Close to the main square, as its name suggests, Coeur de Megève has its finger on the pulse – with a restaurant and cocktail bar at the heart of the village with entrances from the street and tables on the cobbles. Yet the hotel’s name is as much about the warmth of its welcome as it is about location: its cosseting spa, sofa-lined terrace and sumptuous, fireside living room make all-day lounging as convivial as it is encouraged. And designer interiors with brushed walnut, tactile textiles and pops of bright colour playfully reinvent the Alpine aesthetic without compromising on cosiness. Heartfelt cordiality, high-spec interiors and an unbeatable location are at the heart of Coeur de Megève’s allure.
Double rooms from £165.61 (€180), including tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (from €30).
On Sunday mornings, Le Coeur steps up a gear, serving a fine Sunday brunch of temptations hot and cold: savour eggs, pastries and coffee, then head up the hill for some post-prandial fresh air.
The hotel closes every year for the months of May and November.
At the hotel
Living room, covered terrace, boutique, ski room, e-bikes to borrow (summer only). In rooms: free WiFi, free tea and coffee, minibar, smart TV with Google Chromecast, Bluetooth speaker.
Our favourite rooms
The terrace junior suite has a sizeable terrace with bell tower views; the duplex junior suite has a bedroom and spacious ensuite in the attic, plus a roomy living area at entry level. Family suites usually earn their keep with practicality, but this attic-high beauty is aesthetically pleasing, too. Of the rooms, superiors have the most space and the majority have a balcony.
With a sauna, steam room, relaxation area and two treatment cabins, the wood-lined hotel spa is a collaboration with organic Vermont beauty brand Tata Harper: a choice of massages (including couples treatments), rituals for face and body, waxing and manicures are all on offer.
Pack a full-length doudoune, designer knits and your fluffiest snowboots – this is Megève, darling.
The hotel is fully wheelchair accessible with two adapted rooms.
Very welcome; extra beds can be added to the junior and family suites, interconnecting rooms available; the restaurant and room service both have children’s menus.
All ages – although if you’re planning to hit the pistes, make sure your little Smiths are old enough for ski school.
Attic high with curved ceilings, an adjoining bunk room and two bathrooms, the family suite at Coeur de Megève is top notch. You can add an extra bed to the duplex suite, too. For older children, a cosy room in the attic sleeps two little Smiths.
There’s no crèche, so you’ll need to arrange childcare ahead of arrival.
Skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice skating, dog sledding, carriage rides; tree climbing and white-water rafting in summer.
There are children’s options at Le Coeur and on the room service menu; highchairs are provided and the kitchen can heat baby food.
You’ll need to explore options for babysitting ahead of arrival.
No need to pack
The hotel can provide baby monitors, subject to availability.
Children over ten years old are charged as adults.
On one side of the restaurant, a light-filled conservatory-like space offers sunshine and seclusion – although the recessed coral-red banquette in the main room is no mere consolation prize.
Let Megève’s glamorous Alpine aesthetic inspire you to layer soft knits, faux-fur gilets, leather or suede with your chunkiest jewellery and statement accessories – eye-catching snow boots are de rigueur.
Alpine but not as you know it, Sybille de Margerie’s design for Le Coeur takes mountain motifs such as heart shapes and honey-hued timber and makes them contemporary with a coral-red, duck egg and gold colour scheme.The result is an elegant setting for Vincenzo Regine’s refined Savoyard menu featuring dishes such as fondue croquettes and trout tartare as well as pan-fried char, slow-braised beef cheek and confit duck, with nods to Italy – truffle pasta here, saffron risotto there – in the mix. Vegetables are sourced from local Ferme du Renard as seasonality allows, and it would be churlish not to leave room for the famed dessert buffet of blueberry tarts, tiramisu and chocolate mousse.
Heated and covered outdoor lounge La Terrasse moves seamlessly from coffee spot to après-ski hangout, serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of sharing platters alongside heartier lunches such as club sandwich or tartiflette (open 10am–9pm). Cosy cocktail bar Le Meige has its own entrance and is a favourite with locals as well as residents: tropical Tiki cocktails, such as lime, ginger and tequila-based Kukukachoo, sit alongside classics including mojitos, negronis and margaritas (open 5pm–11pm).
Breakfast is served from 7.30am–10.30am; lunch between 12.30pm and 2.30pm; dinner, 7pm–11pm.
A dedicated menu is available for breakfast à chambre, then from 12.30pm you can order charcuterie and cheese platters, salads and sandwiches such as croque monsieur (until 11pm).
Coeur de Megève is in the village of Megève in Rhône-Alpes, an hour from Geneva.
Geneva is the nearest international airport, an hour away by road and the hotel can arrange private transfers at extra cost. Lyon St Exupéry is a two-hour drive away. Megève airport is an option for private charters and helicopter transfers.
Sallanches train station is 11km from the hotel and private transfers can be arranged at extra cost. Albertville train station is an hour away by road.
The hotel has a partnership with a public car park a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Proximity to Geneva, a true Alpine village, shops galore: Megève is a great all-rounder able to satisfy those who ski and snowboard, those who hike and bike and those who don’t. In winter, a wealth of on- and off-piste adventures await (all available through the hotel), from fat-bike riding to snowshoeing (towards a snow-capped bar, when you book a trip to the Aperigloo), dog sledding or a horse-drawn carriage ride. In summer, as well as traversing mountain trails on an e-bike, there’s tree-climbing and white-water rafting on offer, although an introduction to landscape photography with the Alps as your muse sounds more dignified. A private flight over Mont Blanc or a hot-air balloon ride are memorable at any time of year.
Mountain favourites are served alongside inventive plates such as truffle-topped scrambled eggs, Basque black pudding and grilled octopus at village mainstay Le Bistrot de Megève: if you can, dine in the old, timbered dining room decked with cow bells and draped with sheepskins. Near the Chamois télécabine, Le Nano Caffè offers an Italian fix of glorious antipasti, pizza, pasta and signature meatballs della Nonna. In a listed building on Place de l’Eglise, family-owned Le Prieuré is an upscale, traditional Alpine dining room with a menu that mixes Savoyard, pan-French and Italian dishes, such as sole meunière, filet de boeuf with cèpes and various risotti. Bespoke Savoyard fare is on offer in winter at Les Grands Crus de Fondue where, led by a cheese expert, the blend of mountain fromages, fine wines and dipping materials is tailored to suit your fancy.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this mountain hotel in Rhône-Alpes and unpacked their génépy and Milka chocolate, a full account of their Alpine break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Coeur de Megève…
From its designer stores to its abundance of fine hotels, Megève’s high-end appeal is obvious and enduring: this is a mountain resort full of swagger – and Coeur de Megève is no exception. Both its design and ethos are admirably bold. Rather than rely on its incredible village-centre location, the hotel offers a sophisticated sanctuary for its guests, with oodles of space for lounging from spa to terrace to living room. Rather than defer to the glut of gastronomic restaurants already in town, Coeur de Megève has its own, serving superlative Savoyard fare and throwing in a cosy cocktail bar for good measure. Its spa is no afterthought token sauna either, but a warmly lit, wood-lined retreat offering organic Tata Harper treatments. Design-wise, it would be all too easy to yield to checks, sheepskins and cowbells – yet Sybille de Margerie’s interiors play with Alpine tropes to the point of reinvention, layering tactile textiles, introducing pops of acid colour and switching honey-hued pine for satin-smooth walnut. What’s more, a stellar concierge team, with can-do attitude and all the right contacts, go the extra mile to deliver winter thrills and summer outings – from private flights to mountain dinners, from fat biking to igloo drinks – that make for a truly memorable stay.