Lion Noir Hotel is a cheap and unpretentious piste-side hotel. For a budget break in Pila, you couldn’t find a better base – a three-star hotel which is virtually ski-in, ski-out. From here, it’s only a 20-second ski down to Chamolé lift – which means you can get in a couple of laps on the best pistes (Red 2 and Red 3) before anyone else arrives. The style isn’t exactly cutting-edge, but the staff are great, and there’s an indoor pool too.
Another hotel in Pila is La Chance, with pleasant bedrooms, a restaurant which has a gastronomic menu, bar, a spa and a children’s playroom.
Hotel Europe (+39 0165 236 263) is down in the town of Aosta, and the main attraction is the central location, just 100m from the main square and about a 10-minute walk from the cable-car (or two minutes’ drive to the free car park). The hotel has all the right facilities, but it is a bit faded and the food is not exceptional – you can do better in local restaurants. Most visitors reckon it is really a comfy three-star hotel. We have had bargain breaks at the four-star Holiday Inn (zero romance, but big rooms, decent beds and a fairly central location) or, for the totally pragmatic, the ironically named Class, which is a standard-issue modern business hotel but occasionally has give-away offers to fill up unwanted rooms.