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Aosta Valley

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About Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley is a tiny alpine region that is also the tallest in Europe and home to Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa. Arranged along the dramatic Dora Baltea river with 13 subsidiary river valleys, which have collectively carved out some of the region’s glacial landscape, this is a spectacularand heavily protected area. Our Gurus can’t usually resist a spectacular view, so many of their recommendations for the best places to stay in the Aosta Valley have views nothing less than divine. If the view from your hotel isn’t a huge priority then they also have some great ski chalets, some excellent value guesthouses, small hotels and some luxurious, pampering havens of relaxation on their list.

There is amazing hiking and climbing in the Aosta Valley - especially in the two national parks, the Gran Paradiso National Park and the Mont Avic Natural Park - and several spectacular ski resorts. It may surprise you to hear that there are also some impressive Roman monuments, a number of notable Romanesque churches and several beautiful medieval castles.

Courmayeur is situated just through the Mont Blanc tunnel from Chamonix and is renowned for excellent mountain restaurants and sunny slopes, plus a buzzy town centre.

La Thuile is quieter, which also means less crowded pistes, though not so much if it's apres-ski you're after.

Champoluc is the largest resort in the Monterosa region and boasts a huge range of pistes (it's often referred to as Italy's Three Valleys) and fabulous off piste terrain.

Aosta not only offers world class hiking and skiing, but it also has a charming historic centre, some superb Roman ruins and spectacular views

The Aosta valley is also a wine growing region and the local Gamay is definitely worth a try - it goes down very well sipped in front of a fire after a long day exploring this divine terrain!

What not to miss:

  • Visit the grand restored Castello di Fénis (castle).
  • Come for hiking holidays with endless trails to be explored.
  • Ski in any one of the high altitude resorts boasting excellent snow conditions.
  • Wander through the Alpine botanical garden in The Gran Paradiso National Park.

Don't leave it to the last minute if you want to be sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in the Aosta Valley. These places get very busy both in winter and summer.

For Spectacular Views

  • The Hotel La Granges in Entrèves is very close to Mont Blanc with easy access to the alps. It has 12 simple rooms with antique furnishings and a restaurant specialising in local cuisine.
  • The Bellevue Hotel and Spa is just inside the Gran Paradiso National Park and has stunning alpine views, a state of the art spa and a Michelin starred restaurant. The decor is alpine, using a lot of local materials, there’s some lovely panelling and sumptuous copper baths.
  • The Hostellerie de Mascognaz in Champoluc is a collection of eight chalet guestrooms converted from barns. They have many nice original features and, of course, now very comfortable with antiques and stylish decor. There is an indoor pool, Turkish bath, indoor golf and a choice of two restaurants. They also offer yoga classes and Ayurvedic massage.
  • Locanda La Brenva in Courmayeur is a wonderful alpine property with amazing mountain views and lots of nice features. The food is regional and very good and there is easy access to everything the mountains have to offer.
  • The Auberge de la Maison is a chic, sloping roofed chalet in a hamlet just outside Courmayeur with stunning 360 degree views. Its quiet location makes it a great destination for birdwatching.

For Skiers

  • Nira Montana in La Thuile is a luxurious 55 room chalet hotel with wonderful decor which gives a very woody, forest effect. Just 400m from the lifts there is a superb spa, sauna, steam baths and indoor pool.
  • La Meridiana du Cadran Solaire in Aosta is a great place for an active break come winter or summer. There are 17 alpine-style rooms plus a spa and a restaurant serving traditional cuisine. You are just minutes from the slopes and walking trails.
  • The Hotel Jolanda Sport is a rather charming ski hotel with 32 wood panelled rooms with colourful furnishings and beamed ceilings. There is an indoor pool, a spa and sauna, plus an excellent restaurant. It is very family friendly. Plus you're right beside the Punta Jolanda chairlift.
  • If you're looking for a traditional ski chalet, one with great fur rugs, exposed beams and giant roaring fires, try Courmayeur’s Au Coeur des Neiges. As well as rooms in a rather large chalet, there are also smaller chalets - so it's like a chalet community. This is perfect for families as the chalets are like home from home. The spa and restaurant both have excellent reputations and you're only two minutes from the cable car.

For Romance

  • Milleluci is a rustic mountain retreat with 31 rooms - some with fireplaces and four-poster beds - plus an excellent spa and pool and a restaurant serving regional cuisine.
  • Villa Novecento in Courmayeur is a good choice if you're looking for somewhere with atmosphere. This charming villa looks glamorous from the outside and has a rustic elegance on the inside. Think oil paintings, Baroque decorations, and heavy fabrics in chintzy patterns.

