Featured in a number of books and one of best selling hotels for over a decade.
“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.
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
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:
Number of six bedded rooms:
Larger rooms with a mezzanine level:
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:
Minibar (local charge) in bedrooms:
- Linen & Towel Services
Beds with duvets or sheets/blankets:
Yes – rather thin ones!Dressing gowns provided:
- Facilities for Children & Families
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:
- Dining Arrangements
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:
- General Hotel Facilities
Internet connection in common areas:
WiFi available in the reception and bar areas of the hotelSauna:
NoOther health facilities available:
Quietest rooms: Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, John Denver, Bob
Dylan, Gram Parson. Lively bar with live music on occasional nights.