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Hotel Chalet d'Antoine
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Megeve
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 January 2013

Having heard from Friends about the Simon Butler skiing, I thought I ought to try it out for myself. What a find.The hotel is friendly, clean, inviting, and the restaurant is manned by an excellent staff - absolutely delicious food. The bedroom was not huge, but big enough given that we were out on the slopes during the day and in the comfortable lounge and in house bar at night. The hotel manager put himself out to make our stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

I have been taking my two children to Simon Butler in Megeve since they were 3 yrs, and they are now 10. There really is nowhere better for a family ski holiday. All the reasons have been stated many times here before, but I will summarise my own experience:

You are made to feel part of a big family on a Simon Butler holiday. The staff obviously love working for Simon, and it is great to be welcomed by familiar faces (Pete, Alex, Mark...) year after year. The guests are mostly repeat visitors as well, and so you get to make long term friends there even if you only see them in Megeve. It really is the most welcoming atmosphere imaginable.

The accommodation is functional, comfortable, and extremely reasonable considering you are staying in the middle of an extremely expensive resort. Easily within the reach of skiing families, even at peak times. Antoine is a cut above Soleil D'Or in terms of general comfort and furnishings etc., but Soleil D'Or is perfect for families with younger children who do like to run around a bit more, and has all the facilites which the younger ones need - creche, playroom, etc. Both are of a high standard in terms of cleanliness and facilities (bathrooms, beds, public areas, relaxing seating areas, bar, etc)

The daily skiing lessons are what make the massive difference. Whether you are a youngster making your way up through the ISF grade levels, or a more experienced skier in lessons with Simon or Jay, there is no better tuition available (and I have been skiing in the French Alps for more years than I care to remember). It is a million miles away from the cursory "bend ze knees" which is so familiar with some of the bigger organisations out there. The standards of ski tuition are superb - Simon must be one of the finest and most experienced ski intructors anywhere in Europe and a couple of hours a day with him or Jay takes you to levels you never knew existed. If you find yourself in one of their advanced groups you will often be skiing with BASI instructors who come to Simon to advance their own skills, and so you really do feel part of the elite (even if, like me, you are plainly not). Groups are small and perfectly matched in terms of age, ability, and personality, and I can honestly say that all the people in the groups are really nice people. By the end of the week a real sense of cameraderie develops, and you genuinely feel like you have made a new bunch of friends. It is a perfect blend of hard work and fun.

The kids' ski lessons are brilliant. All the children ski in groups of of ability and work towards the relevant ISF grade (1-9) depending on their level. This is not just "mucking about on the mountain", the kids really do work hard and learn how to ski properly, and they absolutely love it. At the end of the week there is a big award ceremony where all the kids get recognised for their hard work and if they have earned the next ISF level, they get awarded their new badge. Each week a number of kids do not "make the grade" for the next step up and this is hard evidence that these badges are not just handed out - the kids really have to earn them and so they are bursting with pride when they get handed that new badge in front of everyone. The really great thing is that the kids who don't quite make the grade this time around are often the ones who applaud their successful comrades the loudest, and so they are also learning some powerful lessons about peforming in groups. I simply cannot praise the system enough.

Evening meals are a very social event for everyone. The younger kids eat earlier so the grown ups can enjoy a few hours each evening over a glass or two and a fantastic dinner. If you are thinking "chalet food", you can think again. These are stonking 3-course dinners cooked by a serious professional chef to very high standards, with plenty of wine to help the conversation. Every evening is great fun, with a really nice bunch of people, talking about the day's skiing and getting to know each other. The bars in both hotels are the perfect place to share a beer or two and get to know the people that you may not have been skiing with during the day. It always feels more like a big house party rather than a hotel.

The Megeve ski area is truly awesome, especially when skiing with Simon or Jay or one of the other instructors. They have an amazing knowledge of the various areas (there are 3 or 4 different areas you can ski, so the options are pretty much endless) and so every day you get to see something new, and learn about some of the less travelled bits of the mountain. Whether you are a blue run fan, or seek out something a bit more steep deep and challenging, Simon's team will find it for you. I have been skiing Megeve for almost 15 years and I still find myself skiing completely new runs every time I return.

The only thing which mars it a bit is the prices of the restaurants on the mountains. For the last few years the prices have been going up and up, to the point where it can be quite painful now if you have a family of 3 or 4 all wanting to eat. One solution is to meet your ski instructors at their "chosen restaurant" for lunch (whether you have morning or afternoon lessons), as they usually negotiate some sort of deal with the restaurant on price (not always).

