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Where to stay in Val d'Isere
Discover the top Val d'Isere places to stay
You've made up your mind – you want to come to Val d'Isere on your next holiday. As you research your trip, you'll discover that there’s more than one town in the area and that they all offer a great selection of chalets, apartments and hotels. Accommodation is one of the biggest expenses when booking a holiday, so you want to make sure that you’ve chosen the right location. Worry not, we’re here to help.
With a global reputation for world-class skiing, Val d'Isère is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. Its high altitude, making it snow-sure both in winter and summer, is largely responsible for its success. There are several towns and villages that come under the umbrella of the brand ‘Val d'Isère’, linked by an efficient and free bus service, as well as an extensive network of lifts. These eight high-altitude villages and hamlets each have their own character.
Five things to consider before deciding where to stay in Val d'Isere
When it coms to booking accommodation in Val d'Isere, there is certainly no shortage of choice, with over 150 catered chalets, more than 30 hotels and countless self-catering apartments you'll find it all here. This guide to the different sections that make up this superb area should help point you in the right direction so that you are situated as close to whatever action you are looking for. But, first things first.
Where should you stay in Val d'Isère?
It depends on the type of holiday you'd like to have. It’s always a good idea to know exactly what you’re looking for: chalet or apartment, party or tranquillity, sporty or relaxed – a holiday in Val d'Isere can offer all of these things. With an impressive assortment of accommodation hot spots, from the lively town of Val d'Isère to the traditional village of Le Crêt, Val d'Isère is full of surprises.
These are some of the things you may want to consider in advance before you pick the place you want to stay in:
- Distance to the pistes: Being able to ski to your door is everyone’s dream – there’s no better feeling than putting your skis on right outside your front door. Val d'Isere and its surrounding area offer a good selection of ski-in and ski-out apartments, chalets and hotels. However, bear in mind that these very sought-after spots are usually more expensive than the places further away from the pistes so, if you want to save some money, you can always rely on the excellent network of free shuttle buses that run around the area and will take you to the foot of the slopes in no time.
- Quiet or bustling: Is après-ski as important (or more important) than the skiing itself? In that case, you’d want to stay as close to the bars and clubs in resort as possible. However, if you’d rather stay in after a day on the slopes and prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the centre, one of the charming villages surrounding Val d'Isere is probably a better choice – and, if you find yourself itching to party, you can always hop on a bus to the centre of Val d'Isere.
- Amenities: Ask yourself what you’ll need around you when holidaying in Val d'Isere. For example, if you’re self-catering, you probably want to be as close to the supermarkets and restaurants as possible, while those staying in catered chalets and hotels may not need to. Having shops, ski and/or bike hire places and cafés around you can be very handy but also quite noisy… you decide exactly what you need!
- Things to do: As with amenities, not everyone will need the same services nearby. For example, families will want to be near the ski schools meeting points to avoid trudging across resort in ski boots carrying yours and your children's skis. Having the local swimming pool and sports centre close by is also a great idea for those coming with little ones, it’ll keep them entertained after a day on the slopes. Or perhaps you need a spa for a good back rub or to soak your sore muscles in a hot tub after a few hours snowboarding.
- Budget: Last but not least, location is key when it comes to saving money. Generally, the closer you get to the slopes and to the resort centre, the steeper the prices will be, while the villages further away from the lifts will usually offer cheaper deals. You may have to sacrifice convenience for budget but worry not, you’ll never be more than 30 minutes away from the world-renowned Val d'Isere pistes thanks to the aforementioned shuttle buses.
Our local team’s top tip: When booking accommodation, take a good look at the photos. You’re going to be spending some time in this space so you may as well feel comfortable in it. It’s not just about whether you prefer a cosy rustic interior or a light and airy open plan space, but also whether the layout and décor fit your needs. Are the rooms big enough? How about the bathrooms? Is there a super-modern, steep staircase your toddler won’t be able to climb? What floor is the apartment on? Is it accessible by a lift? All of this matters when choosing your accommodation and not every town in Val d'Isere will be able to provide all sorts of styles.
Val d’Isere Centre: The heart of the action
A beautiful village with lots to do, Val d'Isère stands at an altitude of 1,850m, making it one of the highest resorts in Europe. The bustling centre is filled with bars, restaurants and shops and has a wonderfully traditional feel to it.
Who should stay in Val d'Isère Centre?
The centre of Val d’Isère is the place to be if you want to stay right at the heart of the action. It offers easy access to ski schools, shopping and, of course, the town’s legendary bars and nightclubs. When it comes to accommodation, a lot of what is on offer is ski-in and ski-out. There really is something for everyone here, ranging from luxury five-star hotels to family-friendly chalets and self-catering apartments.
Le Cret: Charming, traditional village
The old village of Le Crêt is by far the most attractive and traditional part of the resort with lots of architecture built using wood and stone.
Who should stay in Le Crêt?
Le Crêt attracts those looking for quality accommodation in a convenient location with fantastic views over the ski area. While it may be more rustic-looking and less contemporary than other parts of the valley, Le Crêt is by no means less exclusive and the accommodation generally consists of high-end apartments and luxury chalets. It's also just a few minutes walk from Val d’Isère's legendary nightlife.
La Daille: Good value for money
The first village you come to when you make your way up the valley from Bourg St Maurice to Val d'Isère is La Daille.
Who should stay in La Daille?
La Daille is a great choice if you’re looking for a good value yet convenient ski holiday. Situated at the base of the Bellevarde ski area, La Daille has a few bars and restaurants and a huge amount of piste-side accommodation, the majority of which is in high rise apartment residences. It's also quite close to Val d'Isère, just five minutes on the free bus from the centre of town.
