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Silvia Pisci
Hotel Le K2
Rue des Clarines, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
23rd December 2015

The “Palace” label has been introduced by the French government in 2011 to designate the finest 5-star hotels in the country.
Only 16 hotels have been granted the title so far (including iconic ones such as Le Bristol or Royal Monceau), and Le K2 is one of these – after just two years since its opening.
But would RASK’s princesses agree?
Read on to find out…

Location
Just a couple of minutes by walk from the glittery boutiques of La Croisette, yet out enough to allow ski-in/ski-out access to the guests, Le K2 boasts an enviable location in Courchevel 1850.
Here you step out of the room and find yourself directly on the slopes of the world’s largest ski area – Les Trois Vallées, over 600 km of marked runs. Still, Courchevel is much more than “just” that: it’s the most glamorous ski resort, the n.1 destination for a winter holiday in the name of indulgence and exclusivity.
Geneva is the nearest airport, about 2 hours’ drive from the hotel.
Who stays?
It didn’t take long before I realized that Le K2 is, quite simply, the place to be in Courchevel.
The atmosphere at the bar and restaurants was very international, extremely refined but never too stiff, and intimate enough to allow you to socialize with other guests, if you wish.
The level of privacy you can get at one of the hotel’s chalets makes Le K2 an ideal choice for celebrities and royals too. Some of them, instead, would just walk into the hotel in the evening for a 2-michelin-starred dinner at Le Kintessence restaurant.
Style and Character
Arguably the best luxury hotels in the Alps, the style and character of Le K2 completely won me over. The Himalayan-inspired design blends with traditional architecture and contemporary furnishings in a way which is beyond perfect.

Warm reds and black are the predominant hues, and original artworks bring an eccentric, colourful twist to the common areas. Every single detail has been tailor made and thought around the distinctive character of the hotel – it’s impossible not to be seduced by the charm of K2, and it’s impossible to compare it to any other hotel that I know! One thing is sure: Courchevel couldn’t hope for a better representative of its style and elegance.
Service
As we know well, service is the one thing that turns a beautiful hotel into an excellent one. Well, I would give it 6 stars at Le K2! Service here was not just faultless throughout the four days of my stay - it kept surprising me by how much better it could still get.
What was the point? A young, though extremely skilled staff: they all know you by name (this was already quite impressive), and you can feel that they are all perfectly coordinated to seek excellence and convey it to each guest.

Preciseness and flexibility go hand in hand, so that no request was too big to satisfy – just like open the spa for the exclusive use of Ms. Pisci and friends much after the opening hours, or order a gourmet three-course meal for 5 people in the middle of the night… All the above, checked!

This went on and on until the day I checked out: a full breakfast was delivered to my room at 6.30am; plus, the guys had prepared a special K2 travel kit with water, juices and snacks. Jerome, the General Manager, was up and fresh at 7am just to say "au revoir!" to me...
Honestly, service couldn't get any better.
Rooms and Suites
29 rooms in total, plus 5 independent chalets. They all feature a spacious balcony with superb views over the valley: the natural element is powerful, and perfectly combined with the contemporary design of the interiors. The warmth of wooden walls, the red tints of the furnishings and some decorative details are evocative of Himalayan atmospheres. At the same time, state-of-the-earth technology and amenities such as Playstation III, iPad & iPhone dock, Bulgari toiletries or Nespresso Machine make you feel like, really, “What else?”...

The layout is very well thought-out so that every room comes with a bath tub, a spacious living area and more than enough storage space. There’s also a big desk if you’re so unlucky that need to work, and a beautiful squared piece of furniture that opens up to a mini-kitchenette, coffee table and minibar (all complimentary).

The 5 chalets adjacent to the hotel are an ideal choice for those who want to enjoy total privacy without renouncing to the top service of K2. They range from 4 to 6 bedrooms and feature a private little spa, pool and/or hot tub, and other very spacious common areas. A private chef is at the guests’ full disposal throughout the stay, as well as, of course, private butler and housekeepers.

A minor criticism: despite the instructions they provide to guests, I found it difficult to understand how the phone worked.
Food and Drink
The Black Pyramide is the main restaurant of the hotel, open from breakfast to dinner.
The atmosphere is very smart but relaxed, and service is, again, unimpeachable. There’s an extremely accurate choice of ingredients (honestly, I would have never imagined to find the most incredible tropical fruits in Courchevel, neither the biggest white truffle I’ve seen!), and some of the finest wine labels from the cellar to pair the creations of the two French chefs.
The buffet (which is also set at dinner for the desserts) is not huge, but everything is just beautiful and so well disposed that you almost feel like shopping at a jewellery.

If The Black Pyramide is already a top-class restaurant, the real pearl of Le K2 is Le Kintessence - nothing less than 2 Michelin stars of fusion French signature dishes by Jean-Rémi Caillon.

Lastly, drinks! It would be a pity to leave the hotel without a stop at Le 8611 bar, before or after dinner. The bartenders are very competent and pleasant, and so is the live deejay, who masterly adapts the musical choice to the atmosphere and guests at each moment. I loved it!
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
Ski-in-ski-out facilities make the happiness of ski lovers, who can get the gear at the hotel Ski shop and go directly down the slopes from there. Personally, I enjoyed even more the “dip-in-dip-out” facilities, as I found myself spending hours just moving between the indoor pools and the outdoor hot tub… (ah, tough life!!) :)
For the ultimate relaxation guests can head to the Goji Spa by La Prairie – top-class treatments for the body and soul (yes, and the pocket…).

Meanwhile, kids (I would say 0 to…60 years old!) are spoiled with choices at what is one of the most sensational kids club I’ve ever seen, comprising a recording studio, an interactive dance floor, pool tables, and much more…

Last but not least, Le K’baret is a beautiful multi-functional space, usually open to the guests as a cinema but perfectly adaptable to a nightclub/bar for private events.
Perceived Value
Important premise: Courchevel is the 6th most expensive place in the world, and by far the ski resort with the fanciest hotels and chalets. Le K2 is one of the most expensive, with rates starting at EUR 900 per night. While it might sound excessive, I can safely say that there is nothing like Le K2 in Courchevel, and its perfect combination of location, excellent service, fine dining and facilities make it worth the splurge.
Verdict
Much more than just a luxury mountain hotel, Le K2 is ready to compete with the best hotels worldwide when it comes to service and guest experience. Only 2 years after its opening, it is now considered by many the best hotel in Courchevel, and I couldn’t agree more. 100% RASK approved!