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
We had a weeks skiing holiday at this perfectly located Hotel. The service, food and atmosphere could not have been better. Full marks to the management team. The ski and boot rental shop on the hotel premises was also of the highest standard.
You are able to ski directly into the hotel and out. The good Wifi connection was available throughout the hotel.
The Courcheneige Hotel was way better than our expectations. Good rooms, restaurant, service and a ski equipment room. The hotel is away from the crowds and yet right on a green slope where you can just step out and start skiing. The staff was very nice and helpful. Breakfasts were amazing ! The hot wine after skiing was a great treat... the only thing we missed is an indoor hot tub, although they do have an outdoor one.
Sun deck has been improved with the Waikiki bar. Great place to stop off for a beer or vin chaud either outside or inside by the fire.
They do lunch outside or inside and have a quick service snack bar underneath the hotel on the piste down to la Croisette.