From the small inn
at the Hotel *** Joy

The hotel Joy in Villard de Lans was founded in 1880, it was then a small house that was transformed into a village restaurant almost half a century later. In 1952, Monsieur and Madame Bouvier bought the premises and, driven by their attachment to roses, turned it into the Hôtel Joy.


From house to hotel

Construction of the private house by M.ACHARD (1880 – 1920 ). Creation of a bar-restaurant “Au bon coin” by M.ROZAND Denis (1928 – 1945). Purchase and creation of a 4 bedroom hotel by M.BOYER Achille (1945 – 1952 ).


Joy 1952 - 1993

André Bouvier was then a ski instructor and, in parallel to the work he was doing in the hotel restaurant, he created the ESF in Villard de Lans. The hostel, which at the time had only 4 rooms, quickly grew to 18 rooms and obtained its first star in 1965 and a second star in 1978.


Joy 1993 - 2020

27 years ago…
Michel Bouvier took over the management of the hotel from his parents. Like his father, he managed to combine his career as a skier and then as a ski instructor with that of the head of an establishment to which he gave a new quality label. He then undertook major renovation work which has enabled him to obtain a new quality label in 2010:

The Regional Vercors Park Label since 2006

recognition of the Petit Futé guide since 2008

Michelin Guide recognition for the hotel since 2009

A 3rd star for the Hotel Joy in 2010

The tourism quality label

Michelin Guide recognition for the restaurant since 2012

Recognition of the Guide du Routard since 2012

The master label restorer since 2013

recognition of the Gault and Millau Guide since 2017