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Meribel Self-Catered Apartments

Discover the best apartments in Meribel to rent

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Renting an apartment is the best option when searching for self-catered accommodation on your ski trip or summer holiday to Meribel, especially for small groups of friends or family.

Self-catering accommodation in Méribel is unique among French purpose-built resorts in that it escaped the trend of 1960's concrete apartment blocks. Credit must be given to the resort’s founder, Peter Lindsay who, in the 1930s, insisted that all buildings in the valley must conform to a chalet-style design, built from stone, slate and wood. Those built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s usually comprise small studios or one-bedroom apartments while higher quality and more spacious accommodation is mostly found in the smaller, chalet-style apartment buildings constructed from the 1980s onwards.

Apartments in Meribel come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, ranging from small and functional studios to large flats with five-star luxury facilities. They are quite flexible in terms of catering choices and, sometimes, dates and duration of stay. Because they’re generally self-catered, apartments tend to be cheaper than catered chalets, so they are a great choice when looking for a budget-friendly base at the foot of the slopes.

We’ve written a complete guide on apartment rentals in Meribel to help you make the most of your ski trip. Read on for the best insider's tips.

4 things to look out for when booking an apartment in Meribel

It couldn't be easier to book an apartment in Meribel. All you have to do is fill in the box at the top of this page or visit our Holiday Rentals page, featuring a great selection of apartments and chalets handpicked by us from a list of accommodation providers. To start your booking process, set your requirements – at least your arrival date and number of people – and we’ll show you which properties are available.

There are a few things you may want to consider beforehand to make sure you find the perfect ski apartment:

1. When should you book your apartment?
We recommend you book your apartment as soon as possible. Holiday rentals usually sell out quite quickly and a lot of people book as early as January for the next winter season. Our top tip is that you book your accommodation before buying your flights or train ticket, the reason being that availability may be limited and apartment start/end dates are not always as flexible as travel options.

As for the best time to stay in an apartment, they're usually open for bookings during the winter and summer high seasons – from December to April and from June to September. However, some accommodation companies may offer interseason holiday rentals for large parties – specify your desired dates in the Special Requirements box while booking and our team will get back to you with alternative options.

2. How long should you book your apartment for?
Ski apartments in Meribel are generally rented on a weekly basis, usually from Saturday to Saturday. However, these dates can occasionally be flexible and some companies may provide a mix of Saturday and Sunday changeovers.

Lately, thanks to the increased offer in flights, especially cheap ones, shorter and longer ski breaks are becoming more and more popular so some accommodation companies may be flexible on their rental dates on request. Therefore, even if you can only find seven-day offers on our Holiday Rentals page, we may be able to accommodate shorter and longer bookings – state your desired dates in the Special Requirements box and we’ll get back to you with alternative options.

On the other hand, summer apartment bookings in Meribel are generally more flexible on dates and length of stay, especially outside the peak months of July and August. This means that you may be able to come for a long weekend, for ten days or for a few days mid-week more easily. Again, state your requirements in the Special Requirements box while booking.

3. How big is your group?
Apartments to rent in Meribel range from small studios to large chalet-apartments, making them suitable for all sorts of parties, from couples looking for a romantic escapade to families or groups of friends. Before booking your apartment, you’ll need to know the exact number of people and the ages of the children coming with you on your holiday – you can filter our holiday rentals by capacity at the top of the page.

4. Is it a 'Label Meribel' apartment?
Méribel actively works to improve the quality of its accommodation. To this end, the tourist office initiated a quality mark called the 'Label Méribel' which is awarded to accommodation of a high standard, with modern facilities and good-quality decoration. Several hundred self-catering apartments in the valley have been granted this label and it is usually worth looking out for these properties.

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Catering options & apartment add-ons in Meribel

Apartments in Meribel are generally rented out on a self-catered basis, so they're usually cheaper than catered chalet ski trips. However, this doesn't mean that you need to take care of everything yourself since many accommodation providers offer a wide choice of add-ons to boost your holiday experience.

Apartment catering options in Meribel
Catering options are often the first on the list of add-ons and they range from private chefs who can cook all or some of your meals to welcome packs with everything you need for your first breakfast in the mountains and grocery shopping to fill your fridge and pantry before you arrive. There are also plenty of private chefs and catering companies working in Meribel, so take your pick – you can hire them for the length of your stay or just a one-off special dinner. Recently, a few takeaway services have established themselves here offering budget-friendly, hassle-free catering options for your ski holiday.

