Located in the centre of Tignes Le Lac this hotel is situated opposite Grande Motte glacier and the lake, making it ideal for both summer and winter holidays.
The hotel offers 26 bedrooms and 7 suites/family rooms - all of which have an en-suite bathroom (all of which have been renovated ahead of the 2014/15 season), balcony, cable TV, DVD player, WiFi, mini-bar, safe and hair-dryer.
Guests at Hotel Le Lac can enjoy free access to the spa with sauna, steam room and two jacuzzi where you can unwind and revive after an active day on the mountain. The hotel also has a lounge, billiard room and library for the use of guests.
Ideally location just 50m from the ski lifts and ski school meeting points in the winter, and in summer close to all the activities such as golf, tennis, water sports, hiking, horse riding and summer skiing on the glacier!
Hotel Le Refuge was the first mountain refuge in Tignes le Lac, built in 1924 when the village of Tignes was much lower down the mountain and the area around the lake was used for grazing cattle. It was extended and renovated in 1960, when it became a 3* hotel. It has been refurbished a number of times over the years but still remains much of its original charm.
A perfect spot for an apres ski drink by the large roaring open log fire on one of their comfortable sofas or large squishy army chairs. There are a selection of wines, beers and spirits available as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks.
The rustic restaurant has a simple homely Savoyard interior and offers a good selection of straight forward local food. Both bed and breakfast as well as half board packages are available from the hotel.
Families & Kids
You’ll need to book your own childcare, when staying here. There is a great choice of childcare options in Tignes from full-time nanny services to the odd night of babysitting. In addition, during the winter season, many of the ski-schools operate creche services. Booking in advance is always recommended and strongly advised for the school holiday periods.
Also see: Childcare in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France
You’ll need to book your own transfers, when staying here. Your main options are shared or private transfers, but consider whether you would prefer a door-to-door service or a (generally cheaper) “communal” drop-off point at your destination
Also see: Transfers to Tignes, France
Instructors & Lessons
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own ski or snowboard lessons. Tuition is strongly recommended for complete beginners and is always a good idea whatever your level to perfect your technique. Group lessons are a great way for children to learn with their peers whilst giving you some free time on the slopes. Groups are also a generally cheaper option for adults, however, with a private instructor you’ll have undivided attention and be able to progress at your own pace.
Also see: Ski Schools in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France
Guides & Tours
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own Guides & Tours, which are a great way to discover Tignes whilst doing a number of fun activities. During the winter, if you are keen to go off-piste, booking a High Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. Not only do they know the best local spots, these highly trained and experienced individuals are very familiar with the surroundings and can provide loads of insights you won’t get by yourself, as well as helping to ensure your safety.
Also see: Guides & Tours in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France
- "The hotel had everything you need in a ski hotel. Very comfortable, quiet and convenient. Breakfasts were extensive with so many options. Fresh bread, fresh fruit, granola, 3 types of cereal, milk, yoghurts, pastries, cheese, deli meat, boiled eggs and fresh coffee, espresso and teas. Breakfasts served on the 4th floor in a very cozy and unique room. Really nice towels, bathrobes and slippers provided for each guest. The location is the BEST in Le Lac. Literally a 2 minute walk from the main lifts. Soooo convenient!" - Trip Advisor
- "Wonderful welcome on arrival and escorted to our room. Cozy compact room. We enjoyed the bath. View out the back down the valley, but pleasant enough. Super meal in attached restaurant L'Escale Blanche - huge portions. Pleasant undisturbed night. Excellent breakfast in 5th (top) floor large room with view over Tignes. Staff were friendly and helpful throughout - looked after our baggage while we skied and even offered shower when we came back before we left. Will definitely go back." - Trip Advisor
- "This was our third summer trip to Tignes Le Lac staying at "Le Refuge" and each visit has been lovely, since our last visit in 2012 the hotel has undergone significant refurbishment which has improved what were already excellent facilities. The hotel is well appointed with very helpful staff and centrally located in Tigne Le Lac for restaurants, (some really very good serving a good selection of local specialities, with lots of atmosphere, even in summer), lifts (free in summer to hotel residents) and the plentiful supply of leisure activities. A lovely centre for high altitude circular walks, with the lifts providing an excellent way of gaining altitude fro an easier start to the day. Thoroughly recommended." - Trip Advisor
- "We arrived really late (at 2am) and the reception staff had waited up for us and advised us on where we should park our car. We were really surprised at how nice the rooms were as it was good value for money. Breakfast was excellent and we had a balcony looking right out onto the main square. We had robes in the room and our rooms were made daily. We often had a beer in the bar upstairs which had great views. We were very sad to leave this hotel and will hopefully be back!" - Trip Advisor
Tignes Le Lac sits just next to the beautiful big Tignes lake. It is made up of an array of high rise appartment blocks and hotels with a few traditional chalets dotted around. One of the best things about Le Lac is its fantastic location to the ski slopes. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes that will welcome you in from the winter cold for lunch, dinner or just a bit of apres ski fun.