For Best Value

  • Maison Colombot is a charming little guest house in the centre of Aosta with six cosy, alpine-feeling rooms with little balconies. There is a lovely terrace and it’s very family friendly. Rooms start from around £45 per night.
  • The Albergo Grandes Murailles in Valtournenche is a cosy chalet with 15 rooms and suites. They are decorated with antiques and have exposed beams and fireplaces, but you can still expect all the mod. cons.. There is a hammam and you are right by the lifts. Rooms start from around £70 per night.

For an apartment or chalet

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel information

  • Fly to either Geneva, Milan or Turin. By train, there are services to and from the Turin stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa with frequent trains.
  • Best time to visit - for hiking travel between July and the first week of September and for skiing prime season is February and March.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars for the best prices.

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    Best Hotels in Aosta Valley

    • Milleluci 31 rooms from $177

      Aosta, Aosta Valley

      A truly rustic style house set in the mountains. Traditional interiors have wooden beams and floors, fireplaces, four poster beds, big bath tubs, and lots of floral fabrics. An excellent spa and swimming pool, traditional cuisine, and plenty of mountain fresh air. Romantic and family friendly.

      Total relaxation  -  A really rustic retreat with plenty of mountain air and pampering.
      Spa breaks  -  A fully equipped spa and pool ideal for total pampering.
      Skiing  -  In the winter.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • Maison Colombot 6 rooms from $56


      A charming little guest house in the town centre. Warm and cosy rooms have wooden panelling, colourful fabrics, and little balconies. Breakfast room, terrace, and lots to explore in the surrounds. Excellent value and family friendly.

      Value chic
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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    • Nira Montana 55 rooms from $371

      La Thuile

      Nira Montana is a luxurious hybrid of tradition and modernity. At first glance, just another village building, but inside, its flooring follows the shapes of trees, and there are forest-themed walls with chrome and leather armchairs. A top notch property for either skiers or summer outdoorsy types.

      Skiing  -  160km of pistes to explore in the Mont Blanc region. Just 400m from the cable car
      Spa  -  Superb spa with treatment rooms, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, vitarium and Terre & Aqua.
      Great walks  -  Wonderful walking and hiking when the snows have melted.
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
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    • Au Coeur des Neiges 3 rooms from $229


      A lovely four star collection of chalets, petit chalets, and a few rooms. Cosy interiors - all wood, with fireplaces and fur throws. Excellent spa, restaurant, and chefs on request. A great option for a very comfortable skiing holiday.

      Skiing  -  2 min walk to the cable car
      Hills & mountains
      Active Holiday
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    • Rifugio Lilla 8 rooms from 95

      La Thuile

      A charming property well situated for easy access to the slopes. Simple rooms with light wooden furniture, soft pastel colours and beamed ceilings give a cosy alpine feel. Indulgent breakfasts served under an impressive vaulted breakfast room. A laid back hotel ideal for families.

      Active Holiday  -  Just steps from the ski slopes plus numerous alpine activities to keep everyone busy.
      Skiing  -  Wonderfully quiet pistes and access to the La Rosière resort as well as La Thuile.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • Auberge de la Maison 23 rooms from $136


      Chic and elegant chalet in a small hamlet with fantastic mountain views. Rooms and one suite in creams with oak floors and fireplaces. Cosy restaurant and excellent spa. A great choice for an all year round mountain holiday.

      Active Holiday
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
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    • Villa Novecento 26 rooms from $126


      A sophisticated Patrician villa with classical refined interiors, an excellent spa, and restaurant. Classy rooms and suites have elegant furniture, oil paintings, Baroque decoration and private balconies. Smart, traditional and grown up.

      Skiing  -  Free shuttle bus to and from the cable car
      Active Holiday
      Views  -  Great views over Mont Blanc
      Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    • Hostellerie de Mascognaz 8 rooms from $368


      Charming mountain hotel focusing on wellness and nature. Individual chalet guestrooms in converted barns have original features and antiques. Indoor pool, Turkish bath, yoga classes, Ayurvedic massages. Indoor golf and two cosy restaurants. Bring walking boots, the hiking tours are outstanding.

      Local exploring  -  A trekking paradise with dozens of stunning routes to lakes, waterfalls and glaciers nearby, and enjoy the wellness centre after
      Great walks  -  Extensive walking routes around Mascognaz area - a nature guide can accompany you
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • Hotel Cresta et Duc 42 rooms from $114


      A contemporary hotel with an excellent Italian restaurant and spa. More family friendly, and less sophisticated, than its sister hotel Novocento. Rooms and family suites are light and airy with pine floors and cream walls. Great value.

      Skiing  -  Just 200m from the main cable car
      Active Holiday
      Value chic
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    • Albergo Grandes Murailles 15 rooms from $92

      Valtournenche, Aosta Valley

      A traditional cosy chalet in the Aosta Valley. Antique-style furniture in rooms and suites, with all the mod-cons and exposed wooden beams. Hammam, massages and fireplaces to relax next to. Close to ski lifts. A great choice for families or a romantic break in the mountains.

