Hotel California

Featured in a number of books and one of best selling hotels for over a decade.

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LOCATION

Situated on the outskirts of Champoluc village, approximately 10 minutes on foot from the main lift.

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“Unique” is possibly an over-used word in the English language but it would be impossible to describe the Hotel California without using it! The owners, Guido and Marina, have built a hotel based on their love of music and guests should understand that it plays a big part in the day to day running of their establishment.

Specifically mentioned in a number guide books and in recent Sunday Telegraph and Observer articles, the California has certainly caught the imagination of ski journalists! Each of the twelve bedrooms is designed around a different singer or band – John Denver, the Doors, Janis Joplin to name but a few. The Elvis Presley room for instance has a carved wooden bed-head in the shape of a Cadillac with indicators as bed-side lights! All of the furnishings are handmade and are of excellent quality. Many of the rooms have good views up or down the valley.

First floor

The Doors – shower
Grateful Dead – shower
Sandy Denny – bath
John Denver (this room can accommodate 3 people) – bath
Elvis Presley – shower
Janis Joplin – shower
Marshall Tucker – shower
CSN&Young – shower
Joan Baiz – shower

Top floor

Bob Dylan – shower
Birds (this room can accommodate 3 people) – bath
Gram Parsons – bath

The hotel bar can be quite lively at weekends, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the bar is popular with Champoluc residents, but much quieter during the week. There is occasional live music in the bar. Those who are very sensitive to noise might prefer to stay in another hotel.

The bar itself is styled like a cowboy saloon bar complete with pool table and darts board. MTV videos and sport is shown on a big screen in the bar. Guinness is served on draught. Evening meals are served on the mezzanine level above the bar.

Breakfast is served in a lounge downstairs.

Please note this hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast basis. Dinner is available in the hotel at weekends, or in one of the many nearby restaurants (payable locally).

The nightclub in the basement has now been closed for the past 3 years with no plans to re-open.

  • Distance from Lift & Situation
    Distance from main lift: 9 minutes on foot
    Distance from Frachey lift: 15 minutes on foot
    Minibus service to bottom of main lift: Not provided by the hotel, but the Ski minibus service is available on request
    Situation: Outskirts of Champoluc Village
  • Check-in & Check-out times
    Usual earliest check-in time:
    After 1400 hoursUsual latest check-out time:
    Before 1100 hours
  • Bedroom Details
    Total number of bedrooms:
    12Number of single bedded rooms:
    NoneNumber of twin or double bedded rooms:
    10Number of triple bedded rooms:
    2 (“Birds” & “John Denver”)Number of four bedded rooms:
    NoneNumber of five bedded rooms:
    None

    Number of six bedded rooms:
    None

    Larger rooms with a mezzanine level:
    None

    Single room supplement:
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  • Bedroom Facilities
    Number of rooms with full sized bath:
    4 with hand-held showerNumber of rooms with half sized bath:
    NoneNumber of rooms with shower (no bath):
    8Internet connection in bedrooms:
    NoSatellite TV in bedrooms:
    YesEnglish Channels on TV in bedrooms:
    Yes – News 24

    Hairdryers in bedrooms:
    No, but on request

    Safe deposit in bedrooms:
    No

    Minibar (local charge) in bedrooms:
    No

  • Linen & Towel Services
    Beds with duvets or sheets/blankets:
    Sheets/blanketsTowels provided:
    Yes – rather thin ones!Dressing gowns provided:
    No
  • Facilities for Children & Families
    Inter-connecting rooms:
    NoCost of a baby cot:
    Included for children aged under 2Baby bath available for infants:
    Available on loan from our resort staffBaby listening service:
    NoBaby sitting service:
    Available through our resort staff – ask in resort for detailsPlay equipment:
    No

  • Dining Arrangements
    Breakfast:
    Cold buffet breakfasts included in the holiday costEvening meals:
    Not included in the holiday cost.Salad bar for evening meals:
    NoEarly tea for children:
    NoHigh chairs available in dining room:
    Yes
  • General Hotel Facilities
    Internet connection in common areas:
    WiFi available in the reception and bar areas of the hotelSauna:
    NoJacuzzi:
    NoOther health facilities available:
    NoneSwimming pool:
    NoGarden:
    Yes

    Other details:
    Quietest rooms: Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, John Denver, Bob
    Dylan, Gram Parson. Lively bar with live music on occasional nights.

13 Reviews for Hotel California

  1. SUSAN HARTLEY on

    This was our second stay at The California, it was a lot busier this year, as usual the place is lovely and clean, the staff very helpful and the walk into Champoluc through the woods is lovely. We would love to re turn again next year.

