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Self-Catering in Val Thorens

Kitchen, Les Balcons de Val Thorens
Kitchen, Les Balcons de Val Thorens

There are three ways of finding self-catering accommodation in Val Thorens. You can:

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Self-Catering in Val Thorens: Apartments

Kitchen, Montana apartment, Val Thorens

The most common self-catering accommodation is apartments in professionally-run tourist résidences, which have a reception desk, and are set up for weekly rentals, generally from Saturday to Saturday. 

There are well-established quality residences such as Balcons, Montana, Montagnettes, and Sabot de Vénus. Relatively new luxury residences which have been built in recent years include Hameau du Kashmir and Koh-i-Nor. You can book direct, or as part of package through a tour operator.

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Self-Catering in Val Thorens: Estate Agencies

Résidence le Sérac, Val Thorens

Many private owners rent out their flats on a week-to-week basis through estate agents. It can be a cheaper way of renting self-catering accommodation.

Usually, you pick up keys to the apartment at the estate agent's office, and if you need sheets and towels, they are generally available from the nearby laundrette/dry cleaners. These apartments are in résidences lived in by a mixture of owner-occupiers, season workers, and holidaymakers. 

There are six estate agencies in Val Thorens, which have a large number of privately-owned apartments for rent on their books.

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Self-Catering in Val Thorens: Privately-Owned Apartments

Val Thorens tourist office, Maison de Val Thorens

The tourist office used to produce a list of privately-owned apartments for rent, with owners' contact details, so you could get in touch with them directly.

Unfortunately, they seem to have stopped doing this, but the privately-owned apartments are on a web page instead.

See the page of privately-owned apartments.

Have fun self-catering in Val Thorens.

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Self-catering in Val Thorens: Useful to Know

Bedroom, Balcons de Val Thorens

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 you're 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.

Sheets and towels, and other extras. Sheets are usually included at résidences (and towels may be included too.

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. It's a few euros per person per night (the exact amount depends on the star rating of the apartments), but free for children (under 18).

It is often included in the overall price if you book through a tour operator (e.g. Inghams, Crystal), but with some it may be an extra (e.g. Skiworld).

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