Les Chardons

27 bedrooms for 43-48 guests
6 baths, 19 showers

“Excellent in all respects: convenient, with a splendid cook and charming and friendly staff. The logistics were impeccable – I think your company is without peer.”

Les Chardons Rooms

Single rooms with shower – Price A
Room 18 Second Floor.
Single with shower.
Room 17 Second Floor.
Single with shower and TV.
Room 16 Second Floor.
Single with shower and TV.
Room 5 First Floor.
Single with shower and TV.
Room 4 First Floor.
Single with shower and TV.
Room 6 First Floor.
Single with curtained-off shower.

Bedrooms with en-suite bath or shower and wc – Price B
Room 14

Second Floor. Double bed with single bed plus shower, wc, TV and balcony.
Room 2
First Floor. Double bed with single bed plus shower, wc, TV and balcony.
Room 15
Second Floor. Double with shower, wc, TV and balcony.
Room 3
First Floor. Double with shower, wc, TV and balcony.
Room 19
Second Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
Room 22
Second Floor. Twin/double with bath, wc and shared balcony.
Room 10
First Floor. Double bed with single bed plus bath and wc.
Room 7
First Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.
Room 31
Third Floor. Double bed with single bed plus bath, wc and shared balcony.
Room 28
Third Floor. Twin with bath, wc and balcony.

N.B. Room 22. Please specify whether you would prefer your room to be made up as a twin or a double when booking.

Please note all the rooms with a double bed and single bed are for two people only.

Baths. All the baths mentioned above are half-size with a shower attachment.

Suites, 2 rooms each with shower, sharing a wc – Price C
Room 20
Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared only with room 21.
Room 21
Second Floor. Twin with shower-room, balcony and wc shared only with room 20.
Room 9
First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared only with room 8.
Room 8
First Floor. Twin with shower-room and wc shared only with room 9.
Room 30
Third Floor. Twin with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared only with room 29.
Room 29
Third Floor. Double with shower-room, shared balcony and wc shared only with room 30.

Single rooms with basin – Price C
Room 23 Second Floor. Single with basin.
Room 11 First Floor. Single with basin.
Room 27 Third Floor. Single with basin.
Room 32 Third Floor. Single with basin.
Room 26 Third Floor. Single with basin.
There is one wc and one shower on the first, second and third floors, and another wc on the ground floor.

Extra Beds:
Single rooms 4, 6, 11, 16, 18 and 23 have twin beds. Rooms 5, 17, 26, 27 and 32 have a double bed. The second bed in these rooms can only be used during school holidays by children, or when one group books the whole chalet at any time during the season. A maximum of 5 extra beds can be used. Extra beds are charged at 50% of the normal price of that room (subject to a minimum price of £450). School holiday dates are: 19 and 26 December 2022; 2 January; 12 and 19 February; 26 March; 2 and 9 April 2023.

Les Chardons Highlights

  • Bright and comfortable chalet hotel in the best location in Val d’Isère
  • Head Chef Murray and one of YSE’s most experienced chefs, Dan, cooking what is considered the best food in the resort
  • Famously fabulous team of staff
  • Ideal for big birthday groups, small parties, couples and singles
  • Bedrooms ranging from comfortable to simple, some en-suite, some with shared facilities
  • Eleven single rooms at reasonable prices
  • Charming dining room
  • Large sitting room for quiet reading or pre-dinner drinks
  • Snug with wide-screen TV
  • Bootwarmers AND glovewarmers
  • Separate ski and snowboard locker

Les Chardons Description

Les Chardons is a sweet little family hotel in one of the best positions in Val d’Isère, that we run as a YSE chalet. It is probably the best-loved and fastest re-booked chalet in the whole of Val d’Isère.

Why? Well it’s not the fabric of the building. This is a former 0-star hotel, and is on the basic side. The rooms range from simple to comfortable, and when we come out from the UK we are always delighted to stay in them, but they are not plush. If luxury bathroom fittings or distressed timber wardrobes are important to you, you’d be happier looking at some of our really smart chalets!

So what is the appeal of Les Chardons? First, it is in just about the best position in Val d’Isère, ten seconds’ walk from the church, at the very heart of Val d’Isère’s quaint and quiet old village, and mere metres from the snow square, nursery slopes, drag lifts, ski schools, bus stops and all the shops. Guests here spend more time skiing, eating and drinking and less time travelling around than anyone else in Val d’Isère.

Secondly, its food is famous. Our top chef Murray leads a team in the professional kitchen, aiming not just to match the food in our smaller chalets, but to surpass it. Eating well may not be your main motivation for coming to Val d’Isère, but breakfast cooked to order before your eyes and fresh cake when you get home are very pleasant. And it’s good to know that dinner in the charming dining room will provide the perfect ending to a day when all has gone well on the slopes, or the antidote to the day when you kept falling over.

Thirdly, Les Chardons seems to generate an atmosphere of benevolent bonhomie. Don’t worry: we’re not going to rope you into pop quizzes or funny hats nights. The ambience depends entirely on you. We have a large French family, based all over the world, who meet up every year here for Christmas, and sip their wine and play games and refuse to try plum pudding. We have crowds of doctors on conferences discussing cirrhosis while trying to develop it, and families during school holidays amazed to hear their young actually complete a sentence. We have large groups of friends on long dining tables, and honeymoon couples at their own table. We even have couples who come regularly and have their own little table in the sitting room where they can eat in peace and quiet. The smiley young staff are carefully supervised by Murray’s Teutonically competent wife Christina.