      Skiing  -  50 metres from a bus stop linking with Cervinia for skiing, heliskiing available
      Active Holiday  -  In perfect position to enjoy mountain sports all year round.
      Views  -  Stunning valley views.
      Swimming Pool  -  Free admission to the indoor swimming pool of Valtournenche
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    • Bouton d'Or 35 rooms from $91


      A very cute hotel with basic rooms but fantastic views over the valley below. A range of accommodation caters to families, couples and friends. Sauna and steam room too. Really excellent value, both in summer and winter.

      Skiing  -  Free shuttle to the Dolonne piste
      Views  -  Beautiful valley views.
      Active Holiday
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    • La Meridiana du Cadran Solaire 17 rooms from $155

      Aosta, Aosta Valley

      A cosy hotel in the Aosta Valley. Rooms are Alpine chic with panelled wood and antique furniture. Spa and traditional cuisine from the kitchen. Minutes from the slopes and walking routes. A characterful spot for an active holiday all year round.

      Romantic Break  -  After a day of skiing or walking, enjoy the couples spa, views over the mountains from the balcony, or the cable cars
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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    • Mont Blanc Hotel Village 40 rooms from $446

      Courmayeur (La Salle)

      Situated in La Salle, at the foot of Mont Blanc, built in traditional stone and wood, the rooms offer wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Local produce from its own garden is used in the restaurant. Fireplaces, a heated pool, a jacuzzi and an inviting spa all add to the charm.

      Romantic Break  -  Come enjoy the good weather, spectacular views and appreciable service at this hotel with your loved one.
      Local exploring  -  The hotel is in a convenient location close by to the most important ski resorts.
      Families  -  Large rooms for families and several outdoor activities to keep the kids busy!
      Sights nearby  -  Located in the Valle d'Aosta with Roman monuments, castles and rural architecture to explore.
      Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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    • Bellevue Hotel & Spa 38 rooms from $251

      Cogne, Aosta Valley

      Located in the Gran Paradiso National Park this seemingly traditional chalet exceeds expectations. Enjoying stunning views, state of the art spa and home to a michelin starred restaurant. Rooms utilise local materials with lots of exposed wood, traditional Alpine decor and sumptuous copper baths.

      Back to Nature  -  The interior of this hotel reflects the natural beauty of the surrounding nature for you to explore.
      Sights nearby  -  A picturesque walk leads to the Lillaz waterfalls which are the most spectacular in the region.
      Great walks  -  The Cogne Valley offers numerous walking opportunities including winter Nordic walking.
      Fishing  -  Grand Eyvia, Grauson and Urtier have excellent fishing lakes and rivers.
      Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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    • Hotel La Granges 12 rooms from $109

      Entrèves, Aosta Valley

      A traditional rural property packed full of charm. Simple rooms feature antique furniture and fabrics featuring winter motifs. An atmospheric restaurant serves excellent regional cuisine. With easy access to the Alps this is the perfect base for an active holiday.

      Active Holiday  -  The surrounding mountains offer an extensive range of outdoor activities.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • QC Terme Monte Bianco 57 rooms from $353

      Courmayeur (Pre'-saint-didier)

      A lovely boutique hotel nestled amongst mountains with views of the Mont Blanc peak. Rooms maintain a traditional Alpine style with wood furniture and balconies. A well known spa, hot tub and two restaurants add to the appeal. Surrounded by gardens and with a good spa.

      Honeymoons  -  Come rejuvenate yourselves at the hotel surrounded by beautiful landscapes and therapies available on site.
      Total relaxation  -  Stunning scenery, a hot tub, access to the best slopes and an inviting spa promise pure bliss.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
      Full of character
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    • Locanda la Brenva 10 rooms from $137

      Courmayeur (Frazione Entreves)

      A charming alpine property boasting lovely mountain views. Characterful rooms are traditional in style with pine furniture, exposed beams and parquet flooring. Superb contemporary regional cuisine is served in the cosy restaurant. Easy access to activities in the surround mountains. Alpine bliss.

      Skiing  -  Just a short walk from the Val Veny cable cars and Mont Blanc cable car for cross-country skiers.
      Active Holiday  -  Easy access to numerous alpine activities.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the the bell tower, the church of Notre Dame de la Guerison and the Tower Maquillin within Courmayeur.
      Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    • Hotel Jolanda Sport 32 rooms from $94

      Gressoney-la-Trinite, Aosta Valley

      Charming ski chalet. Cosy rooms have wood panelled walls, colourful furnishings and beamed ceilings. Indoor pool, spa, sauna and ski storage. Excellent menu of typical dishes from Aosta Valley. Welcoming, family friendly

      Families  -  Specialist child ski instructors, indoor pool, large family suites, and spa for the parents
      Full of character
      Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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