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A world of old school Italian charm is a welcome respite to the metal and glass clad modern boutique hotels. The Hotel Pavillon in Courmayeur puts its service at the forefront of your stay. it's a short stroll into the town centre but there's plenty along the way, streets crammed with quirky cafes and ice creams of every imaginable flavour. It's a place you'll happily muse about for days on end.
The pool is a proper one you can actually do lengths in, none of this plunge pool type malarkey here. Even the fireplace is more furnace than fire, it wouldn't look out of place in some dwarven smithy where dragons roamed the skies. Whether you're one to lounge in a spa, sit back by the bar or head for the bright lights, the Pavillon is well worth trying out. You'll even get tea and cakes after a day on the slopes.
- Everyone loves a good fire and here it's massive
- A couple of minutes to the gondola means you'll be on the slopes in no time
- Large swimming pool with picture windows makes it feel like you're swimming in snow
- The hire shop on the mountain lets you leave your kit there so no traipsing around in ski boots till you're on your skis
- Family run by the Truchet's for generations
- If you're looking for serious relaxation the Truchet family recommend the Pré Saint Didier thermal spa a few kilometres up the road
At the top of town, it's hard to get much closer to the lifts in Courmayeur. The main Gondola is 200 metres away, so access on and off the mountain is on your doorstep. The town centre is a couple of minutes by foot and the location means you won't be woken by any party revellers in the night.
All 50 of the rooms at the Hotel Pavillon are in a traditional mountain style with TV, phone, minibar and safe, room service is on request.
These rooms have either a single or a double bed, small seating area and an ensuite.
Approx. 18m2, sleeps max. 2
Similar to the classic rooms with a double bed, they are slightly larger and can accommodate an extra bed.
Approx. 26m2, sleeps max. 3
This is a one bedroom suite with a double bed and a separate lounge area. There's a bath and a shower in the ensuite.
Approx. 50m2, sleeps max. 4
Resort height - 1,225m
Highest point - 2,755m
Ski areaCourmayeur - 39km of piste
Although not the largest area there are plenty of off-piste runs to explore. If you're a fan of mountain restaurants, you will be in heaven.
Blue runs 27%
Red runs 59%
Black runs 14%
Lifts - 18
Season length - November to April
Beginners - 1/5
Intermediates - 4/5
Experts - 3/5
Snowboarders - 3/5
Families - 2/5
Après - 4/5
Eating out - 4/5
Charm - 4/5
Curling | dog sledding | golf on snow | paragliding | snow biking | snow shoeing | sports centre with climbing wall, squash and tennis
Geneva - 1 hour 30 minutes
Turin - 2 hours
Transfers from Geneva pass through the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Shared transfers will often change vehicles just outside Chamonix so don't be surprised if you're asked to change vans here.
If you hire a car there is a toll cost to pass through the tunnel at around €57 per car (return) and then around €10 in standard toll road charges.
Courmayeur local lift pass
3 day lift pass from £126
6 day lift pass from £229
You can also buy a Mont Blanc Unlimited pass which includes neighbouring Chamonix and gives you a discount on a bus through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Chamonix and back (approx €15 return). The bus timetable can be found here.
Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass
3 day lift pass from £134
6 day lift pass from £221
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