Le Portetta

Courchevel 1650, French Alps, France Book from

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A chic family-friendly ski hotel with the sunniest terrace in the Trois Vallées, plus luxurious mountain lodges for 2-14
The Trois Vallées’ reputation as the world's largest linked ski area has long attracted the rich and famous, but beyond the glitz and glamour it's also home to a surprisingly affordable option - Courchevel 1650 (also known as Moriond), the least flashy of the local resort towns. It offers access to the same great skiing as its better-known neighbour Courchevel 1850, and stunning chalet-style hotel Le Portetta has nailed the prime piste-side position, just a stone’s throw from the children’s ski school. Run by the owners of Lime Wood and The Pig, it caters to couples, friends and families alike, with 38 rooms, 6 penthouse lofts sleeping up to 6, and 4 spoiling mountain lodges for 2-14.

Interiors throughout have been designed to the highest standard, with large open fireplaces and elegant furnishings - think alpine-chic with a warm, laid-back vibe. Modern Italian cuisine is served in the restaurant, and the top-notch ski room and shop have equipment covered - staff will even warm your boots for you! Throw in a lavish spa, a well-equipped gym and an alfresco bar with the sunniest terrace around, and you have all the style and panache you’d expect from the Trois Vallées, without the hefty price tag. We have yet to visit, but we know we’re in for a treat when we do.


  • A ski-in, ski-out hotel - you can head straight onto virgin snow
  • Courchevel 1650’s predominantly blue and green runs are wider, longer and less crowded than others in the Trois Vallées - ideal for beginners and children
  • Accommodation to suit everyone: double rooms, family rooms with bunk beds, lofts and lodges with 2-6 bedrooms, and a romantic cabin for 2
  • Flexible meal arrangements, too - rates for hotel rooms include breakfast and dinner, guests in the lofts and lodges can self-cater some meals, and the lodges have visiting chefs
  • The south-facing terrace - the perfect spot to relax around a firepit with some vin chaud


  • The hotel's main focus is skiing, so it's closed April-December. However, the lodges are available in July and August
  • There’s a strict 7-night minimum stay, with Saturday-Saturday bookings only
  • Courchevel 1650's nightlife is rather low-key, but the swish bars of Courchevel 1850 are only 10 minutes away by lift
  • The nearest slopes may be too gentle for some, but you can ski off-piste and passes also cover the higher, more challenging runs of Courchevel 1850, Val Thorens and Méribel
  • Rooms vary in size, with some on the snug side. It’s worth paying extra for the piste-view options, which have balconies

Best time to go

The hotel is open from December to late April; the lodges also open briefly in July and August for those seeking a summer base. Courchevel 1650 is popular throughout the ski season, but New Year and the February school holidays are particularly busy. For good off-piste skiing, early spring usually brings great snow in the Vallée des Avals.

Our top tips

Don’t forget to bring snow chains if driving to Le Portetta. You may be stopped by the authorities if you travel without them.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Chalet Hotel
  • 38 rooms + 6 lofts + 4 lodges
  • Half-board (self-catering or meal plans in lofts and lodges)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 21 Oct 2016 - 11 Dec 2016
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
Room: Piste View Family Room


There are 38 rooms and 6 penthouse lofts in the main hotel, plus 4 lodges perched on the Belvedere slope above town.

The rooms come with piste or valley views; the former are the ones to choose if you can, as they have private balconies. The oak interiors bring a rustic touch, creating a stylish yet cosy feel. You’ll find wooden beams, Chesterfield chairs with tartan cushions, and Fair-Isle blankets to snuggle under. The beds are large (sometimes at the expense of space, but welcome after a day on the slopes) and dressed in white Egyptian cottons, fluffy duvets and warm faux-fur throws. Bathrooms come with tubs and/or rain showers, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries, and all rooms have flat-screen TVs, daily newspaper delivery, safes and minibars. Family Rooms sleep 4-5 in a large bedroom, a sitting area with a sofabed and a separate room with bunk beds.

Spread over the top 2 floors of the hotel, the apartment-like lofts are ideal for larger families and anyone who needs more space. Each has an open-plan living and dining room with a log fire, a well-equipped kitchen with a Nespresso machine, accommodation for 3-6 in 2-3 bedrooms plus sofabeds, and various bathrooms (some ensuite, and some with tubs).

