What We Love
- A revamped retreat in the French Alps, with breakfast, optional dinner and discounted ski rentalsSki-in, ski-out convenience, at Courchevel’s highest hotel
- Your choice of a double or family room
- The buzzing, scenic terrace, with some of the resort’s best après-ski action
- Soothing soaks in the hotel’s outdoor hot tub
What To Know
- The hotel has a ski shop where you can rent equipment for a reasonable price
- The hotel entrance is a little odd; getting to reception involves an underground garage, an elevator and a long ramp
- WiFi can be extremely slow – head to the lobby if you really need something to load
The trails are quite literally on your doorstep at Courcheneige Hotel. This 86-room chalet-style hotel overlooks the world-famous Alpine resort of Courchevel, with snow-capped mountains rising all around. Spirits soar even further upon checking in, thanks to a stylish refurbishment carried out in 2016. Get your equipment fitted at the in-house ski shop before exploring one of the world’s biggest ski areas: Les Trois Vallées.
When you’ve had your fill of pistes and powder for the day, slip straight in to the modern ski room, leave your boots to dry out, and head for some après-ski fun on the panoramic terrace. There’s nothing more soothing than a soak in a hot tub after several hours of winter sports, and thankfully, Courcheneige has a large wooden Jacuzzi bubbling among the trees, as well as a new spa room offering muscle-soothing massages.
As night falls over the Alpine backdrop, sink into cozy tartan sofas and sheepskins by the bar’s crackling fire, while an expert mixologist – one of many great new additions at the hotel – blends you a cockle-warming concoction, or feast on wood-fired pizzas in the restaurant.
The recently redecorated rooms put a cool twist on classic Alpine style, with plenty of timber, woven fabrics and subtle lighting. New flat-screen TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi also bring them up to date. Double rooms are perfect for two, while Family rooms can accommodate up to four.
Now going by the name Le Rendez-Vous, Courcheneige Hotel’s restaurant and enormous terrace enjoy wonderful across Bellecote piste. Skiers across the resort flock to the terrace for après-ski action, sipping a vin chaud while soaking up the sun. At the Brasserie and Grill, you can dine on a fusion of traditional Alpine food and Mediterranean grill, while a pizzeria serves up authentic Napoletana pizzas fresh from a wood-fired oven.
France’s beautiful Alpine region has no shortage of great winter resorts, but Courchevel remains one of the most fashionable and impressive. As part of Trois Vallées, it forms one of the world’s largest ski areas, spanning 14 separate settlements, 372 miles of marked pistes, 200 lifts, 1,300 snow guns and 1,100 ski instructors. In addition to skiing, there are lots of other winter sports to try, too: hang-gliding, helicopter tours, ice climbing, sledging and tobogganing are all possible here. The resort itself boasts great shopping and dining destinations; you can reach these on foot in 15 minutes, or hop on the complimentary shuttle bus.
How to Get There
The location of the hotel is superb in that it's actually on the slope, although if you want to travel to 1850 you'll want to get the provided shuttle.
The public areas of the hotel are plush and cosy. The restaurant, whilst not high end food, is enjoyable with a decent evening menu and breakfast. We often eat here when we are not staying in the hotel. The staff are lovely and attentive.
The top floor rooms are dated and need renovation, they are not uncomfortable but are quite a way from the spec you see on the ground floor lobby and bar.
This area of Courchevel is expensive, but I think given the rooms and the corridors leading up to them the Courcheneige are asking too high a price.
I visited the hotel with a couple of friends who had stayed at the courcheneige on several occasions under a previous owner.very well located on the bellacote run and a super boot room . The staff even did my boots up! We were slightly disappointed in the evening meals. Veal 3 nights and quite fussy probably better to have a simple option. The food was suitable for me but not for my friends. We were on a half board package and were shocked to be charged for coffee after dinner. There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room.
Steve in the restaurant was a star and made the dinners more enjoyable.
We recently stayed in a family style suite that had a connecting door and actually was like a 3 bedroom house... our master bedroom was perfect with the most amazing views overlooking the resort and mountains, then we had a two bedroom area for our little 1 and 3 year olds, and there was even a small bedroom that connected behind that for another bed. The staff was amazing at all times, helping us with our little ones and even at the restaurant and breakfast, we always had assistance with very nice high chairs and extra help getting us settled. .
This was particularly helpful when visiting the ski shop which is connected to the hotel where you can rent all your skis and equipment etc necessary for the entire family. They even place your skis outside and put your boots on for you!! I've never seen service quite like this - it made skiing with a family feel like a holiday as they took away all the stressful side!! Hope you enjoy as much as we did and we plan to come back every year. Most importantly, we were surprised how close the hotel is to all of the action of 1850. Not only can you literally ski and in out from the hotel lobby, restaurants or ski shop, but you can purchase lift tickets, rent your skis, find photographers and ski instructors all right at your doorstep. Meanwhile you're at the best location of Courchevel with ski lifts right there and it's almost just as fun watching all the skiers cruise by from your room or restaurant.
The onsite restaurant was impeccable and service was extraordinary. The kitchen even has a new special wood fired pizza oven where they make the best pizza on the slopes and arrives very fast after ordering. The evening dining was perfect with a very nice menu with new specials every night so we didn't even have to leave the hotel. After skiing a whole day this really appealed to our family and made our trip so easy and relaxing.
We actually were looking forward to the apres ski events after fun on the slopes. The outdoor dining was perfect in the sun for late lunches and then all the fireplaces around the bar offered plenty of places to sit with big groups or families -- and beyond comfortable with brand new leather sofas and lounges and blankets. We can't wait to return!! Viktoria and family
Such a lovely boutique hotel. Amazing views right at the top of 1850. Two bars on the terrace. Perfect place when the sun is out. Can’t wait to return. People were so friendly, the food was out of this world. You will surely be pampered.
We stayed at the Courcehneige for 7 nights. The hotel is located about 1.5 miles by road from the main 1850 town centre and there isn't much close to the hotel itself. However this doesn't really matter because you are right on the Bellecote green slope, you can ski down to the croisette in minutes and the hotel has a free shuttle that runs regularly, throughout the day.
In addition, the hotel will happily drive you to other hotels/restaurants in the area - the reception team really can't do enough to help you. Antoine in particular is a real star.
We had room 106 which has a double balcony and looks out over the slope. A great room we would definitely book again.
The restaurant is really good - we booked half board - the breakfast buffet has a good selection (though I'd like to be able to also order bespoke dishes, like omlettes, or eggs benedict) and the evening meals were really delicious.
The hotel has its combined own ski shop and boot room which makes it very easy to hire skis/boots and they then have your boots ready for you each morning and put your skis out on the slope ready for you.
They say that there is a pool, but we never found it and the hotel doesn't push the spa facilities (one day I quite fancied a massage but there is no information in your room about what's available/how to book).
The car park is underground - it's a bit of trek through corridors and stairways from reception to the car park but how often do you want to go to your car on a skiing holiday?
Overall a great stay and we'll be booking again for next year!