This family friendly hotel is perfect for those looking for a family ski holiday, as it is located in the heart of the main resort. The chalet-hotel comes complete with Mark Warner’s famous childcare facilities, which are run by fully qualified, English speaking nannies.
There are 63 rooms at this hotel, the larger of which can be adapted easily into family rooms, for larger groups who want to share.
The hotel provides childcare from four months to 12 years with its bright and colourful crèche. Fully qualified nannies will also pick up and drop off to take them straight from the chalet-hotel to the ski school and back again. Children are also served an early high tea.
There are plenty of facilities for adults at the chalet-hotel. The smart, stylish restaurant has views over surrounding mountains. Cosy living areas provide an inviting space to spend some time around the fire.
Meals are plentiful and include a choice of English or continental breakfast, afternoon tea with freshly baked cakes, steaming hot soup and a choice of teas and juices, plus a three course evening meal with complimentary wine.
For relaxing after a long day on the piste, the Viva health and beauty salon, heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room, all situated on the lower ground floor will relax and revive you after a long day on the piste.
- "This hotel is well located for ski in/out. But still only 5 minutes walk to the village centre. This means that the bars and clubs are well away from the hotel, so less noise. The rooms are a little tired but spacious and clean with large balconies and bathrooms with full-size baths. The staff however, made the hotel very good. They work very hard and nothing is too much trouble." - Trip Advisor
- "Great location for ski in / ski out. Also easy to walk into the town (across piste!). We had a big room overlooking the piste with a balcony. There was plenty of space for the three of us." - Trip Advisor
- "I stayed here when on a SkinClub of GB holiday. My room was spacious and there was a full sized bath as well as a shower.The food was plentiful and very well cooked.The staff were clearly experienced and enjoyed their job of looking after us.The afternoon tea was generous and always fresh." - Trip Advisor
The local market town of Bourg d'Oisans only a 20 to 30 minute drive away can supply pretty much everything a visitor would need - decent sized supermarket, garages, car hire, vet (don't forget to get Fido wormed for the trip home) and the rest, not to mention a thriving Saturday market and numerous cafés, ideal on a sunny weekend.
2 Alpes caters for everyone from the gourmet to the fast food fan. At the top end, the Chalet Hotel Mounier offers tasting menus and an extensive wine list, and the Raisin d'Ours is owner-run by the Mounier's Michelin-starred former chef. Les Sagnes serves excellent crepes and a range of local specialities in a rustic atmosphere in front of a roaring log fire. Tribeca at one end of town and l'Etable at the other both have great pizzas, and anyone looking for a decent burger 'n' chips need look no further than the British-run Le Takeaway in the centre of town.
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The pretty village of La Grave, notorious for its challenging off-piste terrain is about 30 minutes away by road - ride the old gondola for some of the most spectacular mountain views in the region. The ride up to Pic Blanc at Alpe d'Huez an hour away offers views of distant Mont Blanc. Further afield you can tour the Chartreus distillery at Voiron on the other side of Grenoble, visit the museum and grounds of the chateau at Vizille on the D1091, or take a ride on the old funicular railway at St Hilaire du Touvet towards Chambery.
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Although noted for its glacier and big summer and winter snowparks, 2 Alpes offers a wide range of activities. Speed riding is increasingly popular in winter, as is ski randonnee (cross country skiing). There are great opportunities for off piste at all levels, both here and in the linked area of La Grave, and daily helicopter trips leave from the helipad at 2100m. There are several parapenting schools, and in summer the resort offers tennis, golf, swimming and skating, as well as great walking opportunities and a huge and rapidly expanding mountain biking area.
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The nine-hole course at 2 Alpes starts appearing out of the snow around May, and is open for business when the resort opens for summer in June. Golfers looking for more of a challenge should head for the course at Uriage les Bain near Grenoble, just over an hour's drive away.
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From the Venosc end of town the new high speed Diable chair takes you in comfort to the top of the Cretes and thence up the SuperDiable to the centre of the lift system at Toura. The Jandri Express runs from the centre of town to the snowpark at Toura and then on to the glacier, and the Belle Etoile and Village chairs run from the other end of town up to Cretes at 2100m. Beginners are well served by a series of drag lifts at the bottom of the pistes right next to the town.
Also see: Ski Areas in Les 2 Alpes, France
2 Alpes has a well-deserved reputation as a party town. The fun starts daily at the Pano Bar at 2600m, with a regular DJ. Later you can find live music and DJs at British-run bars Smithy's Tavern, Smokey Joe's and The Secret, and follow it up with a visit to the popular Avalanche nightclub next door to Smithy's. The Boardroom is popular with French seasonnaires, instructors and lifties, the Red Frog and Smokey Joe's show big screen sport, and the Brasilienne has a late-night club atmosphere.
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Location: 2 Alpes
Star Rating: 3 Star
Property Style: Hotel
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional
Catering: Half-board | Afternoon tea | Breakfast
Room: Balcony | Hair dryer | Ski / Boot Room
Families & Kids: Childcare | Creche
Entertainment: Restaurant | Free WiFi | Satellite TV
Spa & Fitness: Beauty Treatments | Hammam / Steam-room | Massage / Relaxation | Sauna | Pool (indoor)
Open Seasons: Winter
Address: 11 Route de Champame | 2 Alpes | 38860