You've made up your mind – you want to come to Morzine on your next holiday. As you research your trip, you'll discover that there’s more than one town in the area and that they all offer a great selection of chalets, apartments and hotels. Accommodation is one of the biggest expenses when booking a holiday, so you want to make sure that you’ve chosen the right location. Worry not, we’re here to help.
Located deep in the Dranse River valley, at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level, Morzine is one of the most popular ski and mountain resorts in the world. This is mainly thanks to its exceptional location – it's close to Geneva international airport making it very easy to get to, while also superbly positioned at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area and its 650km of runs.
There are several towns and villages along the Dranse valley, many of which are linked to the pistes thanks to an extensive network of ski and summer lifts. In a nutshell, the river Dranse divides the valley into two wooded slopes: Morzine spills onto both of them while Les Gets stands on the western side and the eastern slope is occupied by Montriond and, higher up, Avoriaz.
Following the valley downriver towards Geneva Lake is St Jean d’Aulps which boasts its own ski area and is another great spot to base yourself while holidaying here. Finally, crossing the border into Switzerland over the mountains that loom above Avoriaz sits Chatel, another Portes du Soleil hot spot very popular with skiers.
- Five things to consider before deciding where to stay in Morzine
- Morzine: The heart of the action
- Les Gets: Family-friendly accommodation by the pistes
- Montriond: Luxury apartments & chalets in picturesque surroundings
- Nyon & Les Nants: Quiet areas with high-end accommodation
- Les Prodains: Easy access to the Portes du Soleil
- Luxury hot spots in Morzine
- Romantic corners in Morzine
- Group accommodation in Morzine
- Family-friendly areas in Morzine
- Cheap accommodation in Morzine
- Ski-in & ski-out areas in Morzine
- Mountain bike hot spots in Morzine
- Camping & glamping in Morzine
- More inspiration...
Five things to consider before deciding where to stay in Morzine
When it comes to booking accommodation in Morzine, there is certainly no shortage of choice. Whether you are looking for luxury hotels, chalets for large groups or apartments that are as close to the lifts as possible, you’ll find it all here. This guide to the different sections that make up this superb area should help point you in the right direction so that you are situated as close to whatever action you're looking for. But, first things first.
Should you stay in Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets or Montriond?
It depends on the type of holiday you'd like to have. It’s always a good idea to know exactly what you’re looking for: chalet or apartment, party or tranquillity, sporty or relaxed – a holiday in Morzine can offer all of these things. With an impressive assortment of accommodation hot spots, from the picturesque Alpine town of Morzine to the modern ski hub of Avoriaz, the Portes du Soleil is full of surprises.
These are some of the things you may want to consider in advance before you pick the place you want to stay in:
- Distance to the pistes: Being able to ski to your door is everyone’s dream – there’s no better feeling than putting your skis on right outside your front door. Morzine and its surrounding area offer a decent selection of ski-in and ski-out apartments, chalets and hotels. However, bear in mind that these very sought-after spots are usually more expensive than the places further away from the pistes so, if you want to save some money, you can always rely on the excellent network of free shuttle buses that run along the whole length of the valley and will take you to the foot of the slopes in no time.
- Quiet or bustling: Is après-ski as important (or more important) than the skiing itself? In that case, you’d want to stay as close to the bars and clubs in resort as possible. However, if you’d rather stay in after a day on the slopes and prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the centre, one of the charming villages surrounding Morzine is probably a better choice – and, if you find yourself itching to party, you can always hop on a bus to the centre of Morzine.
- Amenities: Ask yourself what you’ll need around you when holidaying in Morzine. For example, if you’re self-catering, you probably want to be as close to the supermarkets and restaurants as possible, while those staying in catered chalets and hotels may not need to. Having shops, ski and/or bike rental places and cafes around you can be very handy but also quite noisy.
- Things to do: As with amenities, not everyone will need the same services nearby. For example, families will want to be near the ski schools meeting points to avoid trudging across resort in ski boots carrying yours and your children's skis. Having the local swimming pool and sports centre close by is also a great idea for those coming with little ones, it’ll keep them entertained after a day on the slopes. Or perhaps you need a spa for a good back rub or to soak your sore muscles in a hot tub after a few hours snowboarding.
- Budget: Last but not least, location is key when it comes to saving money. Generally, the closer you get to the slopes and to the resort centre, the steeper the prices will be, while the villages further away from the lifts will usually offer cheaper deals. You may have to sacrifice convenience for budget but worry not, you’ll never be further than 20 minutes from the world-renowned Morzine pistes thanks to the aforementioned shuttle buses.
Our local team’s top tip: When booking accommodation, take a good look at the photos. You’re going to be spending some time in this space so you may as well feel comfortable in it. It’s not just about whether you prefer a cosy rustic interior or a light and airy open plan space, but also whether the layout and décor fit your needs. Are the rooms big enough? How about the bathrooms? Is there a super-modern, steep staircase your toddler won’t be able to climb? What floor is the apartment on? Is it accessible by a lift? All of this matters when choosing your accommodation and not every town in Morzine will be able to provide all sorts of styles.