Fourthly (is that a word?), Les Chardons has eleven single rooms. As well as having space for 32 guests in pairs or couples, Les Chardons has eleven rooms for people travelling alone, who are normally faced with the choice of sharing with a stranger or paying a huge amount to keep the other bed empty. The singles actually comprise six twin and five double rooms, but we treat them as singles because they don’t have the same facilities as the other rooms. Five have showers and basins, five have bidets and basins and one has just a basin. There are three communal showers and three wcs on the landings. Better still, during school holidays or when a single group books the whole chalet, a second person (must be a child during school holidays) can stay in these single rooms half-price.

The twin and double bedrooms aren’t huge, but they’re comfortable, with modern bathrooms, good lighting and handmade curtains. Some have balconies, and all the rooms’ views range from good to fabulous. If views don’t do it for you, eight bedrooms (2, 3, 4, 5, 14, 15, 16 and 17) also have little flat-screen TVs with British Freeview.

Ten rooms have en-suite showers and loos (actually, some of them are baths, but those short ‘sit-in’ baths, so most people treat them as showers).

Six more bedrooms are in sweet, almost fully en-suite pairs, each room having its own shower-room and basin, but with one loo for both rooms on the landing between them. To some people it is very important to have their wc in their bathroom. Others however, particularly of the long-suffering wife variety, are quite glad not to! Anyway, for having to share a loo we give the four guests in each of these ‘suites’ quite a generous discount.

If you wonder why you’ve never noticed Les Chardons, it is next to the Hôtel Les Cinq Frères (which you’ve probably never noticed either) on that little lane leading from the Tourist Office roundabout to the church. The proper name of this little alley is the Rue Nicolas Bazile, though the locals tend to call it the Montée de l’Église. Very few people and even fewer vehicles use this road, and it really is astonishingly silent. Even the church clock doesn’t chime at night.

We do not run a bar, but guests keep their own drinks in a fridge in the sitting room, and we can buy drinks in for you if you tell us in advance what you’d like. It’s all at supermarket prices and there is no cheaper or more convenient way in the Alps to imbibe.

And there’s a snug, a second sitting area with HD Sky+ and BT for those of you who don’t want to miss the Test Match/News/America’s Next Top Model or whatever.

There’s a ski/snowboard locker and a room containing nothing but boot warmers and glove warmers. If you are accustomed to the pleasure of slipping your feet into warm, dry boots, wait until you put on warm, dry gloves!

Chalet Les Chardons is unique in Val d’Isère: a large chalet for keen skiers who are also keen foodies, and it sells out very quickly.

We think the following, received from one of our guests, describes Les Chardons perfectly:

We have just enjoyed a fantastic week in Les Chardons. This is truly a skiers’ set up, with a great family atmosphere created by Murray and Christina with baby Leon and dog Sky, who make it feel like a real home from home. The team spirit is great and we enjoyed getting to know all our staff who looked after us brilliantly and always responded to our endless questions and requests with a smile! We enjoyed the guest appearance from JYS and trading stories of Val d’Isère in the 1980s!, as well as getting to know other guests.

The food was an unexpected surprise – this was not run-of-the-mill skiers’ grub, but creative and delicious home cooking at its best with highlights too many to mention but including the homemade hummus, roast duck and tasting menu of puddings.

All this within a few minutes of the main lift and staggering distance from the nightlife – yet with blissfully peaceful bedrooms. What more could real skiers want?!


There is no parking available at Les Chardons. If arriving by car, you will be able to stop temporarily to drop bags (preferably leaving someone in the car) and then go and park. Please visit the Val d’Isère car park website for information. The regulations for tyres on vehicles in the French Alps have changed for 1 November – 31 March. If you are driving, please see our Parking page.

Les Chardons Floor Plans

Les Chardons Prices

Our prices for Winter 2022-23 are shown below. To compare different chalets, please see the full Prices page, and keep an eye on our occasional Special Offers for last-minute deals. Please see the What's Included page which shows what is provided by YSE for these prices. The way ski passes are purchased in Val d'Isère has changed. We have negotiated discounts on the public prices for every week of the season - see the Ski Pass and Discounts page for full details.

Prices are per person per week in sterling.

A Rooms

Dec £ Jan £ Feb £ Mar £ Apr £
5 775 2 895 5 1075 5 1195 2 1275
12 975 9 725 12 1695 12 1195 9 980
19 1145 15 975 19 1095 19 1195 16 810
26 1695 22 1065 26 1095 26 1195 23 765
29 1075

B Rooms

Dec £ Jan £ Feb £ Mar £ Apr £
5 750 2 870 5 1055 5 1175 2 1255
12 945 9 695 12 1665 12 1175 9 950
19 1120 15 945 19 1065 19 1175 16 785
26 1665 22 1045 26 1065 26 1175 23 740
29 1055

C Rooms

Dec £ Jan £ Feb £ Mar £ Apr £
5 675 2 760 5 950 5 1075 2 1125
12 865 9 615 12 1495 12 1075 9 855
19 1025 15 845 19 955 19 1075 16 675
26 1495 22 935 26 955 26 1075 23 660
29 950

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