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About Rhône-Alpes

The Rhône-Alpes region is large and mountainous. Two great mountain regions, the Alps and the Massif Central, are run through by the Rhône Valley running north-south between them. Mont Blanc is literally the highpoint, surrounded by pretty alpine villages and less attractive, but purpose built ski resorts. But there’s also charming Annecy, on sublime Lake Annecy, Belle Epoque Évian on Lake Geneva and vibrant, foodie capital Lyon. Choosing the best places to stay in the Rhône-Alpes region is a challenge. There are some exceptionally beautiful châteaux, dreamy ski chalets, remote mountain retreats and great design hotels in the heart of lively cities. But our Gurus have done their best to refine their local recommendations to create a list of the best places to stay in the Rhône-Alpes region.

Capital Lyon is THE destination for foodies. Crucible for top international chefs, Lyon has a lively eating and drinking scene which continues into a post-restaurant-closing hours scene when the restaurant staff enjoy their own eating and drinking. As well as rich Lyonnaise cooking, this city is rich in culture, with plenty of history to uncover, art to experience, treasures to purchase, and even civilised strolling to be done along an elegant web of boulevards.

Skiiers should hone in on the Savoie region, as should climbers and anyone after an alpine adventure. Savoie is especially peaky up by the border with Italy, and as well as majestic Mont Blanc, Savoie is also where you’ll find the Belledonne Massif, Mont Cenis, the Lauzière Massif. Savoie is also known for its cows, which also means cheeses: Reblochon, Beaufort, Savoie Gruyère and Tomme de Savoie, and its wine.

The Haute-Savoie is a pretty alpine slither of France, in between Switzerland, which is across Lake Geneva to the north, Mont Blanc and Italy to the east and Savoie to the south. Évian, home of bottled water, is here, as is the pretty traditional French alpine town of Samoëns. This department is also known for its traditional, rural villages, very different from the cosmopolitan France you find when you visit Paris.

The Ardèche surrounds the Ardèche River in south central France, and is known for its spectacular gorges and karst features - some of its caves were inhabited by prehistoric humans - and peaceful, rural atmosphere.To really see the Ardèche you probably need access to your own car. The river winds between towering limestone cliffs creating the magical gorges with their surprising colour and dramatic views, and you’ll need a car to se the most stunning sights - like the naturally created bridge, the Pont d’Arc. There are also a number of very beautiful châteaux in the region.

Use our guide to the best places to stay in the Rhone-Alpes and start planning your adventure!

Best places to stay in the Rhone-Alpes

For a chateau stay

  • 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.

To Escape

  • The Château de Rochessauve is a wonderful family château with charming, traditional interiors and three rooms adorned with rich fabrics, antique furniture and paintings. There’s also a lovely pool and terraces.
  • The Domaine de Chalveches in the Ardèche is a chic, modern property with beautiful mountain views. Each of the ten rooms and suites is individually designed, but with nature in mind, and there’s a spoiling spa.

The Most Romantic Places to stay in the Rhône-Alpes

  • Annecy’s Abbaye de Talloires is a beautiful mountain escape, converted from a stunning monastery, set right on Lake Annecy, the Abbey de Talloires has 33 spacious rooms, some with free standing baths and lake views. There’s also a gourmet restaurant.
  • Yoann Conte is also on Lake Annecy, an eight room restaurant with rooms with two Michelin stars. The interiors are fabulous with a luxurious alpine feel and you’re beautifully secluded from the outside world.
  • The Hotel Ermitage looks out over Lake Geneva. It's a stylish modern hotel with 80 contemporary rooms and access to a golf course and a luxury spa. They even offer babysitting and children’s activities and some equally well organised activities for adults, like snorkelling, tennis and fishing.

