Just selected small hotels under independent management in the French
Alps and Rhone valley areas.
The Rhone-Alpes region of France stretches from the flat plains of the
Saone valley, to the north of Lyon, down to the limits of Provence in
the lower Rhone Valley. While most of the region is east of the Rhone
corridor, and includes the former Alpine duchies of Savoy and
it also covers an area to the west of the Rhone, including part of the
upper Loire valley and the Mediterranean hinterland of the
is one of the largest and most varied regions in France.
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the French Alps,
region and Rhone valley areas
of nice quiet hotels with character.
lists small independent hotels with character, that offer a
relaxing environment and good value for money.
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travellers and hotel owners.
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5b) The French Alps - Savoy, northern Alps, and the Rhone Valley
* Gites in
Provence and the Riviera
- €€€ Near Geneva : Divonne les Bains
**** Set on the slopes of the Jura, overlooking Lake Geneva and the
Alps. Classic 19th century chateau hotel, with restaurant, terrace and
outdoor pool. 17 km from Geneva city centre, 15km from airport
Le Grand Bornand (73 Savoie)
Croix St Maurice
** Traditional two star chalet hotel in the centre of the
village, in the mountains east of Annecy. Sauna, outdoor pool,
restaurant, open in summer and in winter. Good value, lots of good
- €€€ Alps: Yvoire, Lake Geneva (73
*** Standing at the water's edge, and overlooking the lake in the small
village of Yvoire, west of Thonon les Bains, the very attractive Hotel
du Port has seven bedrooms and a well reviewed restaurant. Easily
accessible from Geneva airport via train to Nyon, and lake steamer.
- Flumet, near
Coeur de Marie
** . Delightful small bed and
breakfast hotel in a traditional Savoyard
farmhouse building; a classic and authentic alpine chalet in a rural
setting. Delightful rooms with natural pine in the traditional style;
breakfasts with homemade produce. Dinner by arrangement, or else
restaurants 2 miles away. Five rooms.
- € Alps: Sainte Foy Tarentaise (73
** Friendly two-star hotel in the heart of the mountain village of
Saint Foy Tarentaise, lying at an altitude of 1500 m close to the
Italian border. Simple accommodation, but good value compared to many
hotels in the area. Good base for hikers, ramblers, and winter sports.
Alps: Aviernoz, near Annecy (74 Haute Savoie)
Auberge Camelia, In
a peaceful location between Lake Geneva and Lake Annecy, this small 12
bedroom auberge has English speaking proprietors. Bar, lounge,
restaurant, and a homely welcome
Praz sur Arly (74
La Griyotire, ***
Three star chalet hotel with 16 rooms, mountain views, swimming pool
and restaurant in a small village near Megève.
recommended winter or summer
Allevard (38 - Isère)
Auberge du Bessard Excellent value and a very
friendly welcome at this small inn on a working farm. Restaurant
offering farm produce. Calm rural alpine location southeast of
Chambery. 8 miles from train station at Pontcharra . Hiking, biking,
horse-riding opportunities close by.
Vercors - Villard de Lans
Auberge des Montauds, **
A traditional Alpine welcome in this friendly two-star hotel in an old
building in the Alpine countryside. Quiet and comfortable, with a
restaurant serving local specialities. Ideally located for
and summer activities
Lac de Ternay, near
Annonay (07 Ardèche)
The *** Auberge
is a delightful small hotel in the hills
of the Ardèche, a
distance north of Annonay. Lakeside location with views to Mount Pilat.
Hotel commended for its cleanliness and helpful staff
Montélimar (26 Drome)
Just north of the limits of Provence, the *** Logis
at Valaurie is 5 miles from Exit 18 Montelimar Sud on the A7 motorway.
25 rooms, quiet and calm location in an old Provençal "mas"
(farm), surrounded by vineyards and olives, terrace,
garden and pool.
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