing - In the winter only.Views - Great views from hotelBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet
La Galise 30 rooms from $141Val d´Isere
A simple family-orientated hotel in the heart of the resort and just 100m from the piste. Rooms are traditional in style with plenty of pine and all have modern en suites. Triples offer a good option for families or small groups. Lively bar, excellent value and an unbeatable location.Active Holiday - Skiing in winter and plenty of other mountain activities in the summer months.Skiing - Only 20m from slopes and lifts!Less £ - Great value for its locationViews - Over the Face de Bellevarde
La Croix Jean Claude 16 rooms from $146Méribel
Historic alpine ski lodge in the heart of Meribel les Allues. Sixteen simply decorated, yet homely, bedrooms and a restaurant serving delicious dishes from locally sourced ingredients. A great location in the centre of the village with good access to ski lifts and hiking routes.Skiing - World renowned ski locationGreat walks - Many good walking routesViews - Great views from hotel
Chateau des Allues 2 rooms from $146Savoie
A haven for outdoor lovers and foodies. Perched on the edge of a natural park, there are plenty of activities on offer. The hotel boasts a magnificent organic vegetable garden, providing the restaurant with the freshest ingredients. Bedrooms are comfortable with quirky antique furniture.Garden - Award winning organic garden and kitchen garden. There are workshop packages for keen gardeners in Spring and AutumnFoodies - Try the fabulous table d'hote dinners, where much of the ingredients are grown in the extensive kitchen garden.Sights nearby - Miolans fortress located in the village of St Pierre d'AlbignyGreat walks - Fantastic local walking routesRecommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Val Chaviere 50 rooms from $148Val Thorens
Excellent value family friendly hotel, with an unbeatable ski in ski out location right on the piste. The resort centre is just a few minutes walk. Welcoming restaurant and bar, with speciality Fondue nights every Thursdays, weekly live music and dancing. Sunny comfortable ensuite family rooms.Restaurant - Cosy and welcoming restuarant offering local Savoyarde specialites and fondue eveningsSit-out Terrace - Attractive terrace with tables overlooking the slopes and resortSkiing - Doorstep skiing and just a few minutes walk to the resort centreViews - Great views from hotel
Le Val Thorens 83 rooms from $150Val Thorens
A chic luxury alpine hotel that caters to groups of friends, families, and couples. Fabulous rooms and suites have light wooden surfaces, fireplaces, and cow skin throws. Excellent restaurant, lively bar, ski hire, and a top of the range spa.Skiing - Situated right on the slopes and next door to a ski schoolActive HolidayViews - Wonderful mountain viewsSwimming Pool - Indoor heated pool
Les Saint Peres 9 rooms from $151Chambery
Excellent rural hotel that affords phenomenal views out over the Savoie countryside. Built in a lodge style, the rooms are cosy and comfortable with tasteful furnishing. Take a day trip to Chambery or simply recline by the glorious pool and enjoy the magnificent surroundings. A delightful retreat.Romantic Break - An unforgettable romantic escape, fine dining, cosy fireside lounges and luxorious suites overlooking the stunning landscape.Sights nearby - Visit the charming Chambéry, formely the seat of the Duchy of Savoie.Great walks - Great walking trails in the surrounding Savoie countryside.Remote - Off the beaten track.