Morzine: The heart of the action
Staying right in the centre of Morzine has its obvious perks, the main one being that you'll be able to walk to and from the resort’s main facilities and attractions.
Who should stay in the centre of Morzine?
If you want to be first on the lifts in the morning and last out of the bars in the evening, then booking accommodation in Morzine itself is a must. The Super Morzine gondola, which delivers you directly into the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, is right in the centre of the village as are the Pléney lifts which access the local ski area: Morzine and Les Gets.
As is to be expected, most of the bars and restaurants are also in the heart of town and Morzine is reputed to have one of the best après ski scenes in the whole of France. When researching hotels, ski chalets, self-catering apartments or seasonal lets here, it is worthwhile bearing in mind that the town stretches along the valley, so transport is key unless your accommodation is situated within easy walking distance to the ski lifts. There are free shuttle buses and a little tourist train to help getting around the resort, so make sure you check where the nearest bus stop is in relation to your accommodation.
Les Gets: Family-friendly accommodation by the pistes
Only a 15-minute drive from Morzine is the smaller, traditionally Savoyard village of Les Gets. The local ski area of Morzine/Les Gets is actually pretty extensive and great for beginners and intermediates but from here you can also reach out into the wider Portes du Soleil ski area.
Who should stay in Les Gets?
The fact that you can ski to the village makes Les Gets particularly popular with families and those looking for ski accommodation close to the slopes. There are numerous hotels here, as well as a plethora of catered chalets and self-catering apartments available, coupled with a good selection of bars and restaurants to choose from in the village.
Montriond: Luxury apartments & chalets in picturesque surroundings
If you’re looking for a haven of peace and tranquility to stay in during your Morzine ski holiday, then the beautiful hamlet of Montriond is an ideal option.
Who should stay in Montriond?
Just a five-minute drive from Morzine itself, there are numerous large luxury ski chalets in Montriond, a pretty Alpine village with great views, its own bars and restaurants, and a wonderful lake. As Montriond neighbours Morzine, some parts of the town are just as close to the lifts as some parts of Morzine, while the town is also on the Ardent bus route giving you good access up to Avoriaz.
Nyon & Les Nants: Quiet areas with high-end accommodation
Located just outside Morzine, Nyon and Les Nants are a couple of picturesque hamlets offering large ski chalet accommodation with great mountain views.
Who should stay in Nyon and Les Nants?
As with Montriond, these sought-after areas suit visitors looking for accommodation on the higher end of the spectrum. Les Nants is just a five to 10-minute walk from the centre, nestled below the slopes of the Pléney. Many chalets here offer easy access to the pistes, being just a few metres away from them. Nyon, a bit further out from the town centre, is only a five minute drive from Morzine. An additional benefit of booking accommodation here is that you will be really close to the Nyon gondola, which offers speedy access into the Morzine and Les Gets ski area without the crowds.
Les Prodains: Easy access to the Portes du Soleil
The small hamlet of Les Prodains lies at the bottom of the cliff upon which the village of Avoriaz is perched. Situated around 5km from the centre of Morzine, it serves as a gateway to Avoriaz as the 3S Prodains Express gondola departs from here.
Who should stay in Les Prodains?
Those looking to make the most of their Portes du Soleil ski pass. Les Prodains offers easy access to the high-mountain slopes of Avoriaz and its world-famous snowparks – the gondola takes just under five minutes to reach the top, but it's also relatively close to Morzine – a bus connects Prodains and Pléney in just 10 minutes. Some chalets in Prodains offer ski-to-door access.
Luxury hot spots in Morzine
If you're searching for luxury accommodation in Morzine, you're in luck! The resort offers plenty of high-end options, many of which feature private swimming pools, spas, hot tubs and even cinema rooms.
Where are luxury chalets and apartments located in Morzine?
Many luxury chalets and apartments in the Morzine Valley are based out of town, in the beautiful and quiet hamlets of Les Granges, Montriond and Nyon, all three no more than a five-minute drive from the heart of resort. Les Granges is the closest to town while Nyon has the benefit of being a tranquil spot with easy access into the Morzine-Les Gets lifts system via the Nyon gondola. Montriond, on the other hand, is close to Morzine and easily accessible from Avoriaz.
Are there any five-star hotels in Morzine?
There are no five-star hotels in Morzine or Les Gets but there’s an excellent selection of luxury four-star hotels with five-star facilities featuring gorgeous swimming pools, fully-equipped spas, gourmet restaurants and tennis courts.
Romantic corners in Morzine
High snow-capped peaks, deep luscious forests, white snow-filled fields and cosy wooden chalets with roaring fires – a ski break can be the most romantic of holidays. In Morzine, you’ll be able to make all your fairy-tale escapade dreams come true.