For a Rhône-Alpes City Break

  • For city sophistication, try the Globe et Cecil, a 60 room contemporary townhouse hotel right in the centre of Lyon.
  • Converted from a convent, the Villa Florentine now offers every luxury and comfort imaginable. There's a gourmet restaurant, a spa and outdoor pool, and all with spectacular views over Lyon.
  • Grenoble’s Le Grand Hotel is smart and functional, very close to the centre of town and the main tourist office and a short walk from some of Grenoble's excellent restaurants.

For Rural Charm

  • The Auberge de Banne in Banne, in the Ardèche, is a beautiful property with an award-winning restaurant in a quaint village. There are just 11 rooms with plenty of luxurious features and a lovely outdoor pool. You’re within the Cévennes National Park.
  • The Hotel de la Villeon in Tournon-sur-Rhône is a beautifully renovated property in a pretty village in an unspoilt corner of France. The rooms are large, light and elegant and there are lovely gardens.

For Foodies

  • Château Clément in the Ardèche, is a wonderful, period French château with just five individually decorated rooms and light, airy interiors. There’s also a heated outdoor pool and an indoor pool in the spa - and the food is great, even offering onsite patisserie classes.
  • Lyon’s Hotel le Royal doesn't just have a great restaurant, it's also got a lunchtime cooking school. Classical elegance, and everything you could need.
  • Cour des Loges is grander. In fact it's nothing sort of spectacular. More than just beautiful, the decor here borders on the theatrical. Five stars worth of individualised design, hand painted murals and silk tapestries and a Michelin star restaurant. Romantic and special.
  • The Château des Allues in Savoie 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.

For Skiers

  • 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.
  • Hotel des Dromants is a luxury hotel in Avoriaz, featuring a quirky ultra modern design. Futuristic rooms take their inspiration from the 1960’s and most enjoy spectacular views. Plus there's an excellent restaurant specialising in Savoyard cuisine, a small spa, and the bar is a popular apres-ski hangout.
  • 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.

For Families

  • The Hotel Helvie in the spa resort town of Vals-les-Bains is an elegant, 27 room hotel with floor to ceiling windows and traditional furniture. Regional cuisine is served in the restaurant, there’s a nice pool and it’s very reasonable.

The Best Value Places to Stay in the Rhône-Alpes

  • The Auberge du Lac is an elegant four star property in a gorgeous lakeside setting, with 12 generously proportioned rooms, a lovely infinity pool and an acclaimed restaurant serving modern French food. Great value, with rooms starting from around £70 per night, and great for families.
  • La Feline Blanche in Saint Gervais-les-Bains is a small hotel that represents great value for money in the centre of the village and ideally placed for all the available activities. It has a cosy rustic feel and has great alpine views. Rooms start from as little as €85 per night.

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Best Hotels in Rhône-Alpes

  • Domaine de Clairefontaine Chonas-l'Amballan, Rhône-Alpes 35 rooms from £53

    Foodies  -  Michelin star.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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    A gorgeous family home in hectares of parkland with an excellent Michelin star restaurant. Rustic chic bedrooms with attractive bedspreads and pastel wallpapers. Stunning grounds filled with ponds, raspberry groves, violet carpeted forests, and peacocks roaming the lawns. A romantic gourmet spot. See More

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  • Auberge de Clochemerle Vaux-en-Beaujolais, Rhône-Alpes 7 rooms from £65

    Value chic
    Views  -  All rooms have views either over the vineyards or garden
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    A characterful village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Understated charm and great value for money. A more affordable spot to explore the Beaujolais region from. See More

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  • Château de Tanay Saint-Didier-de-Formans, Rhône-Alpes 7 rooms from £74

    Country Escape  -  An ideal escape from city life, this magnificent château rests on acres of parklands with a pool and lovely manicured gardens.
    Birdwatching  -  For the twitchers amongst you, Le Parc des Oiseaux is a lovely outing and teaming with birds.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the the Saint Curé d'Ars sur Formans with it's basilisk and wax museum.
    Great walks  -  Wander through the hectars of splendid parklands.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Set on the estate of an 11th century château, these beautifully converted stables now house five contemporary bedrooms with modern furnishings, king size beds and gorgeous oak beams. Cosy up with a book in the comfortable sitting room with large stone fireplace. A charming country hideaway. See More