Hôtel Les Monts Charvin 19 rooms from $162Courchevel
A rare find: a boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of 1850. Authentic and cosy with roaring fireplaces, traditional fabrics, and leather sofas. A delightfully understated spot.SkiingActive HolidayOutstanding locationViews - Great views from hotel
Hotel Fitzroy 56 rooms from $165Val Thorens
The five star newly refurbished Fitzroy is at the heart of the resort. In-house ski shop, and then straight onto the slopes. Classic Savoyard and contemporary interiors, wood, stone and leather. Beautiful bedrooms, family suites, an elegant spa and pool. Excellent restaurant. Near perfect.Spa - Beautiful spa, with hamman, swimming pool and beauty treatments.Restaurant - La Table du Roy is one of the best restaurants in the resort.Skiing - Door step skiingSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Le Portetta, 1650 38 rooms from $167Courchevel
Exquisite and soothing - a welcoming family hotel directly on the slopes. Rustic wooden interiors with stone fire places and rooms with private balconies. Perfect for families with young children as it is next to the nursery slopes.Active HolidaySkiingFamiliesKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection, I Escape
Chateau de la Tour du Puits 7 rooms from $177Coise-Saint-Jean-Pied-Gauthier, Savoie
A pretty ivy-clad chateau in the countryside. Charming rooms feature exposed beams, soft furnishings and views across the garden. Spa, sauna, outdoor pool and gym to enjoy. Superb regional cuisine and an elegant bar area. Idyllic and quiet, with plenty to do outside.Local exploring - Amongst the windy roads of the Tour de France, this chateau offers a great base to explore the region's sites.Great walks - Grab your walking shoes and head off to the Bauges National Park for stunning nature trails.Romantic - Good for couples.Spa
Hôtel des 3 Vallées 28 rooms from $205Val Thorens
A luxury boutique hotel, at the foot of Val Thoren's ski slopes. A cosy cocoon perfect for families with its four family suites, gargantuan breakfast buffets and set three-course dinners. Great value for money.Active Holiday - The ideal active getaway with downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledging, and hiking all on your doorstep!Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel Le Sherpa 56 rooms from $209Val Thorens
Opened in 1976 this hospitable, popular and family friendly hotel is close to the piste and resort centre. Traditional and typically Savoyard, the hotel offers a spa, hammam and beauty treatments. Three lounges, bar, log fires and the restaurant has an open fire grill, fondue and raclette evenings.Sitting Room - Three comfortable sitting rooms, plenty of space for children and quiet places to relax with a book in front of a log fire.Restaurant - Excellent, generous buffet breafast, good food, and Savoyardes specialites including memorable fondue.Skiing - Good location close to piste. Private ski lockers with heated boot warmers.Spa - Spa with beauty centre 'Maria Galland', with hamman and sauna
Kandahar 41 rooms from $219Val d´Isere
Traditional chalet-style hotel with easy access to both the Bellevarde and Solaise pistes. Alpine decor with modern touches, and a heavy emphasis on exposed wood and stone throughout. There's a cosy bar and charming restaurant serving Alsatian specialities. A homely, reliably good option.Skiing - Easy access to the pistes of both the Bellevarde and SolaiseActive Holiday - A great ski retreatFull of character - Homely setting with traditional decor
L'Orée du Bois 30 rooms from $234Méribel
Owned and run by the same family for the last few generations, L'Orée du bois is a traditional hotel in a great location next to the Rond Point des pistes. Comfortable rooms and great food.Skiing - Stone's throw from the piste at the Rond pointActive HolidayViews - Great views from hotel
Le Samovar 18 rooms from $240Val d´Isere
Family-run chalet hotel in La Daille, a stone's throw from the funicular which has you up the mountain in minutes. Flexible modern-alpine style accommodation is perfect for families and groups with doubles, family rooms and self catering options. Traditional Savoyard cuisine plus a spa for relaxing.Skiing - Superb location just 30m from the funicular at La DailleSpa - Mineral Spa with a sauna, hammam, swimming spa and 2 massage roomsFull of character - Mountain decor and modern alpine style furnitureViews - Great mountain views from the sit out terrace
Chalet Colinn 5 rooms from $251Val d´Isere (Le Franchet)
