Where to Stay in Serre Chevalier

Briancon overlooking Serre Chevalier ski resort
Briancon overlooking Serre Chevalier ski resort
Chantemerle village is perfectly located close to the central lifts & slopes of Serre Chevalier
Chantemerle village is perfectly located close to the central lifts & slopes of Serre Chevalier
Morning stroll from Le Monetier-les-Bains to the ski lifts
Morning stroll from Le Monetier-les-Bains to the ski lifts

Where to Stay in Serre Chevalier

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Where to Stay in the Serre Chevalier Vallèe Ski

Serre Chevalier Vallee accommodation is spread across four base areas along the 15km between the main town of Briançon and the pretty village of Le Monêtier-les-Bains. The intermediate villages of Chantemerle - St Chaffrey & La Salle les Alpes complete the foursome. Where exactly to stay depends on what sort of experience one is seeking. For the best access to the entire ski area, Chantemerle is perfect - central plus close to lifts & slopes. For the most authentic French Alps village experience, Le Monetier-les-Bains is the place to stay. For the most affordable places to rest one’s head for the night, Briancon wins, plus it is a fantastic mix of snow & history with the car-free walls of the historic old town.

There are several caveats with Serre Chevalier lodging options and locations. Numerous dated and relatively ugly, high rise apartment blocks front the ski resort in several locations (notably around La Salle-les-Alpes), and despite the advertising, it can be difficult to feel part of a real village. The bulk of the accommodation is self-catering apartments. Typically for many large French ski resorts, there are relatively few hotels, particularly of the 4 & 5- star variety. The lower part of Briancon near the gondola station can be a concern after-dark - tread warily!

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Ski-In Ski-Out Accommodation at Serre Chevalier

If it is available, the best ski-in ski-out lodgings at Serre Chevalier are at the top of the Ratier gondola in the, Chalet Hotel de Serre Ratier. Whilst not 5-star by any means, it is a wonderful place to commune with the mountain and get first tracks. It also has the distinct advantage of being a short stagger from Serre Chevalier's best après ski bars. Other ski-in ski-out hotels are located adjacent to the lower slopes, above the base village of La Salle les Alpes. Try the Le Grand Aigle Hotel & Spa.

Briancon Hotels & Apartments

Briançon is the Powderhounds favourite to stay in when skiing Serre Chevalier. Briancon's old Cite Vauban fort at the top of town is full of character & a wonderful place to walk after a satisfying meal in one of the restaurants. Car-free, staying in an apartment or hotel within the walls of the old town is the best choice. Whilst not truly convenient to the ski slopes, the old town fort provides an unforgettable snow holiday experience. Try the Hotel Auberge de la Paix or a sef-contained apartment like the wonderful Maison a Tour.

Down the road towards the Prorel gondola, two other good hotel options are worth looking at. The Rue Centrale's restaurants, bars and nightspots are Briancon’s most vibrant after dark. Close to the gondola base are a huge number of apartments, some of which seem quite seedy after dark. Away from the seediness, try the Hotel Edelweiss & Hotel de la Chaussee.

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Best Le Montier les Bains Hotels

Le Monêtier-les-Bains is the best & most aesthetic of the valley's villages. Steaming waters continually flow through the roadside gutters, reminding everyone that this is first & foremost a spa town. The village is a short stroll down the hill to the Bachas chairlift & the excellent, but busy ski slopes and lifts of the Pre Chabert beginners area. The best of the local digs is the Hotel Alliey & Spa. An alternative is the Hôtel Restaurant Le Monêtier. For an affordable option with good availability at short notice, try the modest Auberge de Violaine.

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Top Rated Chantemerle Lodgings

Chantemerle has a small quaint old town right next to the slopes plus some good hotels & services right near the ski slopes & lifts. Access to the mountain is excellent via the Ratier gondola – one of Serre Chevaliers best lifts. Chantemerle is often confused with nearby St Chaffrey which is located across the road and further from the ski lifts. Check out the The Grand Hôtel & Spa NUXE Serre Chevalier, bed & breakfast rooms at Les Marmottes, or apartments at Résidence Le Chalet de L'Eterlou & Lagrange Vacances Le Hameau du Rocher Blanc.

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Best La Salle les Alpes Hotels & Apartments

The town of La Salle-les-Alpes is the major slopeside resort village in the valley. A nearby ‘old town’ has been relegated by the large developments closer to the ski slopes and only holds passing interest. Some great slope side hotels are near the base of the lifts like the beautiful, Hotel Rock Noir & Spa.

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