An independent guide to Val Thorens
This guide to Val Thorens apartments in professionally-run tourist résidences covers all the many options in Val Thorens Good quality, long-established résidences include Montana, Balcons, and Montagnettes. There are also new luxury apartments such as Hameau du Kashmir and Koh-i-Nor.
You can book these apartments in Val Thorens direct, or through tour operators such as Inghams, Crystal, or Skiworld.
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 British tour operator Inghams.
Our guide to Val Thorens apartments groups them by sector - the area of the resort where they're located. The map below shows the eight sectors.
Résidence Hermine is above the rue du Gébroulaz, just far enough away from the bars to be quiet. The apartments are good quality, recently built, and nicely decorated in an Alpine style. There are different size apartments, from 2 bedroom/4-6 person, up to 6 bedroom/12-14 person. All have flat-screen TV, and the larger ones (6-8 person and bigger) have a real fire (first sack of logs included, then €10 per sack) There's a small pool, and sauna (access included). Private parking (€95 to €120/week) and wifi (free at reception, paying in the apartment).
Opened in 2006, Résidence Plein Sud is more recent than Chalets des Neiges Résidence Hermine. It's in the rue de la Boucle, close to the Tango hotel and Valthoparc parking P0. Apartments range from 2 bedroom/4 person to 7 bedroom/14 person. There's a real fire in apartments for 6 people and bigger; the résidence has a sauna and fitness room, and you have access to the pool in Résidence Hermine. On site, there's a 'well-being' centre, offering massages and beauty and relaxation treatments (extra charge). Private parking (€95 to 120/week), and free wifi at reception.
Tel: 00 33 479 39 02 90 (both résidences)
The newest Chalet des Neiges, which opened in December 2013 is the Koh-i-Nor. It is part of the same complex as the 5-star Koh-i-Nor hotel, and has thirty-five apartments in total, from 2 room/2 person (34m2) to 5 room/8 person (130m2).
Facilities include spa with swimming pool, sauna, hammam, and fitness room; brasserie; restaurant; lounge bar; and shops.
Belonging to Maeva (part of the Pierre & Vacances group), this résidence is very close to the slopes and the Roc de Péclet children's snow garden, in a quiet area of resort (place du Slalom). It's traditional French self-catering accommodation - ie fairly basic, not luxury - but the prices are competitive. The apartment sizes are from studio + cabin/6 person, to 2 bedroom/8 person.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 03 82
More photos of Maeva Résidence le Schuss (click to enlarge):
Also in the place du Slalom, and right at the bottom of the slalom stadium, le Gypaete is of a similar standard to Résidence le Schuss (ie fairly basic accommodation for your self-catering ski holiday in Val Thorens). It has studios for 4 people. Wifi (paying).
Tel: 00 33 479 22 79 22
More photos of Maeva Résidence le Gypaete (click to enlarge):
The Portillo, just by place Péclet, has fifty apartments, for those wanting a self-catering ski holiday in Val Thorens, as well as twenty hotel rooms, three restaurants, and a bar.
The apartments are classified as 'standard' (studios for 2, 3, or 4 persons), or 'superior' (from 1 bedroom/2 person, to 2 bedroom + 2 cabins/8 person).
The location is very good for the slopes, and for shops, bars and restaurants. Noise from people returning home after a night out could be an issue, as the main bar street is close by.
Service at the Portillo can be eccentric at times.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 00 88
On a quiet street, with direct access to the slopes, the Val Chaviere apartments are in the same building as the Hotel Val Chaviere, but under separate ownership. (They are owned by Les Balcons). They are large apartments, from 3 bedroom/6-8 person, to 6 bedroom/12-15 person, so ideal for bigger groups and families. All have wood-burning stoves, and the 10-13 person and 12-15 person apartments also have private saunas.
More photos of the Val Chaviere apartments (click to enlarge):
Tel: 00 33 479 00 90 70
Les Montagnettes has quality, chalet-style résidences for self-catering holidays in Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Plagne and Courchevel. Montagnettes Résidence Lombarde is one of four in Val Thorens. The apartments range from 2 bedroom/6 person, to 4 bedroom/12 person. All have an open fireplace. Free wifi.
Tel: Reservations 00 33 479 10 49 15; reception: 00 33 479 00 94 00
The Tourotel is in a great location, right by the piste. It offers a basic self-catering ski holiday in Val Thorens, in apartments ranging from studio/2 person, to 1 bedroom + cabin/6 person. Free TV, wifi, and table tennis.
