About Where to Stay in La Plagne
When it comes to booking ski holiday accommodation in La Plagne, it can be difficult to know where to base yourself as there are several different areas that come under the umbrella of the brand La Plagne: six high altitude villages and four lower lying villages, each with their own character.
Whether you are looking for a top end ski hotel, a mid-budget chalet, or a cheap self-catering apartment, there is accommodation in and around La Plagne to suit all. Our guide to the different areas that make up La Plagne should help point you in the right direction so that you can choose the right base for your ski holiday.
La Plagne Centre - Bustling village with lots of accommodation & excellent access to the pistes
Based at 2,050 metres, La Plagne Centre is the original resort in the area and is dominated by the purpose built architecture that is the hallmark of French ski resorts developed in the 1960's. In recent years some modern chalets and apartments have been built in this part of the resort which are rather more boutique than grey block. Choosing accommodation in La Plagne centre means you can be sure of snow and the pistes here are great for all levels of skier. It may not be the prettiest place in the world but the centre of La Plagne does have some great facilities - the best ski schools, a large amount of shops, restaurants and bars, and a reasonably lively après ski scene.
La Plagne 1800 - Attractive village set in the trees
200 metres below La Plagne centre lies the attractive village of La Plagne 1800 - a smallish village set in the trees with mostly catered chalet accommodation. A big hit with British holidaymakers, La Plagne 1800 actually has a reasonably good nightlife even if it is limited to just a few venues. Another plus of La Plagne 1800 is that there is now a good lift connection to Plagne Centre and the ski area meaning access to the ski schools and shopping are within easy reach.
Belle Plagne - Pretty, family friendly village with great access to the slopes
The family friendly village of Belle Plagne is located at 2050m, just above Plagne Bellecote. One of the more attractive Le Plagne resorts, most accommodation here is chalet style and while there is a mini village centre it's pretty quiet. It does however offer a good value option for those looking for easy access to the fantastic ski area and the link to Les Arcs via the fantastic Vanoise cable car.
Aime La Plagne - Quiet village with ski in / ski out accommodation on the mountain side
At 2100m, Aime La Plagne is one of the highest purpose built resorts in the Alps - the benefits of which are that it truly offers ski-in / ski-out accommodation. Accommodation here is made up mostly of apartments and hotels in a large, unique looking complex at the top of the mountain. The location is great for those wanting to make the most of the Paradiski ski area and there is a small but maple nightlife scene here too.
Plagne Soleil & Plagne Villages - Small villages with quiet nightlife but excellent piste-side accommodation
Both Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages are situated at 2050m and are really satellite suburbs of La Plagne Centre. Both villages offer good value ski accommodation right on the slopes and a quieter nightlife scene than you'll find in Plagne Centre. These are quieter villages and are best suited to skiers looking for small chalets or self catering apartments.
Les Coches - Traditional mountain village feel with good value accommodation
At 1450m and situated in the trees, the lower lying Les Coches is certainly one of the more attractive villages in the La Plagne area. It links in to the main ski area by lift but not by road so it really does have a traditional Alpine village feel, even though it is actually purpose built. The nightlife is relatively quiet but Les Coches does offer a fair amount of good value ski-in / ski-out accommodation and its major plus point is that it is the direct access point for the Vanoise Express that connects La Plagne with Les Arcs.
Montalbert - Picturesque village with family friendly accommodation
Situated at the far west of the ski area, Montalbert lies lower down the valley and is more of a traditional village than many of the other La Plagne areas. It’s a great place to find family friendly ski accommodation but bear in mind that at 1350m, this pretty village may not hold the snow as long into the winter season as other areas in the valley.
Montchavin - Savoyard style village with easy access to the Paradiski area
Montchavin is a great choice for those looking for accommodation in the Paradiski area. A small, modern Savoyard style village with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, the centre of Montchavin is practically car free and has a reasonable amount of facilities including shops, bars and restaurants. The main La Plagne ski area is easily accessed from Montchavin and the village's northerly aspect means that the snow lasts here too.
Champagny en Vanoise - Quiet alpine village with cheaper accommodation options
Unlike the other resorts in the area, Champagny en Vanoise is a traditional Alpine village with a real heritage. Accommodation in Champagny en Vanoise is generally cheaper and there are several mid-range budget hotels and chalets here that are ideal for those looking for a more authentic ski holiday. The main ski area is accessed via just 2 lifts and, while nightlife is minimal, there is a small handful of restaurants and shops in the town itself.