About staying in Tignes
When it comes to booking holiday accommodation in Tignes, it can be difficult to know where to base yourself especially as the resort is split into five areas, each with their own character.
While a majority of the accommodation in the area is ski-in ski-out, the style and variety on offer in Tignes ranges from four star luxury spa hotels to cheap and friendly ski apartments, and there are plenty of options to choose from. The aim of this guide is to provide you with a little bit more information on the different areas that make up Tignes so that you can choose the right base and accommodation for the kind of holiday experience that you are looking for.
Tignes Le Lac - Original Tignes village, great for families
Tignes Le Lac is the original and main village in Tignes and is still the main hub for the area as a whole. At 2100m it is situated in the middle of the other two main areas - Val Claret and Lavachet - and the main lift connecting to neighbouring Val d’Isere is located here. There are many amenities in Tignes Le Lac such as ski schools, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and even a bowling alley. It is a great base for family ski holidays as there are pretty good nursery slopes for the kids and adults can easily access the plentiful intermediate and expert terrain in the Espace Killy ski area. There is a lot of catered chalet accommodation in Tignes Le Lac but the town is also home to plenty of hotels and self catering apartments.
Tignes Val Claret - Summer and winter skiing access & lively village feel
Situated 2km above Tignes Le Lac is Tignes Val Claret, the highest of the three areas and perhaps the most diverse in terms of nightlife. With loads of sports shops, restaurants and bars this is the ideal resort for those looking to be at the centre of the action. Built on two levels, Tignes Val Claret ideally situated close to the lifts for the Grand Motte glacier, making it the only village with direct access to summer and winter skiing. Accommodation here is mostly in self catered apartments but there are also a handful of chalets and hotels to choose from.
Tignes Lavachet - Quiet village with lower budget accommodation options
Tignes Le Lavachet is the lowest of the three central Tignes resorts and also the quietest of the three when it comes to nightlife. Accommodation here is mostly in self catering apartments or chalet style apartments, ranging from small studios to larger and more luxurious offerings. Despite its quieter reputation, there is a good choice of restaurants here and a few of the bars do have a lively apres ski vibe. If you want to stay somewhere with more of a local atmosphere, this is the place to be.
Tignes Les Boisses (Tignes 1800) - Lower down the valley a small village undergoing development
Further down the valley is Tignes les Boisses or Tignes 1800, a quiet village that underwent a €150 million development. Tignes 1800 already has great access into the ski area thanks to the Boisses gondola which whisks you up to 2,180m in just 4 minutes. In Tignes les Boisses you can find new hotels, apartments, restaurants, shops and bars.
Tignes Les Brevieres - Traditional and picturesque alpine village
Tignes les Brevieres is a quite and traditional Alpine village and at 1550m, is the lowest of all the Tignes villages. It is a charming place to stay, has some great restaurants and bars, and a laid back après ski vibe. With the addition of the gondola, access to the main ski area is relatively easy despite the lack of buses to and from here. Tignes Les Brevieres is ideal for couples or families who are looking for a relaxed but convenient ski holiday in the Espace Killy.