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Chalet Guide to Alpe d'Huez

A guide to finding the perfect chalet in Alpe d'Huez

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A chalet embodies the quintessential ski holiday. Who hasn’t dreamt of coming back to the perfect chocolate-box house after a day on the slopes? Even better if there's a plush sofa you can snuggle up on in front of a roaring fire or an outdoor hot tub to unwind in while surrounded by deep powder fields and high snow-capped peaks. That’s exactly what staying in a chalet is all about.

Alpe d'Huez has hundreds of chalets available, offering a range of services from high-end, fully-catered luxury holidays to self-catering accommodation for short breaks. Whether it's a traditional Savoyard-style converted farmhouses or a contemporary Alpine abode, they're the perfect home away from home on your winter holiday or your summer escape to the mountains.

This guide will help you choose the perfect chalet for your holiday in Alpe d'Huez. Let's dive right in.

Things to consider when booking a chalet in Alpe d'Huez

When booking your chalet in Alpe d'Huez, you’ll find that there are two main options: catered or self-catered. Essentially your meals are included in the price of your chalet rental or they're not.

Catered chalets in Alpe d'Huez
Catered chalets include accommodation and meals under the same roof. Generally managed by one or more chalet hosts who take care of cooking, serving and cleaning, the chalets are usually half-board and include at least breakfast and dinner in the price of your accommodation. Usually rented by the room and priced per person, they suit small families and groups of friends, as well as couples and solo travellers who want an easy, effortless holiday with no cooking or washing up involved. Some chalets have triple or family (quad) rooms available and sometimes the chalet company may rent out a catered chalet as a whole property for large groups.

Pros: 

  • Catered chalets are the best option for those searching for a hassle-free holiday, as there’s nothing much you need to do other than enjoy your stay. 
  • You’ll wake up to the smell of freshly cooked breakfast, come back from skiing to homemade cake and tea, and sit down to a three or four-course dinner in the evenings.
  • Chalet hosts will also clean rooms and common areas.

Cons: 

  • The price per person of catered chalets is usually higher than that of self-catered chalets. However, you also get more bang for your buck since chalet hosts will cook your meals and clean after you.
  • You will be sharing your accommodation with other people you haven't met before.

Worth noting: Chalet staff usually have one, sometimes two, evenings off during the week. When this happens, you’ll get a continental, self-service breakfast left out for you by your host, as well as afternoon tea and cake. For dinner, you’ll get the chance to sample the local restaurants. Alternatively, some companies provide self-service dinner, carefully prepared and left out for you, often in the form of a traditional Savoyarde fondue or raclette.

Self-catered chalets in Alpe d'Huez
Self-catered chalets include only the rental of the accommodation, so you need to take care of your own meals. They are ideal for those who want the chalet all to themselves, don’t mind/like cooking and ordering take away, and are happy cleaning up after themselves throughout their stay.

Pros: 

  • Self-catered chalets are rented out as a whole property, so you get the chalet all to yourself.
  • They are generally cheaper than catered chalets, which means that you'll have more cash to splash on Alpe d'Huez's great selection of restaurants.
  • If you have children, fussy eaters or those with specific dietary requirements in your group, it can be easier to cater for them in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Cons: 

  • You'll need to sort out your meals and clean up after yourself. 

Worth noting: Many companies can arrange mid-stay cleans and linen/towel changes if booked in advance, and self-catering nowadays is much easier than ever thanks to the array of catering options available. Some chalet companies provide welcome packs or can arrange shopping deliveries and private chef services. And in the post-Covid world, food and drink delivery services are springing up in resorts making flexible self-catering much more of an option. Gone are the days when self-catering meant someone cooking every night of their holiday (however, someone definitely still has to load the dishwasher I'm afraid!)

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Catered vs self-catered chalets in Alpe d'Huez

The dining area in the chalet

When booking your chalet in Alpe d'Huez, you’ll find that there are two main options: catered or self-catered. These depend on whether your meals are included in the price of your chalet rental or not.

Catered chalets in Alpe d'Huez
Catered chalets include accommodation and meals under the same roof. Generally managed by one or more chalet hosts who take care of cooking, serving and cleaning, the chalets are usually half-board and include at least breakfast and dinner in the price of your accommodation.

Catered chalets are generally rented by the room and priced per person, based on two people sharing a room. If you’re a solo traveller, you won’t share a room but you may be charged a supplement for the empty bed. Some chalets have triple or family (quad) rooms available and these are priced slightly differently.

Pros: 

  • Catered chalets are the best option for those searching for a hassle-free holiday, as there’s nothing much you need to do other than enjoy your stay. 
  • You’ll wake up to the smell of freshly cooked breakfast, come back from skiing to homemade cake and tea, and sit down to a three or four-course dinner in the evenings.
  • Chalet hosts will also clean rooms and common areas.

Cons: 

  • The price per person of catered chalets is usually higher than that of self-catered chalets. However, you also get more bang for your buck since chalet hosts will cook your meals and clean after you.
  • You will be sharing your accommodation with other people you haven't met before.

Who should book a catered chalet in Alpe d'Huez?
Since catered chalets are usually booked by the room, they suit small families and groups of friends, as well as couples and solo travellers who want an easy, effortless holiday with no cooking or washing up involved. Some companies may be able to rent out their catered chalets as a whole property for large groups too.

