Skiing holidays are almost here, so you have already decided when and where to go, but what kind of accommodation should you choose? There are plenty of choices depending on your budget and personal preferences. We are going to take a look at two of the most popular accommodation types, so you can decide which one suits you best.
We all know what a hotel is all about. Hotels are pretty much the same all over the world, so you know what you can expect to find once you get there. If you are the type of person who likes safety and stability, hotels are for you. You are going to have very few surprises, everything will be more or less familiar, as hotel rooms and services provided at a certain level of comfort are very similar across multiple countries and areas of the globe.
When it comes to ski accommodation, you can find hotels that are very close to the slopes, so you won’t have to commute a lot each day during your holiday. You can enjoy all the comfort and facilities you’ve been used to and yet feel the thrills of skiing on the best slopes in the world. There will be hotels in all ski resorts, so you don’t have to worry you are going to have troubles in this respect.
The Guardian have written a great article on Top 10 affordable ski chalets and hotels in Europe which has some great suggestions.
A chalet is usually closer to the wilderness and without so many services available. It is an excellent choice if you go skiing with your entire family. your children are going to be happier in the chalet than in a hotel, they will feel free to run and laugh all over the place and you are going to be able to keep an eye on them easier. Most chalets will have a backyard where children can play without disturbing the other guests. There are two choices when it comes to chalet accommodation: catered or self-catered. If you enjoy cooking and you would like to do it even during your skiing holiday, you should go for a self-catered chalet, go there with all needed supplies and cook your beloved ones delicious meals. If you would rather enjoy skiing on the slopes rather than spending your time in the kitchen, you should go for a catered chalet like Chalet Chez Robert based in La Rosiere, where you are going to find a nice and warm meal (and plenty of wine !) at the end of an exhausting skiing day.
Generally speaking, chalets are cheaper than hotels, so you can have a great skiing holiday for less money. This is not 100% true, however. There are fairly inexpensive hotels as well as fancy and luxurious chalets that cost as much as a five-star hotel in a major European capital.
As you can see, the choice depends less on your budget for the holiday and more on your personal preferences. Skiing holidays are awesome anyway, as they give you the chance to spend a lot of time outdoors, so it matters less where you sleep at night. Besides, you are going to be so tired after skiing for several hours every day, that a good night sleep is almost guaranteed. It matters less what accommodation you get.
The most important thing is that the ski resort has everything that’s required for enjoying this awesome winter sport to the full, in the best possible conditions. After that, choose whatever looks more appealing to you, be it a chalet or a hotel nearby the skiing areas. Your happiness is almost guaranteed in both situations, no matter what.