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“Renovated, much better than expected”

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Pierre & Vacances Residence La Riviere - Aiglons
Ranked #3 of 29 Chamonix B&B and Inns
Bishops Stortford
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3 reviews
“Renovated, much better than expected”
Reviewed 19 February 2008

We stayed at the Residence after reading the reviews, and were a bit worried. We needn't have been, it was clean, recently renovated, with a dishwasher, microwave, big fridge, two rings, plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Comfy sofa bed. What more do you want? It was 2 mins from the Ski bus stop and the "Chamonix Sud" pedestrian area with bars, shops etc and a whole 5 min walk to the main town centre.
You do need to provide your own towels, (or rent from reception) kettles aren't provided ( I have never been anywhere in France where they are - they are a British thing) and you can buy a cleaning kit from reception, as you need to clean the appartment at the end of the stay (or take a packet of Flash wipes and some Fairy liquid and a sponge!) hoovers provided.
There was a ski locker room.
The only thing I would say was if you had 4 people in the studio you only got 1 blanket and pillow each, (and 2 sheets) so you might want to consider an extra one or a sleeping bag, and if you like lots of pillows the same.

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Reviewed 17 June 2007

I stayed at the Meava Riviere with my girlfriend in April 2007 for 8 days of skiing. We booked through Expedia and only paid 33GPB per night. The apartments were very basic, but included a fridge, small hob, and lots of cooking/eating utensils. The worst thing was the old ("dog") blankets for the bed, although you did get clean sheets. Beware that you have to clean the apartment yourself (or pay 40EUR), but this is a relatively easy task.

The best thing was the location. The "Chamonix-Sud" bus-stop for the free bus to all the ski-slopes was about 50m away. (You have to get the bus to any slope in Chamonix). It was also only 5 minutes walk away from all the main bars and restaurants in the town centre.

I would recommend this for people who want to ski through the day and eat out in the evening.

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  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2006

It's clearly been a while since I went two star self catering:

On arriving at 1pm we are told by our Neilson rep that Reception, and therefore our rooms, are not available until after 5pm. When we are finally able to check in we find that self catering accomodation does not provide towels, the kitchen equipment doesn't include a kettle let alone a microwave, that cleaning the room will cost 40 Euros and use of the TV in the room also costs 40 Euros.

The advertised facilities include:

Reception(!)
Games room
Laundry

These are sporadically open during the morning and afternoon only so if you plan on skiing in the daytime don't plan on a game of pool during the evenings.

Chamonix Sud has a couple of bars, restaurants & shops but the main town is livelier. Neither are near the gondolas, so crowded bus journeys hauling ski gear are necessary at the start and end of every day.

In short, it's basic and inconvenient - thankfully we had loads of snow and therefore a great holiday but I wouldn't recommend Residence La Riviere...

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A group of four of us stayed at the Orion Appartments, in March 2003 as part of a ski trip to Chamonix. The appartments themselves were adequate, if a little sparse on luxury and the staff displayed a willingness to offer average customer services. However, having paid the extortionate fee of 40 euros in cash to have our flat cleaned before departure, I arrived back in the UK to find that the Orion had charged my credit card for 40 euros for the cleaning. I passed the query to the tour operator, who attempted to get the money refunded to me, only for the Orion to point blank refuse to refund the amount, unless I could provide a receipt for the cash transaction, despite the fact that I was not given a receipt. Therefore I would like to point out that anyone who is considering staying at the Orion appartments, should budget an additional 40 euros to account for the hotel staff's incompetance.

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Reviewed 10 April 2003

If your looking for somewhere cheap, and don't expect a lot for your money then Orion is probably the right place. However be warned of the 'cleaning' requirement. You either clean the apartement to their standards - which you won't find out until you have left - or they charge you E40. Alternativly you pay E40 and they clean it for you. We paid E40 & chose to have it done for us (it is a holiday and not a cleaning course), the 'kind' woman behind the desk happily took the money. Having got home, the good people of Orion Hotel, Chamonix have charged us again. We argue, but don't seem to get anywhere. MERCI BEAUCOUP!

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Property: Pierre & Vacances Residence La Riviere - Aiglons
Address: 187 Promenade Marie Paradis, 74400, Chamonix, France (Formerly Pierre & Vacances Résidence La Rivière)
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Chamonix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pierre & Vacances Residence La Riviere - Aiglons 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Genuine and typically Savoyard resort. Shops and activities close by. Entirely renovated apartments. ... more   less 
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