Stayed at Chalet Cascades (Courchevel 1650 or "Moriond" as the local tourist re-branding committee would have it now known as!) w/comm 22nd Dec 2013 so this included the Xmas period too. Have to say that this is probably the nicest chalet I've stayed in by some margin and it would appear in talking to several guests who had stayed there previously that the building has recently undergone a major refurb and it's spotlessly immaculate throughout and fitted out to a very good standard.
Rooms are superb (we had two rooms at the rear with balconies) with plenty of space and fab views down the valley to Bozel. Bathrooms were very nicely kitted out and we opted for bath rather than shower (had a shower over the bath anyway) and a nice deep hot bath at the end of the day are just what those aching legs need in my view!
Brilliantly located right opposite the escalator that takes you straight up into the Ariondiaz lift (which is the main lift out of 1650) but also in the main high street in 1650 with plenty of shops, bars (the Schuss next-door is owned by the chalet and is none the worse for that with a really nice feel to it, ask for a Picon Bierre in there and I promise you won't be disappointed!)
The staff for the chalet were a real asset to this place and if I was TotalSki I'd be rightly proud of them. Nothing was too much trouble ( I had my skis taken mistakenly by some idiot staying in a hotel some distance away and they managed to track him down and get them back to me, on Xmas Day!) and they certainly make you feel like you're a guest rather than an interruption to their skiing which is how it sometimes feels in some chalets I've stayed in.
Probably my only very minor quibble was that sometimes the food was if anything too elaborate and a couple of nights I would have been very happy with a big bowl of pasta or tartiflette to load up on carbs for the next day but again you can't fault the place for making a real effort on this front.
Would I stay there again....very much so and I don't think you would be disappointed if you did either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the very centre of Courchevel 1650, with the main gondola just across the street and convenient for all the resort’s amenities, the Cascades has been extensively refurbished over recent seasons, and this winter sees the addition of a brand new lounge on the top floor, together with five new valley-facing bedrooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cascades Hotel Courchevel