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  • Domaine des Buis Albon, Rhône-Alpes 5 rooms from £82

    Traditional  -  An 18th century house with Austro- English furnishings.
    Sights nearby  -  Historic monuments to explore in the village.
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A traditional 18th century house in a charming village. Just five rooms, sleeping 3 each, some modern, some more traditional. Large living area and communal kitchen, pool and gardens. Excellent value for a family or a big group of friends. Low-key and laid back. See More

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  • Ostellerie du vieux perouges Pérouges, Rhône-Alpes from £85

    Families  -  Some rooms sleep 4.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A glorious hotel spread across four traditional buildings in traditional villages with cobbled streets. Romantic rooms, family rooms and suites have four poster beds, fireplaces, stone floors, and attractive fabrics. Excellent regional cuisine and very good value. See More

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  • Hotel de France Valence 47 rooms from £86

    Local exploring  -  This cool contemporary hotel in the heart of Valence makes an ideal base for exploring the town by foot.
    Sights nearby  -  Located just 450 m from the Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral.
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    A stylish property in the centre of Valence. The smart contemporary rooms are individually designed in a minimalist style. Indulgent buffet breakfasts are served on the sun-drenched terrace. Well positioned for exploring the town's sights. A chic option. See More

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  • Hôtel de la Tour Chatillon sur Chalaronne, Rhône-Alpes 19 rooms from £95

    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Set in a 14th century, renovated mansion in the medieval town of Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne nestled between Burgundy and the Alps. With a five star menu and fantastic wellness centre, this is a great location to escape life's hustle and bustle. Decor combines classic French chic with modern luxury. See More

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  • Hotel Michel Chabran Valence (Pont-de-l'Isère) 10 rooms from £95

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Good Hotel Guide

    Spacious rooms are decorated in a simplistic, Provençal style. The quiet, cosy ambiance and evening meals on the verandah, eating Michelin starred dishes make this perfect for a romantic retreat. All this plus a golf course and vineyards nearby. Great value. See More

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  • Le Val des Sens Chatte, Rhône-Alpes 3 rooms from £104

    Country Escape  -  The hotel is located in a secluded village away from the main roads, making it a great escape to the country
    Romantic Break  -  The plush linens in the bedrooms and quiet surroundings outside make this a perfect romantic hideaway
    Back to Nature  -  With verdant fields all around the B&B, you will feel a real return to nature here
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Jardin des Fontaines Pétrifiantes during your stay, a beautiful botanical garden with water features
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    This charming country B&B sits in the picturesque landscape between Valence and Grenoble. The best of the spacious and bright rooms have private patios where you can relax with a glass of wine. Take a dip in the hot tub overlooking the verdant countryside or book a massage. A quiet, rural delight. See More

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  • Domaine des Sequoias Ruy, Rhône-Alpes 19 rooms from £117

    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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    A serene country mansion that combines the traditional and the contemporary. Rough stone walls, steel, glass, wood, fixtures and furniture for minimalist effect. Enormous swimming pool, gourmet kitchen, and luxurious rooms. Something different, very special. See More

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  • 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 chateau 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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  • Le Clos du Chene Saint-Bernard,, Rhône-Alpes 9 rooms from £130

    Views  -  The view opens over the hills of Beaujolais.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  An ideal base for visiting Lyon, the medieval towns of Perugia and Trévoux, for exploring the beautiful Beaujolais region.
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A lovely country house on the banks of a river, not far from Lyon. Very romantic rooms blend traditional materials with contemporary finishings for chic effect. Family rooms and a gypsy caravan too. Excellent dinner by arrangement, lots of markets to explore, and plenty of Beaujolais wine tasting. See More

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  • Maison de la Pra Valence 4 rooms from £134

