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About Méribel

The central ski resort of Les Trois Vallées, Europe’s largest ski area, Méribel offers access to more than 600 kilometres of spectacular alpine slopes, and has long been a favourite amongst French ski resorts. Purpose-built from the 1930s under the direction of Christian Durupt, it’s not only a very aesthetically pleasing village, but a well-functioning one — almost all the best places to stay in Méribel have ski-in ski-out access, perfect for active holidaymakers.

Novice skiers will find this a wonderful place to hone their skills, with ski schools and expert lessons aplenty. The slopes around the Altiport allow a gentle introduction to the sport, whilst seasoned professionals can zip down the challenging run (plenty of moguls here) from the Combe de Vallon on Mont Vallon to Méribel Mottaret, glide down countless off-piste mountainsides or follow the Women’s Downhill 1992 Winter Olympics course. The tobogganing runs at La Truite are also great fun in the winter, whilst summer travellers can hike and mountain bike around the beautiful Lac de Tuéda. Gliding, helicopter tours and scenic flights are also a magical way to see the region from the air.

Back in town, fill your bags with fresh local produce at Méribel market, pop into designer shops and independent boutiques, or unwind at a world-class spa. The après-ski scene kicks off mid-afternoon, with bustling bars and pubs reflecting Méribel’s enduring popularity with British skiers. Party the night away with trendy DJ sets or feast at an exceptional gourmet restaurant before retreating to one of the best places to stay in Méribel ahead of your next big day out.

The Best Places to Stay in Méribel

For Families

  • Chalet Hôtel de L’Adray-Télébar has been owned by the same family since the 1940s. Interiors have exposed stone walls and wooden beams. Book the lodges for a family trip — each one sleeps four guests. The atmosphere is relaxed and cosy, with board games aplenty for post-ski evenings.
  • Hotel Alpen Ruitor is another family-friendly choice, with bunk beds in some of the red-and-white rooms. Ski in/ski out access, an inviting restaurant and a soothing spa make this a lovely base for guests of all ages.
  • L’Helios offers indulgent rooms and suites in a superb location for keen skiers. Spacious suites are brilliant for families, who will also appreciate the atmospheric cinema room. Kick back at the spa whilst the little ones enjoy their ski lessons!
  • Le Kaïla is a hyper-cool luxury hotel with hip rooms and suites boasting crackling fireplaces, fur throws, hot tubs and all the mod-cons. The spa is sensational, as is the gourmet cuisine at L’Ekrin. Expect trendy live music evenings for grown-ups and DJ workshops in the kids' zone for creative teens. Fabulous.

For Romantic Luxury

  • Le Coucou's 55 rooms and suites offer the ultimate chalet-chic experience, with magical mountain views, designer furnishings and shared access to a stellar spa, fine-dining options and ski-in/ski-out facilities. Fans of modern design will adore this romantic lifestyle hotel — which also welcomes families.
  • Hotel Allodis has the feel of a traditional chalet, with sumptuous rooms featuring wood panelling and big beds topped with cosy quilts. Chef Philipe Vrignaud's gastronomic dining is exceptional, as is the Clarins Spa, complete with sauna, steam room and swimming pool. Very special.
  • Le Grand Coeur Hotel & Spa is Méribel's top spot for those dreaming of classic Alpine luxury. Rooms, suites and apartments have a timeless feel, with wonderful attention to detail and stacks of charm. The French owners have become legendary hosts, and guests return again & again with good reason. Don't miss the acclaimed restaurant or the live piano music in the evenings.

For a Rural Escape

  • Refuge de la Traye promises a gorgeous mountain escape for romantic couples or groups of friends. Set in a tranquil hamlet, this rustic lodge has luxurious interiors, and space for up to fifteen guests. Book just one room or suite as a couple, or reserve the whole hotel for an epic group getaway. Private and exquisite.

For Great Value

  • La Croix Jean Claude, outside the centre of Méribel, is simple and welcoming, with comfortable, old-fashioned rooms featuring pine panelling and patterned linens. A cosy budget base close to the ski lifts, with a lovely traditional restaurant.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY CHALET

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

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Geneva Airport or to Lyon Airport, both of which are within two-and-a-half hours of Courchevel by car or shuttle. Chambéry Airport is just an hour an 15 minutes away, but flights tend to be less frequent.
  • Savoie is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Come between mid-December and April for the best skiing, avoiding the school holiday crowds of February half term or the bustle of Christmas and New Year. Summer is by far the most popular time for hikers with temperatures peaking at around 20°C in July and August.