Chambres d'hotes chalet style. Urban rusticity in an exceptional mountain setting, just outside Val d'Isere. Four en suite bedrooms offer flexible accommodation - book the chalet as a whole or come as a couple and make new friends round the dinner table! A relaxed spot away from the hustle & bustle.Skiing - The vast Espace Killy is on your doorstep. Elizabeth your host is a fountain of local knowledgeGroups - Book the whole chalet for a ski holiday with friendsActive Holiday - Located 3.1 miles from the Val d’Isere ski resortViews - Panoramic mountain viewsRecommended by - Sawdays
Hotel le Grand Coeur & Spa 40 rooms from $303Méribel
The epitome of old-fashioned comfort, glamour and service in the middle of the village. Gourmet delights and spa relaxation in this winter paradise.SkiingActive HolidayViews - Great views from hotelSpaRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Altiport Hotel 41 rooms from $303Méribel
Ski-in ski-out, contemporary, newly refurbished hotel right on the slopes and next to the golf course. Quirky-contemporary in style with aviation themed interiors. Gourmet cuisine, luxury spa, and even an outdoor swimming pool for the summer months.Active HolidaySkiingFamiliesSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor Pool
Altapura 72 rooms from $305Val Thorens
Super modern, super cool, super Five Star. Not your average Alpine hotel. Bedrooms and suites with all the gadgets, sleek lines, and fabulous mountain views. Stone and light wood dominate throughout, from the spa to the restaurants, bars, and terraces. Majestic.Skiing - Superb ski in ski out location5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet, CN Traveller
La Bouitte 10 rooms from $310St Martin de Belleville
Romantic farmhouse in tiny hamlet with cosy rooms and gourmet Michelin-starred restaurant. Phenomenal food, quaint rustic wooden panelled rooms, and a wonderful spa. A charming gourmet treat.Restaurant - Michelin starred diningSkiingCooking classes - Check for timings.Views - Great views from hotel
Chalet Hôtel de L’Adray-Télébar 24 rooms from $311Méribel
Delightful and much loved, a cosy, comfortable chalet on the piste. Traditional interiors with stone walls and beams. A wonderfully relaxed chalet with board games aplenty.FamiliesSkiingActive HolidayViews - Great views from hotel
White 1921 26 rooms from $313Courchevel (Rue du Rocher)
This chic and stylish designer hotel is in a picture perfect spot. Rooms are small but super cosy with contemporary smart interiors, offering views of the mountains from the windows or the balconies. Also features a fitness centre and a sauna to relax. Individual ski service for every guest.Active Holiday - In a well known ski resort area, after spending a day out at the slopes, return to the comfort of this hotel.Back to Nature - In a spectaular setting, most rooms offer stunning views of the mountains.Great walks - Beautiful hikes into the countryside. Book a guide or go on your own.Views - Great views from hotel
Avenue Lodge 51 rooms from $348Val d´Isere
Luxurious urban chic in the heart of town. Architect designed, style conscious interiors feature dark walls, splashes of red and faux fur throws - definitely sultry! A stunning spa with pool, jacuzzi and hamman eases weary limbs; and there's a pro shop on site for all your ski needs.Skiing - The vast Espace Killy is on your doorstepCity Style - Urban chic in the mountainsActive Holiday - The perfect ski retreatSwimming Pool - Indoor pool
Le Yéti 28 rooms from $376Méribel
Ideally located, truly "ski in, ski out" hotel at the Rond Point des Pistes. Pine clad bedrooms with outstanding views, plus pampering spa and gourmet restaurantSkiing - Ski in, ski out location at the Rond-Point des Pistes.Active HolidaySwimming Pool - Outdoor Pool with stunning viewsSpa
Le Taos 54 rooms from $385Tignes
Luxury alpine hotel with a New Mexico twist. Designed for comfort and relaxation, its suites are made cosy by its Santa Fe rugs and Americana artwork. With excellent skiing on the doorstep, its ideal for a romantic skiing break. No wonder it was nominated for World Best New Ski Hotel 2016.Romantic Break - Experience the romance of a New Mexico themed hotel, with pampering spa and fantastic food.Active Holiday - An excellent place to stay for skiing, mountain biking and walking holidays.Great walks - Stunning walk trails through the nearby Tarentaise Valley, famed for its scenery and picturesque hamlets.Birdwatching - This area heaves with birdlife, bring your binoculars and see what you can spot.
