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.

 The Main Town (1450m)

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.


Meribel Accommodation – Meribel Village (1450m)

This newish village (1998) is just 5 minutes from the town centre on the regular free bus and has it’s own fast chairlift (Golf)  to the Altiport beginners area, which gives convenient and easy access to Courchevel 1850. The village has 1 English style pub / restaurant  and 2 extra very good  restaurants. Also a supermarket and ski shop are to found in the centre.This village is great for families and those that want the quick entry over to Courchevel. The pub has live bands a few times a week and a taxi is not too expensive for those that want a late night in town. Accommodation here consists of a great selection of good quality apartments and quite a few chalets, both catered (mainly) and self catered.


Meribel Accommodation – Les Allues Village(1300m)

This is the original 14th century village 5km down the valley but has it’s own bus link to Meribel Village 10 minutes & Chaudanne (10 minutes approx.) and a Gondola station also connecting with Chaudanne (15 minutes ). Chaudanne is the main lift centre for Meribel and a few minutes walk from town centre. You can ski back much of the season on the villages blue run. This is a track through the forest. Very nice if snow is good. The village has 1 English style pub/restaurant plus a few other very good restaurants. Les Allues also has its own supermarket and ski shop. The accommodation in Les Allues tends to be a mix of catered and self catered chalets plus modern apartments at the far end of town.


Meribel Accommodation – Le Cruet (1300m)

Le Cruet is a small old traditional hamlet just a few minutes uphill from Les Allues village. Shopping, bars and restaurants are all located in Les Allues. The excellent free bus service stops at the end of the village road. (15 minutes to town centre). Accommodation here is limited to a few chalets only, catered and self catered. Staying here you might be advised to hire skis up at Chaudanne so after skiing you dont have to walk home in ski boots. Storage of your own skis and boots is also possible at Chaudanne. Feel free to E-mail me for details.


Meribel Accommodation – Chandon (1350m)

Chandon is more of a hamlet than a village, Very old in a traditional style, quaint and very quiet with its own bus stop going up to Meribel Village & Chaudanne (7 & 10 minutes) or down to Les Allues village (3 minutes). For much of the season good skiers can ski back down to Chandon on the Villages blue run through the forest.
It has a limited amount of accommodation but Meribel Chandon should appeal to families or those that want a quiet location at a lower price than other areas.


Meribel Accommodation – Raffort Village (1400m)

Raffort is a charming little village, and it has it’s own Gondola link to Chaudanne (5 minutes) and the free bus to Chaudanne (10 minutes) stops here too. Most of the season you can ski back to Raffort Village on the blue Villages piste. There is one bar/restaurant in the main car park by the Olympe Gondola station. Meribel Raffort is near enough to the town center to appeal to both families and others. All accommodation in Raffort is either catered or self catered chalets. Note: Some chalets here are of a very high standard.


Meribel Accommodation – Gittaz Village(1400m)

Most of the accommodation in the hamlet of Gittaz is within walking distance of Meribel Village and it now has a few lovely fully catered chalets located there. The bus stops nearby but most chalet companies here have private minibuses for guests anyway.


Meribel Mottaret (1750m)

Meribel Mottaret is a modern style satellite village with mainly ski in ski out apartment accommodation, plus a few chalets and hotels near the centre. With its own modern lift system it is great for keen skiers who want to explore the 3 valleys fast. For party animals it is 10 minutes on the free bus down to Meribel town for the real nightlife. Last bus up is around midnight. However Mottaret does have a few lively bars of its own plus  1 cellar night-club and very good selection of restaurants. Self catered guests are the majority here so there are several good supermarkets within walking distance of most apartments.