Meribel Accommodation Guide – The Villages Explained
The reason we have divided all of our Meribel accommodation sections
(chalets – apartments – hotels) in to the different areas of the valley
is because new visitors to Meribel are often a little confused.
Meribel accommodation in the main town also includes Meribel Morel, Meribel 1600, Le Plateau, Rond Point, Belvedere, Altiport and Mussillon. So for new visitors here is the breakdown. All these areas are served by the excellent free bus service from early morning till about midnight. The bus stops every few minutes all over the main town area so you will never have far to walk. All the pistes near these areas (apart from Mussillon) lead down to the main ski lift centre at Chaudanne. If the choices do confuse you a little just e-mail me for some impartial personal advice on where you should stay.
Meribel Town Centre. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
In the town centre itself is a good selection of self catered ski apartments with up to 4 bedrooms plus up 6 market full board hotels. There are also 2 bed and breakfast hotels right in the town centre. Accommodation in the town centre is all located just a few minutes walk from either Chaudanne ski lift centre or the Meribel Tourist Office. At the tourist office is an escalator to the Doron piste,which in turn leads down to Chaudanne.
Meribel Morel. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
Up the hill from the town centre is Meribel Morel and next to it just a little more uphill is Meribel 1600. In this area you will find a chairlift direct to the Meribel Altiport piste, which in turn gives a fast connection direct to Courchevel 1850. The altiport is the favourite area for beginner’s skiing. There is a very good supermarket in 1600, 2 great bar/restaurants, a pizza takeaway and 2 ski shops all within walking distance. A doctor’s surgery is located here too but let’s hope you don’t need that one! The town centre is about 10 minutes walk downhill. (It is uphill of course coming home = good exercise!). The free bus takes 5 minutes to town centre. Meribel Accommodation in the Morel area comprises a good selection of chalets both catered and self catered.There are also many apartments with 1 to 4 bedrooms . I addition there is one traditional savoyard style 2 star hotel right by the Morel ski chairlift.
Meribel 1600. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
As mentioned up the road just a little further from Morel is Meribel 1600, also giving that quick access to the Morel chairlift. 1600 is only about 5 minutes walk to the Doron piste. Meribel 1600 shares the same local shops & restaurants as Morel. The town centre is about 15 minutes walk downhill or 5 minutes by the shuttle bus. Similar times coming home. Accommodation choices are also much the same as Morel, plus a lovely 3 star hotel is also situated here.
Meribel Plateau. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
This area is some distance by road above Meribel 1600 and just a few minutes walk up to Rond Point. Most apartment accommodation is just across the road from the piste so they are all almost ski in ski out. Le Plateau area has 2 ski shops, a supermarket, 2 restaurants and a bakery. The walk to town is a long one, about 25 -30 minutes. Far better to get the free bus both up and down! (10 minutes). Ski accommodation here consists of self catered apartments with 1 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms. Plus some very high quality catered chalets with up to 7 bedrooms.
Rond Point. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
Rond Point is right by the piste and has the famous bar of the same name located there. The “Ronny” features live music every afternoon. There is one lovely restaurant, plus a ski shop. It is too far to walk to and from town centre but the regular free bus stops here as usual.(10 minutes to town) . A great location for getting on to the piste early mornings. Accommodation here consists of several high quality hotels including one excellent B and B option, plus self catered apartments of various sizes. Some apartments here offer short stays and also Sunday changeovers.
Belvedere. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
This is the posh part of Meribel. Adjacent to Rond Point in a private estate it was developed for the 1992 Olympics and is very high-class. Obviously prices are also also high here but it is right by the piste and property standards are among the highest in Meribel. It also has several high quality 3 star and 4 star hotels and some top end exclusive catered 5 star chalets. Guests here do not normally use the public bus! But it does have a special shuttle bus running only from Rond Point to Belvedere and back. Thereafter you use the normal bus service.
Altiport. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
Meribel Altiport is more of an aerodrome than an airport. Only small private planes and helicopters land here. The Altiport complex has a hotel, many apartments, a restaurant, and ski shop. It is located by the forest. Very peaceful and right on the beginner piste. The bus to town takes 15 minutes. Accommodation here is in the Altiport Hotel or good quality self catered apartments in the same complex.
Mussillon. (Need to look at the “Meribel resort map” ?)
Back down near Meribel centre, slightly out of town downhill, is Mussillon. The walk to the centre is about 5-10 minutes. The famous Dicks T Bar (Now O’Sullivans nightclub) is located in this area but is well insulated! Mussillon is quite spread out and hosts a wide selection of good quality chalets, mainly catered. Mussillon has its own large supermarket, plus the Den bar & restaurant. Most of the ski accommodation here is in its catered chalets as mentioned but Mussillon does have a few self catered apartments too.