Le Joseray, La Legettaz & Le Chatelard: Ski-to door accommodation
Situated five minutes south of Val d’Isère, just outside town, are the hamlets of Le Joseray, La Legettaz and Le Chatelard. Offering great views and a slower pace of life than the centre, these are very popular places to stay.
Who should stay in Le Joseray, Le Legettaz and Le Chatelard?
The main advantage of staying in these areas is their proximity to the Santons piste, which makes most of its accommodation ski-to-the-door. Self-catering apartments are plentiful here but you can also find some luxury chalets in the area. A handful of shops, bars and restaurants complete the offering.
Le Laisinant: Modern & quiet resort
Situated beyond Val d’Isère is the hamlet of Le Laisinant offering yet more ski-to-the door accommodation. Well connected to the centre thanks to the ski buses, Le Laisinant also has very convenient access to the ski area.
Who should stay in Le Laisinant?
While there are very few amenities here, it's a developing area boasting a lot of new builds. This means that Le Laisinant is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for relaxed and modern ski accommodation with convenient access to the pistes.
Le Fornet: Off-piste haven
Beyond Le Laisinant and 5km from the centre of Val d’Isère is the beautiful and peaceful hamlet of Le Fornet.
Who should stay in Le Fornet?
Accommodation in Le Fornet is generally of a high standard and there is a collection of Savoyard style chalets and apartments that are ideally positioned to make the most of some of the best off-piste skiing in the area. Connected to the centre of town by the free bus service, Le Fornet is not far from the nightlife and is a gem of a place to return to at the end of a hard day on the pistes.
Luxury hot spots in Val d'Isere
If you're searching for luxury accommodation in Val d'Isere, you're in luck! One of the swankiest ski areas in the Alps, the resort offers plenty of high-end options, many of which feature private swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and even cinema rooms.
Where are luxury chalets and apartments located in Val d'Isere?
For the ultimate luxury ski holiday, look for a chalet or an apartment in the glamorous village of Le Crêt. The exclusive hamlet of Les Carats, at the base of the slopes of La Face in Val d'Isère centre, is another great option, especially if it's a chalet you're after.
Are there any five-star hotels in Val d'Isere?
Val d'Isère has not one but eight five-star hotels. They're all located in the town centre, near the slopes and the local restaurants, bars and shops. Not that you'd want to leave their premises! They boast stunning spas, gourmet restaurants and cosy but grand bedrooms with plush beds and panoramic mountain views.
Romantic corners in Val d'Isere
High snow-capped peaks, deep luscious forests, white snow-filled fields and cosy wooden chalets with roaring fires – a ski break can be the most romantic of holidays. In Val d'Isere, you’ll be able to make all your fairy-tale escapade dreams come true.
What’s the best place to stay in Val d'Isere for couples?
Val d'Isère centre and the upmarket village of Le Crêt and are ideal for a romantic ski holiday. Picture large, modern ski chalets nestled between the trees where you can relax in the hot tub at the end of a hard day on the pistes and enjoy wonderful panoramic mountain views.
Group accommodation in Val d'Isere
Groups have very specific needs, namely a big enough space and easy access to the slopes and the resort's amenities.
Where in Val d'Isere can you find large apartments and chalets for groups?
All around the Val d'Isère Valley, you'll find chalets and apartments accommodating up to 10 people and more. However, if you want to impress your guests or you want your group of friends to make the most of what Val d'Isère has to offer, staying in the centre is key.
Family-friendly areas in Val d'Isere
When travelling with young children, you ideally want to stay somewhere that has lots of facilities and services nearby so that you don't have to travel long distances to get to the slopes or the restaurants.
What’s the best area for families with children to stay in Val d'Isere?
Quiet, with easy access to the pistes, ski schools and with plenty of things to do off the slopes, the hamlets of Le Crêt, Le Fornet, Le Joseray, La Legettaz and Le Chatelard are perfect for families with little kids. If peace and quiet are not high in your bucket list and you'd rather be close to the resort's hustle and bustle, then Val d'Isère centre is another great option as it offers plenty of things to do to keep the little ones entertained off the slopes.
Cheap accommodation in Val d'Isere
Despite its reputation as a luxury resort, Val d'Isère has a good number of catered chalets and self-catered apartments on offer, many of which are on the affordable end of the spectrum. In general, the further away from the centre you get, the cheaper the prices are.
What’s the cheapest area to stay in Val d'Isere?
La Daille offers good value for money. Only five minutes by bus from Val d'Isère centre and with direct access to the slopes, this village is dominated by tall apartment buildings where it's relatively easy to find a bargain.
Ski-in ski-out accommodation in Val d'Isere
Ski-to-door accommodation is very popular in Val d'Isère, which means that it gets booked out quite quickly. Prices are also usually more expensive than the accommodation a bit further away from the slopes. However, there's no greater feeling than arriving at your doorstep with your skis on, so get on booking as soon as you can if you want to experience it yourself.
Where can you find ski-to-door accommodation in Val d'Isere?
Many chalets and apartments in Val d'Isère offer ski-in and ski-out accommodation. However, the best option is to base yourself in the hamlets of Le Legettaz, Le Joseray or Le Châtelard, where most apartments and chalets can be reached with your skis still on.
Camping & glamping in Val d'Isere
Val d'Isère attracts many people in the summer, coming to the mountains for its world-renowned mountain bike trails and hiking routes. Many of them come with their campervan, motorhome or tent.
Are there any campsites in Val d'Iseère?
Yes, Val d'Isère has one campsite, Les Richardes, open in the summer only. Located only 1km away from the city centre and on the free bus route, it offers toilets and showers, as well as water and electricity. Unfortunately, there are no motorhome areas in Val d'Isère but there's a free waste disposal area where you can also fill up your water tank.