Hotel Castor

This popular 3* hotel has been run by four generations of the same family and is renowned for it’s traditional alpine style, warm atmosphere, and family-friendly facilities.

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LOCATION

Situated in a very central, sunny position overlooking the main square of Champoluc.

FEATURES

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Situated in the heart of Champoluc, Hotel Castor is just 6 minutes from the main ski lifts, and has wonderful views across the square and mountain range, with some of the 32 bedroom balconies looking down the Ayas Valley. All the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with lots of creature comforts. Take a warm bath at the end of the day and relax before dinner in a dressing gown and soft slippers.

Enjoy a varied menu including sumptuous desserts and an extensive wine list in the Larchwood-lined walls of the restaurant which also features decorative ceilings and wood sculptures by local artists. The bar, based in one of the more historic parts of the hotel, is one of the most popular in the village and has lots to offer, including legendary music nights.

For those with children Hotel Castor is a delight. The owners have three children so have catered for families – there is a playroom below the bar and a garden with plenty of equipment. Parents often savour the chance to keep an eye on the kids from a sunny terrace, enjoying a beer or crisp glass of wine.

The Rooms

Bedrooms are furnished in a traditional alpine style with wooden furniture. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, many with baths. Some have balconies with pleasant views across the square and down the Ayas Valley. Two rooms (which have recently been renovated) interconnect with each other, perfect for those travelling with young children.

Dining

The hotel has a large, bright dining room where a good and varied menu (with choices at most courses) is served. The menu includes a selection of homemade desserts. An extensive wine list includes both local wines and wines from around the world.

The bar at the hotel (open to non-residents) is one of the most popular in the village and Hotel Castor ‘music nights’ are legendary!

Family Friendly

Herman and Beatrice have three young children of their own, so families are well catered for, as well as individuals and groups.

There is a selection of children’s play equipment in the garden, particularly popular during the last few weeks of the season when parents are able to enjoy a post-ski drink on the sunny terrace whilst the children enjoy the swings! In addition the hotel now has a children’s playroom below the lounge bar.

  • Distance from Lift & Situation
    Distance from main lift:
    6 minutes on foot
    Distance from Frachey lift:
    20 minutes on foot
    Minibus service to bottom of main lift:
    Only when public bus service doesn’t operate
    Situation:
    Centre of Champoluc Village
  • Check-in & Check-out times
    After 1400 hours
    Usual latest check-out time:
    Before 1100 hours
  • Bedroom Details
    Total number of bedrooms:
    32
    Number of single bedded rooms:
    4
    Number of twin or double bedded rooms:
    16
    Number of triple bedded rooms:
    9
    Number of four bedded rooms:
    3
    Number of five bedded rooms:
    None
    Number of six bedded rooms:
    None
    Larger rooms with a mezzanine level:
    No
  • Bedroom Facilities
    Number of rooms with full sized bath:
    26 – often with showers over
    Number of rooms with half sized bath:
    None
    Number of rooms with shower (no bath):
    6
    Internet connection in bedrooms:
    Yes for clients with laptops
    Satellite TV in bedrooms:
    Yes
    English Channels on TV in bedrooms:
    Yes
    Hairdryers in bedrooms:
    Yes
    Safe deposit in bedrooms:
    No (safe available at the Reception)
    Minibar (local charge) in bedrooms:
    No
  • Linen & Towel Services
    Beds with duvets or sheets/blankets:
    Sheets/blankets
    Towels provided:
    Yes
    Dressing gowns provided:
    On request
  • Facilities for Children & Families
    Inter-connecting rooms:
    Yes, two rooms – call for details
    Cost of a baby cot:
    Included for children aged under 2
    Baby bath available for infants:
    Available on loan from our resort staff
    Baby listening service:
    No
    Baby sitting service:
    Available through our resort staff – ask in resort for details
    Play equipment:
    Games in the bar and play equipment in the garden, plus playroom below the bar.
  • Dining Arrangements
    Breakfast:
    Hot buffet
    Evening meals:
    Antipasto, 3 choices for first & second course, salad bar plus cheese and homemade dessert buffet. 1930 to 2100 hours.
    Salad bar for evening meals:
    Yes
    Early tea for children:
    Yes at 1800 hours – on request (please pre-book with our UK office)
    High chairs available in dining room:
    Yes
  • General Hotel Facilities
    Internet connection in common areas:
    Available at reception and WiFi in all bedrooms
    Sauna:
    No
    Jacuzzi:
    No
    Other health facilities available:
    None
    Swimming pool:
    No
    Garden:
    Play equipment – swing, slide, roundabout and playhouse for younger guests in garden

