Hotel Lodge le Grand Cerf

Hotel in Samoëns

3-Star Hotel Lodge & Spa

A down-to-earth sort of place with none of the flashiness of Verbier or the trendiness of Val d’Isère, Samoëns is a resort for families and couples looking for some decent skiing during the day and an authentic French experience in the evening.

The village’s understated charm is reflected in Le Grand Cerf, a chalet-style lodge and spa which opened at the end of 2013. Owned by the neighbouring Gai Soleil hotel, Le Grand Cerf’s six suites are set within a separate building, offering guests a more private and exclusive experience that’s ideal for couples and those seeking a tranquil getaway.

Its newness is evident in the lovely smell of pine that still pervades the room thanks to its wood-clad walls and ceiling. The décor is stylish and simple, with muted colours, a plush faux fur throw on the bed, mock tree trunk side tables and ceiling spotlights. Particularly inviting is the bathroom with its large walk-in shower, which I find just perfect for easing my aching muscles after a long day on the slopes of Le Grand Massif ski area. Or head for the sauna, pool and Jacuzzi, housed in a third building between the Lodge and the main hotel, whose glass roof is retractable to make best use of sunny days. In summer I’d happily end the day with a dip in the pool followed by a glass of wine on my room’s outdoor terrace, though it was sadly too chilly to make use of the terrace on my February visit.

There are no dining facilities in Le Grand Cerf itself, but dinner and breakfast can be taken next door in the appealing restaurant of Le Gai Soleil, which offers regional specialities including tartiflette, fondue and raclette in an alpine-style setting (picture cow bells and farming implements on the walls, and red and white mountain-print curtains). The buffet breakfast is generous, from charcuterie and eggs to homemade cakes, yoghurt and jams – more than enough to fuel another day on the slopes, or indeed a leisurely potter down the road to explore a village that may not be flashy or extravagant, but is quietly confident of giving visitors an experience they’ll want to repeat – much like Le Grand Cerf itself.

Caroline Bishop is a freelance journalist who recently swapped city life in London for outdoor adventures in Switzerland where she writes about travel, food and culture.

Photographs by Hotel Lodge le Grand Cerf and Caroline Bishop

Reviewer's Rating
Ambience Cosy
Services Free Parking, Restaurant, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Health Spa, Family Friendly
Cost Medium
Number of Rooms 6 Suites
Skiing / Winter sports

Room and Suite Categories

2 Junior Suites for 2 to 3 people; 2 Family Suites for 4 people; 2 Prestige Suites for 4 to 5 people.

Additional Ambience Information

Tranquil atmosphere with an exclusive feel.

Additional Price Comments

Three course menus €23/€29.50/€40. Breakfast €12.50 or half-board (breakfast and dinner) for €38. Massages (60 mins) €50. Free access to pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, fitness area (book in advance).

Last updated on 02-10-2015

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