Rooms 58 /Architecture Gilles Leborgne, ID associés /Interior Design Gilles Leborgne, ID associés /The Original Valéry Grégo
Set at an altitude of 2,300 meters, the iconic Le Fitz Roy sits in the center of the highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens. Having been the meeting spot for mountain enthusiasts since it was built, this legendary chalet in the French Alps has been renovated to retain its regional Savoyard authenticity and updated to a new standard of luxury. An unpretentious sense of charm and service give this French mountain hotel a “grand family chalet” atmosphere. The spacious 58 rooms and suites also bring together the classic and the contemporary, creating discreet elegance. A south-facing sun terrace overlooking the slopes is the “place to be,” while the Fitz Roy, renowned for its excellent take on modern French cuisine, is not to be missed. An in-house ski shop is on hand to help both novices and experts tackle the 600kms of slopes that surround Le Fitz Roy. And after a day of skiing, the hotel’s spa has a swimming pool carved out of the mountainside, a Turkish bath, and sauna to complete the experience.
Ranging from 26 to 72 square meters and featuring a double bed or twin beds, a balcony, and views of the city or slopes, all the rooms and suites offer luxury that immerses guests in their surroundings. Many of the guestrooms feature bathtubs, while the 32-square-meter Privilege Room offers a sofa bed, the 40-square-meter Junior Suite an extra child’s bed, and the Split-Level Suite—at 60 square meters—hosts four guests with en suite bathrooms. The 72-square-meter Suite also boasts a fireplace, while The Suite, a Privilege Room, and two Comfort Rooms can be combined to create a 160-square-meter Private Floor for up to 12 guests.
Valéry Grégo lets a project speak to him. “With my hotels we start with the original purpose of the structure, the history of the neighborhood, the personality of the place. The concept evolves from there organically.” This philosophy, mixed with the Grégo’s study in business and humanities, has led him to open three resorts in the French Alps—Le Fitz Roy, Le Val Thorens, and Hôtel des 3 Vallées—one boutique hotel in Paris, in the vibrant quarter of Pigalle, and his newest property Les Hôtel Roches Rouges on the Provence coast between St. Tropez and Cannes. “In the Alps we chose structures with strong personalities and history and we underwent heavy renovation programs to reveal them,” says Grégo "With Le Pigalle, we want people to discover the neighborhood in the hotel, its past and its present. And with Hôtel Les Roches Rouges, being far away from everything, that’s really the core of the kind of experience we want people to have.”