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Saas Fee, Switzerland: Hotel Tenne
This 25-room hotel is the epitome of Swiss efficiency: neat, simple rooms with duvets and wooden furnishings. Most rooms have renovated baths. Pay a little more and you’ll get views of the surrounding peaks. Doubles from $122, with breakfast.
Contact: 011-41-27-957-1212, hotel-tenne.ch
Val D’Isere, France: Hotel La Gelinotte
The warm wooden walls were spruced up, and fresh carpeting, new furnishings and even satellite TV were added during a renovation three years ago. The least expensive of the 19 rooms only have a shower but all boast balconies with great views. Doubles from $100, with breakfast.
Contact: 011-33-4-79-06-06-73; gelinotte.com
Murren, Switzerland: Hotel Jungfrau
This 19th-century hotel has staggering views of the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger. The Jungfrau and its newer annex, Haus Monch, offer 49 small but comfortable and bright bedrooms. Murren is a car-free village, with easy ski access to neighboring Wengen and Grindelwald.Doubles from $132, with breakfast.
Contact: 011-41-33-855-4545; hoteljungfrau.ch
Chamonix, France: Le Richemond
A warhorse from 1914,Le Richemond is a bit tired but it’s well-located in the heart of Chamonix, just a few blocks from the shuttle buses. The 53 rooms, with well-worn furniture and bedding, won’t win decorating awards. But they’re comfortable and some have views of Mt. Blanc. Doubles from $92, with breakfast.
Contact: 011-33-4-50-53-08-85; richemond.fr
St. Anton, Austria: Pension am Perg
There are lots of B&Bsin St. Anton, but this one’s a cut above. The exterior is suitably antique, though the paneled rooms have been renovated and duvets and lace curtains lend a homey touch. It’s about a seven-minute walk to the lifts. Doubles from $113, with breakfast.
Contact: 011-43-5446-2810; stantonamarlberg.com