My husband and I live in Switzerland and on a Friday morning we decided that we wanted to ski in Courchevel the next day and hoped we wouldn't have to do a day-trip if we were able to find an available hotel. We knew this would be tough as most of these ski hotels are bookable for a minimum of seven nights. We checked around and found two options. One at Latitudes for 300€ and here for 150€ B&B. Since it was just one night, we decided to go with this one.
The reservations staff was very friendly and responded to my email request immediately with the price. i called with my credit card to book the room and received an email confirmation. I was just thrilled to get a decent deal for a single night stay, a Saturday night no less and in mid-March... not necessarily half term or anything, but still a good time to ski.
We arrived Sat morning but went straight to the slopes so we didn't get to the hotel until about 6:30pm. The parking lot was pretty small and full, but we still found a place. We were promptly checked in and shown to our room.
It was pretty much what we expected for a 3-star hotel. Fairly basic, but the bathroom was fairly spacious and updated, and most important, clean. The toilet area is separate from the shower and sink in its own separate room. The bedding was fine, but it is two beds pushed together, not a double bed.
The breakfast was fine, meats, cheeses, breads, the fruit salad didn't look to appetizing but my husband said it was actually good. We had dined out the night before for dinner at Le Caveau and it was excellent but you may want to call ahead for a table.
Proximity to the slopes is great. We actually didn't go straight from the hotel, but I think you can. The first day we skied at 1850 and took the gondola which is about a 4 minute walk from the hotel. The next day we drove 5 minutes over to 1650 as I don't think you can get there by skiing. We really liked that area too, lots of easy slopes but further up there were difficult ones too.
The only problem we had is that there was only one towel in the bathroom. The hotel guide stated that each room had dressing gowns and slippers -- ours did not. I thought this may be because we were only staying the one night so I wasn't going to complain, but obviously we needed more towels. I decided to go over to the spa room so I used one of the towels. Unfortunately while I was in the sauna, someone (I assume mistakenly) took my towel. Luckily our room was right next to the spa room and I called reception to bring more towels. After waiting about half an hour -- I wanted to take a shower as I was in my swimsuit still -- I got in the shower and had my husband call down again. They then brought up a stack of towels, very basis, rather thin towels.
One other problem was the TV -- it was an old TV mounted from the ceiling/wall and our remote did not work at all -- I feel like this happens in every hotel I'm in. Again, since we were there only one night, it wasn't worth complaining or asking for new batteries. I turned on the TV on the actual set and was able to change channels, but the volume was intolerably loud and there is no volume switch on the TV so we were unable to watch anything.
Overall the hotel was exactly what we were looking for, a place to sleep and very close to the slopes. My husband and I had trouble finding nightlife here, but maybe we just weren't in the loop. If you're looking for a budget hotel and can handle that for a week, than this place is great. If you're a bit pickier or prefer something more luxurious, I wouldn't recommend this hotel for longer than one night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the edge of the forest, in the Courchevel resort, along the sledging track lit up at night, you'll have ski-on and ski-off access to the slopes from The Ancolies hotel. You will appreciate the personalised welcome and the attentive service reserved just for you. The bedrooms are very pleasant and nicely decorated, complete with a satellite TV, radio, telephone, bathroom and separate toilet. The french windows open onto an equipped balcony. This hotel is ideal for a relaxing stay bringing together skiing, gastronomy, and the peace and quiet of Courchevel Village. Delicious, authentic food is offered, with a creative menu making use of authetic produce. The cosy lounge, complete with a large brass fireplace invites you to enjoy a precious moment of après-ski relaxation, soothed by the harmonious tones of the piano. To un-wind after a day of skiing, the hotel proposes a relaxation area with a sauna, hammam, hot tub and massages (at an extra charge). Courchevel's ski domain, the biggest in the world, boasts hi-tech ski lifts and a large variety of slopes. Whether you are a beginner, a confirmed skier, a snowboarder, a lover of wide, open spaces or skiing with your family Courchevel will offer you the ski experience you've been waiting for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Les Ancolies
- Les Ancolies Courchevel