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About Courmayeur

Courmayeur is one of the most traditionally beautiful of all the Aosta Valley’s resorts, an historic town built around two ancient stone churches, and a lamp-lit pedestrianised centre. Expect chalets, nice bars and boutiques, and numerous restaurants - some which look like small chalets. As you can probably imagine, our Gurus’ recommendations for the best places to stay in Courmayeur includes a number of traditional alpine chalets, and a number of super traditional alpine chalets - as well as some more recently built hotels and ski resorts.

Courmayeur has a reputation as the best all round Italian ski resort. Which our Gurus interpret as meaning the best balance of ski runs and piste/ alpine views/ après ski/ history/ sights/ style/ facilities/ and potential for adventure. It’s a lot of pressure, but Courmayeur delivers. It’s an excellent choice for skiers, with its super range of slopes: 41kms of piste and 100kms off piste, and the new Skyway Monte Bianco cable car, which offers some of the best views of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa along its route. And for other winter sports-folks, Courmayeur has some great cross country skiing options, some which become walking or mountain biking trails in the summer months. When you’re not on the mountain there plenty to do too, so our Gurus emphatically suggest the best places to stay in Courmayeur to ski-widows and widowers. Boutiques, fantastic museums, historic sights, there’s plenty to fill a day until après ski time. Courmayeur even has a botanical gardens, the highest in Europe, and extremely impressive. Courmayeur is ideal for foodies too, Heston Blumenthal comes most years to host the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience.

Courmayeur sounds romantic, and it definitely is, but this resort also attracts plenty of families, and our Gurus have recommendations for both couples and families on their list of the best places to stay in Courmayeur. For families Courmayeur’s traditional charm is reassuringly welcoming. And the view inspires all. As does the exhibition of historic climbing equipment in the Duca deli Abruzzi Alpine Museum. Some Italians don’t even come to ski, so even if the resort looks busy the slopes might not be. Courmayer is an easy weekend option from the UK and other European destinations, and an extremely popular choice for Milanese of a Friday afternoon.

The Best Places to Stay in Courmayeur

For the Views

  • The Mont Blanc Hotel Village is in an incredible spot just outside town, overlooked by mountains on all sides, including Mont Blanc. This is a traditional chalet, with a elegantly slanting roof and stone walls. The interiors are traditional too, with the sort of fireplaces usually employed in medieval manor houses, tiled floors, beamed ceilings, and small murals. All of the 40 rooms and suites have incredible views too - some are big enough for families. Outside are gardens that help stock the restaurant, a heated pool and hot tubs. Inside there’s a spa and small gym.
  • The Auberge de la Maison looks every bit the classic image of a ski chalet, complete with a triangle for a roof, many chimneys, plenty of stone, and wooden balconies in neat rows. Its interiors are just as magically traditional, with wood-clad walls, furs, ceramic stoves, and chocolate box mountain views, with Mont Blanc front and centre.

For Traditional Alpine Charm

  • If you're looking for a traditional ski chalet, one with great fur rugs, exposed beams and giant roaring fires, try Au Coeur des Neiges. Accommodation here is spilt between a large chalet, with rooms and suites, and several small private 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.
  • The Locanda la Brenva is a charming, ten room chalet and restaurant, known for its excellent, regional cuisine. Its rooms and suites are all individually decorated, with traditional alpine style and romantic touches - some suites are ideal for families. Its location, just a short walk from the Veny cable car, and the Mont Blanc cable car, is ideal for skiers, but it’s also an excellent spot for alpine activities of all kinds.

For Skiers

  • The Hotel Cresta et Duc is a great choice for skiers, with a great value room rate, simple, unfussy decor, light, airy rooms with wonderful views from private balconies, and it’s just 200metres from the cable car. The rooms range in size, and there are plenty of great family-sized options, and the restaurant has skier-sized portions of hearty mountain food!

For Romantics

  • QC Terme Monte Bianco is a chic chalet in a scenic mountain clearing, offering views of Mont Blanc to the guests staying in its 57 rooms and suites. Here the alpine decor has been softened so that it has a more Scandinavian, contemporary edge, which compliments the beautiful new spa and pool. The hotel has two restaurants and is surrounded by gardens.
  • The Villa Novecento is an elegant hotel, with the perfect Lego-box exterior, and refined, classic interiors from the traditional dining room, through the 26 rooms and suites with their private balconies, to the candlelit spa and hot tub. Our Gurus recommend the rooms with their own wood burning stoves.

For Great Value

  • Bouton d'Or is our Guru’s affordable pick in Courmayeur, a cute chalet hotel with 35 rooms and suites in an excellent range of shapes and sizes, ideal for accommodating families or groups. The decor offers alpine simplicity, with useful bonus features like a shuttle to the Dolonne piste, a spa and sauna, private balconies or gardens for each room, and a generous breakfast spread.

For a Private apartment or villa

  • If you’re looking for a self-catering option browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • There are lots of ways into the Aosta Valley, depending on where you’re starting out from, but the closest airports to Courmayeur are: Geneva Airport, which is about an hour and a half drive, or three and a half hours by bus; Turin Airport, which is about an hour and a half away by road, or about four hours by bus; Milan Malpensa, which is about two hours away by car, or three by bus. If you’re travelling by train, you will probably arrive via Geneva, Turin or Basel? But there are plenty of options overland.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • If you’re coming to ski, the ski season runs between about late November until about the end of April. The rule usually holds that the higher up resorts are the most snow sure, but check with the hotel you’re planning to stay in for information about early and late skiing. If you’re visiting Courmayeur to hike, or mountain bike, most people plan for the late spring and early summer, to avoid too much snow, while maximising the fresh, alpine beauty.

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Best Hotels in Courmayeur

  • Bouton d'Or Courmayeur 35 rooms from £69

    Skiing  -  Free shuttle to the Dolonne piste
    Views  -  Beautiful valley views.
    Value chic
    Active Holiday
    SpaGardenViewsParking

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Cresta et Duc Courmayeur 42 rooms from £87

    Skiing  -  Just 200m from the main cable car
    Value chic
    Families
    Active Holiday
    SpaRestaurantGardenViews

    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. See More

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  • Villa Novecento Courmayeur 26 rooms from £95

    Skiing  -  Free shuttle bus to and from the cable car
    Active Holiday
    Views  -  Great views over Mont Blanc
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    SpaRestaurantGardenViews

    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. See More

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  • Auberge de la Maison Courmayeur 23 rooms from £103

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Active Holiday
    Skiing
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    SpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

    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. See More

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  • Locanda la Brenva Courmayeur (Frazione Entreves) 10 rooms from £104

    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.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessViews

    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. See More

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  • Au Coeur des Neiges Courmayeur 3 rooms from £174

    Skiing  -  2 min walk to the cable car
    Hills & mountains
    Families
    Groups
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolViewsParking

    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. See More

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  • QC Terme Monte Bianco Courmayeur (Pre'-saint-didier) 57 rooms from £268

    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
    SpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    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. See More

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  • Mont Blanc Hotel Village Courmayeur (La Salle) 40 rooms from £338

    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.
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    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 hot tub and an inviting spa all add to the charm. See More

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