Accommodation for cycling in the French Alps

Published by Lyn on 21 May 2017

Use our map to find cycling accommodation in the French Alps, Morzine, Meribel, Grenoble, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, and other Tour de France cols.

Grospierre - Le Rouret Holiday Village

Apartments and houses in the Ardèche countryside

Le Domaine du Rouret
07120 Grospierre
Ardèche, Rhone-Alpes

Price from: €133

Open: Year-round

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Le Rouret Holiday Village is situated in the Rhone-Alps, within reach of both Cévennes and Provence. The village is spread across 197 acres, with the Ardèche gorges within cycling distance, along with prehistoric caves and the UNESCO-listed listed Vallon Pont d'Arc. Accommodation includes studio apartments for two people through to houses sleeping up to 8 people.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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l'Alpe d'Huez - Alpe d'Huez Bike Hotel

Specialist biking hotel with everything you need to ride Alpe d'Huez

Rue du Siou Coulet
38750 Alpe d'Huez
Isère, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 10 41 89
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €82 per twin room B&B

Open: June 6-August 31

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This is a specialist cycling hotel with super views out over the valley. In the heart of such a cycling hotspot, the hotel prides itself on being an affordable summer biking base for cyclists. The hotel is perfectly set up for cyclists riding Alpe d'Huez and neighbouring cols, with its own bike cleaning station, onsite tools and rack, plus training equipment. It also has discount deals with local bike shops and can help with bike hire. Mountain bikers should ask about the discounted ski lift passes for accessing higher offroad routes. Special menu for cyclists (plus pasta packs and unlimited coffee). Loads of local route advice, plus free wifi. Sauna and jacuzzi for post-ride muscles. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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l'Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Maitreya

B&B with half-board option nestled at the bottom on the famous 21 bends

Hameau le Perrier
38114 Vaujany
Isere, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 70 62 32 76
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €89 per room including breakfast; groups should ask about sole occupancy prices

Open: All year except November and the first week of May

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La Maitreya is a 8-bedroom B&B and self-catered chalet with a sun-blessed terrace, hot tub and sauna facilities. Add in bike storage and the delicious, healthy food on offer (3-couse evening meals are available on request), and it's ideal for anyone looking to conquer the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez. James and Whitney can cater for individual riders and couples on a B&B basis, or groups of up to 20 who are interested in booking the whole chalet, making this a flexible and affordable option for everyone. They can also arrange massages, bike rental, help with route planning, or cater for any other special requests you might have. Alpe d’Huez is on the doorstep, with the Glandon, Galibier, Lautaret, Croix de Fer and many more all within reach from here. For mountain bikers the Grand Domain Alpe d’Huez lift system runs throughout summer for downhill and cross country trails. French, English, Dutch and German spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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l'Alpe d'Huez – Le Château d’Oz

Conquer Alpe d-Huez, Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer

Le Village
38114 Oz en Oisans
Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 36 58
Email: [email protected]

Price from: Self-catering from €90/apartment/night; B&B €105€ for 2 people; Half-board €155 for 2 people. Book directly for best prices.

Open: Mid-May to end of September for cycling; open mid-December to the end of April for skiing

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The mythical 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez are just around the corner from Le Château d’Oz. The Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer are just up the road with their dramatic landscapes and lung-busting gradients. The Oisans has more than 30 routes, including famous stages from the Tour de France. All routes start from the door. Transport is available in the chalet's minibus by arrangement. Free wifi. Secured garage for bikes and maintenance/washdown area. Accommodation is flexible, offering both self-catered and catered options, with the latter including hot and Continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals and post-cycling pasta.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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La Grave – Auberge Edelweiss Bike & Ski Hotel

Specialist bike hotel with rooms and apartments, workshop and sauna

Le Village
05320 La Grave
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (near Rhône-Alpes border)

Price from: €60 per person B&B based on double occupancy, or €85 per person for B&B and dinner (variety of room types and sizes available)

Open: End of May until the end of September for cycling; December to April for skiiing

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Auberge Edelweiss is a specialist bike hotel in the heart of the Alps; Robin and Marlon are keen to welcome more English-speaking riders to enjoy the Galibier, Col d'Izoard, Alpe d'Huez and Col du Lautaret – all within easy reach. The hotel has information folders with profiles of all key climbs, plus cycling itineraries for both road and mountain bike routes (see their cycling page). The hotel is geared up for individual riders as well as groups, and can cater for big events like La Marmotte, Alpe d'Huzes, the Tour de France and Etape du Tour. Well-equiped workshop, plus Marlon and Robin work with a local bike shop that can deliver spares. Bike wash and sauna onsite; massages available on request. Oh, and plenty of wine and cold beer to help you relax on the terrace or in the restaurant. Then wake up to a generous breakfast of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, hot drinks, local jams and breads, meat, cheese and fruit salad. Bonne route!

