About staying in Les 2 Alpes
When it comes to booking accommodation in 2 Alpes for a holiday, it can be difficult to know where to base yourself.
With everything from quiet alpine villages to neon-lit main drag and studio apartments to a hotel with Michelin-starred restaurant, 2 Alpes offers accommodation for every taste and budget. Whether you want to book the full package with one of the major tour operators or venture out on your own, you’re sure to find something to suit.
Most of the resort’s accommodation is strung out along the main road from Petit Plan at one end to the Place de Venosc at the other. If you’re looking for piste-side and ski in/ski out, Mark Warner’s Hotel La Berangere on the road up to 1800 is a good choice, offering quick access to the main lifts. Further into town, the three star Hotel Souleil‘Or is right next to the Belle Etoile chair for the ride up to Cretes. You can come back down on this chair if you don’t fancy the afternoon rush, and beat everyone else to a place in the hotel’s spa and heated pool. At the far end of town, the Côte Brune and Les Melezes also boast piste-side accommodation, handy for the beginner lifts at the Bas des Pistes.
Away from the slopes (though still an easy walk away) and a bit further down the price range, the Hotels Cairn, Maije, Lutins and Chamois all offer comfortable accommodation on the main road through town and at the centre of the resort’s lively nightlife. In the case of the Lutins there’s no need even to leave the building – just roll downstairs to the hotel’s bar, popular with locals and visitors alike.
For a catered holiday with a relaxed atmosphere, you still can’t beat the tried and tested chalet concept – established UK Tour operators Skiworld, Crystal and Neilson all offer catered chalet accommodation in the main part of resort.
Le Village 1800
Accommodation in Le Village is mainly apartments of all sizes, from small studios to spacious chalet-apartments sleeping 10 or more, though if you prefer a hotel, you’ll find four star comfort and a breathtaking view across resort to the Muzelle at the Hotel Mercure.
There’s not much commerce in the Village, with only a small supermarket and a couple of bars and restaurants, so if you’re going out in the evening you’ll probably want to head into the main town. The advantage of staying up here is easy access to and from the main ski area via the Village chair, and free covered parking available under the apartment blocks, a lifesaver for the self driver – who wants to waste a decent snow day digging the car out when there’s powder on the hill?
Linked to 2Alpes by telecabine, the medieval village of Venosc is increasingly popular with skiers looking for peace and quiet and an authentic alpine feel. The tourist office website lists a good range of self catering chalets and apartments in and around the village, but make sure you know how far it is from your chosen accommodation to the lift. If you’re self driving, there are options in the pretty villages of Bourd d’Arud, Les Gauchoirs and La Danchere, all a stone’s throw from Venosc but not within walking distance.