“A chic family-friendly ski hotel with the sunniest terrace in the Trois Vallées, plus luxurious mountain lodges for 2-14”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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.