Where to stay in Annecy

Planning to visit the « Pearl of the Alps » in the near future? Then check out our guide to the best places to stay in Annecy!

Located north of the Alps, the beautiful city ofAnnecy is the prefecture and capital of Haute-Savoie. Neighboring Geneva, Annecy is France’s 29th largest city, with over 126,000 inhabitants. The « Pearl of the Alps » has an impressive historical, architectural and cultural heritage. Indeed, Annecy was once a city of major importance in the region. In the 13th century, it was the residence of the Counts of Geneva, then of the Counts of Savoy in the 15th century, when it became the capital of Savoy until 1659. It wasn’t until 1860 that it became part of France when the Duchy of Savoy was annexed under the reign of Napoleon III. Today, it’s known as the « Venice of the Alps », thanks to the many canals that lead to the superb Lac d’Annecy, a natural wonder set against the backdrop of the magnificent Massif des Bauges mountains!

So to make the most of your stay in this Pearl of the Alps, choosing the right accommodation in Annecy is essential! Are you wondering where to stay in Annecy? To help you prepare for your trip, we’ve put together a guide to the best areas to stay in Annecy.

Downtown and Old Annecy

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Vieux Annecy, not to be confused with Annecy-le-Vieux, forms the city’s center. It’s the perfect place to stay in Annecy! It’s here that the city’s unique charm and atmosphere is concentrated, with its beautiful historic buildings, canals and the Thiou River, which flows peacefully down to the lake. From your accommodation in Annecy, you’ll enjoy strolling through the Parc de l’Europe, over the Pont des Amours, along the canals or along the banks of the lake. A romantic world awaits you if you decide to stay in Vieux Annecy! It’s also in this district that you’ll find a number of charming little restaurants, a Sunday morning market, and bars to entertain you after dark.

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The Balmettes district

Château d'Annecy, Les Balmettes, loger à Annecy

The Balmettes district is close to the city center, making it an excellent place to stay in Annecy. From Les Balmettes, it’s just a short walk to the attractions of the city center. In the area, you can discover the Musée du Film d’animation, or stroll along the banks of Lake Annecy: from the Second Monastère de la Visitation to the La Puya district, via the Plage des Marquisats. The latter is a wonderful place to relax and sunbathe by the water’s edge in summer.

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Neighbouring districts of Vieux Annecy

For more affordable accommodation in Annecy, we recommend the slightly off-center neighborhoods adjacent to the city center: Cran-Gevrier, where the Thiou river flows and where you’ll find some charming restaurants, is one of the best areas to stay in Annecy. But you can also stay in the neighboring Carillon district, a residential area set slightly back. If you’re coming by car, these two neighborhoods are ideal for accommodation in Annecy. However, they are quite far from the city center on foot (20-30 minutes).

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The vast Annecy-le-Vieux district lies to the northeast of the city. For accommodation in Annecy, we recommend the part of the district along the river banks, within walking distance of the city center. Around Albigny beach and the Casino Impérial Annecy, you’ll find some very charming accommodation, as well as several nice restaurants and bars!

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