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About Grenoble

The ancient capital of the Dauphiné region, Grenoble boasts both a rich history and a spectacular natural setting. Perched at the confluence of the Drac and Isère Rivers, the city is surrounded by the Chartreuse, Vercors and Belledonne mountain ranges. Famed for its lively energy and plethora of cultural attractions, this is a top spot for a city break. Accommodation options include swish city hotels as well as converted châteaux, with a range of choices to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re planning to travel in summer or winter, we recommend you book one of the best places to stay in Grenoble, and don't just use it as a stop-over either on your way to the mountains or the route south. Spend a day or two and get to know the city!

Art aficionados will delight in discovering Grenoble’s many world-class museums, often tucked in imposing heritage buildings. The Musée de Grenoble is brilliant, as are the Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum, the Musée Dauphinois and the Musée de l’Histoire Naturelle. Other highlights include the Musée des Troupes de Montagne and the Musée de la Résistance. For striking views, take the cable car to the top of Bastille Hill, where you can peer from Grenoble’s 19th-century fortress towards Mont Blanc on clear days. Return to the charming city centre for lively cafés, bars, eateries and an array of events fuelled by the city’s university population.

Keen hikers, climbers and skiers, on the other hand, can use Grenoble as a springboard for adrenaline-pumping activities in the surrounding mountains. Grenoble hosted the Winter Olympics in the 1960s, and the nearest ski slopes are just 45 minutes away; Alpe d'Huez is an hour from the city. The region’s pristine mountain lakes are a gorgeous reward for summertime trekkers and mountain bikers, too. But with all this on the doorstep the best places to stay in Grenoble will be very busy during peak seasons. So get organised and book well ahead!

The Best Places to Stay in Grenoble

For a Central Stay

  • Le Grand Hotel is a smart and central business hotel with modern interiors and three meeting rooms. Whilst generally focused on those travelling for work, this can also be a very well-located choice for a city break. There are excellent restaurants within walking distance.

For a Restful Escape

  • Château La Commanderie is a charming hotel with 40 chic, spacious rooms set 15 minutes from the heart of Grenoble. Unwind in the soothing spa, soak up the sun by the swimming pool, or tuck into gourmet cuisine in the elegant restaurant. Lovely and relaxing.
  • Grand Hotel & Spa d'Uriage, 7km southeast of Grenoble, is a sophisticated country escape with elegant guestrooms and a sumptuous spa. Dine in style at La Table d’Uriage after days of exploring Grenoble.

For an Apartment or Holiday House

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Grenoble Airport and hop aboard the shuttle bus into the city.
  • Whilst Grenoble has good public transport links, it's well worth having your own transport if you're eager to explore beyond the city centre. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Summer is by far the most popular time for hikers with temperatures peaking at around 20°C in July and August. Spring and autumn are quieter and cooler. Come between mid-December and late February for the best skiing up in the mountains.

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Best Hotels in Grenoble

  • Château La Commanderie Grenoble (EYBENS) 43 rooms from £125

    Great walks  -  Fabulous walking and hiking in the surrounding countryside
    Spa  -  With hot tub, hammam and steam room
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty to see and do in Grenoble
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools
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    A château 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. See More

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  • Grand Hotel Uriage Grenoble 41 rooms from £136

    Foodies  -  A foodie favourite with a reputation for innovative cuisine
    Restaurant  -  2 onsite restaurants
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor
    Spa  -  Hammam
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyParking

    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 the terrific food at La Table d'Uriage and a relaxing spa experience in a historical spa town. See More

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  • Le Grand Hotel, Grenoble Grenoble 68 rooms from £147

    Business meetings  -  Single, club and office rooms are specifically designed for short stay business, and can be converted into offices
    Conference facilities  -  There are three smart meeting rooms equipped for conferences
    Car not required  -  Thirty minute transfer from the airport
    B&B  -  Gourmet buffet breakfast
    Air conditioning
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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. See More

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