Worth noting: Chalet staff usually have one, sometimes two, evenings off during the week. When this happens, you’ll get a continental, self-service breakfast left out for you by your host, as well as afternoon tea and cake. For dinner, you’ll get the chance to sample the local restaurants. Alternatively, some companies provide self-service dinner, carefully prepared and left out for you, often in the form of a traditional Savoyarde fondue or raclette.

Self-catered chalets in Alpe d'Huez
Self-catered chalets include only the accommodation in your rental, so you need to take care of your own meals.

Pros: 

  • Self-catered chalets are rented out as a whole property, so you get the chalet all to yourself.
  • They are generally cheaper than catered chalets, which means that you'll have more cash to splash on Alpe d'Huez's great selection of restaurants.
  • If you have children, fussy eaters or those with specific dietary requirements in your group, it can be easier to cater for them in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Cons: 

  • You'll need to sort out your meals and clean up after yourself. However, many companies can arrange mid-stay cleans and linen/towel changes if booked in advance, and self-catering nowadays is much easier than ever thanks to the array of catering options available. Some chalet companies provide welcome packs or can arrange private chef services. And in the post-Covid world, delivery food services are springing up in resorts making flexible self-catering much more of an option. Gone are the days when self-catering meant someone cooking every night of their holiday (however, someone definitely still has to load the dishwasher I'm afraid!)

Who should book a self-catered chalet in Alpe d'Huez?
Self-catered chalets are ideal for those who want the chalet all to themselves, don’t mind/like cooking and ordering take away, and are happy cleaning up after themselves throughout their stay.

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Luxury chalets in Alpe d'Huez

The living room in the apartment

Luxury is in the eye of the beholder. What someone may find opulent, someone else may deem simple. However, Alpe d'Huez does have a great selection of chalets on the higher end of the spectrum.

What's included in a luxury chalet?
When we talk about luxury chalets in Alpe d'Huez, we refer to chalets boasting five-star facilities: large ski rooms with boot warmers, cinema rooms, stunning central-piece fireplaces, playstations, large chef-style kitchens, spa rooms and, of course, floor to ceiling windows so that you can soak in the views from the warmth of your living room. Luxury chalets usually come with concierge services that'll take care of everything for you, from ski passes to lessons, equipment hire, airport transfers, shuttle service to the lifts, etc. A private chef or a 24hr chauffeur can usually also be added as options.

Where can you find luxury chalets in Alpe d'Huez?
Right in the heart of Alpe d'Huez, there are two main clusters of chalets at the foot of the slopes: one in Les Bergers area and another one in the old town. Many of these offer luxury facilities and some also have ski-to-door access.

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Group chalets in Alpe d'Huez

The Sauna at the chalet

If you’re looking to organise a group or corporate ski trip, Alpe d'Huez is the perfect place to host it. A charming Alpine village with great nightlife and loads of choice when it comes to group accommodation, Alpe d'Huez has lots going on and it’s situated in one of the biggest ski areas in the world.

What should you look out for when booking a chalet for a big group in Alpe d'Huez?
Many ski chalet operators in Alpe d'Huez offer large chalets that can accommodate big groups with huge communal spaces. These are located near the resort's main action hot spots, including local bars, restaurants and, of course, the slopes. However, even if they're not, dedicated transport will whisk you around.

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Family chalets in Alpe d'Huez

The lounge area in the chalet

Alpe d'Huez is really well set up for mountain-loving families, with plenty of activities for all ages and a host of family-friendly chalets.

What should you look out for when booking a chalet for your family in Alpe d'Huez?
Family ski holidays tend to have their own unique requirements, the most important of which is finding a large ski chalet preferably with a garden big enough to build snowmen! Several large ski chalets offer family-focused accommodation in Alpe d'Huez with services ranging from playrooms and hot tubs to childcare. For families who'd rather stay in quieter spots, the villages of Villard-Reculas, Oz en Oisans and Vaujany are great options.

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Budget chalets in Alpe d'Huez

A double bedroom in the chalet

There are plenty of budget-friendly accommodation options in Alpe d'Huez, especially outside the main resort area.

How can you save money on your Alpe d'Huez chalet?
The towns of Villard-Reculas, Oz en Oisans and Vaujany have a large selection of chalets which, because they are not located within Alpe d'Huez itself, tend to be more budget-friendly. Providing excellent access to the Grand Domaine ski area, most are situated only minutes away from the lifts.

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Ski-in & ski-out chalets in Alpe d'Huez

A view from the chalet

The huge advantage of high mountain resorts is the ability to ski-in and ski-out of your chalet thereby avoiding the twice-daily trudge across town in ski boots.

Where can you find ski-in & ski-out chalets in Alpe d'Huez?
In Alpe d'Huez, many of the chalets offer ski-in/ski-out accommodation or, at least ski to the door, as plenty of them are conveniently located near the pistes, either in the Les Bergers area of by the DMC lift. Another great ski-in/ski-out sector is the Altiport, a tranquil quarter higher up the mountain, around 500m from the bustling centre of Alpe d'Huez, with direct access to the ski slopes.

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Our guide on Where to Stay in Alpe d'Huez will help give you an indication of the character and feel of the different resorts. Alpe d'Huez also has plenty of self-catered apartments available to rent, take a look at our Holiday Rentals page to see what's on offer and read our guide on the best self-catered ski apartments for more information.

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