    SUSAN HARTLEY’s hotel rating: 5
  2. Clare Whyte on

    The Hotel California is a very quirky hotel indeed! We were in the Janis Joplin room and although a little tired and basic, it was warm and clean and fine for our 4 night stay. We enjoyed the walk through the woods to the ski lift each morning although Ski2 were happy to collect and drop us off if we asked too!

    The breakfast is quite basic but we enjoyed it and the coffee was lovely.

    The bar was quite quiet whilst we were there, except on Wednesday evening when there was a karaoke which was quite lively – but if you’re looking for quietness then the bar is quite far from the rooms so shouldn’t cause any problems.

    Overall we enjoyed our stay and will be returning to Champoluc again.

    Clare Whyte’s hotel rating: 3
  3. Nick Shaw on

    As has been said, the Hotel California is a bit quirky but it is very comfortable and great for a short skiing break. Very friendly staff – we discovered that using our limited French was the best way to communicate with the owner, who is fluent in French. We quite liked the walk to the ski lift in the morning as a good way to loosen up. And the hand towels may be a bit thin but the bath towels are just fine!

    Nick Shaw’s hotel rating: 3
  4. Stephen & Susan Hartley on

    we really enjoyed our time here, we were away from the immediate village yet near enough for a 10 min walk, the woods outside were lovely, we loved it. very clean & tidy, & the owners quite enjoyed our very broken English / Italian chats. we will certainly go back.

  5. Stephen & Susan Hartley on

    Lovely clean, well looked after hotel, we enjoyed our weeks stay & will return if we can. The music was very quirky when you go into your room, quiet location but perfect for a brisk walk to ski2 in the mornings.

    Stephen & Susan Hartley’s hotel rating: 4
  6. John Lomas on

    A first for me, having had the pleasure of staying in a few different hotels in Champoluc, was an over night in the California. I suppose the words that come into my head are quirky and friendly. With a large bar area having a meal with a huge TV playing Queen live at Wembley in the background was a little surreal as was opening the bedroom door and music from a western playing. Despite the paper thin towels the staff could not be more helpful and the woodland trail behind the hotel is a delight

    John Lomas’s hotel rating: 3
  7. David Goodchild on

    2/2014- this is the second time we have stayed at The California and again we found the staff very friendly and helpful. Whilst the accommodation is a little quirky and the hotel a 10 minute walk out of the village the room rates offer good value and I suspect we will come back again soon…

  8. Coopers on

    Hotel is fine as a base; practical, clean and a nice location (although out of the village it is in reality no further than hotels at the other end of the village – and the Ski2 pick-up works very well). We always like eating out in Champoluc (Le Sapin, Churin (Pizzeria), Le Petit Coq, etc) which is good as I don’t think we’d want to spend much time in the hotel. Despite a big bar there seems little atmosphere and the musical bedrooms are a bit unusual! Nothing wrong with it though – just enjoy it for B&B.

  9. Rob Winstanley on

    Stayed again at the Hotel California for a second year. Hotel service is great with very helpful staff – although as mentioned English is not their first language so be prepared! It is a little walk from the centre but it can be a nice walk through a lit small forest path. As mentioned is what you would expect of a 3* B&B.

  10. Paul Miller on

    I really like the Hotel California. It is a little quirky but that is no bad thing. Rooms are warm and clean, service is friendly and efficient and food both breakfast and dinner are very pleasant and good value. Overall it is everything you expect from a 3* hotel. One even better if would be the quality of the towels – they are a little thin and could do with being thicker and softer. I have stayed twice and will be staying again in a couple of weeks.

  11. Rob on

    Stayed at the Hotel California with my son in February 2013. Hotel was very quaint with lots of character (rooms are named after musical figures). Rooms were comfortable. Staff were very helpful, although their English is not the strongest – was always able to get my message across though!
    Was about a 10 minute walk from the centre and ski lifts – although a pleasant woodland trail kept you away from the road.
    Some comments did describe it as lively and loud at times – we experienced none of this – although we were the week before the main half term.

  12. Charlotte Walker on

    We had a very nice stay at the Hotel California. It is not luxury, but more than adequate. It has spacious, and eccentric!, rooms which were pleasant and quiet although slightly dated. We enjoyed our daily walk through the woods to the gondola and main village. In the evenings, Ski 2 ferried us about in their mini-bus which was particularly useful after dinner when the children were tired. I particularly liked having the option of B & B, so we ate out at a different restaurant every night. Le Petit Coq next door was particularly good, and also La Grange up the valley at Frachey.

  13. Robert and Janet Ward on

    We had a comfortable stay at the Hotel California in February 2013 and enjoyed the walk across the park to the lift each morning. The hotel staff were most obliging and helpful although the bar and restaurant are a bit large and impersonal. We ate out most evenings as the hotel ran a number of ‘karaoke discos’ for outside school groups during half-term.

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