Tel: 00 33 479 09 43 43
Le Sabot de Vénus, built in 2008, is right in the centre of Val Thorens - you look out onto it from the Post Office. The eleven large apartments all have a log fire (logs supplied), TV and DVD player, and free wifi. The Résidence has a private parking, sauna and hammam, and a piano bar. Read more about the Sabot de Vénus.
Tel: 00 33 475 83 59 66
Les Olympiades is in the rue piétonne de Caron, a little snowy street leading up to the central place de Caron. It's an excellent location for the slopes, and for the town (it's opposite the Galerie Caron, the shopping centre which also houses the sports centre). There could be some noise from people returning home after a night out. Apartment sizes range from studio/2 person (18m2), to 3 bedroom/10 person (57m2). The standard is fairly basic. You can hire a TV (extra charge).
Tel: 00 33 470 22 22 22
At the entrance to the resort, the Altineige has apartments from studio/2 person (20m2), up to 1 bedroom/6 person (30-40m2). Although rated 3 star, the accommodation is fairly basic. (It's a very big step up to, for example, the Oxalys or Sabot de Venus 4 star apartments). Comments on Tripadvisor suggest it can be rather noisy, especially when there are large student groups. TV and wifi are extra.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 08 88
Next door to Altineige, Valset apartments are slightly superior, and generally quieter. Sizes from studio/2 person, to 2 bedroom/8 person. TV (extra).
Tel: 00 33 479 00 08 88
Directly by the Plein Sud piste, is the recently built Oxalys, part of the Montagnettes group. There are thirty-six apartments, for a luxury self-catering holiday in Val Thorens, from 1 bedroom/2-4 person (35m2), to 4 bedroom/8 person (95m2). Wifi is available (included).
It is a very good location, right by the piste (although the piste is narrow and busy just here, and quickly gets bumpy, so beginners and less confident skiers may prefer to walk the short distance to the nursery slopes, at the start of the week at least).
There are two spa/relaxation centres. The first is open to all Oxalys residents, and has a small swimming pool, jacuzzi, 2 saunas, and a hammam (steam room). The second is private, and you can book it just for you and your party for an hour at a time.
There's a bar, and the most prestigious restaurant in Val Thorens (see feature box below). It's possible to dine at the Oxalys restaurant every evening, for a hefty supplement.
Tel: 00 33 479 10 49 15
The Oxalys restaurant owes its reputation to chef Jean Sulpice, who works with his wife Magali. Inspired by his mentor, Marc Veyrat, he uses fresh produce, including mountain plants, in a creative and refined way.
He came to the Oxalys in 2002, aged just 24. He proved that talent and dedication matter more than age and experience, winning his first Michelin star in 2006, and a second in 2010.
Open lunchtime and evening, every day, in the winter season (socks and slippers provided if you arrive on skis!). Open every day except Monday in the summer season. Different set menus at various prices. Book on 00 33 479 00 12 00, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hameau du Kashmir was brand new in winter 2012/13. A Montagnettes self-catering residence located at the entrance to resort, and with direct access to the Plein Sud piste, it's built around a small central square. To chime with the name, the décor is 'ethnic and smart.'
There are ninety-three apartments altogether, from 4 person to 6 person. This makes it slightly different from most other recent build résidences in Val Thorens, which mainly have larger apartments.
The complex has two restaurants (Le Yack, by the slopes, open lunchtime and evening, and specialising in beef steak; and Le Karmin, open in the evening only, and the restaurant for Hameau guests on half-board), plus a lounge bar and creperie. There's a pool, solarium, fitness room, two massage rooms, and three saunas - a traditional sauna, an infra red sauna, and a big Russian 'Banya'. Who knew there were so many types of sauna?! Free wifi.
Tel: 00 33 479 10 49 15
Montana are very good
quality and highly popular apartments, towards the bottom of the resort
in the rue du Soleil.
There are five different buildings, but all have convenient access to the slopes. If you have children in the mini-club or ESF snow garden, this résidence is an ideal place to stay, as it's right by the Montana snow garden.
4 star apartments
The 4 star apartments of the Village Montana are in four buildings - Montana 1, Montana Valbel, Montana Soleil, and Montana Caron. They are all of the same high quality - solidly built, quite spacious, nicely decorated, and well-equipped. There's a range of apartment sizes, from 1 bedroom/2-3 person (32m2), to 4 bedroom/8 person (110m2). All the apartments have balconies, S, SW or SE facing, with a good view of the mountains. They also have flat-screen TVs and free wifi. The 3 bedroom/6 person apartments have a wood-burning stove.
