Friendly and luxurious – what a find! The Saint Louis is a hotel in the heart of Courchevel 1850’s swankiest area, and the décor, gourmet food, champagne and canapés all fit right in. But this is no austere posh hotel experience – the staff are relaxed and friendly, the rooms are comfy and the attention to detail makes a stay here really relaxing too.
What to expect
There’s a lounge with an open fire, a south-facing terrace restaurant and a bar, and it’s all a mere 30 steps from the Bellecote piste that runs right through 1850. It’s close to the centre of town too – two minutes on skis down the piste, or 10-minutes walk down the road.
The reception area has wifi, but the rooms don’t. Still, we found that if you timed it right and were working in the reception before dinner, members of staff would come by with glasses of champagne, which made working much more fun!
When the MadDogSki team visited (in January 2011) they were particularly blown away by the amazing food, friendly welcome and little touches like the help-yourself basket of lipbalm, packets of tissues and fun-size chocolate bars by the door out of the boot room.
Good for midweek and weekend
If you are planning a midweek or long weekend ski trip it can be tough to find places as the Saturday-to-Saturday holiday schedule reigns supreme all over the Alps. The St Louis claims to be the only property in Courchevel 1850 to offer flexible durations all year round.
If you like the location but prefer apartment dwelling, the hotel’s top floor is a private apartment that sleeps 17 and has a home cinema room. If you book for sole occupancy (and we can only imagine that in 1850 there are an above average number of oligarchs who do this sort of thing), you get a private chef and personal ski manager thrown in!
Rue de Bellecote, 73120 Courchevel 1850, France