In Grenoble, our five favorite hotels at the foot of the mountains

In Grenoble, our five favorite hotels at the foot of the mountains

Former capital of the Dauphiné, homeland of Stendhal and mecca of the 1968 Winter Olympics, the city of Grenoble has evolved into a modern metropolis. Here is our selection of five hotels, friendly and committed urban oases for a stopover in this city crowned with peaks.

Maison Barbillon, welcome home

Maison Barbillon, a retro-contemporary three-star hotel nestled in the heart of the station district, in downtown Grenoble. Maison Barbillon / Press photo

In addition to its ideal location 100 meters from the train station and close to the pedestrian centre, Maison Barbillon is distinguished by its “like at home” atmosphere. Concentrating on the know-how of Assas Hotels, the group behind RockyPop (which will set up in Grenoble in November), Heliopic, Marielle and Oh la la Hôtel Bar!, this three-star hotel offers 48 cozy rooms, a lobby that looks like a grocery store of yesteryear, a large table d’hôtes for breakfast or work, a snack in jars available 24 hours a day and offers afternoon tea to its guests. All dressed up with talent by Leslie Gauthier, the group’s appointed decorator, who plays with codes and styles, installing here and there wallpaper with vintage motifs, retro furniture and lighting, a self-service record player giving the whole a pleasant cozy atmosphere.

A mountain at the end of the street: the Vercors, mid-mountain massif, between Drôme and Isère, half an hour by car. From the village resort of Lans-en-Vercors, the Regional Natural Park unrolls its wide plateaus, its flowery meadows and its secret valleys inhabited by exceptional flora and fauna. An Eldorado for walkers whatever the season.

The price : from €76 per night in a standard double room. Breakfast: €12/pers. Reserved parking: €8/day.

The address: Maison Barbillon, 10 rue Louis Barbillon, 38000 Grenoble. Such. : 04 58 00 52 43.

The 1924, pure juice from Grenoble

Le 1924, a three-star hotel housed west of Grenoble in the popular Berriat district. Le 1924 / Photo press

Descendant of a family whose presence in Grenoble dates back to 1550, Thomas Rimey-Meille is as much in love with his city as with freedom. In 2015, he succeeded his father at the head of the Royal Hotel, which he wasted no time in renovating from top to bottom and renaming it 1924, in reference to the year the establishment was created. Today, this three-star housed in the west of the city in the popular Berriat district, claims its independence and a strong Grenoble identity, making it a point of honor to call on local craftsmen for the decoration or the restoration. . With 38 rooms, a cozy living room, a large dining room and a winter garden, it is an ideal base camp for exploring the city by bike (available free of charge) equipped with a picnic basket 100% local concocted by the 1924.

A mountain at the end of the street: the Chartreuse massif and the family resort of Col de Porte 25 minutes by car from the hotel (or bus line 62) for its forest of fir and spruce trees criss-crossed by hiking trails which turn into Nordic tracks in winter.

The price : from €79 per night in a double room. Breakfast: €13.50/pers. Parking 50 m away: €21.80 per day, €5 per night.

The address: 1924, 2 rue Gabriel-Péri, 38000 Grenoble. Such. : 04 76 46 18 92.

Okko Jardin d’Hoche, the first of the class

Okko Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche, a four-star hotel in the heart of the city’s first European eco-district. Okko Hotels / Photo press

Second opus of the small city brand born in 2014, the Okko Hôtel Jardin d’Hoche establishment, opened the same year, was the first to shake up the codes of the Grenoble hotel industry. The concept, which has since been widely applied, combines a central location accessible by public transport, four-star service, 133 compact rooms (18 m2) and five premium (30 m2), a fitness area and the Club that made Okko so successful. Here, a space of 300 m2 with a terrace opening onto the Jardin d’Hoche accessible 24 hours a day with its light buffet catering based on regional products (Gilbert dairy, Mandrin beers, gourmet creations by Thierry Court, etc.), its business corner, its library. All in a staging with accents a bit seventies signed Patrick Norguet.

A mountain at the end of the street: visible from the Club terrace, the Belledonne massif 15 minutes by car (or 35 minutes via bus line 15) is home to an oak labeled “Remarkable Tree of France”. Considered the eighth wonder of Dauphiné, the Oak of Venon, perched at 617 m in the hamlet of Pressembois, has been watching over the Grésivaudan valley and the Grenoble basin which spread out at its foot for three centuries.

The price : from €89 for a classic room, breakfast and appetizer included. Parking 2 minutes away: €17/24 hours (preferential rate).

The address: Okko Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche, 23 rue Hoche, 38000 Grenoble. Such. : 04 85 19 00 10.

Hôtel des Alpes, recycling spirit

Having just entered the fold of Greet (new brand of the Accor group), the Hôtel des Alpes will begin a second life in September under the sign of eco-responsible and economical hospitality. Keeping it simple and efficient, this two-star now does away with check-in, offers 67 minimalist rooms (from 12 m2), spacious common areas for working or relaxing, a large table d’hôtes and local on-the-go cuisine. Brought back to energy standards in the spring and renovated floor by floor, the hotel, which remains open during the works, adopts a decor that gives pride of place to recovery and recycling with antique and renovated furniture, including some recovered objects or furniture. of the former Hôtel des Alpes.

A mountain at the end of the street: Mont Rachais, a rocky outcrop at the southern end of the Chartreuse massif accessible without effort thanks to the cable car located 300 m from the hotel. Four minutes higher up, from the Fort de la Bastille intended to protect the Dauphiné city, we discover the Center d’Art Bastille and its contemporary exhibitions, the only urban via ferrata in France (€45/pers.), and a view 360° on Chartreuse, Vercors, Belledonne and in clear weather on Mont Blanc.

The price : from €59.50 per double room. Breakfast: €8.90. Garage: €9 (new rates in October).

The address: Hotel des Alpes, 4 avenue Félix-Viallet, 38000 Grenoble. Such. : 04 76 87 00 71.

Park Hotel Grenoble – MGallery, a legacy of elegance

The hotel is located in the city center on the edge of Parc Paul Mistral, one of the largest in Grenoble. The Park Hotel Grenoble – MGallery is close to the museums and the Bastille cable car which provides access to a unique panoramic view of the city. Accor / Photo press

Very elegant, close to the Hôtel de Ville and on the edge of Paul Mistral Park, this four-star has the particularity of having been the first to open in France after the Second World War. At the helm of this address frequented in its time by Charlie Chaplin, Ray Charles or even Georges Pompidou, Charles-Henri Ducret who took over from his father Henri, founder of the place in 1961 and himself the son of hoteliers. If for ten years the family hotel has joined the collection of premium establishments MGallery (Accor group), it has lost none of its soul and cultivates a classicism of good taste. Orchestrated by the architectural firm Les Héritiers, the decoration of the 40 rooms and suites as well as the common areas combines refinement and modernity. As for the service, one of the strong points of the address, it will seduce all those who appreciate the little attentions.

A mountain at the end of the street: Le Taillefer, its moors and peat bogs, its ten peaks over 2,500 m and its plateau dotted with crystalline lakes. A “small” emblematic massif for Grenoble residents that deserves to be discovered.

The price : from €115 per double room. Breakfast: €19/pers. Car park 250m away: €12.

The address: Park Hotel Grenoble MGallery, 10 place Paul Mistral, 38000 Grenoble. Such. : 04 76 85 81 23.

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