Hotel Koh-i-Nor 98 rooms from $397Val Thorens
Brimming with five-star excellence, Hotel Koh-i-nor is a superb, contemporary hotel right on the slopes. Fitted with deluxe suites, an extensive spa, a michelin recommended restaurant and superb views, it's the perfect place to unwind after a day on slopes. A family friendly alpine gem.Skiing - Ski-to-door access, ski pass vendor, ski equipment hire, ski storage and ski school all onsite.Spa - Including two pools, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, fitness centre, and much moreGreat walks - Excellent walking in the nearby Vanoise National Park.Views - Gorgeous mountain views
Le Hameau du Kashmir 59 rooms from $397Val Thorens
Stylish suites on the slopes of Val Thorens resort. Each suite has two plush ensuite bedrooms and a living room with stunning mountain views. Retreat to the hotel's pool and sauna to soothe your ski wearied limbs. Perfect for groups or families.Total relaxation - Apres ski heaven with sauna, massages and indoor pool, as well as two restaurants and lounge bar.Great walks - Spend an afternoon exploring the beautiful walking routes in the Vanoise National Park.Views - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel L’Helios 18 rooms from $402Méribel
Classic, new boutique hotel in prime position on the piste in the heart of the resort. Sumptuous rooms with log fires, cinema, luxury spa, and chic terrace. Revitalisation and relaxation in a super stylish chalet.Active HolidaySkiingSwimming Pool - Lovely Indoor PoolSpa
Le Blizzard 57 rooms from $457Val d´Isere
Much loved 5* luxury hotel in the centre of town; Le Blizzard is a bit of a Val d'Isere institution. Its bar is legendary and the vibe relaxed. Rooms are sumptuous; beautifully decorated and all with balconies boasting great views. Relax in the spa and enjoy fabulous food. Mountain perfection.Skiing - Situated at the foot of the Bellevarde. Ask at the hotel for organising lessons, guides and heli-skiing.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor Pool at the foot of the Bellevarde slopeSpa - Spa by ClarinsViews - Great views from hotel
Le Chabichou 41 rooms from $470Courchevel
Beautiful, traditional white-painted wooden chalet with exceptional MIchelin-starred cuisine and wonderful service. Rustic-chic rooms and family friendly suites. A gourmet ski holiday for romantics, foodies, and families.Foodies - The restaurant has 2 Michelin Stars.Restaurant - Recommended.Active HolidaySkiing
La Manali 1650 36 rooms from $491Courchevel
Supremely comfortable, contemporary family friendly hotel right on the slopes. Rooms and suites with Himalayan-style decoration - warm Asian tones, furs, silks, painted friezes, and exotic wooden panelling. A luxurious and characterful chalet.SkiingFamiliesActive HolidaySwimming Pool - Indoor Pool
Hotel Allodis 42 rooms from $622Méribel
Family run, traditional hotel right on the slopes. Lovely bright wood panelled rooms with private balconies. Fantastic clarins spa, plus swimming pool, sauna & steam room and excellent restaurant with terrace overlooking the three valleys. A really lovely chalet.Skiing - Bang on the slopes!Spa - Clarins spa des neigesSwimming Pool - indoor Pool
Le Kaïla 38 rooms from $658Méribel
Family friendly luxury hotel in the heart of Meribel. Super cool bedrooms with fur throws, complimentary iPads and en suites with jacuzzis and steam rooms. Dedicated kids zone with DJ workshops and more.Families - Great facilities for children of all ages including DJ workshops, magic and cookery classes.Active HolidaySkiingSwimming Pool - Indoor Pool
Hotel Pashmina 50 rooms from $668Val Thorens
Find luxury in its truest form at this gorgeous lodge. Spacious suites boast wood paneling, fireplaces and glorious bathrooms. A superb spa will cater to your every need and the gourmet restaurant serves traditional dishes in relaxed surrounds. With easy access to the slopes this is a real winner.Romantic Break - The ideal escape for two with cosy fires, a luxury spa and wonderfully romantic rooms- especially the igloo under the stars!Hideaway - A pampering and indulgent base to return to after a day in the Alps.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Le Strato 25 rooms from $890Courchevel
Courchevel’s latest cutting-edge five-star hotel right on the piste. Spectacular traditional-chic interiors - furs, parquet floors, paintings, designer fire places, and wonderful private balconies. Gourmet delights in the fantastic restaurant and bare foot luxury at the spa.Active HolidaySkiingSwimming Pool - Indoor PoolSpa