This magnificent ski-lodge style hotel has a quaint alpine aesthetic (think sloping roofs, gables, and a wooden exterior) which is belied by the fresh, modern interiors and exceptional quality of service from the hotel staff. With a handy first-floor locker room for storing all of your skiing equipment, the hotel opens up right onto the piste itself- you won’t get any closer to the slopes than this. The convenience of true ski-in ski-out accommodation only becomes apparent when you stay here: you can either catch a ski lift to go higher or simply ski down the valley, right from the hotel’s front door. The hotel’s balconies also have direct views of the slopes, making for an impressive sight on waking in the morning, and for watching the repair work going on at night. The resort of Val Thorens itself is immaculate and well-cared for, with snow cannon firing regularly to keep the slopes pristine for the next day’s onslaught of skiers. With a friendly bar offering local and international drinks at very reasonable prices, and generous 5-course meals (including buffet desserts and cheese courses) served to satisfy the appetites of hungry skiers, the Val Chavière is an excellent option for family breaks, trips with friends, and all other skiing excursions.
Taking excellent care of its many guests who return season after season, the Val Chavière also offers some of the best value accommodation in the Alps. on changeover days, the full Continental breakfast is served from 3.30am, meaning that no-one leaves hungry. With all the usual options (fresh bread and juices, cheese, charcuterie, croissants, boiled eggs, and fruit), the hotel’s breakfast service also gives you access to egg-cookers to prepare your own omelets or fried eggs. With traditional Fondue served one night per week in the restaurant, the hotel operates a useful policy where guests keep their same table all week, which adds to the home-away-from-home atmosphere and warm alpine hospitality: the corner tables are often a little quieter than those situated in the busy hub of the central dining room, so guests arriving early to dinner on the first night will be well placed to choose their ideal dining location for the rest of the week. The upper rooms of the hotel undeniably command the best views, so it may well be worth requesting this option if a view is an important feature in your stay.
While the hotel itself does not provide spa facilities, it’s situated in the middle of Val Thorens, meaning that guests have easy access to the large spa complex in the town. 5-day passes are available at a very reasonable price, giving visitors access to a large swimming pool, smaller chillout pool, a capacious steam room, 3 saunas, and 2 generously proportioned jacuzzis, which again offer amazing value and cosy respite after a hard day on the slopes.
With immaculate bathrooms, free wifi, English-language TV channels, and incredible views of and access to the slopes, the Val Chavière is a top pick for keen skiers everywhere.
How many Stars: 5* Hotel
Sleeps: 63 rooms
Closeness to the piste: Ski in Ski out
Resort location: Rue du Gébroulaz, Top of resort
Style: Modern, beautifully done
Swimming Pool: Yes
Michelin Stars: none
Specialness: It has the most comfy piano bar in the resort which crackling fire
Internet: Free WiFi
Disabled Facilities: Yes
Pets allowed: No
Our rating: 5/5