We have just come back from Orelle (17 Dec for a week) for a skiing holiday, family party of 6 ranging from 50 years to 11 years staying at Le Hameaux. We were told by the tourist office (having seen it on the website) that there would be a transfer bus with Altibus from Grenoble but were never able to book one - website did not have the option and on the phone Altibus said they didn't go to Orelle. Very last minute we got a hire car and crammed everything in. The car came in useful as there is only a tiny shop at the Hameaux and nothing else down in Orelle at all! Nearest supermaket is 10 km away at Modane where there is an Intermarche - easy to find. The apartments were OK, warm and clean. but no oven just a hob and microwave. Our biggest problem was that there is only one cable car to take you into 3 valleys and if it is too windy etc they close it and there is no skiing so you are stuck for a day or more with nothing to do. When we went it was closed the day we arrrived and one day during during out stay so 2 days out of 7....be warned. The spa was limited opening hours and only the steam room was in operation. We found the staff helpful but generally the place had a souless feel and was pretty empty when we were there. We do like peace and quiet but the place lacked atmosphere and there is nothing whatsoever for the teenagers to do, no shops to go look at if the weather is bad, no bus to anywhere else and the wifi was unreliable: the kids finally got it working on the last but one day. I would not ski there again because of the lift issue, I am sure if we had had brilliant weather I would feel more positive but we also had a blizzard to two days so with the wind only got to ski 3 days out of 6. They do allow smoking, luckily our room didn't smell but it could have, I hadn't realised that smoking would be permitted. In the spa men have to wear the very small speedo type swim wear so you didn't catch any of our men making a trip! You can arrange late check in via an email to reception so that is not a problem, we didn't try the restaurant which always seemed empty and expensive. Orelle doesn't seem to have taken off as a ski destination and I am afraid based on the week we had I could not really recommend it which is a shame as the one day we had when the sun shone it was fantastic but I would stay somewhere else in the 3 valleys next time.
- Also Known As:
- Cela Orelle Hotel
- Cela Orelle Hotel Orelle
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The picturesque village Orelle composed of 8 hamlets is located 15 minutes away from the slopes of Val Thorens (Europe's highest&biggest ski resort) thanks to its interconnecting ski lift. ... more less