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Le Refuge Hotel, Tignes Le Lac

Historic alpine hotel 50m from the slopes with spa facilities

"Excellent" 455 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 99 / 100 Terrific location.
Breakfast 96 / 100 Excellent breakfast.
Value for money 93 / 100 Excellent value.
Service 92 / 100 World class service.
Amenities 80 / 100 Amenities are good.
Wellness Area 57 / 100 Sufficient wellness & sports facilities.
Room 55 / 100 Rooms are ok.
Comfort 49 / 100 Not very comfortable.

Good to know

"Friendly service"
"Great view"
"Rooms in need of an update"
"Nice building"
"Excellent" 455 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 100 / 100 Terrific location.
Breakfast 96 / 100 Excellent breakfast.
Service 92 / 100 World class service.
Room 58 / 100 Rooms are ok.

Good to know

"Great view"
"Rooms could be larger"
"Great reception"
"Tasty breakfast"
"Excellent" 455 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 99 / 100 Terrific location.
Breakfast 96 / 100 Excellent breakfast.
Service 93 / 100 World class service.
Amenities 82 / 100 Amenities are good.
Room 53 / 100 Rooms are ok.
Comfort 49 / 100 Not very comfortable.

Good to know

"Beds need improvement"
"Nice building"
"Great amenities"
"Friendly service"
"Excellent" 455 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 99 / 100 Terrific location.
Breakfast 95 / 100 Excellent breakfast.
Service 94 / 100 World class service.
Room 56 / 100 Rooms are ok.

Good to know

"Nice building"
"Great amenities"
"Fantastic service"
"Great location"

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, balcony, cable TV, DVD player, WiFi, mini-bar, safe and hair-dryer. The rooms also have access to individual ski lockers.

Guests at Hotel Le Lac can enjoy free access to the spa with sauna, steam room and two jacuzzis, where you can unwind and revive after an active day on the mountain. The hotel also has a cosy lounge, billiard room and library for the use of guests.

The hotel is ideally located 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 retains much of its original charm.

The Bar

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 Restaurant

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.

What's nearby?

Towns nearby

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.  

Restaurants nearby

You can enjoy some lovely traditional savoyard restaurants or choose from the more modern restaurants in Tignes Le Lac.

Also see: Restaurants in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France

Sights nearby

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

Golf-clubs nearby

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

Lifts/Pistes nearby

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

Nightlife nearby

For a pre dinner aperitif you can head to a number of bars for a warming glass of wine.

Also see: Bars in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France

What else to book


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

Ski Hire

If you are visiting the hotel in the winter, then the hotel is able to book your ski and snowboard hire for you on your behalf.

Also see: Ski Hire in Tignes - Le Lac / Lavachet, France

Lifts & Passes

Lift passes can be organised as part of your booking and will be waiting for you when you arrive at the hotel.

Also see: Ski Pass Options in 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

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


Visitor comments

  • "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

Check-in/out details

Check-in Time


Check-out Time


Check-in Arrangements

If you arrive before the check-in time the hotel can provide luggage storage and there is a bathroom at your disposal.

Check-out Arrangements

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.


  • Outdoors
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Families & Kids
  • Baby Cots
  • Childcare
  • Family rooms
  • Spa / Fitness / Beauty
  • Hair-dryers
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Hammam / Steam-room
  • Hot-Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage / Relaxation
  • Sauna
  • Entertainment
  • DVD Player
  • Games available
  • Pool table
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi / Internet
  • Social Spaces
  • Restaurant
  • Creature Comforts
  • Iron & Ironing-board
  • Open fire
  • Safe / Secure box
  • Ski / Boot room
  • Kitchen / Laundry
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Parking on property
  • Accessibility
  • Disabled access
  • Pets welcome
  • Ski to door


  • Bookings for
  • Concierge
  • Lift Passes
  • Ski / Snowboard Hire
  • Catering
  • Half-board
  • Breakfast
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Maid service


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Address
  • Tignes le Lac
  • 73320
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