Hotel Des Geneys

  • Italy, Bardonecchia

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As soon as you walk in you'll feel the friendly, family atmosphere at Hotel Des Geneys. The location is great, just a short stroll from the pretty historic centre but in a quiet spot making it easy to relax here after long days of skiing or boarding. In the morning hop on the hotel's free shuttle. It runs at set times and will take you down to Campo Smith where the main lifts are. You'll also be able to use the free resort bus which stops about 200 metres from the hotel, so you'll find yourself well connected. 

The decoration throughout is quite traditional with parquet floors, Persian rugs and wood beamed ceilings. The rooms follow in the traditional theme and are cosy and comfortable. There's also a sauna, steam room and whirlpool that you can book and pay for in the hotel. 

There's a nice casual bar area where you'll sometimes hear live piano music playing. They do really nice cocktails here too, if you fancy trying something a bit different to your usual. Expect a hearty four course meal for dinner with choices of delicious authentic Piedmont cuisine. We found it hard to stop ourselves filling up on the tasty hors d'oeuvres. You definitely won't go hungry here. They've also got a great wine list and we recommend trying some of the local labels.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 30 mins by coach from Turin airport.

  • No. of rooms: 52
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 4


Standard Rooms sleep up to two people and have a TV, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, minibar, hairdryer and a bath or shower. Single rooms are also available.

Comfort Rooms can sleep up to three people and have a lounge/seating area.

Deluxe sleep two and have a shower and bath. They are available on request, please call to book. 

Junior Suite sleep up to four people and offer more space with a seating area. They are available on request, please call to book.

Balconies can be requested across the room types but are never guaranteed.  

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: No

There's a small lift which may not be suitable for wheelchair access


The small resort of Bardonecchia sits right on the border between France and Italy, making it Italy’s westernmost town at the heart of the Alps. In 2006 it hosted the Turin Winter Olympics snowboarding competitions, and still includes many features from the one-time-only event.

Made up of 3 areas- Campo Smith, Melezet and Jafferau, there is over 100km of piste to tackle in the area, all linked by free buses. The majority of the pistes in the area are a close mix of easy cruising blue runs, and some red runs that offer more of a challenge. The resort is quiet and relatively uncongested with other skiers and snowboarders so it is easy to enjoy your time on the snow uninterrupted.

For adrenaline seeking skiers, Bardonecchia has 5 black runs to take on. For flair filled flips and tricks, the Melezet area has a fun freestyle snow park, featuring an Olympic half pipe from 2006 (open when snow levels allow), 80 rails and jibs and 20 jumps. You don't have to be Shaun White to enjoy the park, it is fun for first time flippers as well as snow park pro's.  

Off the pistes, one of Bardonecchia's highlights is the excellent array of restaurants. Restaurants serve up delicious Italian comfort food that is not to be missed, and for a small resort there is a huge variety of venues on offer. Après-ski culture is on the quiet side, attracting smaller crowds who want to socialise and take it easy. But if you’re in the mood for some classic live music and dancing in your ski boots, then Chesal bar and restaurant at the top of the Melezet-Chesal chair lift hosts ‘Crazy Chesal’ après-ski from 14:30 onwards. Also enjoy a visit to Haralds Ski Restaurant Bar at Campo Smith, great food, drinks and easy to walk to rather than taking lifts. 

For a smoother in resort experience, we recommend pre-booking the following before you travel; Lift passes, ski equipment hire and/or tuition.

Skiing levels
Cross country

Mountain facts
Ski area 100 km
Longest run 6 Km

Bardonecchia snowpark is located in the Melezet area. The park is divided into 5 different zones based on the difficulty of features and jumps

Lifts Drag lifts 13, Chairlifts 9, Cablecars 0
Slope direction
Ski/resort bus True
Things to Do

Bardonecchia restaurants, food and drink

One of Bardonecchia’s secret delights is the impeccable quality of the food and mountain restaurants on offer in the resort. Delicious Italian cuisine, the food on offer in Bardonecchia is excellent and you can expect some hearty regional classics.

