The DNA: Located close to Le Rond-Point des Pistes, the 55-room Le Coucou, part of the budding Maisons Pariente collection of hotels, was designed by Pierre Yovanovitch, principal and founder of his eponymous Paris- and New York-based firm. Passionate about contemporary art, Yovanovitch handpicked the property’s vast display, including a fantastical fresco juxtaposing tree-perched owls with a backdrop of vivid blue peaks that covers the 5 metre (16-foot) high dome ceiling at the entry of Le Coucou. Dreamy views of the French Alps are a standout, and the classic chalet architecture was intentionally staggered to maximize them. Aprés-ski takes place in the bar, which stars floor-to-ceiling windows, while relaxation unfurls in the spa or the indoor and outdoor pools, separated by a trompe-l’œil-inducing bay window. Awash in wood, Le Coucou brandishes a timeless alpine aesthetic. Its outpost of Beefbar restaurant, for instance, pays homage to the hotel’s name with a wall of cuckoo clocks. The lodge style is balanced with a modern mélange of leather, metal, ceramics, and glass, as well as unexpected features such as the whimsical polka-dot carpeting and voluptuous guestroom sofas.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2020
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 55 rooms & suites (30-120m2) (323-1,292 sq ft) • hotel opened: December 2019 • interior design: Pierre Yovanovitch • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets not allowed • 24-hour front desk