Whether you are after high altitude and remote, a luxury pad with Michelin-star restaurant or family friendly and affordable, check out our pick of the best ski hotels in France.
If you haven’t booked your ski accommodation yet, take a look at our selection of the best ski hotels in France. We’ve tried to cover all budgets and feature some of the UK’s best loved ski resorts in the French Alps. From luxury chalets to simple apartments, whatever you’re searching for we have compiled some of the best ski hotels in France.
Best ski hotels in France
Five-star fairytale snow palace with luxurious spa and three restaurants
Five-star Airelles is built in the style of a 19th century Austro-Hungarian castle. This fairytale snow palace is located in the luxurious ski resort of Courchevel 1850 in the mighty 3 Vallees ski area. The ski-in/ski-out hotel has guestrooms, suites, apartments and cottages – all of which are sumptuously decorated.
The spa offers the ultimate pampering experience complete with a stunning snow cave, bubbling waterfalls, sensorial showers, hammam, hot tub, relaxation room and the azure pool. There’s also a gym, hair salon, two bars and three high-altitude restaurants specialising in traditional Savoyard and Japanese cuisine.
This stylish hotel is a hit with families too: family suites have interconnecting rooms and the property offers a daily kids’ programme, an indoor kids’ club with arcade, playhouse, cinema room with Playstation and an outdoor heated tree house and ice rink.
Huge spa, alpine golf course and restaurant with Michelin-star tasting menu
This elegant, upmarket hotels offers ski-in/ski-out with fine dining and an outdoor/indoor pool. Just a few minutes away from the village centre, this modern chalet is home to the region’s largest spa and an alpine golf course with stunning views.
Rooms and suites are decorated in a cool, contemporary design with panoramic views. La Dame de Pic – Le 1920 restaurant offers a Michelin-star tasting menu. Or for something more private, the hotel offers elevated luxury in its own mountain top hideaway: Suite Ideal is the highest accommodation in Megeve and has views of Mont Blanc and a tailored dinner prepared by the chef.
Highest hotel in the French Alps ideal for powderhounds
Nestled at 2551m, ski-in/ski-out Le Refuge scoops the title for the highest hotel in the French Alps. It tops our ‘best ski hotels in France’ list due to its secluded location. Le Refuge is ideal for powder-hungry skiers who yearn for seclusion.
Le Refuge offers 16 stylishly rustic rooms and two restaurants – one with sun terrace and the other with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the mountaintops. It has spectacular views especially at night when visitors can enjoy the clear starry skies.
The wellness area has a 25m indoor pool facing the snow-capped mountains. It also has two hot tubs, an outdoor sauna and four treatment rooms. The chic Refuge boutique offers renowned international brands and ski wear for all ages.
Crackling fireplaces and rooftop cocktails
The Grand Hotel du Soleil is the oldest hotel in the heart of Megeve. Curl up in front of the fire in the library with a chocolat chaud; take a dip in the pool which looks directly onto the snowy forest; or don your finest furry hat and head up to the rooftop cocktail bar to enjoy the mountain views.
This beautifully decorated hotel combines grandeur with traditional alpine touches: crackling fireplaces, furry blankets draped over sofas and even an in-house chocolate factory (chocolaterie). But it is also complete with modern luxuries, like a natural mineral spa with a waterfall pool, sauna, steam room and luxurious treatments. The Savoyard restaurant serves traditional favourites with a modern twist and even has its own authentic aging cellar.
Family hotel with complimentary water park
Ski-in/ski-out L’Ecrin Blanc isn’t just a family-friendly hotel, it’s a family’s dream! Its 127 stylish rooms can sleep up to eight people and there’s a complimentary kids’ club. But the real reason it’s on our ‘best ski hotels in France’ list is the but the private tunnel to the Aquamotion water park.
The water park is free of charge to guests of L’Ecrin Blanc of course! Here you’ll find no less than nine pools and a wellness centre for parents to grab some ‘me time’. The three restaurants serve up delicious family favourites and the 300-square-metre south-facing terrace is perfect for a spot of lunch.