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Le Cheylard – Hotel des Voyageurs

Friendly hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Ardeche region

2 rue du Temple
07160 Le Cheylard
Ardeche, Rhone-Alpes

Price from: €89

Open: All year

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Hotel/restaurant near the Dorne river and just 1km from the L’Eyrieux River at Le Cheylard. This is a good base for riding in the Ardeche area of the Rhone-Alps. There are seven rooms, plus a posher suite with a jacuzzi. There are also two rooms for people with reduced mobility (this is a great as we've had a number of cyclists with disabilities get in touch over the last year or so and they say they struggle to find accessible rooms in France – and especially in and around the Alps). There's also a family room with a bunk bed. There's a secure bike garage 50m from the hotel and free wifi. The owners here offer a personal service, with guests often invited for a drink in the bar. The restaurant serves local cuisine (and local wine) and you can eat on the terrace when the sun's out. Free wifi. We stayed here when we were cycling the Ardéchoise sportive and the Dolce Viaread our review here.

  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Lyon - Alter'hostel

Modern budget accommodation for cyclists

32 Quai Arloing,
69009 Lyon
Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €20

Open: All year

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Alter'hostel was recommended to use by Bruno and Marianne who run the Velogite in Valence. Cyclists often ride between their place and Lyon on the Via RhonaAlter'hostel offers a cool and relaxed atmosphere, with friendly staff and and nice communal areas for meeting fellow cyclists. There's a good kitchen with all facilities you need for self-catering, while the rooms are all air-conditioned with free wifi. There's a choice of rooms with either 6, 8, 10 or 16 beds and each has a bathroom/shower facility. The hostel has bike hire available and there's a secure parking if you're riding here on your own bike. This is ideal accommodation for touring cyclists on a budget.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools

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Lyon - Aparthotel Privilodges

Hotel with studios and apartments sleeping up to 4 people

14 Rue Jacqueline Auriol
69008 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €62

Open: All year

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Hoel with self-contained apartments in Lyon's 8th district, opposite the Maison de la Danse Theatre. Each room haa a kitchette with a fridge, microwave and hotplate. Breakfast is also served daily in the breakfast room. There is a Vélov bike share dock in front of the hotel. Free wifi. Management advises that bikes can be stored in apartments.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Lyon - Sofitel Bellecour

Spoil yourself with this 5-star hotel on the banks of the Rhône

20 Quai Docteur Gailleton
69002 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €175

Open: All year

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Bring a little luxury to your cycling holiday with this 5-star bike-friendly hotel in Lyon. This is one of the best hotels in the city, with a Michelin-star restaurant overlooking the river. Two bars. Fitness centre and spa. Free wifi. The hotel advises that bikes can be locked in the baggage store. Help with bike hire via a local hire partner. Italian, French, English, Spanish and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Lyon Hilton

Relax on the banks of the Rhone at this stylish Lyon hotel

70 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69300 Lyon
Rhône, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €79

Open: Year-round

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Enjoy the views of the Rhone River from the hotel's whirlpool as you unwind after a day in the saddle. Located opposite Tête d'Or Park. Management tells us that bikes can be locked in an underground carpark that is reserved for guest use only. Other facilities: bar, Thai restaurant, French-style brasserie restaurant, al fresco terrace. Free wifi in public areas. Hilton has a best-priced guarantee, with its website (click below) offering the lowest prices online. If possible, book 3-4 weeks in advance for the best prices.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Mont Blanc - Chalet Chovettaz

Self-catering chalet and apartment in the foothills of Mont Blanc

30 Chemin de la Chovettaz d’en Haut
74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie
Haute Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 58 47 50 02
Email: [email protected]

Price from: Self-catered chalet: €1700 to €2000 per week (8-10 people), or €320 per night. Self-catered apartment: €1150 to €1275 per week (6-8 people), or €180 per night

Open: All year

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Chalet Chovettaz is both a chalet and an appartment in an enviable position just an hour away from Geneva aiport in a stunning "secret valley" between Megeve and Mont Blanc. The village itself is a really traditional French Alpine base that remains alive for both the summer and winter seasons, with a wealth of activities to suit all ages and abilities, as well as many sights to enjoy such as local baroque churches. For cyclists, there are both road and mountain options right on your doorstop here. There are two accomadation options: a self-catered chalet for 10-12 people, or a ground floor self-catered apartment for 6 adults (8 at a squeeze!) Both are really comfortable and well-equipped with linen, towels, slippers and toiletries included. The owner recommends contacting by text or phone in the first instance.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Morestel - Servhotel

Basic, affordable stopover between Bourg-en-Bresse and Grenoble

89 Route de Grenoble
38510 Morestel
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €60

Open: All year

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This is a convenient no frills option for cycling in this area of the Alps (roughly betwen Bourg-en-Bresse and Grenoble). It's also within reach of the ViaRhona. The rooms are basic but clean with TVs with satellite channels. A continental breakfast is served each morning (there's a picnic area for outside eating). Single rooms through to family rooms that sleep 5 - ideal for sharers on a budget. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Morzine - Chalet Les Lanchettes

