Will start this review with a declaration - I am biased. I have been coming to this hotel for nearly 10 years, which in some respects is testimony enough to the comfort, service and ease of staying here.
The hotel is right in the centre of Courchevel 1650, the poorer, and most certainly preferable neighbour to 1850. Prices certainly reflect the difference in altitudes as does the service which is excellent in every way, and most importantly consistent every year under Ann Marie the manageress' stewardship.
Also - and this is important - if you are Chinese and looking for somewhere to stay there are two Chinese staff members here; front of house and housekeeping, plus the maitre'd speaks a little Mandarin.
The rooms are essentially of three types, all furnished the same way - family rooms which are a main room plus a bunk bed annex for the kids; valley facing rooms which over look the stunning valley down towards Moutiers and finally village view. The latter are obviously a little noisier but as 1650 is not exactly Time Square this should not bother or disturb you. All rooms are fully kitted with nice amenities; drying racks for damp ski gear and nice fixtures and fittings.
The owner of the hotel is a former pilot and also owns the significantly more expensive (1k per night starting) Killimanjaro and K2 so understands the value of quality service and what guests expect. Seizena is the less formal more relaxed sister hotel but certainly punches way above it's weight. The theme of the hotel understandably is aviation and wood is mixed with aluminium to exude a cool interior. The hotel has a great hamam and gym although it only has a cross trainer which in all the times I have stayed I have never once seen anyone use.
Breakfast is included and this is great with a classic french breakfast of juice, coffee, patisserie and cold cuts. Juices and coffees are all available with a tiny supplement for a cooked breakfast.
Best of all - the hotel is directly opposite the escalator to the lifts so it is only a short walk to the lifts in the morning and back at the end of the day
- Also Known As:
- Le Seizena Courchevel