For the ultimate splurge and a truly blissed-out location, book one of the private ski-in, ski-out lodges. Marmotte, Blanchot and Chamois have 4, 5 and 8 bedrooms respectively, so they can sleep groups of 8-14; Petite Marmotte is a secluded hideaway for 2 that’s ideal for honeymooners. All have living and dining spaces, wood-burning fires, full kitchens, slick bathrooms, and the services of a chalet manager, housekeeper, chauffeur and visiting chef. The larger trio also boast saunas, scented boot rooms and outdoor hot tubs - mountain-chic doesn’t get any better. Unlike the main hotel, the lodges open for a limited time during summer (July and August), so they're a good option if you want a luxurious base for hiking and biking.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player (on request)
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Menus in the hotel’s rustic-chic Cucina Angelina restaurant change daily and offer 'Italian influenced mountain food'. Breakfast is a hearty buffet of pastries, granola, yoghurt and fresh fruits, along with cooked dishes such as scrambled or poached eggs, sausages, bacon, smoked salmon and omelettes - just the ticket for a day on the slopes.

For lunch and dinner, the extensive menu of Italian classics and Savoyard specialities might include risotto Milanese, bruschetta with mushroom garlic and mascarpone, beef ragout or whole roast chicken from the grill, followed by tiramisu, pannacotta and chocolate and almond torte. A children’s menu is also on offer, but parents who fancy dining à deux can make use of the babysitting service.

For après ski the atmosphere at the alfresco bar, Fire & Ice, on the south-facing terrace can’t be beaten: flaming torches, heated seats, firepits. The view is beautiful, so grab a vin chaud or a shot of Kahlua and Grey Goose vodka, and snuggle under a faux-fur blanket to watch the sun dip behind the mountains.

Rates for hotel rooms include breakfast and dinner (you can upgrade to full board on request), while guests in the lofts can choose between B&B, half-board and full-board options. Book a lodge and a private chef from Courchevel 1850’s Michelin-starred Hotel Le Chabichou will visit every morning to prepare breakfast; you can also request all-inclusive packages with lunch and dinner. The lofts and lodges all have full kitchens if you fancy self-catering some meals, and there are plenty of options for eating out nearby.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Various meal plans for rooms and lofts
  • Visiting chef in lodges
Eating: Cucina Angelina


  • Pick up your heated boots from the ski room and head straight out onto the pistes. Trois Vallées ski passes cover Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1850, Méribel, Mottaret and Val Thorens; family passes are also available. Lifts link the various slopes
  • Brush up your ski skills with a group or private lesson at one of the area's top 2 ski schools - ESF and New Generation, both on the doorstep. The hotel is happy to recommend instructors. You can also book a guide to take you off-piste for more challenging runs
  • After a day on the slopes, peel off your layers and ease aching limbs in the hotel’s spa, which has a sauna, a candlelit hammam and a range of treatments
  • Chill out by a roaring firepit on the terrace whilst sipping ice shots or wine from the Fire & Ice bar. Happy Hour is 4-6pm
  • Take a break from skiing and give dog-sledding, tobogganing, ice skating or paragliding a try. Reception can organise various activities in the area
  • Grab your camera and board a pleasure flight from Courchevel altiport to get a bird’s eye view of some of the best mountain vistas in Europe
  • If you're here in July and August (lodges only), you can hike or bike in the surrounding meadows and woodland, or try your hand at archery, kayaking, zip-wiring and golf (all available in town or nearby; staff can advise)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Dog-sledding, tobogganing and ice skating
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Scenic flights
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing


This is a great option for family ski holidays and children of all ages are very welcome. The accommodation is flexible and well thought-out, the atmosphere is laid-back, and the gentle blue and green runs of Courchevel 1650 (officially designated as a family-friendly resort) are ideal for young kids. There’s also a children’s ski school opposite the hotel.

Sadly the hotel’s kids’ club is reserved for guests booking through certain package-tour operators, but the family focus means there are plenty of other kids for your little ones to befriend.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Family Rooms can accommodate 4-5 in a double bedroom, a separate bunk room and a sofabed. Bigger families can book the lofts, which sleep 3-6 in 2 or 3 bedrooms plus sofabeds. The 3 larger lodges, Marmotte, Blanchot and Chamois, are ideal for groups and extended families, with 4, 5 and 8 bedrooms respectively; they also open in July and August for those wanting a summer Alpine base. See Rates for full details of bedroom configurations in the various lofts and lodges.


The hotel operates a babysitting service - just enquire at reception.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The restaurant has a kids’ menu, and the brasserie serves plenty of child-friendly options, including wood-fired pizzas. The lofts and lodges have full kitchens, so you can prepare meals and snacks.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Children’s games and DVDs

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Skiing
  • Children’s ski school
  • Tobogganing
  • Dog-sledding
  • Ice skating
  • Mountain biking, kayaking, archery and zip-wiring (summer only)


  • Airport: 1-2 hours' drive (Chambéry, Annecy, Grenoble or Geneva)
  • Shop, including a pharmacy: 2 minutes' walk
  • Hospital: 30 minutes' drive (Moutiers)
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