Val d’Isère is one of the most celebrated ski resorts in the Alps and our selection of the best places to stay reflects the wide range of clientele which the resort attracts from the and with over 150km of skiing, it attracts a sporty crowd. 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.
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 centred 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 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 Le Galise is great for families being a stone's throw from the slopes. 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.
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Val d´Isere (BP 80)
Urban vibe in the heart of town
Traditional character in the centre of town
A good, family-run option in La Daille
Good value, with a cosy and tranquil atmosphere
Family-orientated and close to the action
Val d´Isere (Val d' Isere Cedex Savoie - France)
Much loved central hotel, with a great Lounge Bar
Val d´Isere (Val d'Isere Cedex)
Useful two-star address offering good value