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Maeva Residence Le Chamois Blanc
Ranked #58 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Reviewed 13 April 2012

It felt like being in Prison. They give you a long list of things that you need to do on checking out including cleaning and hoovering your room and bathroom, putting the bedding away, taking the dirty sheets to reception etc. Outrageous. If I new that I would not have paid the €500 for the week. It was only worth €150. You go on holiday to have a rest not to do housework. They charge for towels. A high price considering it was out of season too.

Do not stay here, find a YMCA instead. It is the same standard but you don't feel cheated.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Having wanted to go on a snowboard trip for over 10 years I finally decided to do it, left my friend to book it for us all and, after harbouring thoughts of staying in a cosy little cabin in the middle of a French winter wonderland, I was surprised when we were dropped off outside the Residence Maeva. Even more surprised when we walked through the door to our 2nd floor 'apartment', wich wasn't an apartment at all.

I'll do the negatives first, get them out the way. The room was small. There were 4 of us, and my girlfriend and I spent the week in bunk-beds! It wasn't particularly cosy or comfortable, but very, very basic. And if you have room in your luggage, take an extra pillow. I had to bolster the pathetic, wafer-like pillow with my towel.

The wifi (which wasn't free) was beyond a joke. I lost count of the amount of times we had to trek downstairs to reception, which isn't staffed outside office hours. They managed to get it to work semi-properly by about day four.

The boot room was like a mausoleum, and the lockers were clearly designed for skis alone. Absolutley no room for boots or boards, so we had to keep them in our room. Snowboard boots don't seem to be a problem, but there are signs up forbidding ski boots indoors.

For the last couple of days we were lucky enough to have a group of English lads check in. Despite signs up asking you to respect other residents and keep the volume down, they didn't. We were woken up at 3am as they stampeded through the corridor, shouting at each other and generally backing up the stereotype of the English tourist. There were no staff on hand to do anything about it, and the signs simply suggest calling the local police for noise complaints at night.

Finally, the location. Now, I've never been on a ski trip before but I'm told that other resorts are 'ski-in, ski-out'. We had to get the bus pretty much everywhere. It's fairly simple, and they give you a free bus pass when you check in, but it was a bit of a pain; after a hard day on the slopes we then had to fight through hordes of rude and equally tired locals and tourists, all battling to get on the bus in front of you. Forget queuing.

On the plus side, the room was warm and it was clean. It was reasonably priced and, if you just want somewhere to lay your head at night, it serves its purpose. The absence of English channels on the TV can only serve to improve your French, and the surrounding area is lovely. It's a stone's throw from the town, with plenty of places to eat and drink, suitable for varying budgets.

Our holiday was fantastic, so the accomodation was nowhere near bad enough to spoil it. That said, I probably won't go back to Residence Maeva and, next time, will spend a bit more for more space and comfort.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We stayed st the Chamois Blanc apartments last week in a superior 5 person apartment, £12 more than a standard room.
Was well worth the money as it only cost us just over £20 per night. The room was small but easily fitted 4 of us in, would have been a bit cramped with 5. I really don't know what people are moaning about on here as you get what you pay for, if you want luxury and space then it's gonna cost more than £20 per night !!!
The Kitchen was well equipt with fridge, small freezer, dishwasher, oven/grill and instant heat hob (rare for a ski apartment) plus plates cutlery etc, bring your own washing liquid or dishwasher tablets though. Bathroom was great with a good shower and towel rail. We had a balcony which was small but handy for boots etc and there was ski lockers downstairs that we managed to fit 3 boards and a pair of skis/poles in.
Good location, close to shops and town centre - 5 mins walk from aguille de midi and 10 mins walk to Brevent ski lifts. buses stop outside.

The reception is in the main building near the river and is only open 5 till 7 pm, very confusing after a 14 hour drive but the staff were very helpful.

Good for small family as they have a double bed with solid partition or mates skiing holiday on a budget!

Would definitely use it again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Russell H
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

This is one of the worst places I have stayed. Bed linen was polyester blankets that gave excellent static shock. 'Superb amenities,TV' = 12 inch black and white TV with a fuzzy picture. 'Exemplary self-catering facilies' = dirty little kitchen which you wouldn't want to eat in. It was one room with a partition as thin as cardboard not a one bed apartment. To top it off the staff were sullen and unfriendly.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank trader72London
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

Clean rooms, free undercover parking and walking distance from the main shopping area in Chamonix. This is affordable accommodation and you get what you pay for. No free wifi, you need to clean up your room before checkout to avoid penalty charges and we slept on a sofa bed. However, it's what you expect for the price you are paying so I give it an excellent for value

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

The Maeva group have 3 or so residences all within close proximity in Chamonix and the reception is all run from the one building. Upon check-in, we were not even told or shown where our building was and when we asked, we were brushed off with a general wave in the direction of where the building was and left to trudge around the icy footpaths of the street in the dark to find our poorly labelled building (That our taxi transfer drivers both had difficulty locating for arrival and departure) . Upon check-out, which was unnecessarily early at 10am, given that you must take out all your own rubbish and do your own bed-stripping (and carriage back to the main hotel) cleaning and vacuuming, we requested at reception to be able to leave our luggage somewhere as our flight was not til night time. We were spoken to so incredibly dismissively and rudely in being told that there was nowhere to leave it and we could find somewhere ourselves if we chose; that luggage was our responsibility was delivered in shocking and harsh tones. We found a little nook of the reception floor to reluctantly leave our luggage and upon return in the afternoon could not even get back into the building as the reception was closed and the code-operated front door was locked. Eventually, a returning guest let us through, but very reluctantly so, to allow us to grab our luggage . I am a kind and smiley visitor to any location and treat people with kindness and respect at all times. I have never been on the receiving end of such service and from two separate staff between check-in and out. I would not recommend this establishment or chain to anyone. I paid very hard-earned money to be on a holiday and felt very upset at such outwardly hostile treatment.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Kaz_Ldn
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Reviewed 25 May 2010

this hotel is resonably priced and you get what you pay for. If you are in chamonix to ski all day and mainly have a place to sleep, this is the place. It's situated right next to the bus stop in Chamonix Sud which makes it real easy to get around. It's not big, and not fancy, but it's what you want..

Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 247 Avenue de Courmayeur, 74400, Chamonix, France (Formerly Résidence Maeva Chamois Le Chamois Blanc)
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
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Ranked #58 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Price Range: £66 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Maeva Residence Le Chamois Blanc 2*
Number of rooms: 56
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