What’s the best place to stay in Morzine for couples?
For the quintessentially picturesque Alpine holiday, you’ll need to get away from the centre of Morzine. The charming town of Montriond is a safe bet. Picture large, modern ski chalets nestled between the trees where you can relax in the hot tub at the end of a hard day on the pistes and enjoy wonderful panoramic mountain views.
Group accommodation in Morzine
Groups have very specific needs, namely a big enough space and easy access to the slopes and the resort's amenities.
Where in Morzine can you find large apartments and chalets for groups?
Nyon is a charming hamlet offering large ski chalet accommodation with great mountain views. Only a five minute drive from Morzine, Nyon has its own gondola which offers speedy access into the Morzine and Les Gets ski area without the crowds.
Family-friendly areas in Morzine
When travelling with young children, you ideally want to stay somewhere that has lots of facilities and services nearby so that you don't have to travel long distances to get to the slopes or the restaurants.
What’s the best area for families with children to stay in Morzine?
A pretty town with easy access to the pistes, ski schools and with plenty of things to do off the slopes, Les Gets is perfect for families with little kids. Ski runs here are gentle and wide, ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, while most of the accommodation is as near to ski-in/ski-out as you can get without living on the slopes.
Cheap accommodation in Morzine
If you want to keep your costs down on your Morzine holiday, the further away from the centre you get, usually the better.
What’s the cheapest area to stay in Morzine?
Down the valley towards Thonon and Lake Geneva is the unspoilt town of St Jean d’Aulps, offering good-quality and often cheaper accommodation options than in the centre of Morzine. Sitting at the foot of the impressive Roc d’Enfer mountain range, this town offers several hotels, chalets and apartments. It also boasts its own ski area which, admittedly small, is quite varied. Despite the limited number of lifts, you can access some pretty good off-piste terrain here that tends to remain untracked for days after the larger resorts are skied out. There are several bars and restaurants in the town of St Jean d’Aulps itself but, should you feel the need for more action, a free shuttle bus to Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz is available.
However, if you don't want to stay away from the centre of Morzine, you'll be glad to know that there's a handful of two-star hotels, simple apartments and even a no-fuss, modern hostel, Hideout Hostel, offering double, triple and dorm rooms at affordable prices.
Ski-in & ski-out areas in Morzine
Ski-to-door accommodation is very popular in Morzine, which means that it gets booked out quite quickly. Prices are also usually more expensive than the accommodation a bit further away from the slopes. However, there's no greater feeling than arriving at your doorstep with your skis on, so get on booking as soon as you can if you want to experience it yourself.
Where can you find ski-to-door accommodation in Morzine?
If you’re looking for accommodation right at the foot of the slopes, then it is best to base yourself in Les Gets for your holiday. Whilst a lot of the chalets in Morzine are located close to the lifts, a chalet holiday in Les Gets can mean that you can actually put your skis on at the door and ski away. With numerous catered and self-catered chalets, apartments and hotels offering ski-in and ski-out accommodation here, choosing to stay in Les Gets means that you really can maximise your time on the piste, which is surely what ski holidays are all about. That and the après-ski, of course.
Mountain bike hot spots in Morzine
Home to some of the most legendary mountain bike trails in the world, Morzine, Les Gets and the wider Portes du Soleil mountain resorts play host to hundreds of downhill, enduro and cross-country enthusiasts every summer. With over 600km of tracks to choose from, it's no wonder this area is extremely popular with mountain bikers.
Where are the best places to stay in Morzine for mountain bikers?
There are several hot spots in the Morzine Valley for lift-accessed mountain biking trails. Perhaps the most famous are the trails in Les Gets, home not only to Crankworx but also to the MTB World Cup. This town offers a great selection of hotels, apartments and restaurants – keep an eye out for those near the Mont-Chery and Chavannes lifts.
Over in Morzine, most of the trails are concentrated around the Pléney area so, the closer you can get to this lift, the better. Finally, Avoriaz and Chatel also boast some very good mountain biking trails, especially around the Lindarets area which is easily accessible from the centre of Avoriaz.
Camping & glamping in Morzine
There's a good number of campsites and motorhome areas in Morzine and its surrounding area, open both in the summer and winter.
Are there any campsites in Morzine?
There are no campsites in Morzine itself. The closest one is located on the outskirts of Montriond, Camping Le Pré, about a 10-minute drive from the Morzine tourist office. A bit further away, you can find campsites in Les Gets, Chatel and St Jean d'Aulps, all of them well-connected to the ski lifts and mountain bike trails, as well as near the bus network that runs the length of the valley. All but for Camping Le Frene in Les Gets are open year-round.
Are there any motorhome areas in Morzine?
France is famous for its well-equipped motorhome areas or 'aires de camping-car' and Morzine is no exception. You can find one at the entrance of resort, on Route de La Plagne, and another one in Les Gets. They both offer waste disposal areas, as well as electricity and water, which you have to pay for.