An independent guide to Val Thorens
There's a wide range of accommodation in Val Thorens, for most budgets. Many of the hotels are excellent, including four 5-stars. Self-catering accommodation is available, in professionally-run résidences, or through agencies that rent out privately-owned apartments. The tourist office also has a list of private owners you can contact directly. Tour operators offer catered chalets. Wherever you stay, you can ski or board near enough to the front door of your Val Thorens accommodation.
This Val Thorens accommodation guide covers hotels, self-catering, and catered chalets.
There are lots of great hotels in Val Thorens. Our Val Thorens hotels guide has information about every hotel in resort, plus a location map. The trend in recent years has been to luxury hotels, with all four of the resort's 5-star hotels opening for business since 2011.
The Fitz Roy is one of the longest-established hotels in Val Thorens, right in the centre of resort, in the place Caron. It upgraded from 4 to 5-star in summer 2013. Its competition includes the luxury Altapura (new in 2011/12 season, pictured above), towards the bottom of the resort, by the Plein Sud piste. (You can book the Hotel Altapura with Inghams). The Koh-i Nor, a luxury 5-star hotel at the top of the resort opened in December 2013, and the Pashmina in December 2015.
The Hotel le Val Thorens, part of the same group as the Hotel Fitz Roy, upgraded to 4-star for winter 2012/13. The Club Med Sensations (new in 2014/15) is rated 4 tridents under the Club Med's system. Also in the 4-star category are the Hotel 3 Vallées, upgraded from 3-star, the Hotel Kashmir, which is part of the same complex as the Hameau du Kashmir apartments, and Fahrenheit 7 (formerly Mercure).
Well-established 3-stars include family-run hotels such as the Sherpa (book Hotel Sherpa with Inghams) and the Val Chavière (book with Inghams), which are popular, and have many guests who return every year.
There are club hotels in Val Thorens, including the Hotel Tango, which you can book through Crystal, and the Club Med and UCPA.
Read more about Val Thorens hotels.
Our apartments page has information about every résidence in Val Thorens, with photos and descriptions, and a location map.
There are quality apartments in well-established résidences such as Montana (which you can book through Inghams), Les Balcons de Val Thorens, and Montagnettes, and in new luxury developments, like le Hameau de Kashmir, and Koh-i-Nor (opened in December 2013). A notable 4 star résidence is Oxalys, which has the Oxalys restaurant, well-known for its chef, Jean Sulpice, who has been awarded two Michelin stars. Another is the Sabot de Venus, with eleven large, luxury apartments in the centre of resort.
Towards the budget end of the market, noise, and big groups of students, can be an issue. Amongst the better bets are the Chamois d'Or and the Cheval Blanc (also available with Inghams).
Montana apartments are amongst the most popular with visitors to Val Thorens. They're in a great location in rue du Soleil, right by the piste and the ESF children's snow garden. There are a couple of supermarkets in the rue du Soleil area, and a few restaurants and bars, plus the Montana bakery and cafe, which is a friendly place that sells great bread, quiches, paninis, cakes, and coffee. You can book Montana apartments with UK tour operator Inghams.
To rent a privately-owned apartment, often at a cheaper price, try one of the estate agents, such as Agence La Cime, or Val Thorens Immobilier. They have a large number of private apartments, which they let on behalf of the owners. They are usually in résidences hosting a mixture of owner-occupiers, season workers, and holidaymakers.
The tourist office also produces a list of privately-owned apartments, with owners' contact details, so you can get in touch with them directly.
Read more about self-catering in Val Thorens.
Chalet holidays remain a firm favourite with people looking for accommodation in Val Thorens. Tour operators in Val Thorens include Skiworld, Inghams, and Crystal. Their chalets are usually 8-12 person apartments in résidences like Balcons, Altitude, Chalet 2400, Chalet des Neiges, and Montagnettes, rather than free-standing buildings. One exception is Chalet Catherine/Olivier, run by Ski Total.
Ski Total's chalets Catherine & Olivier are in a free-standing chalet building called Chalet Coriatos. Chalet Catherine (sleeps 18 people) is on the first two floors, and Chalet Olivier (12 people) on the top floor.
You couldn't really get a better location, because these chalets are right by the piste (la Voie Lactée) which runs from place Caron (where the tourist office, shops, and restaurants are) to the Rond Point des Pistes (the central meeting point on the slopes). There are good views from the dining areas in both chalets, and the simple Alpine décor gives the interiors a nice, relaxed feel. The chalets both have real fires and TV/DVD in the living area, and free wifi; they share a sauna.
New in winter 2016-17, la Datcha is a luxury chalet at the foot of the Plein Sud piste, and close to the centre of resort. It is part of the Tinkoff collection, a business venture of Oleg Tinkoff, the Russian billionaire who owned the Tinkoff cycling team.
La Datcha can accommodate 15 people in luxurious surroundings. The chalet's cuisine consultants are René and Maxime Meilleur, who run La Bouitte in Saint-Marcel (and have three Michelin stars). Facilities at the chalet include an activity room for children, amusement arcade, two cinemas, gym, pool, whirlpool, sauna, library, business centre, and cigar room.
Prices are per week for the whole chalet, and in 2017-18 they range from €69,000 for early and late season, to €139,000 for the peak weeks.
Read more about Val Thorens chalets.
Whatever Val Thorens accommodation you choose, we wish you a pleasant stay!
From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens.
Many of the restaurants in Val Thorens serve Savoyard specialities - fondue, pierrade and raclette - but there are many other dishes on offer, including pizza, steak, and Tex-Mex. Our restaurant guide covers all the establishments in resort. Whether you want burger and chips at the Café Péclet, or Michelin-starred fare from Jean Sulpice at the Oxalys, you can find out about it here. Read about restaurants in Val Thorens.
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