Tignes AcccommodationTignes is known for its self-catering apartments which range in quality and price from luxury flats with saunas and swimming pools to small, cheap studios. But there are also hotels and chalets, and a growing number of apartments are now rented out on a serviced ‘ApartHotel’ basis.
The various Tignes villages offer a full range of hotels including luxury hotels like Hôtel Les Suites Du Montana and Hotel Campanules and Hotel Le Taos in Tignes le Lac and Les Suites Maison Bouvier in Tignes Val Claret, as well as 3 star hotels, budget hotels, chalet hotels and aparthotels. There are also chalets, and lots and lots of apartments. These range from the cheap and cheerful (and usually cramped) flats built in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, to modern, spacious apartments with access to saunas, wellness centres and swimming pools such as Le Nevada, Le Jhana and La Ferme in Val Claret; Le Telemark in Tignes le Lac; Le Kalinda in Tignes 1800; and Santa Terra in Tignes les Brevieres.
When choosing between the villages there is not much difference between Tignes Val Claret and Tignes le Lac, which is probably why the resort is increasingly calling them both Tignes 2100, although they are 2km apart. Val Claret is slightly higher and bleaker (it’s literally in the shadow of the Grande Motte in the middle of winter) but it has more ski-in/ski-out accommodation and quicker access to the highest slopes; whilst Tignes le Lac is generally cheaper and livelier at night. An efficient free bus service runs between them.
Tignes 1800 has been transformed in the last twenty years. The basic, isolated and slightly run down old village of Tignes les Boisses which once hosted an army barracks, changed its name to Tignes 1800, said goodbye to the last of its soldiers and replaced their quarters with smart apartment complexes. Its lifts were also upgraded so it now takes much less time to ski over to the rest of Tignes and it has regular buses connecting it to Tignes le Lac, but it still feels slightly out on a limb, and it is very quiet at night.
Tignes le Brevieres is even further down the mountain, but at 1550m it’s only ‘low altitude’ by Tignes standards, and as its slopes are North-facing it’s very rare that you can not ski back to it. Although it’s modern and purpose-built like the rest of Tignes, its traditional low-rise chalet-style architecture and setting among trees below the dam has always made it the most village-like and least Tignes-like of the Tignes villages. It’s also the most isolated and self-contained, with its own bars, restaurants and shops. If you stay here, the other Tignes villages will just be places you ski past on your way to a lift.