15 Reviews for Hotel Castor

  1. Alex Fisher on

    We have been to Champoluc a number of times and stayed in a number of the hotels including the Breithorn and the Relais. Whilst we have enjoyed all of our stays, we genuinely can not speak highly enough of the Castor. It is incredibly child friendly (with a play area in the basement), and very relaxed which means that you find yourself inclined to do exactly the same. Herman is a great guy, and his advice on Piemonte reds is already missed as his entire collection which will keep you busy for many years to come! The hotel is walking distance from the centre, and has a park outside which is brilliant in early Spring. The food is very good, and in particular the breakfasts. The entire team are super friendly, and nothing feels too much trouble. In summary you feel at home, even though you’re away from home.. we can’t wait to go back and have already booked the hotel for next Easter. Brilliant!

    Alex Fisher’s hotel rating: 5
  2. Mark Gamble on

    A fabulous hotel. Friendly, charming – rooms are cosy, warm, plenty of hot water! Staff are incredibly friendly, cheerful and helpful. Food is amazing – and amazing value
    : four course very night for dinner, brilliant breakfast spread with home made cakes etc. We stayed over new Year and enjoyed the special meal – six courses, champagne, all the trimmings. Everything home made and delicious. Champoluc is a lovely village too

    Mark Gamble’s hotel rating: 5
  3. Gill Hayes on

    We loved our stay at the Hotel Castor pre-Christmas 2016. Food was great, staff helpful and a good central location in walking distance of lifts. Herman went the extra mile in personally driving my husband and son to the doctors when he developed an ear infection and Herman’s music night was great fun. Loved the dogs too!

    Gill Hayes’s hotel rating: 5
  4. Tuvnes on

    We spent five nights at the Castor over New Year and had a wonderful time!
    The hotel is in a great location, Herman and the staff were very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious and our 5 year old loved playing with other children in the play room. We will definitely return!

    Tuvnes’s hotel rating: 4
  5. Patel on

    Stayed at the Castor the week before christmas 2016. We had room 202 which was recently refurbished – it was spacious, with nice modern bathroom. It was a comfortable room for family of 4.
    The food was nice and the children enjoyed the different pasta meals.Good choice of wines.
    Service was very friendly and warm.
    Location was within walking distance of the ski lift.
    Second trip with Ski2 and would highly recommend them.

    Patel’s hotel rating: 4
  6. R Hayes on

    The Castor is a very good family run hotel with excellent service from Herman and his team.
    It is an easy walk to the lifts, serves very good food and a good bar.

    R Hayes’s hotel rating: 5
  7. Sam Little on

    Great choice for those with children. Very relaxed and friendly. Bar area is a great place to chill out on an evening. Staff could not be more helpful at meal times. Owner was very knowledgable on the wine front and took time each evening helping us to choose a nice bottle of wine. Good location with a short walk to slopes. Very quiet up on the fourth floor. Our room was fine for the three of us and a bath was a nice surprise. Great choice for us with a young family and will be back.

    Sam Little’s hotel rating: 4
  8. Bethan on

    We had a happy week at The Hotel Castor and would stay there again.
    The breakfast buffet is plentiful and very varied, there’s definitely something for everyone and enough to keep you going well beyond lunchtime. The children’s tea at 6pm was a salad bar, followed by pasta course followed by meat and veg course with fruit, ice cream or cake to finish. Our children were happy with this but the owners said they could join us for the full adult dinner later if they preferred, at the same price. Children’s tea was a little rushed though, because the staff eat at 6.30.
    Adults dinner was great with the same courses available as the kids but with more choice on the menu. I enjoyed all the food during the week and the service was extremely friendly and helpful, but I was told the fish wasn’t the best option by others in our party. There is an extensive local wine list.

    The bar was comfortable and relaxed with the children’s playroom just off it. The playroom was a bit tired but it was end of season when we went and our children didn’t seem to mind, they liked having a place to get together with the other small guest in the hotel. There is also a tv with kids cartoons usually playing in another area of the bar. There are few swings in the garden and a park across the road. The hotel dogs were popular with the kids and very tolerant!
    The reception staff spoke fluent English and couldn’t be more helpful. They were great. The waiters and waitresses were lovely to the adults and children too.
    It is a bit of a walk to the boot room but nothing too taxing. Most days we asked the receptionist to call ski2 for a lift which generally arrived in less then ten minutes, saving our legs for skiing.
    The bedrooms and bathrooms we had were fine, it’s an old building so they vary in size and style. The beds are generally very firm. Some were (fairly substantial) fold-up beds which are better suited to children. It might be worth checking before you arrive if you have a bad back. There was plenty of hot water and the temperature in the rooms can be controlled individually.
    I would visit again in summer or winter.