Scandinavian hotel with family suites and balconies overlooking the slopes
The south-facing family suites overlook the nursery slope. Parents could even enjoy an aperitif on their balcony while watching the kids in ski school. In the morning, there’s no lugging skis with the family through the village to the ski lifts, instead the chairlifts are just a snowball’s throw from the front door!
Decorated in contemporary Scandinavian style, each of the 39 suites offers panoramic views of the mountains and village. Afternoon activities include the luxurious spa complete with personalised treatments, and a playroom for children.
Contemporary alpine hotel in the heart of Chamonix
This MGM five-star hotel is a cosy, elegant residence located right in the heart of Chamonix. Its 51 apartments are adorned in contemporary mountain design and the bar is complete with a roaring log fire. It’s simple and slightly more affordable than some on this list. Spend afternoons at the wellness centre where you’ll find a children’s pool, hot tub, hammam, sauna, gym, and treatment rooms.
Simple, modern residence for a family of six
This three-bedroom, two-bathroom family apartment spans 81 square metres and can sleep up to six guests. This apartment has a double bedroom, twin room and third bedroom with bunk beds. The living room has a TV, beautiful fireplace and fully equipped kitchen and sunny balcony. The residence comes with complimentary parking space in the private car park, ski locker and Wi-Fi access. Situated on the second floor of the Annapurna Residence, guests can enjoy the onsite facilities, including restaurant and wine bar, wellness area with swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, and ski shop.
What are some popular places to stay in and around French Alps?
Some of the most popular ski resorts in the French Alps belong to the huge lift-linked ski areas like Les 3 Vallees, Paradiski, Portes du Soleil and Espace Killy. Top resorts include Tignes, Val d’Isere, Chamonix, Val Thorens, Courchevel, Megeve, Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets.
Where do rich people ski in France?
The rich and famous flock to France’s high-end ski resorts, such as Courchevel, Chamonix, Val Thorens, Meribel and Megeve. Not only do these resorts offer some of the best skiing in the world, but the villages are lined with chic boutiques, coffee shops and fine dining restaurants.
What hotels in French Alps are good for couples?
If you’re after a romantic getaway in the French Alps, here are some of our favourite hotels for couples: Le Chabichou in Courchevel is a luxury traditional chalet with cozy rooms and a wellness centre; La Sivoliere in Les Carroz d’Araches is a charming bed and breakfast with breathtaking views of Mont Blanc; and Chalet Le Caprice is a boutique hotel in the pretty village of Megeve is set on a 200-acre estate with gourmet restaurant.
What is the price for ski hotels in France?
Ski hotels in France can vary widely, but can be anywhere between €100 for a simple apartment in a lesser known resort to thousands a night for a luxury chalet in a big-name resort.
Which ski hotels in France have rooms with a private balcony?
For private balconies, opt for slope-side lodging as this will give you the some of the best view of the mountains. Ski hotels with private balconies can be found across the French Alps.
Which ski hotels in France have rooms with great views?
Well, there are many French ski hotels with awesome views, but here are a few of our favourites: Le Refuge in Val d’Isere; Hotel Taj-I Mah in Les Arcs; Alpatura in Val Thorens; Le Kaila in Meribel; L’Helios & Spa in Meribel and Hotel des Trois Vallees in Courchevel.
Which ski hotels in France are good for families?
There are so many family-friendly ski hotels in France but a few of our favourites include L’Amara Apartments in Avoriaz, Residence Alpen Lodge Apartments in La Rosiere, Chalet Le Cedre Blanc in Meribel, Montsoleil Terrasses d’Helios Apartments in Flaine, Residence White Pearl in La Plagne, Grande Corniche in Les Gets and Hotel Daria-I Nor in Alpe d’Huez.
Do any ski hotels in France have a casino?
Yes, there is the Casino Chamonix; Le Stelsia Casino in Megeve; and Casino 3 Vallees in Brides-les-Bains. For more information on casinos in the Alps, read our article “Casinos in the Alps; bet on them for fun ski holidays.”
Which ski hotels in France allow pets?
A few of the pet-friendly hotels in the French Alps include Hotel de la Loze in Courchevel, Les Clarines in Les Menuires, Chalet Altitude in Val Thorens, Edenarc in Les Arcs, Cristal de l’Alpe in Alpe d’Huez and Hotel le Savoyarde in Val d’Isere.