Although it is not the most picturesque of resorts the excellent slope side location of Tignes Le Lac makes it a popular place to stay and you can choose from a number of apartments, hotels or a few catered chalets to stay in. Tignes Le Lac is a bustling part of the Tignes resort and you are sure to enjoy a winter or summer holiday when staying here.
The Vanoise National park is accessible from Tignes. Go and discover some of the amazing views and the wildlife it is home to.
Things to Do Nearby
In winter with quick and easy access to the whole Espace Killy ski area and an abundance of ski in, ski out accomodation options you can be out the door and skiing in just a few short minutes. Le Lac is an extremely popular resort for this reason, but it also has plenty else to offer for those who do not fancy venturing out onto the slopes. The beautiful and picturesque lake freezes over in the winter and you can meander across it and enjoy the wonderful snowy mountain scenery (although check it is safe before setting off!), and there are lots of alterative winter activities to do.
In the summer the mountains turn from white to green and with plenty of sunshine there is lots to do. There are a whole host of summer activities that are perfect for groups, families and individuals. Tignes Le Lac has great access to the ski lifts and in the summer you can whizz up the mountain and enjoy a range of walking and hiking routes or the mountain biking trails that Tignes is famous for in the summer time. You can also hop on the free bus service and be at the Grande Motte in Tignes Val Claret for some summer skiing on the glacier in just a few short minutes.
Also see: Things To Do in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France
Sat above the Lake in Tignes, there is an 18 hole golf course that offers a really unique golfing experience. It's also at 2100m above sea level and is open every summer from late June to early September weather permitting
Also see: Golf Courses in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France
The main lifts in Tignes operate from the edges of the lake taking you either up to the glacier via the Toviere lift or onto the Palafour side of the valley.
Also see: Ski Areas in Tignes, France
If you arrive before the check-in time the hotel can provide luggage storage and there is a bathroom at your disposal.
If you are leaving after the check-out time the hotel can provide luggage storage and there is a bathroom at your disposal.
By car: Follow Lyon, Chambéry, Albertville, Moûtiers, Bourg-St-Maurice, Tignes le Lac. We are next to the Maison de Tignes (tourist office). Warning: During the Winter, access by mountains passes is not possible. By train: Bourg-St-Maurice Station (30km from Tignes); then follow Ste-Foy and Tignes le Lac. By plane: You may fly to Lyons St-Exupéry (230km away), Grenoble (210km away), Chambéry (140km away) or Geneva (170km away); then follow Albertville, Moûtiers, Bourg-St-Maurice and Tignes le Lac.
Also see: Maps of Tignes, France
Location: Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet
Star Rating: 3 Star
Property Style: Hotel
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional
Bookings For: Concierge | Lift Passes | Ski / Snowboard Hire
Catering: Half-board | Breakfast
Cleaning: Laundry Service | Maid service
Access: Disabled access | Family rooms | Pets welcome | Ski to door
Room: Balcony | Hair dryer | Open fire | Safe / Secure box | Ski / Boot Room
Car-parking: Parking on property
Families & Kids: Baby Cots | Childcare
Entertainment: Restaurant | DVD Player | Games available | Pool table | Satellite TV | WiFi / Internet
Kitchen/Laundry: Iron & Board | Tumble Dryer | Washing Machine
Spa & Fitness: Beauty Treatments | Hammam / Steam-room | Hot-Tub / Jacuzzi | Massage / Relaxation | Sauna
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Winter
Address: Tignes le Lac | Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet | 73320