    Bethan’s hotel rating: 5
  9. Anne Taylor on

    In these days of apartments and modern block hotels it is reassuring to know that the Hotel Castor still nestles into a bend in the main street of Champoluc, a quiet spot near to the old traditional centre but only a short walk from the main ski activity. Family owned and family run, the Castor offers a warm welcome to guests, a relaxed atmosphere, appetising menus, a comfortable sitting room and bar, friendly and unobtrusive service. It is a place to return to year after year, a place to remind one of the old days of skiing, of wooden skis and cable bindings, of tradition and history.

    Anne Taylor’s hotel rating: 5
  10. Bruce Bladon on

    The Castor is well placed, just off the main village square. This is nearly a km walk from the base of the lift. Its a pleasant walk in your trainers with your skis and boots in storage at the base of the lift, but on the first morning with full ski kit, use the courtesy lift from Ski 2. There are a couple of bars and shops in the neighbourhood of the hotel, and you will pass a few on the way back from the lift. The hotel is lovely. There is extensive wood panelling in the dining room and bar. Our room was a triple, which was quite comfortable for three. It was easy to walk around the room, there was space to unpack, and a reasonable sized bathroom with a hot shower over a bath. The lift is small but as we were on the second floor we only used it with luggage. Breakfast is a generous buffet. There is bacon and egg, a (slightly slow) toaster, yoghurts, ham, cheeses, etc. There is a fascinating automated fresh orange juice machine. Dinner is chosen the night before, from three options. The format is the same each night, of a generous salad buffet, followed by a pasta course, followed by a main course. In the unlikely event you are still hungry there is a sweet option, which doesn’t change. There is a good selection of wine, particularly red.
    The Castor is a very nice 3* hotel. It might lack some of the grandeur of 4* hotels but makes up for it with character, with friendly service, and comfortable rooms. The corridors are a bit narrow, the bar might be slightly “family friendly” if you were wanting an adult night (i.e. has children in it), but it has characterful wood panelled rooms, friendly service and nice food. The wifi I am afraid was utter rubbish, but we have experienced the same in other hotels in Champoluc, so it may be more to do with bandwidth from the valley. There is a good 4G signal, so sign up for a data package before departure.

    Bruce Bladon’s hotel rating: 4
  11. Geoff Monks on

    Simply the nicest family running it yielding the best hospitality experience possible. Great location for this great resort.

  12. Jack on

    We have stayed in the Castor a few times. We really enjoy it and it suits us very well. All the staff in the hotel are very nice and are always willing to help. There is a wide range of food on the menu, all of which is very nice. The hotel is very family friendly and has a children’s play area and a very social lounge area.
    We will be going back!,

    Jack’s hotel rating: 4
  13. Garforth Family on

    We have stayed at a few of the hotels in Champoluc now and The Castor is the one we have decided to go back to next year. It is exactly as Ski 2 describe – good for families. The rooms are big enough for 4, comfortable beds and lots of drawers and hanging space. The food is good with plenty of choice to suit everyone, and with a great wine selection for the grown ups! The bar area is lovely, really warm and welcoming – with the added bonus of free tea and homemade biscuits after skiing. Herman is charming and even hosts a music night in the bar!

  14. Peter Marks on

    With my family I have been visiting Champoluc since 1995 and have stayed at the Castor on a number of occasions. Herman and all the staff are always very welcoming and helpful. There is a wonderful and wide selection of dishes for the evening meal which should satisfy all tastes and the breakfasts go on and on. Rooms are well appointed and lovely and warm with lots of piping hot water, whilst the public rooms are comfortable with the bar at hand. An altogether pleasing experience.

  15. PAT RIMMER on

    OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE STAYED IN MOST OF THE HOTELS IN CHAMPOLUC AND FOR USTHE CASTOR TICKS ALL THE BOXES. IT IS VERY COMEFORTABLE,GOOD FOOD AND LOTS OF IT, CATERS FOR VEGETARIANS IN OUR GROUP. ROOMS ARE WARM LOADS OF HOT WATER AND A GREAT BAR.
    BEATRICE AND HERMAN ARE SO FRIENDLY AND ALL THE STAFF ARE HELPFUL.
    THE LOCATION IS GOOD WITH A NICE WALK TO GET YOU GOING IN THE MORNING AND WIND DOWN AT NIGHT.
    WE ALWAYS RE-BOOK EARLY TO BE SURE TO GET IN NEXT HOLIDAY IN FACT I AM NOT SURE I SHOULD BE LETTING YOU INTO OUR SECRET!!!!

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