This is a fantastic budget hotel situated in the outrageously expensive 3 Vallees ski area. It is located in quaint little town called Les Allues (pronounced Lez All-oo) that is halfway up the Meribel valley. It claims to be afforded the ability for skiers to ski all the way back to Les Allues in good snow years, but this year was not one of those. You definitely cannot "ski out" of this hotel. But it is only a mere 100 meter walk to the bus stop to catch the free bus that will wisk you right up to the Meribel lifts. Alternatively, you can walk a little over 500 meters to the gondola/telecabine (also free) that will stop you off at the base of the Meribel lifts. Also, there is a ski rental shop in Les Allues that provides a 10% discount on rentals for guests of the hotel. Now back to the hotel. This is a friendly, bare bones hotel. The owner/proprietor is a man named Gerard. He is welcoming and speaks enough English to get by and help you out. He also runs the hotel's restaurant, which seemed to be the pride of the establishment. Good food, great atmosphere, good service. The menu Prices are a bit high, but that's to be expected in this region. However, the hotel does offer a Full Board option that includes dinner, which would be the better deal if you planned ot eat in the hotel most nights. We wanted the option to explore other restaurats each night, so we elected to go the only other option of half-board -- this included breakfast. The room are very basic, but clean and quite comfortable. Our room had a shower and bathroom. I'm not sure if all of them do. Ours also had a balcony, small tv, and free wireless internet in-room. Breakfast consisted of a croissant, yogurt, orange juice and coffee or tea each morning. No menu. That was it. No eggs, no fruit, no meat, and no pancakes/waffles. Tasty and fresh, but limited. Breakfast was a served in there sitting/bar area. There is a flat-screen TV in this room to catch up on news,etc as you eat your breakfast. Parking is readily available and is free. There is no elevator that we noticed; with all rooms on the upper floor reached via the stairs, this hotel is not for the less ambulatory. I should note that between 7a - 7p a church next door rings its bells every 15 minutes. You clearly can hear the ringing in the rooms. If are awake between these times, no worries. If not, you will either need to take it in stride, be a deep sleeper, or else steer clear of this hotel. The town of Les Allues is small but very quaint and inviiting. Its a bit on the sleepier side. It has a couple of bars, a couple of restaurants, and a small grocery store. But all the nightlife and full gastronomic options can be found via the short bus ride to Meribel and the bus runs until just after midight during the ski season. All in all, I recommend this hotel if you are not high maintenance and are looking for a budget hotel in order to enjoy the world's largest ski resort. This hotel is "no frills" but is quaint, clean, friendly, convenient, and priced-right.
Region: France > Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Meribel
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Meribel