Went to this hotel on 11th January 2014 and was expecting a typical french hotel, cramped rooms, expensive prices and dodgy luke warm food. upon arrival was told rooms would not be ready until 5 p.m having arrived at 1 p.m., which was a bit of a let down but hotel allowed us to place cases and ski bags in the lobby luggage room. within 10 minutes were told room was now ready and we made our way to the room.
As expected the rooms are small and a little cramped with three beds for just two persons. bathroom small but shower always warm and plenty of hot water, you have to be a bit of a gymnast to fit in the bath if you are 6ft but for my wife who is 5ft not much of a problem. rooms were warm but useful to dry ski gear if weather bad.
I found the food at the hotel was good, much better than a number of ski hotels stayed before. Even the free wine was drinkeable which makes a pleasant change. the food was quick to be replaced when it ran out and plenty of choice. found getting there early after the happy hour finished was the easiest to get a table without sometimes having to share a table.
Rooms were basic but perfectly acceptable and it appeared that the rooms had not long been decorated but not to luxury standards in any way but functional with plenty of wardrobe space for skiing clobber.
ski out was great just walk out of hotel from the ski locker room and down the slope to the lift. to get back have to take the beginners magic carpet to get up the slope but much better than a walk to your hotel.
The entertainment in the hotel is ok just quizzes, a live band and videos also cinema if you feel the need. Drinks were expensive but this is France and everywhere drinks are expensive just take a look at Tignes and Val D'isere nearby. If you plan right you can have a few beers at happy hour ?? 17.00-18.30 and then some free endless wine with dinner and a few more if you want at the more expensive prices. For me I am too tired to worry about drinks after dinner just sleep for another days skiing.
My only complaints about this hotel was the ski looker room needs an upgrade to include boot dryers in the locker not just a cold metal locker to store boots and skis. wifi is a little hit and miss but that may have been my knowledge of how to access the wifi. The dining room could do with a little rearranging of layout to stop you having to go back and fore to get dishes of food without having to push past other diners queuing for their dinner.
You can see from the very minor gripes that this was a good holiday despite the daily snow and bad visibility.
Would I return to this hotel, definitely and would have no problem recommending to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ideal club for 'full-on skiing' holidays for the whole family: your mountain accommodation at the foot of the slopes! For your winter holiday, take advantage of one of the most snow-covered ski areas in Europe, les Arcs 2000. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belambra Clubs - l`Aiguille Rouge Hotel Les Arcs
- Aiguille Rouge Hotel