Written by jim on 26 Aug, 2001
There are some differences in the hotels in Champoluc and the Valle d’Aosta, but you can expect a similar level of service and comfort. Almost every hotel is owned and operated by a family who takes pride in the establishment and in taking care…Read More
There are some differences in the hotels in Champoluc and the Valle d’Aosta, but you can expect a similar level of service and comfort. Almost every hotel is owned and operated by a family who takes pride in the establishment and in taking care of the guests. None of the rooms are big by American standards, but they are comfortable and more than adequate. Most importantly, most of the rooms operate on the half-board system (which meant, I found to my pleasant surprise, that breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the room). Having said that, I found a few of the hotels in Champoluc that I preferred more than others:
Hotel CastorThis is one of the older hotels in town and has a little more charm than some of the others. The location is right in the center of town and a shuttle bus will take you to the slopes (even if you walk it is only about ¼ mile). Prices range from about $60-$100 per night. Contact information: email email@example.com
Hotel de ChampolucThe biggest attraction is the location. It is located right at the foot of the ski lift. You are also within walking distance of the center of town. Prices range from $50-$110.Contact information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.hoteldechampoluc.com
BreithornIf you are looking for modernized charm, you will like this hotel. The entire interior has been gutted and renovated. Fortunately, the beautiful outside architecture has been maintained (lots of natural wood, stone shingles, etc.). You can choose from different room types and can take advantage of the on-site spa facilities (i.e. worldpool, sauna, steamroom, etc.). It is a little more expensive, but worth a few extra lira. Prices range from $60-$125.Contact information: email email@example.com or visit their website at www.breithornhotel.com
Hotel BellevueThis is a relatively new and fairly small hotel located close to the center of town. It has fewer amenities but is a little cozier. It is right next to a stream that runs through town, but other than that doesn’t offer much additional in the way of ambience. Prices range from $60-$115.Contact information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Written by jim on 03 Sep, 2001
Coming from New York City, it would be hard to imagine any town in the Alps that isn't charming. Having said that, I really enjoyed Champoluc and St. Jacques for several reasons.First, you will find no trace of a McDonald's or a Starbucks.…Read More
Coming from New York City, it would be hard to imagine any town in the Alps that isn't charming. Having said that, I really enjoyed Champoluc and St. Jacques for several reasons.
First, you will find no trace of a McDonald's or a Starbucks. These towns are insulated from much of the commercial pressures of larger towns and most of the businesses, restaurants and accommodations are owned and operated by local families. This helps explain the high quality at almost every establishment that I visited.
Second, these and other local towns have been here for hundreds of years. The architecture owes it roots (and its foundations in many cases) to generations long past and it would be hard to imagine these small towns looking much different in another 100 years.
Third, the townspeople are extremely friendly and proud of this area. Don't be surprised if you get several free history lessons that will add to your understanding of the area. People who live in and visit this area do so because they love the way of life. They seem glad to share it with visitors as long as the visitors are respectful of the area.
Fourth, you will find more than enough to keep you busy. The hiking, climbing and skiing are world-class and an outdoor enthusiast will never run out of places to enjoy or explore. But you can also enjoy the local activities such as the local markets, small art galleries, little shops and coffee shops and of course wonderful restaurants. I even enjoyed an Italian movie at the local movie house (which happened to be the church in the center of town). You can even find an English paper to start your day even though I found little evidence of other English or American visitors.
Finally and most importantly, these towns seem to work in harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings. For instance, many of the older buildings are made of wood with stone shingles. They seem like a fitting adjunct to some of the most beautiful mountain scenery you will ever see.
For information on the area make sure you stop in the tourist information center and the bureau des guides (both located in the center of town). You can get a packet of information (in English) that will explain some of the history of the area and will help you navigate the various options. You can also check out www.monterosaski.com or www.ayas-champoluc.com for information. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.