Chesal restaurant is marked on the map at the Melezet mid-station and is notably very tasty, as is Ristorante Pizzeria Waikiki at the base of Melezet, overlooking the snow park. Try the excellent Haralds Ski Restaurant Bar located at Campo Smith, great food and drinks, enjoy as long and late as you like as you can walk here and not rely on lifts to get back down. 


Bardonecchia après, bars, clubs and nightlife

Bardonecchia celebrates a much more relaxed and quieter après ski lifestyle compared to some of the other resorts in Italy and just over the border in France. There is still live music and dancing (on or off the table - up to you!) to be had at Chesal at the end of the day, hence the après ski hour being dubbed ‘Crazy Chesal’! There is also Haralds Ski Restaurant Bar as mentioned above, great for drinks as well as food. 

Off the pistes, the bars are a perfect place to make friends with the small ski crowds that gravitate towards Bardonecchia. It may please some people to know that there are no nightclubs in Bardonecchia, and the resort goes to bed quietly at the end of the day.


Bardonecchia shopping

In Bardonecchia there are some classic sportswear stores lined up along the high street selling clothes, equipment and accessories. There are also a few local craft stores, supermarkets and deli’s selling food and drink (very handy to have if you are opting for a self-catered apartment for your stay). The town is small and most of the people who live there are locals so you can expect to find some wonderful local specialties.


Bardonecchia spas and relaxation

If you stay the Campo Smith Apartments or Hotel Rivè you can enjoy the indoor pool, gym, spa and sauna area available (payable locally for Apartment guests). Elsewhere, there is a public swimming pool and gym at the local sports centre, Piscina Comunale di Bardonecchia.


Bardonecchia arts, culture and events

Despite Bardonecchia being a somewhat quiet resort, it celebrates an action-packed events calendar throughout both the summer and winter seasons. The Born to Ride snowboard weekends take place throughout the season. Most events are participated by local athletes, but also attract an international crowd. All around, they are great fun to watch and be part of.

The Bardonecchia Alpine Coaster is open all year to enjoy near the Campo Smith area. Whizz, wind and swoosh round the track over 1km in length. Each ride costs €6pp and block tickets are available. For Winter opening days and times please enquire locally, times and prices will always be subject to weather and change.


Winter 2020/21 Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Save up to £62 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we'll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details. 

Lift Passes Days Season


Local Pass 6 L £147 £116 £116
H £173 £138 £138

L (12 Dec - 19 Dec), M (10 Dec - 30 Jan & 21 Mar - end of season), H (20 Dec - 9 Jan & 31 Jan - 20 Mar)

Equipment (6 days) Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £64 £97 £155
Skis & Boots £89 £123 £179
Snowboard & Boots - £91 -
Youth (6-12yrs) Skis & Boots - £52 -
Snowboard & Boots - £91 -
Child (3-5yrs) Skis/Boots - £52 -
Helmet - Free* -

* Free helmets for children up to 12yrs when ski/board are pre-booked

Please see here for a description of hire categories.

Tuition Days Times Adult Child 5-12yrs
Ski 5 2 hrs per day £123 £123

Lessons start at 10am on Mondays*

*Lessons start at 9am for Christmas and New Year weeks 

Please note: Group ski lessons need a minimum number of guests to take place. Very occasionally these numbers aren’t reached. If you have pre-booked lessons and this happens, the ski-school will do their best to offer private lessons to the value of the lessons you had originally booked. Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

  • Free shuttle to ski area in the mornings at set times
  • Sauna and steam room (pay locally)
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Ski bus

If you're like us and like to fuel up for the slopes you'll enjoy a buffet breakfast including some hot choices. There are four courses each night for dinner that you can select from a menu. If you have any dietary needs, just let us know and we will request this from the hotel.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 6.705867
  • Latitude: 45.076793
  • Location Description:
    • 1km to ski lifts
    • Hotel shuttle service to ski lifts
    • Ski school and hire one kilometre
    • Bus stop 200 metres
    • 50 metres to supermarket

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per person from £699
Includes £70pp discount
Hotel Des Geneys
Bardonecchia, Half Board
20/03/2022 - 7 nights
2 adults
From London Gatwick
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