Grenoble

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The “Gateway to the Alps” is famous for medieval architecture, historic cafés and summer and winter sports in the surrounding snowcapped mountains.

With ski resorts, hilltop forts, national history museums, historic cafés, and picturesque squares lined with centuries-old architecture, Grenoble offers numerous attractions. The city sits at the confluence of the rivers Isère and Drac, encircled by the snow-covered Alps.

Despite its mountain location, Grenoble is a low-lying city. Its flat streets are ideal for exploring on foot. Find major attractions on the south side of the Isère River. Visit Place St. André, the heart of the city’s historic quarter. Admire the breathtaking mountain backdrop from a café terrace amid buildings dating from the Middle Ages. Café de la Table Ronde opened in 1739 and is one of France’s oldest cafés.

Stroll along grand Place Notre Dame to the Musée de l’Ancien Évêché, where steps lead to an ancient crypt below the Eglise Notre Dame. Visit the Museum of Grenoble to see a vast collection of modern art. Spot work by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in addition to Flemish, Italian and Renaissance paintings.

Delve into local and national history at the museums located south of the historic center. Discover Grenoble’s involvement in World War II at the poignant Museum of Resistance and Deportation. See displays of alpine flora and fauna at the Natural History Museum.

Go to the leafy Jardin de Ville to ride the Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car, which travels over the Isère River to a hilltop at the base of Chartreuse Massif. The 19th-century Fort de la Bastille offers mountain scenery and city views. Return to the city via a trail passing fortifications and the pretty Jardin des Dauphins. At the trail’s end, the Dauphinois Museum showcases mountain cultures and traditions.

Reach Grenoble by flying to Grenoble-Isère Airport, a 40-minute drive from the city center, or catch a train from major French destinations or Geneva, Switzerland. With over 200 ski resorts in the surrounding region, Grenoble’s snowy winters and warm summers are perfect for outdoor adventures. Come and see why it is called the “Gateway to the Alps.”

Where to stay in Grenoble

Ibis Grenoble Gare
Ibis Grenoble Gare
3 out of 5
27 Quai Claude-bernard, Grenoble, Isere, 38000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,950 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Grenoble. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4/5 Very Good! (119 reviews)
"The room was clean and comfortable but quite small. I would definitely choose this room if you were planning to be gone a lot. A great place to sleep and shower."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Ibis Grenoble Gare
Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre
Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre
4 out of 5
5 Rue De La Republique, Grenoble, Isere, 38000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,324 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Grenoble. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (819 reviews)
"What a lovely hotel. The staff are extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. Tons of dinning options. Had a wonderful business trip because of this property. Definitely staying there again when I return in May."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Le Grand Hotel Grenoble Centre
OKKO Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche
OKKO Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche
4 out of 5
23 rue Hoche, Grenoble, Isere, 38000
The price is ¥10,518 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Grenoble. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (685 reviews)
A mix of good and need for updating
"The hotel’s public lounge come dining room is lovely - comfortable, stylish and a place to have complimentary drinks and snacks. The staff are friendly and helpful. The room, however, needs updating as it has some very worn features. The bed was comfortable. My other concern is that I was charged ..."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

OKKO Hotels Grenoble Jardin Hoche
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhotel Grenette
Residhotel Grenette
3 out of 5
12 rue de Palanka, Grenoble, Isere, 38000
The price is ¥6,430 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Grenoble. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (584 reviews)
"The staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities in the room are good. There is a microwave and 2 hot plates and a fridge, and a coffee machine and kettle. I only used the coffee machine and the fridge but appreciated that there were more facilities if I needed them. The shower works well and ..."

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Residhotel Grenette
Residhome Caserne de Bonne
Residhome Caserne de Bonne
4 out of 5
21 rue Lazare Carnot, Grenoble, Isere, 38100
The price is ¥8,324 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly residence in Grenoble. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the family ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (381 reviews)
"Comfortable bed!! Larger room than we expected!!"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2022

Residhome Caserne de Bonne
Privilodges Le Hüb Grenoble
Privilodges Le Hüb Grenoble
25 avenue du Doyen Louis Weil, Grenoble, 38000
The price is ¥10,628 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Grenoble. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Popular attractions WTC Grenoble and Minatec ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (77 reviews)
Sejour Grenobles
"Nous avions pris l'appart pour 6 pour faire une pause à l'aller sur la route des vacances. L'appart était spacieux, propre et pratique. Du coup, nous l'avons repris pour faire une pause sur la route du retour."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Privilodges Le Hüb Grenoble
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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