Apartment add-ons in Meribel
Accommodation companies offer dozens of other add-ons to make your holiday as hassle-free as possible. When booking your apartment, you can often include lots of other services for an additional fee, from ski hire to ski passesski lessonstransfersactivities and anything else you can think of. This means that you can relax knowing that all the different bits of your holiday will be taken care of. Some may even offer a bespoke concierge service through which you can book high-end treats such as a 24-hour chauffeur, massages or private tours.

Prices for apartment rentals in Meribel

Meribel apartment prices vary depending on the size of the apartment, its facilities and services, its location within the resort, your desired dates, the size of your party, the length of your stay and many other factors. In general, you can benefit from discounts when booking early while there may also be deals to be had outside the main busy holidays (Christmas, February half-term, Easter, July and August).

How much do Meribel apartments cost?
Apartment prices in Meribel range from around the €600 mark for a 2-4 person studio in the non-peak weeks to as much as about €25,000 for the large luxury apartments in peak weeks.

Luxury apartments in Meribel

Luxury is in the eye of the beholder. What someone may find opulent, someone else may deem simple. However, Meribel does have a great selection of apartments on the higher end of the spectrum.

Where can you find luxury apartments in Meribel?
Le Belvédère is an upmarket area on the piste towards the top of Meribel. While far from the restaurants and bars of Méribel town centre, this smart district offers high-quality apartments in swanky residential blocks and easy access to the ski areaMéribel Village is another good choice for those looking for an apartment at the top-end of the range. This separate resort, just a five-minute drive from the main town of Méribel, is an increasingly popular destination in its own right. The apartments here are mostly recently-built and attractive, with easy access to the ski area. A few even offer admission to their own spa and pool.

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Group apartments in Meribel

If you’re looking to organise a corporate ski trip or a holiday with a big group of friends, Meribel is a great place to host it. A charming Alpine village with great nightlife and plenty of choice when it comes to group accommodation, Meribel has lots going on and it’s situated in one of the biggest ski areas in the world.

Where can you find big apartments for groups in Meribel?
When booking an apartment for a large group of friends or a corporate retreat, you want to make sure you're as close to the heart of Meribel Centre and La Chaudanne as possible. This is where all the action's at, including the best nightlife and a wide range of restaurants, bars and plenty of things to do. Le Plateau-Le Rond Point in Méribel is another area offering a large number of apartments in sizeable blocks, all within a couple of minutes’ walk from the pistes and with a range of shops and restaurants on their doorstep.

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Family apartments in Meribel

Meribel is really well set up for mountain-loving families, with plenty of activities for all ages and a host of family-friendly apartments.

Where can you find family-friendly apartments in Meribel?
If you're travelling with young children, then being away from the resort's hustle and bustle while also enjoying easy access to the beginner slopes is usually high on the must-have list. The Altiport area is a quiet, wooded site at the top of Méribel, perfect for those seeking a tranquil base. The chalet-style apartment blocks here are ideally placed, lining the beginner piste in winter and golf course in summer.

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Budget apartments in Meribel

There are some great bargains to be had in Meribel when booking your accommodation outside the main hotspots in resort.

How can you save money on your Meribel accommodation?
The cheapest area to stay in Meribel is Brides-les-Bains. This spa town at the bottom of the valley is connected to Meribel via a gondola lift and offers great prices on apartments at the expense of being far away from the resort's centre and its amenities. For those willing to go a bit further up on the price ladder, Méribel 1600 has a wide range of apartments, varying from small and inexpensive 60s-style studios in large blocks to more attractive and spacious flats in pretty chalets, so it's fairly easy to find budget-friendly accommodation here.

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Ski-in & ski-out apartments in Meribel

Ski-in and ski-out apartments are the most sought-after in Meribel. There's no better feeling than being able to put your skis on right outside your front door.

Where can you find ski-in & ski-out apartments in Meribel?
Meribel Mottaret offers a vast number of self-catering apartments, mostly located in fairly large blocks. This separate resort was founded in the 1970s as a car-free village with ski-in/ski-out accommodation. It is divided into two parts: Le Laitelet, terminating at Le Hameau at the top, and Le Chatelet, built in preparation for the 1992 Olympics. The top and bottom of the resort are linked by a gondola lift and a free bus service, the Meribus. Mottaret offers especially fast and comfortable lift access to all the skiing in the world-class 3 Valleys ski area.

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More inspiration...

Our Where to Stay guide will help give you an indication of the character and feel of the various different areas that make up Meribel. There are also wonderful chalets available to rent here, take a look at our Chalets page to see what's on offer.

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Where to Stay in Meribel