French ski resorts have a first-rate mix of hotels and apartments across every budget and style, but which to choose?
Hotels often have bars, swimming pools and spas on site, so you can wind down in your own way after a day on the slopes. Couples and small groups will have all the space they need in a twin or triple room. And most hotels are half board, so your breakfast and evening meal are included, and you can still sample the local restaurants at lunchtime.
Or go for a self-catering apartment. Perfect for families and groups, they often have separate bedrooms and living rooms so everyone gets a bit more space. Having a kitchenette keeps mealtimes flexible – you can cook for yourselves, or eat out whenever you want. And you can save your spending money by staying in in the evenings to swap ski stories or play board games. Lots of French apartment complexes now have pools and restaurants too.
Still not sure? Here are some of our favourite French hotels and apartments to help you pick.
Hotel L’Aiguille Rouge, Les Arcs
L’Aiguille Rouge is all about the location – you’ve got ski-in, ski-out access so you can swoosh straight to the lifts. The simple rooms all have a balcony and can sleep two or three people, perfect for couples or friends. Half board meals are served buffet style – and your evening meal includes wine.
Hotel La Brunerie, Les Deux Alpes
La Brunerie is a modern option that’s great for families. Our Crystal Childcare will keep the little ones entertained while Mum and Dad hit the slopes – which are a 5-minute walk away. You can all have a splash around in the indoor pool, before heading to the restaurant for a mix of Alpine and French favourites. The bar even offers a special menu of kid-friendly drinks.
Hotel Le Val Thorens, Val Thorens
If you’re looking to treat yourself, head to the Hotel Le Val Thorens – a contemporary pick with ski-in, ski-out access and a stylish indoor pool and spa. Rooms carry on the high-quality theme and can sleep two adults. For your evening meal, choose between the hotel’s two restaurants, with traditional French fare at Le Val Thorens restaurant or local specialities at La Fondue.
Grand Bois Apartments, La Tania
Looking for great-value, fuss-free accommodation? The Grand Bois Apartments might be for you. Choose from four apartment types, sleeping up to six people – and they’ve all got separate bedrooms and living rooms so everyone gets some privacy. The kitchenettes have the essentials – a microwave, hob, fridge and dishwasher. It’s just a couple of minutes’ walk to the main lifts too.
Arc 1950 Le Village Apartments, Les Arcs
Get the best of both worlds at the ski-in, ski-out Village Apartments. The complex has an outdoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room to help you unwind at the end of the day – plus restaurants, bars and shops all in the village. Sleeping up to ten people, the apartments are spread over seven buildings, and all have a high-quality, homey feel. To make mealtimes easier, upgrade to B&B or half board and eat in a nearby restaurant.
Les Crozats Apartments, Avoriaz
If you prefer a more modern look, go for Les Crozats Apartments. Decorated with light wood and warm colours, they’ve got separate bedrooms and living rooms and can sleep up to seven people. The kitchenettes come with a microwave, hobs, fridge and dishwasher – and you can choose to get fresh bread and pastries delivered each morning. The lifts are a couple of minutes’ walk away, and you can ski almost back to the door.
Ready to choose your mountain home? Start planning your next ski trip to France.