Room Tip: The French locals do like to have some late and VERY LOUD nights out. If your room is at the front o...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

Excellent location on the edge of town but in easy reach of everything. The car park is small but everyone seems to get in! The reception area is inviting and the mainly British staff extremely friendly and helpful. Our bedroom was spacious with lots of wood and very comfortable the bathroom was well equipped and roomy and everything was spotlessly clean.
Breakfast is served in the dining room which is light and airy, with a huge fireplace. Although not lavish breakfast is fresh, tasty and perfectly adequate with a reasonable selection to choose from.
Dinner is not served in the summer but I would imagine that it would all be very warm and cozy after a day on the ski slopes. There is a small bar as well as the lounge/reception area to sit and relax in. There are plenty of restaurants in the town and the hotel staff are happy to give their suggestions. Our favourite was the Flocons au Village fine dining at very reasonable prices (see separate review)
It is very difficult to find fault with this hotel which in a town which is far from cheap represents excellent value. We would not hesitate to return and are very happy to highly recommend it to everyone.

Room Tip: We had a room at the back of the hotel which was quiet and had good views to the side.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CaptainBedfordshire
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We stayed here for a few very rainy days in July. We picked this hotel due to the strong trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. The hotel has great atmosphere, lots of wood paneling and thick carpets which make it feel very cozy. Rooms were clean and the staff was very friendly. We loved the town of Megeve. We happened to be in town for the jazz festival and the French independence day celebration and fireworks and greatly enjoyed both.
We were impressed that after booking the hotel through a discount site, we received a personal email from the hotel, asking us whether we preferred a triple with a single and a double bed or three single beds. As a couple traveling with our son, we asked for a double and a single. However, when we arrived, we were assigned a room with three single beds anyway. Parking was free next to the hotel, but one morning we got "parked in" by other guests and had to ask the staff to find out who the "offending" car belonged to and ask them to please move it. The internet was free in the hotel (big plus) but our room was too far from the router and we couldn't get a consistent signal in the room. It worked very well in the lobby and there are plenty of comfortable couches there to sit while you check your emails from home. Overall though, I would highly recommend this hotel.
One last note--if you are driving here using google directions, the very last turn is not a right, then a left. It's just a left at the last roundabout you come to.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

An interesting option to experience the charm of winter ski holidays in romantic Megeve.

Chalet d' Antoine is an almost complete offer that goes far beyond the typical mountain hotel that includes skiing lessons. You instantly become part of big company of friends: Customers, hotel's employees & ski teachers. Everybody is a true professional that enjoys his job and excels in service and willingness to give you the best.

The hotel is located near the center of the village and the bus stop for the ski lifts. Its rooms are acceptable, there is wi-fi, free parking, an afternoon tea buffet and a really lovely bar. The food is in line with what you pay for and sometimes goes far beyond that: In our pursuit for the best tartiflette in the Haute-Savoie area, we were astonished to find it in Chalet d' Antoine!

What we only missed was a boot dryer in the ski room.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank StochasticTraveller
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Amazing!!!
I know megeve really well since i always rent there for the season-:) my husband wanted to surprise me with a lovelly week end and booked there (mostly because of the trip advisers reviews that are sooooo spot on!)-:)
The guy on the phone (when he called to book) was extremelly nice and helpful ("yes you can do check in prior since your wife is pregnant", "yes you can bring the dogs", etc)
Once we arrive we were amazed by the location..... In the center of megeve (up to the church and skating place) but not in the middle of the loudly crowd-:)))
The place has free car park, is well decorated, has a lovelly bar well furnished, has an amazing young team (mostly brit), has all info you could want/need and....lovelly rooms with a boiler!!!!!
We loved everything!!!! We will go back and send our friends and familly there once we will be in our apartment this winter-:))))
Thanks to the team for making the place so unique! Dont change anything and you will keep the top place (competition is not difficult in megeve since most other hotels in town are overpriced with bad frencg service-:)))
Well done!!!!!!

Room Tip: We had the superior room
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Part of a family holiday spent, we stopped for a night in Megeve and stayed at Chalet d'Antoine.
The place presents an amazing value for money in the heart of Megeve. DO not expect luxury, but a very pleasant, clean room with decent beds. All you really need when you don'tplan to spend much time at the hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Address: 187 route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120 Megeve, France
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Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Megeve
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Megeve
Price Range: £74 - £310 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Chalet d'Antoine 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great value 3 star chalet style hotel accommodation, great for skiers during the winter months and cyclists, hikers and general holiday makers during the summers. What makes the hotel stand out is the strong focus on customer service and the friendly staff. ... more   less 
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