At a height of 2,300 metres, the Mercure Hotel in the Val Thorens ski resort is the highest hotel the chain owns in all of Europe. Offering guests all amenities to ensure their ski holidays are happy and successful, Hotel Mercure 2300 sells lift passes, arranges ski rentals, provides children’s entertainment (including a dedicated children’s entertainer/play assistant during the French school holidays), and has a spa for apres-ski relaxation, offering sauna facilities, a jacuzzi, a hammam, beauty treatments, and massages. Additionally, an on-site shop with extremely helpful staff rents and sells ski equipment and clothing.
The spa is an especially attractive feature of this hotel, with guests enjoying the warmth and bubbles of the jacuzzi as they watch the sun setting and the snow ploughs preparing the pistes for the following day. Food is also much better than your average ski hotel’s, with breakfast laid on as a generous continental buffet, including treats such as smoked salmon as well as bacon, sausages, pancakes, eggs, bread, fruit, and bottomless tea and coffee. Take advantage of the restaurant’s gastronomic offerings and stay half board at the hotel: the modern and tasty French cuisine from the hotel’s kitchen definitely makes this option worthwhile. Options are either fixed menu, or based around local ingredients and specialities: fondue is included in the half board prices, but needs to be ordered the day before. Hearty soups and crisp salads complement main meals, while dessert is served buffet-style for the sweets, accompanied by a full selection of delicious savory cheeses.
The bar area has typical Alpine wood panelling, creating a traditional, cosy atmosphere which comes as a relief after a hard day on the mountain. Its quiet yet welcoming atmosphere makes it a luxurious haven in the evening, with a lovely fire to keep things snug on the coldest nights. The bar sometimes hosts live music, while occasional karaoke nights ensure that everyone’s kept entertained. The adjacent terrace is a real sun trap on bright days, making it the perfect spot for some apres-ski tanning, or simply sitting out with a book and a coffee (or a glass of something a little stronger). Hotel Mercure 2300 also provides guests with an array of useful services to make stays more comfortable, including free wifi, and numbered downstairs lockers which correspond to room numbers, making the trip out to the piste and the gathering all of your equipment easy. The Mercure 2300 Hotel also offers direct access to the pistes, with a ski-in ski-out facility ensuring that the transition from hotel room to slopes and back again is seamless.
If you are planning to stay for just a weekend, or need a room for a stay that doesn’t begin or end on a Saturday, the Hotel Mercure 2300 is one of the few hotels in Val Thorens who can accommodate you: even during the peak ski season, rooms can be booked on a night by night basis, meaning that you don’t have to commit to a week or a fortnight, as in other establishments in the area. Finally, with a games room and a kids’ entertainment centre, the Mercure 2300 Hotel is ideally set up for a truly memorable and enjoyable skiing holiday, whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, a family, or in a large group.
How many Stars: 3* Hotel
Sleeps: 104 rooms
Closeness to the piste: Ski in Ski out
Resort location: Next to the Slalom
Style: Modern décor
Swimming Pool: No
Michelin Stars: none
Specialness: Location is perfect
Internet: Free WiFi
Disabled Facilities: Yes
Pets allowed: No
Our rating: 3/5