Accommodation in Meribel
Meribel is famous for its chalets, but there are also plenty of apartments and some hotels. The resort is spread out, but the bus service is good and some of the suburbs have their own lifts or are skirted by a piste. Two suburbs, Meribel-Mottaret and Meribel Village sometimes seem like separate resorts. Lower down the valley, Le Raffort and Les Allues provide cheaper accommodation.
Where to stay in Meribel?
In the centre, near the main lift station at La Chaudanne, would be most people’s first choice if they can find somewhere affordable. La Renarde and Moulin are the suburbs closest to the centre, and within easy walking distance of it, although from some parts of Renarde you might choose to ski rather than walk as it is skirted by the piste. Mussillon is a long walk or a short bus ride away. Morel and Altitude 1600 are even further and feel much more detached from the centre, partly because they share the Morel lift, and have their own shops and bars so they are more self-contained. Beyond them, in splendid isolation up the mountain, is Altiport where any accommodation is ski-in, ski-out. Belvedere is similarly high and mighty and slightly cut-off. Les Chalets is between Belvedere and La Renarde. It’s a quick bus ride or a long walk into the centre but in the morning most people tend to walk to the piste and ski down.
To the side of Meribel, on the road to La Tania and Courchevel is Meribel-Village. This definitely feels like a separate resort, and a nice quiet small one too.
Up the valley, Meribel Mottaret can probably claim to be the best situated village in the whole of the 3 Valleys for keen skiers. It has the quickest links to Val Thorens, les Menuires and Courchevel, and a great 2952m north-facing mountain – Mont Vallon – on its doorstep. But it’s nightlife is quieter than central Meribel.
You can also stay down the valley from Meribel in Le Raffort and Les Allues. They are quiet villages that have access to Meribel’s lifts at Chaudanne via a gondola link (Olympe 2 and 3) that takes around 20 minutes. Beware, the gondola stops quite early in the evening leaving little time for apres ski. In theory you can ski down to both these villages but this depends on snow conditions.
Hotels in Meribel
Le Kaïla is a 5 star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, located beside the piste but also near the centre of Méribel, with direct access to the ski slopes. 4 star hotels include Le Chaudanne, Le Tremplin and Le Savoy in the centre; Hotel Allodis up the slope near Belvedere; and Mont Vallon and Alpen Ruitor in Meribel-Mottaret. Three star hotels include Eterlou and Merilys in Meribel and Les Arolles and Madame Vacances Hôtel Le Mottaret in Mottaret. There is also a basic but well liked 2 star hotel near the centre of Meribel – Hôtel Eliova Le Génépi.
Self-Catered Apartments in Meribel
There are hundreds of self-catering apartments in Meribel, some now classified as ApartHotels because of the services provided. Meribel-Mottaret has some managed by Pierre & Vacances, like Les Cret and Les Bleuets. In Meribel itself the Maeva Particuliers residences are also highly rated and very central.
Chalets and Chalet-Holidays in Meribel and Mottaret
UK travel agent Alpine Answers has lots of chalets in Meribel on its books, fitting every size of family or group imaginable. Most are catered and some include airport transfers and flights (ask for a discount if you want to organise your own travel). Currently Alpine Answers also gives Ultimate ski readers a discount of £20 per group booking, so make sure to mention Ultimate-ski on your enquiry form.
You can also book chalets without catering or flights in Meribel and Mottaret direct. Search and book Meribel chalets >>>