The accommodation in La Thuile includes some attractive chalets in the ancient mining villages that were here long before this was a ski resort. In contrast is the convenient ski-in ski-out Planibel with its 254 hotel rooms and apartments in a love-it-or-loathe-it complex at the base of the lifts. Pluses include two on-site swimming-pools, theatre, kids club, restaurants and shops, but the concept is vast and bleak.
Much more visually appealing is Locanda Collomb, which is a gorgeous little place with just eight bedrooms, all of them completely different from each other, with wooden floors and beams. A couple of the en suite bathrooms have wooden bathtubs. Le Miramonti Wellness Hotel is in a fine old building dating back to 1887, with gorgeous interiors featuring wood and stone walls and floors, hand-made furniture and an impressive stone fireplace. Maison de Neige used to be a military barracks in the 1920s and now is a 12-room hotel set on the slopes above La Thuile for maximum convenience, with a restaurant, fitness centre with outdoor hot tub, and a free bus service. Chalet Eden is also decorated with traditional materials to maintain its charm, and its has a bio restaurant that uses only organic produce. There is also wine tasting down in its old stone cellars.
At Chalet Alpina there’s a warm welcome from Eddy and Debbie Nico, respectively Italian-South African and British. The hotel has 16 rooms 200m from the lifts, and an innovative half board plan offers dinner in local restaurants. Hotel du Glacier is a central family-run B&B with discounts in local restaurants for dinner; the rooms have balconies and views of the Ruitor Glacier. Piccolo San Bernardo is central and family run, with 12 rooms and regional cooking. Two-star Hotel Entreves is a recently-renovated hotel with 18 rooms. Albergo Genzianella is a small B&B in a pine forest. It has 10 rooms and was totally refurbished a few years ago.