There's a spa on site, with sauna, hammam, and relaxation area. Massages are available: there are different types of massage at different prices, including massages called Californian Dream, Sporting Dream, and Indoceane Dream.
There are two restaurants within the complex. Le Montana, at piste level, and with a sunny terrrace, serves lunch and dinner. L'Epicurien is the Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant, open in the evenings only.
5 star apartments
Open since winter 2011/12, and built to the latest environmental standards, the 5 star Montana Plein Sud apartments offer a little extra luxury on a self-catering ski holiday in Val Thorens. They range from 2 bedroom/4 person (55-60m2), to 4 bedroom/8 person (100m2). They are spacious, and beautifully decorated in a contemporary style. All have modern flat-screen TVs, and free wifi. DVD players and games consoles are available. You have free access to the on-site spa, Les Bains du Montana (sauna, hammam, and small pool).
Tel: (all Montana) 00 33 479 00 21 01
Here are a few more photos of Montana Plein Sud (click to enlarge):
Under the same ownership as Village Montana, the Cheval Blanc is just next door, in a great location right by the piste. It has 163 apartments, ranging from 1 bedroom/2-4 person, to 3 bedroom/8 person. The building has a rather cavernous feel inside, but the apartments themselves are very nicely decorated, even if they are not quite so spacious or luxurious as Montana. They all have sunny balconies (when the weather is sunny (!)), TV, and free wifi.
The Cheval Blanc has its own restaurant/bar, Le Chaudron Magique. It's open every day from 5pm. The menu includes Savoyarde specialities. They do take-away pizzas too.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 08 14
Le Chamois d'Or is in a very handy location, right by the Rond Point des Pistes (the main ski school meeting point). There are 180 apartments altogether, ranging from studio/2 person (20m2), to 1 bedroom + 2 cabins /8 person (46m2 + mezzanine level). They are of a good standard, and have TV and free wifi.
Tel: 00 33 479 01 34 34
Les Ancolies is a small résidence above the Rendezvous bar/restaurant, which has spacious, beautifully presented apartments. They range from 2 bedroom + cabin/6-8 person (70m2), to 5 bedroom/8-10 person (110m2). All have TV and DVD player, free wifi, and real fire (1 sack of logs included).
Tel: 00 33 479 00 10 39
These two résidences, Soleil and Valbel, opposite each other on the rue du Soleil, have the spacious, comfortable apartments you would expect for a self-catering holiday in Val Thorens with Montagnettes. They range from 2 bedroom + cabin/ 6 person (72m2), to 5 bedroom/10 person (105m2). The interiors feature pine and stone, and have S or SE facing balconies, fireplace, flat screen TVs, and free wifi. DVD players can be borrowed.
Tel: 00 33 479 10 49 15
Silveralp has self-catering studios for up to 4 people (20m2), and studios with a mezzanine floor for 5 people (28m2). They are decorated and equipped to a reasonable standard. (The prices reflect the fact that this is not luxury accommodation). TV and wifi available (extra charge).
Tel: 00 33 479 00 08 88
Les Neiges Eternelles is a chalet-style building, with just three 4-bedroom apartments. They are quite luxurious, conceived by named interior designers. (We had not heard of Jean-Benoit Boisset and Bruno Bret, but there again, we don't know any interior designers!) The apartments have real fire (firewood included), S facing balconies, TV and DVD player, and free wifi. A laptop and games console are available. You can book a catered raclette or fondue evening in your apartment.
Tel: 00 33 470 00 15 63
In the rue du Soleil, the P&V Temples du Soleil apartments have easy access to the pistes, and an on-site superette, ski shop, bar, and restaurant (La Grange). They are functional rather than luxurious, for a reasonably-priced self-catering holiday in Val Thorens. They are sometimes used by groups of students. TV, wifi (extra charge); half-board option, eating in La Grange; fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam.
Really one of the wings of Temples du Soleil, le Machu Pichu has been renovated to a much higher standard. There two apartment types - 1 bedroom/4-5 person, and 1 bedroom/6 person. All have TV, wifi (extra); half-board option, eating in La Grange; fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam.
Across the road, and also belonging to P&V, is Résidence le Tikal, of a similar character to le Machu Pichu. There's a range of apartments, from studio/2 person, to 3 bedroom/8-9 person. The accommodation is refurbished to an excellent standard, and well-equipped. TV, wifi (extra); half-board option, eating in La Grange; fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi, hammam.