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Best Hotels in Méribel

  • La Croix Jean Claude Méribel 16 rooms from £121

    Skiing  -  World renowned ski location
    Great walks  -  Many good walking routes
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Traditional
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    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. See More

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  • Hotel le Grand Coeur & Spa Méribel 40 rooms from £252

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Outstanding location
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    SpaRestaurantViews
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    The epitome of old-fashioned comfort, glamour and service in the middle of the village. Gourmet delights and spa relaxation in this winter paradise. See More

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  • Chalet Hôtel de L’Adray-Télébar Méribel 24 rooms from £259

    Families
    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Outstanding location
    RestaurantPet friendlyViews

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Alpen Ruitor Méribel (Savoie) 44 rooms from £284

    Families  -  As well as family rooms with bunkbeds and kids' meals enjoy easy access to family ski park, two sledding slopes and a BigAirBag
    Foodies  -  So much choice - try the Argentinian Grill, Savoyard restaurant plus crepes and afternoon snacks prepared by the Pastry chef
    Active Holiday  -  Located at the foot of the slopes, spend the day skiing, or head out on an excursion on a snowmobile or dog sled
    Traditional  -  Quintessential chalet style decor, with a plethora of wood, warm colours and rustic furniture
    SpaRestaurantPet friendlyParking

    A charming hotel in Meribel-Mottaret. Delightfully decorated rooms are warm and welcoming, with rustic, alpine furniture and pretty patterns. Right on the slopes, enjoy ski in/ski out access, a relaxing spa, plenty of delicious local and international food and a cosy bar. A family-friendly stay. See More

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  • Hotel L’Helios Méribel 18 rooms from £334

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Indoor Pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    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. See More

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  • Refuge de La Traye Méribel 7 rooms from £476

    Luxury  -  With a spa, a pool, a cinema room, and fine dining it is hard to know if you're in a mountain hamlet or a chic country club
    Boutique  -  The perfect chalet-chic design with all the cosiness of a traditional stay but with plenty of contemporary luxuries
    Hideaway  -  The location is this property's real lure. Far away from the après-ski and surrounded by nature
    Skiing  -  The property's shuttle quickly gets you to the lifts from where you can access Les 3 Vallées
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A small mountain hamlet (complete with a church) in a stunning location outside of Meribel. Seven chalets are all traditionally styled and feel cosy yet contemporary. However, this is a luxury stay so expect a Michelin-starred chef, an expansive spa, and a pool. A perfect mountain hideaway. See More

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  • Hotel Allodis Méribel 42 rooms from £517

    Skiing  -  Bang on the slopes!
    Spa  -  Clarins spa des neiges
    Swimming Pool  -  indoor Pool
    Traditional
    SpaRestaurantSwimming Pool

    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. See More

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  • Le Kaïla Méribel 38 rooms from £547

    Families  -  Great facilities for children of all ages including DJ workshops, magic and cookery classes.
    Active Holiday
    Skiing
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming Pool

    Family friendly luxury hotel in the heart of Meribel. Super cool bedrooms with fur throws, complimentary iPads and en suites with hot tubs and steam rooms. Dedicated kids zone with DJ workshops and more. See More

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  • Le Coucou Méribel (Les Allues) 55 rooms from £677

    Families  -  With its slopeside location and independent chalet accommodation, Le Coucou is ideal for a family skiing holiday.
    Active Holiday  -  Beyond all the action of the slopes, there are numerous other outdoor pursuits to keep the active entertained
    Skiing  -  A ski-in-ski-out property located right on the Belvédère slope and offering access to the Three Valleys
    Spa  -  Tata Harper Spa boasts two swimming pools (one outside!) plus treatment rooms, fitness area and sauna.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolParkingNo pets

    A luxury chalet-style property offering a contemporary take on traditional Alpine design right on the slopes. Interiors feature geometric patterns, pastel hues, and plenty of pine (of course). Luxury notes are seen in the spa, fine-dining restaurants, and indoor pool complete with mountain views. See More

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