Hotel L’Aroula

Hotel L’Aroula is one of the few hotels situated on the slopes, providing a tranquil haven for those wanting to truly escape.

Hotel features:

Nestled just off the Ostafa piste, this unusual hotel sits within a hamlet of ancient farm buildings, allowing guests to ski in and out during the day, and relax in peace in the evenings. It’s unique position allows for stunning mountain views with panoramas to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn on either side.

Hotel L’Aroula

Charming and cosy, Hotel L’Aroula offers four en-suite bedrooms (one with Jacuzzi) in the main building and the two separate apartments in the same hamlet. Both require that you go outside to get to the main building where you would take breakfast and dinner.

The larger apartment is accessed by an external door, so to get to the restaurant and bar involves a 30 second dash between the 2 buildings! The apartment has 2 double bedded rooms and third bedroom which has a set of bunk beds. There is also room in one of the double rooms for a sofa bed, so room for 7 people in total. There are 2 bathrooms, both with showers, plus a communal area with seating and a small kitchenette.

The smaller apartment, which is a little further from the main building, is situated in the middle of the hamlet of Cuneaz. It has a cosy living room with sofa bed, small kitchen area and then a separate double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower. It sleeps up to 4 people.

Hotel L’Aroula is owned and managed by Jean-Claude and his wife Michela, who used to work as part of the Ski 2 Resort Team. One of our few properties actually situated on the slopes, L’Aroula is in a tiny hamlet of ancient farm buildings about two thirds of the way down the Ostafa piste.

Accessed by taking the main gondola up from the village and then the Ostafa gondola onwards to 2,420 metres. From here the red piste winds back down to Crest and L’Aroula can be found tucked off the edge of the piste with views down the valley. Since the hotel is on a red run, you will need to be able to ski reasonably well to get in and out of the hotel.

If you’re planning on visiting Champoluc in the evening, it’s best to plan ahead as you’ll need to take the main gondola. This normally runs every evening at 1800, 1930, 2230 and 2320 hours, allowing guests at L’Aroula to spend time in the village in the evening before returning to the hotel. The hotel might be able to offer ski-doo transfers between L’Aroula and the top of the main gondola, but this cannot be guaranteed.

It’s good to take the chance to savour the popular restaurant, as it’s normally exclusive for guests in the evening. Enjoy hearty specialties made from local produce and wash your food down with fine wines, whiskies, rums and grappas. You can also sample Swiss and French mountain fare on request – think bourguignonne, raclette and fondue. Round off the evening by nipping out into the fresh mountain air and doing a bit of stargazing.

Please note: Late arrivals or early departures from this property may incur an extra charge. Please call 01962 713330 to discuss flight times before you book flights. We recommend an arrival in resort of mid-afternoon and a departure home on a flight after 1400 hours.

  • Hotel Location / Resort Map
    • Located just off the Ostafa piste
  • Arrival Day
    We are happy for you to arrive at any time, but please be aware that you will only be able to ski to the property if you arrive in resort before 1600 hours. This will allow you sufficient time to collect any ski equipment that you have hired, to take the 2 gondolas up and then to ski down to L’Aroula. If you arrive in resort after 1600 hours, you will need to collect any hired ski equipment and then travel up the main gondola which operates at 1730, 1800, 1900,2230 and 2330 hours. You and your luggage will then be transferred by ski-doo from the top of the gondola to the hotel.
  • Departure Day
    In order to give us sufficient time to transfer you and your luggage down to the main village, we ask that you do not book a flight departure before 1400 hours.
  • General Hotel Facilities
    • Internet connection in common areas: Yes
    • Sauna: No
    • Jacuzzi: No
    • Swimming pool: No
    • Other health facilities available: None
    • Garden: Lots of land around the property

14 reviews on “Hotel L’Aroula

  1. Helen on 11th January 2020

    We arrived at the L’Aroula on Boxing Day and stayed for 4 nights. The hotel is ideally situated for a peaceful break right on the slopes – arriving by ski-doo is a great experience. The hotel itself is comfortably rustic (watch our for splinters in your feet !) and the hospitality excellent. The dinners are sumptuous feasts and although the menu does not change day to day there was always a ‘special’ to whet the appetite. Whether in the hotel or apartments you will need to go outside to get to the bar/restaurant but the views both day and night are wonderful. Complimented by the great Ski2 service this hotel is highly recommended for a quiet and relaxing holiday with ski in/ski out convenience.

    Helen’s hotel rating: 5
  2. John O'Connell on 24th April 2019

    Lovely stay in April – very comfortable and excellent food. Michela and all the staff could not have been more welcoming and friendly. If you want to relax and be far from the maddening crowd this is the place to be. Hope to return next year.

    John O'Connell’s hotel rating: 4
  3. Stephens family on 2nd January 2018

    Christmas 2017.
    We spent 5 glorious days/nights over Christmas at the Aroula. Family of four with boys aged 15 and 18. Rooms were perfect, food was more that we could eat each night and the wine, grappa and whisky we indulged in all very reasonably priced. This a great place to stay if you are here for less than a week. (A few more nights would have seen us having to try things for a second time on the a la carte menu) Our bags were collected from Ski 2 offices and in our rooms so that when we arrived after the afternoon skiing on the day of arrival they were already there. Likewise our bags were delivered to Ski 2 on the day of departure, leaving us to ski out and enjoy the day and finish in Champoluc to find it all there ready for our departure to the airport. It is the definition of ski in and ski out location. Literally ski into the door, and being up the mountain you can wait at the top of the mountain await the lifts to stop and everyone drift away and ski down with the whole mountain to yourself. Likewise in the morning you arrive on the piste before anyone else has got up the mountain if you wish. Snow was perfect and meant we could ski back through the powder down through the trees to the hotel and be in the shower within 5 mins of arrival. Local recipes and varied menu meant something for everyone. I cant rate this place more highly if you are interested in enjoying the mountain, peace at night, wish to avoid the high st, and are happy playing cards, shooting the breeze amongst yourselves.

