If you usually ski every season, that you should know how important is to find good and comfortable accommodation, especially when you go with the whole family. Experienced slope hitters know that the best way to secure accommodation for Christmas, New Year or other peak times, is to book well in advance, when larger, fully-catered chalets or apartments are still available. In this article we provide some helpful information on 3 great European ski chalets you can consider when looking a comfortable place to stay while you are enjoying the Alpine slopes.
Hôtel Ormelune (Val d’Isère, France)
The Ormelune belongs to a new-breed of ski boutique hotels that is opened from late November to early May when the ski season comes to an end. After renovation works in 2009, rooms are simple, with some slightly rustic touches and an eclectic, almost bohemian style that feels somehow more like the work of a collector or a curator than a traditional designer. The hotel is located very close to the ski slopes, at the foot of Val d’Isère resort. The hotel is named after the beautiful Ormelune peak, close to Val d’Isère on the French-Italian border. The lounge and bar area are a popular place to enjoy a drink in the evening, with plenty of games on hand for children and the sauna and hammam provide much-needed relaxation after a day on the slopes.
Le Lodge Park (Megève, France)
A luxury hotel Le Lodge Park is ideally located in the heart of Megève within walking distance of the ski lifts and the village square. The hotel, owned by a family of Jocelyne and Jean-Louis Sibuet, has an authentic and unique atmosphere – the old and the rustic blend together with contemporary materials like the crocodile style pvc found on some of the walls, next to a more classical Scottish plaid. Fur on the beds, glass and wooden night tables and, the luxury of luxuries, a natural stone fireplace in each room, which reinforces the warm feel of the wood, all add to the rustic but luxurious atmosphere. The hotel is located next to a park, that in winter becomes covered in snow and illuminated with the lights to provide the most wonderful and enchanting night scene. Megève has a fine selection of restaurants, which really should be tried, whilst the hotel itself boasts the fantastic Beef Lodge. Get a horse-drawn carriage for a ride through the cobblestoned streets of Megève’s village square, which is illuminated by a Swarovski Christmas tree during the holidays. The outdoor area offers fur-covered seats, perfect for taking in the alpine atmosphere.
The Omnia (Zermatt, Switzerland)
The Omnia, a beautiful and stunning designer hotel, sitting above one Europe’s most popular ski villages with fantastic sceneries over the Matterhorn. The hotel as well as the interiors and furniture has been designed by american architect Ali Tayar. For après-ski, you are welcome to enjoy cocktails on a sheepskin-covered chair at the outdoor terrace lounge. Rooms are made in different shapes and sizes, but all have the same uncluttered style: low-slung beds, fabulous bathrooms, beautiful art, sliding glass doors that open onto balconies. Modernist furniture design underpinned by traditional craftsmanship is a real pleasure dome for the senses. We recommend to take a guided four-hour hike up to the solar-paneled Monte Rosa hut – a futuristic, crystal-shaped base camp for mountaineers. Zermatt‘s five-star The Omnia hotel is the “Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2014” in Switzerland. The second World Ski Awards were presented in November 2014.