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If your ski resort dream includes an Alpine backdrop appropriate for a muesli box, and a pedestrianised old stone village centre, then Courmayeur is for you. Everywhere you look it's charming. From the soft glow of old street lamps to the blazing fires within the chalets, enticing you in for some of the valley's liveliest après-ski. Accommodation wise the best places to stay in Courmayeur range from the budget Bouton d'Or to the luxurious Au Coeur des Neiges chalet complex.
As well as the 41kms of piste and 100kms off piste Courmayeur has some great cross country skiing options. Some of which become walking or mountain biking trails in the summer months.
Until 1965 when a tunnel between Chamonix and Courmayer was opened, this was an Alpine spa town. Which is probably why Courmayeur looks so different to some of the more purpose built ski resorts. But now the après-ski is fantastic - especially for skiiers who love great food! Heston Blumenthal comes most years to host the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience. In fact lots of Italians aren’t actually here to ski at all, 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.
What not to Miss
- Just 5kms from town, the Thermal Baths of Pré-Saint-Didier are a year-round attraction, wonderfully relaxing with spectacular views of Mont Blanc.
- If you like to mix a bit of sightseeing and culture into your skiing holiday, visit the Museo Alpino Duca deli Abruzzi and find out about the region's dramatic history.
The Best Places to Stay in Courmayeur
The majority of Courmayeur's runs are beginner or intermediate level, but this is also a great base for experienced skiers who want to ski the rest of the Chamonix Valley and the exhilarating Vallée Blanche.
- If you're looking for a traditional ski chalet, one with great fur rugs, exposed beams and giant roaring fires, one of the best places to stay in Courmayeur is 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 some of the chalets are like homes from home. The spa and restaurant both have excellent reputations and you're only two minutes from the cable car.
- Villa Novecento 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 - but in chintzy patterns.
- Locanda La Brenva is a charming alpine property with spectacular mountain views and ten characterful rooms: think exposed beams and wood floors. The restaurant serves contemporary regional cuisine.
- Nestled into the mountains with views of Mont Blanc’s peak, QC Terme Monte Bianco is a beautiful boutique hotel with a traditional, alpine flavour and 57 rooms - most with balconies. The hotel also has a well-known spa and hot tubs and two restaurants.
- The Mont Blanc Hotel Village is in La Salle, at the foot of Mont Blanc and is a wonderfully traditional hotel with plenty of wood and stone detailing. There are 40 rooms - all with spectacular views - and a good restaurant priding itself on its local sourcing. There’s also a heated pool and jacuzzi and a spa.
- If you're on a budget book the Bouton d'Or. Simple and cute, this hotel has views worth a lot more than the £70-odd per night the rates start from.
- The Hotel La Granges is a traditional property, with plenty of charm and wonderful rural views (when they’re not covered in snow). There are 12 simple rooms and an atmospheric restaurant serving exceptional regional cuisine.
Courmayeur in Summer
With around 280kms of mapped walking or biking trails, Courmayeur is an excellent summer sports destination. There's also a golf course with spectacular views, birdwatching and kayaking.
- One of the best places to stay in Courmayeur in any season, the Auberge de la Maison is a chic, sloping roofed chalet in a hamlet just outside town with stunning 360 degree views. Its quiet location makes it a great destination for birdwatching.
- The Hotel Cresta et Duc is a more contemporary option. The decor in the rooms is white and pine, so there's a feeling of clean simplicity. Just off the Via Roma, this is also an excellent choice if you want to be right in the heart of town.
For an Apartment
- If you’d prefer to stay in a self catering apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.
- Turin Airport, Geneva Airport and Milan Malpensa airports are closest to Courmayeur. Geneva is around 110kms - via the Mont Blanc tunnel, Turin is around 150kms away and Milan around 215kms. If you’re travelling from within Italy it’s possible to catch the train to Pré-Saint-Didier via Milan. Or you can come via France and Chamonix.
- If you want to hire a car - which many people opt for to get from the airport to Courmayeur - we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- If you’re here to ski the best time to visit Courmayeur is during the ski season, which runs from mid-December to about the end of April. But if you’re here to enjoy the beauty of the mountains then spring and summer are perfect.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Courmayeur for you?
Best Hotels in Courmayeur
Bouton d'Or 35 rooms from $91Courmayeur
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 pisteViews - Beautiful valley views.Active HolidayGroups
Hotel Cresta et Duc 42 rooms from $114Courmayeur
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 carActive HolidayValue chicFamilies
Villa Novecento 26 rooms from $126Courmayeur
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 carActive HolidayViews - Great views over Mont BlancRomantic - Good for couples.
Auberge de la Maison 23 rooms from $136Courmayeur
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 HolidaySkiingViews - Great views from hotelBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
Locanda la Brenva 10 rooms from $137Courmayeur (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
Au Coeur des Neiges 3 rooms from $229Courmayeur
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 carHills & mountainsActive HolidayGroups
QC Terme Monte Bianco 57 rooms from $353Courmayeur (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 hotelFull of character
Mont Blanc Hotel Village 40 rooms from $446Courmayeur (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