The popular apartments at Les Balcons are at the top of Val Thorens, in the Balcons quarter, within six different 'chalet' buildings. There is a wide range of apartment sizes, from 1 bedroom/2-4 person, up to 8 bedroom/16-18 person. They are very nicely laid out and decorated. All have TV, and the larger ones (8-11 person and bigger) feature wood-burning stoves.
Access to the slopes is from the ground floor of some of the chalets, or a short walk down the road; ski back by a route just off the Plein Sud piste, or walk back up the road.
There's a private parking (extra), and a spa with small swimming pool, sauna, hammam, and fitness room. Other facilities on site include a bar and restaurant (L'Auberge des Balcons, where guests on half-board have breakfast and dinner), and another restaurant, La Cabane; there's also a ski shop, and a mini-supermarket. Just across the road is the welcoming Red Fox pub.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 90 70
More images (click to enlarge):
Les Balcons-Platinum is the new résidence in Chalet 7, opened in 2011/12. The apartments are from 1 bedroom/2-4 person (41m2), to 3 bedroom/6-8 person (115m2). They are modern and luxurious, and have certain extras compared with the rest of Les Balcons - wired internet connection in the apartments (free, connection by ethernet cable), espresso coffee maker in the kitchen, and boot dryers in the ski lockers.
More photos of Les Balcons - Platinum (click to enlarge):
Tel: 00 33 479 00 90 70
These two next door résidences, Val 2400 and Chalet Altitude, have well-equipped apartments, with TV, free wifi, and wood-burning stoves (Val 2400) or open fires (Altitude). They range from 4/6 person (56m2), to 12-14 person (135m2). There is a small swimming pool and sauna, shared between the two complexes.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 85 00
The apartments in the Chalets du Soleil have fireplace, balcony, TV with CD and DVD drive, and free wifi. They range from 1 bedroom + cabin/4 person (41m2), to 5 bedroom + cabin/12-14 person (120-140m2). There's an on-site restaurant (La Ferme de Rosalie), and a spa area including small pool, sauna, hammam, and fitness room.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 09 43
The Chalets du Thorens are on the piste - at the top of the Combe de Thorens piste, see the piste map. This means that you're away from the village, although you can walk there, and the Chalets du Thorens operate a free shuttle by snowmobile or piste basher at 8.30am, 5.30pm, and 7pm, and on request in the evening.
There are just eight apartments, from studio/2 person, up to a 10-12 person apartment. They have TV, wifi (included), and most have balconies.
On site, there is the popular 360 apres-ski bar, plus a restaurant, self-service restaurant, lounge bar, pizzeria, waffle stall, and snack bar.
There are lots of good hotels in Val Thorens, including luxury 5-stars like the Altapura and Pashmina, 4-stars like the Hotel Val Thorens and Fahreneheit 7, and well-established 3-stars like the Sherpa and Val Chavière. Read about Val Thorens hotels.
If you're booking self-catering accommodation in Val Thorens, it can be useful to know about deposits, arrival and departure times, extras, and the local tax (taxe de séjour).
Deposit. There will usually be a deposit to pay on arrival, which is returned in full provided you leave the apartment clean, with nothing broken, at the end of your stay. Most often, the deposit can be paid with a credit or debit card, but some places may still ask for cash.
Arrival and departure times. You can usually get the keys to your apartment at 4 or 5pm on arrival, and are asked to vacate it by 10am on departure. This allows time for apartments to be cleaned. If you ask politely, with a charming smile, sometimes they can be flexible. If you're going to arrive late, it is a good idea to phone ahead. Most résidences have a night porter. For privately-owned apartments, the tourist office does a late arrival service on Saturday night, til 1am on Sunday.
Sheets and towels, and other extras. Sheets are usually included at résidences (and towels will be included too, at luxury résidences). If you rent a privately-owned apartment, even through one of the agencies, sheets and towels are likely to be extra. TVs can also be extra in more basic rental flats. Usually cleaning at the end of your stay is an extra that you can pay for, or you can clean the apartment yourself.
Local tax. There is a local/ tourist tax (taxe de séjour), which is collected at the start or end of your stay. In Val Thorens it ranges from €1.65 to €4.40 per person per night (the exact amount depends on the star rating of the apartments), free for children (under 18). It is often included in the overall price if you book through a tour operator (eg Inghams, Crystal), but with some it may be an extra (eg Skiworld).
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