    Stephens family’s hotel rating: 5
  4. Steff and John on 6th February 2016

    We had a wonderful short stay at l’Aroula. The room was beautiful, the food plentiful and also delicious. The “a la carte” menu does not change but it is very rare to stay on a half board basis and be able to select your dishes from the “a la carte” menu rather than a set menu. We also pre-booked a fondue (made with Fontina cheese) 24 hours in advance which was also served with lovely local ham. We would definitely stay there again and hope that next time we will be able to ski to the piste as it was a little inconvenient to walk up to it but really everything else made up for it! Thank you again ski-2 🙂

    Steff and John’s hotel rating: 5
  5. Julie & Chris Dilnot on 17th January 2016

    We have just returned from staying at L’Aroula, what a fantastic location and holiday.
    The service and food were excellent. The rooms were spotless and very well designed and furnished.

    We would highly recommend this hotel to anybody wanting a different ski holiday. Priceless.

    Ski 2 are also a fantastic company to deal with, everything about the holiday was perfect.

    Julie & Chris Dilnot’s hotel rating: 5
  6. Kerstin Kramer on 26th February 2015

    Hotel l’Aroula more than lived up to my dream of an idyllic rustic moutain refuge on the slopes, but with all the luxury of a cosy bedroom, huge jacuzzi bath, well stocked bar and excellent food. Very friendly and hospitable hosts. as other guests have stated, only downside is lack of lounge area, but we were quite happy to spend time in the bar or read in the comfort of our bedroom. It was really magical to sit on the balcony sipping beer watching the sun set over the silent pistes and mountains. As for the starlit skidoo rides, totally thrilling! If you are keen on extending your ski holiday experience beyond the traditional hotel/chalet package, and you love the quiet of the mountains, this place is for you.See you next year 🙂

    Kerstin Kramer’s hotel rating: 5
  7. Sarah marston on 29th March 2014

    We had a lovely stay at L’Aroula. The staff were very friendly, lovely mountain food and fun skidoo rides! A great position on the mountain to start the day. As always Ski 2 couldn’t have been more helpful with all our holiday arrangements. See you next year!

  8. Julia Little on 24th March 2014

    L’Aroula is a beautiful little guest house in an idyllic setting, perfect in many ways. Our room was lovely and kept spotlessly clean. Everyone who worked there, both the owners and staff, were kind, friendly and always helpful. However, there were a couple of niggles. One was the lack of anywhere to sit. No sitting room and no chairs in the bedroom. There was never a problem with us using the restaurant where there is wi-fi, but it is a busy restaurant so not somewhere I would chose to go and relax with a book. The other issue is the food, which is rightly praised by other reviewers, but after seeing the same choice of dishes every day for a week it does lose it’s appeal. And some more vegetables would be a welcome addition!

  9. Vanessa on 4th January 2014

    superb place to stay if you like a special, unique property, ski-in-out, gorgeous food. The rooms were cosy and comfortable. Could do with a little lounge area with fire for a social apero/drink but otherwise really recommend for first tracks and peace on the mountain.

  10. Claudia on 9th May 2013

    L’Aroula was the perfect spot for one week of skiing and getting away from it all. The room gave the perfect mountain chalet hide-away feeling and the hydro-massage bath tub was a luxury we enjoyed after a great day of skiing. The food was wonderful and we had the whole menu to choose from every evening. We might have to come back just to enjoy another panna cotta. Staff were very friendly, too. Overall, we had an excellent ski-break at L’Aroula. It was a real find.

  11. Serena on 22nd April 2013

    What a perfect spot for a weekend get away. A true ski in, ski out hotel, no walking anywhere with skis! V tranquil and relaxing with great views, food and comfortable rooms. Hotel L’Aroula comes highly recommended.

  12. Chris on 13th April 2013

    An amazing discovery.

    Forget the Trois vallee, Espace Killy, Porte du Soleil and all those other overcrowded resorts.

    Stay here, 500 metres above the village in an ancient hamlet, clinging to the side of a valley, and 50 metres off-piste.

    Once the last lift has closed and there is no-one else about, take a seat on the sunny terrace with a beer in one hand, and try and persuade yourself that this isn’t the best place bar none in the Alps.

  13. Alison Murphy on 11th April 2013

    We have stayed in many different types of accommodation in many different ski resorts. L’Aroula in Champoluc is without doubt one of our favourites. A very small hotel in a tiny hamlet nestled on the side of the mountain. Excellent food, bedrooms tastefully decorated and most comfortable, and as bonus, ski in ski out . The staff were without exception helpful, enthusiastic and happy to stop and chat. Coupled with the excellent service from Ski2. (in our books Ski2 is the best winter ski holiday company we have ever come across, and the friendliest. )
    It was one of our most enjoyable skiing breaks ever.

  14. Gill Fordyce on 10th April 2013

    I almost don’t want to tell people about l’Aroula as I don’t want to let the secret out – it is absolutely wonderful. Really cosy, tastefully furnished rooms and an excellent menu provides luxury on a remote hillside, which is rare to find. Providing snow conditions allow, it is totally ski in and ski out. But don’t miss the last lift or there is hike up hill in ski boots carrying your skis which is an interesting test to one’s fitness.

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