Character-filled 18th century barn conversion in Morzine

35 Chemin d'en Ly
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)20 7191 1120
Email: [email protected]

Price from: £850 per week for upto 14 guests (catered and self-catered available) - 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Open: Available June to September

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Super comfortable base for exploring the roads and mountain bike trails of the Morzine area. Located close to the Prodains cable car, the chalet is ideal for those wanting to experience the descent of the Col de Joux Verte into Montriond, or for mountain bikers wanting off-road access. Chalet Les Lanchettes is an 18th century barn brought into the 21st century (complete with an outdoor terrace hot tub to relax in after a long ride). The chalet is available for self-catered rental or it can come fully catered if you prefer not to worry about cooking at the end of the day. There are three twin en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor and two large quad en-suite bedrooms on the first floor, making it ideal for groups of families and friends. Large secure garage for safe bike parking. Free wifi. 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Saint-Étienne - Adagio Apart-hotel

Apart-hotel with self-catering studios and apartments for up to 4 people

15 rue Gambetta
42000 Saint-Étienne
Rhône-Alpes, Loire

Price from: €71

Open: All year

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Located in the centre of Saint-Etienne, tha Adagio apart-hotel has studios and apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes. Free wifi. 24-hour front desk. Breakfast also available in the hotel. 1.5km from train station. Reception advises that bikes can be stored in the apartments overnight. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Saint-Étienne - Mercure Parc de l'Europe

City hotel well located for morning rides in the nearby park

Rue de Wuppertal,
42100 Saint-Étienne
Rhône-Alpes, Loire

Price from: €79

Open: All year

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Bike-friendly 4-star hotel near the Mont Pilat Regional Park and opposite the Parc de l’Europe south-east of the city centre. Free wifi. Onsite restaurant that is well-respected locally. Reception staff can arrange for bikes to be securely locked inside the hotel. French, English, Japanese, German and Italian spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne - Hotel St-Georges

Alpine hotel recommended to us by readers

334 rue de la République
73300 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €69

Open: All year

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This hotel in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne has been sent to us by cyclists who stayed there. They described it as clean, friendly and affordable. Twins, doubles and family rooms. Buffet-style breakfast with homemade jams. Onsite cafeteria. Secure bike store. Close to the train station. English, French, Italian and German spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Hotel de l'Europe (Col de la Croix de Fer)

Popular cycling hotel on the road to Col de la Croix de Fer

15 avenue du Mont Cenis
73300 Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €43

Open: All year

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Hôtel de l'Europe comes recommended to us by cyclists who have stayed there, including one of our own contributors. "It's on the road to Col de la Croix de Fer," says Andy Hodges. "The owner is a serious cyclist with a bike room and he can help with ongoing repairs." It has free wifi thorughout Fi throughout, secure parking for bikes, a restaurant and a bar, and a laundry service. Kettles and TVs in room. Continental breakfast. Located on the road that connects Lyon to Turin, and 1km from local train station. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Tournon-sur-Rhône - Hotel Les Amandiers (Via Rhona)

Bike friendly hotel near the Via Rhona bike route

13, Avenue de Nîmes
07300 Tournon-sur-Rhône
Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €73

Open: All year

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Located near the Rhone river north of Valence, the Hotel Les Amandiers offers friendly and affordable accommodation to cyclists (it's an accredited accueil velo hotel). Free wifi. Dedicated bicycle parking (and they'll even find somewhere to store your bike when the bike garage is full). Disabled access rooms. There is also a hotel car parking area (the hotel let us leave or car there while we went off cycling for a few days). Some rooms have balconies with mountain views. Generous buffet breakfasts with savoury meats, cheeses and eggs plus a fine array of croissants, fruits and breads (they get lots of cyclists here and they feed them well!) French and English spoken. We've stayed here - read our review.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Valence – Hotel Clos Syrah

Friendly hotel in peaceful surrounds 3km from Valence

Boulevard Pierre Tezier
26000 Valence
Drôme, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €85.50

Open: All year

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Friendly hotel in peaceful surrounds 3km from the Valence city centre. Onsite restaurant, swimming pool, rooms with terraces and balconies. Management advises that bikes can either be stored in rooms or on private balconies. Free wifi throughout hotel. 24-hour reception. French, Spanish and English spoken. Part of the Best Western group, which offers a best-price guarantee online.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Via Rhona - Hotel Ibis Lyon Sud Vienne Saint Louis (Vienne)

River views on the Via Rhona just south of Lyon

Place Saint-Louis
38200 Vienne
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €80

Open: All year

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Nice central location on the Via Rhona bike route. The rooms are air-conditioned and you can eat a good breakfast in the restaurant. Free wifi. English and French spoken. Also handy for the train station, which is just 1km away. It's 44km to Lyon airport.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information

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