    Great walks  -  The rivers Drome and Ardeche meet just a short walk from the hotel
    Local markets  -  Visit the markets in the towns and villages of the area
    Sights nearby  -  550 yards away from Valence Cathedral
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Stunning conversion of a 16th century mansion located in the historic centre of Valence. The rooms are spacious and airy, with smart modern, tiled bathrooms, whilst maintaining a rustic charm with exposed stonework and wooden beams. A chic base from which to exlore the area. See More

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  • Grand Hotel Uriage Grenoble 41 rooms from £136

    Foodies  -  Les Terrasses has 2 Michelin stars and 4 Gault Millau toques, original gourmet experience by Christophe Aribert
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor
    Spa  -  Hammam
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    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 2 Michelin Star food at Les Terrasses and a relaxing spa experience in a historical spa town. See More

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  • Le Beau Rivage Condrieu, Rhône-Alpes 30 rooms from £137

    Outstanding location  -  On the banks of the Rhone.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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    Set on the banks of the River Rhone and near a Nature Reserve. A hotel in a romantic location with riverside terraces and a gourmet restaurant. Charming rooms and suites in pinks, mauves and creams with private terraces. A haven for peace and tranquility. 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
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    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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  • Maison Pic Valence 16 rooms from £165

    Cooking classes  -  Available at the hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    Luxurious, contemporary hotel which is renowned for it's three Michelin Starred restaurant - headed by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Bedrooms are cool and sleek with designer pieces from Bruno Borrione. Enjoy the beautiful garden and outdoor swimming pool. A foodies delight. See More

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  • La Pyramide Vienne, Rhône-Alpes 23 rooms from £174

    Sailing  -  Base Nautique des Lacs de Haute Charente
    Kayaking  -  Base Nautique - Exideuil
    Sights nearby  -  Roman Theatre
    Fishing  -  River Vienne
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    Recently renovated, this charming hotel is just 5 minutes from Vienne's city centre. Guestrooms and suites are spacious, with fresh contemporary interiors. The two restaurants have exciting and innovative menus and offer comfortable alfresco dining. A welcoming destination for food enthusiasts. See More

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  • Chateau de Pizay Saint-Jean-d'Ardières, Rhône-Alpes 62 rooms from £243

    Garden  -  Formal gardens set amid 80 hectares of vineyards.
    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.
    Spa breaks
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    A romantic chateau surrounded by acres of vineyards in the heart of Beaujolais territory. It has everything - a spa, a gourmet restaurant, fabulous rooms and suites, a swimming pool, and luscious greenery as far as the eye can see. A perfect spot for a wedding. See More

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  • Château de Bagnols Beaujolais, Rhône-Alpes 27 rooms from £253

    Spa breaks  -  Indulge yourself with a steam in the Hammam followed by hot stone massages, mud wraps and eye masks- what more could you want?
    Romantic Break  -  The French formal gardens, stunning views, couples spa treatments and fairytale interiors ooze romance and glamour.
    Foodies  -  The Michelin-starred 1217 serves up inventive and exciting dishes with a local influence.
    Great walks  -  Wander the hills, vales, vineyards and olive groves of this spectacular stretch of countryside.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux

    Medieval Château oozing romance and elegance making a hideaway luxury hotel. Celestial views over the vines and towards the lake from beautiful bedrooms. Enjoy the dishes at the restaurant, explore the spa treatments and walk under the 100 year old lime trees on the terrace. A romantic's paradise. See More

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  • Au Chamois D'Or Alpe D'Huez, Alpe d'Huez 42 rooms from £256

    Other Activities  -  Cross-country skiing, hikes, snowshoes, driving on ice, first flight, under-ice diving, snowmobile, ski by night
    Skiing  -  Ski-to-door access
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    Views  -  Views of the mountains and ski runs
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    A modern and cosy chalet overlooking Grandes Rousses peaks. Rooms and suites decked out with wooden floors, warm furnishings and private balconies. Restaurant, spa and pool. A wonderful choice for a couple or group's winter adventure weekend. See More

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