My husband and i stayed here for skiing in Courchevel. Although the hotel is a little way out of the main centre on the lower end of the Jardin Alpin, it's rght on that green run down to the Croisette (about 2 minutes of skiing) and directly across the road to the gondola that brings you straight back up again (or down of course if you don't fancy skiing it).
The food is really good. There's a choice of 5 or 6 main courses which repeat each day along with a daily special. Everything was prepared perfectly and tasted excellent. The desert buffet was to die for - and too tempting to resist. Breakfast is a bit chaotic as it's completely buffet-style and a complete free-for-all between about 08:00 (when they open the doors) and 08:10 but the simple solution was to arrive a bit later and avoid the initial scrum. That worked for us anyway.
The spa is quite small with a tepid swimming pool, sauna for about 4 or 5 people and a steam room that could accommodate 6 at a push. But we didn't have any problems and found it extremely quiet whenever we visited - most people seemed to prefer relaxing on the loungers to using the other facilities which suited us well. The spa was cleaner than others i've experienced and it was a pleasant change to have windows rather than it being in the basement which gave it an open and airy feel.
The bedroom was large and bright with massive windows that filled the end wall and looked out onto snow and evergreen trees, with a gondola passing by every 5 seconds or so between 9:00 and 20:00. The bed was very comfortable and we both slept extremely well.
We had a separate Shower room with WC and a larger room with bath and basin. Robes and slippers are provided, the linen and towels were impeccably clean and for 40Euro you can request a mini-bar fridge in your room stocked with 10 soft drinks. We went for this option and it worked very well for us.
The bar is lovely with some cosy nooks you can take over for an afternoon if you fancy being lazy. There's a sunny terrace to sit out on with a hot chocolate or something stronger and lougers on the level above if you fancy something more relaxing and a slightly better view.
The staff are all great, friendly, helpful and efficient. Almost everyone spoke excellent english too which is always a bonus.
All in all this hotel has amost everything. We'd probably have preferred to be slightly closer to the main hub of things but for the price, there had to be some compromise and location was probably it. That said, the gondola running until 20:00 at least saves a winding walk back up the hill if you do decide to stay in town for some apres.
A final bonus for us was that the Skiset shop is attached to the hotel making ski hire extremely convenient and avoided any need to every carry skis or boots anywhere at all.
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