Val d’Isère is one of the most celebrated ski resorts in the Alps, and with over 150km of skiing, it attracts a sporty crowd. Our selection of the best places to stay in Val d'isere should satisfy all tastes and budgets from the five star stalwart that is Le Blizzard to Les Sorbiers a great value property in the centre of town.
Together, with the higher altitude Tignes, they make up L’Espace Killy with 90 lifts, 186 miles of marked trails, two snowboard parks and acres of challenging off-piste terrain. Beginners can opt for the confidence-building bunny hills in the Solaise area and experts have plenty of challenging steep slopes to tackle, including the 1992 Olympic downhill course, La Face. For properties with easy access to the slopes check into La Galise, which is only 20m from the piste or Le Samovar which is just 100m from the Funicular at La Daille.
If you’re expecting a charming, quaint Alpine ski resort, Val d’Isère will not deliver; like many French resorts it’s mostly modern, some of it ugly, although the town centre has style and appeal. What you will find, in high season, are plenty of British teenagers, all cruising the ‘Kings Road of the Alps’ and partying with the chalet workers mid-afternoon at fun-filled hotspot La Folie Douce. Not surprisingly, the nightlife is very lively, with après ski centres around addresses that include Café Face, Bananas, Le Petit Danois, the Pacific Bar, Doudoune, and the Moris Pub. Dick’s Tea Bar, once the most celebrated nightclub in the Alps, is now just one of many; nowadays many people, including instructors, make their way to the bar at the Blizzard to catch up on the day's events.
Hotels here can often be impersonal, pack-'em-in, shove-'em-out processing plants, and those in our list of the best places to stay in Val d'Isere are picked for extra character, warmth of service and owners who care. Try Le Savoie if it's 5 star luxury you're after, alternatively the far more reasonable Les Lauzes is great for families (several family rooms) being a stone's throw from the slopes in the heart of the old town. A certain Gallic disdain pervades some of the others. Many of the top hotels have spa facilities which are open to outsiders, so one tip is to stay at a less expensive place and use the facilities of a luxury one.
Val d´Isere (BP 80)
Urban vibe in the heart of town
Val d´Isere (Val d' Isere Cedex Savoie - France)
Much loved central hotel, with a great Lounge Bar
Traditional character in the centre of town
A good, family-run option in La Daille
Val d´Isere (Val d'Isere Cedex)
Useful two-star address offering good value
Family-orientated and close to the action
Good value, with a cosy and tranquil atmosphere