We stayed at Les Fermes de Marie for four nights during April for a late ski trip and absolutely loved the hotel. Even before we arrived, they were very helpful in corresponding by email to arrange a private transfer for us from Geneva airport and this service/professionalism continued throughout our stay. The hotel itself is just beautiful, rustic wood style with loads of space accentuated by high ceilings everywhere. Fantastic library to read a book in and enjoy wine/coffee. It is just how you would imagine a ski lodge should be! We stayed in one of the junior suites and thought it was excellent - very spacious, modern bathroom, nice rustic/recycled wood furniture and importantly, a large walk in wardroom which coped with all our luggage and ski clothes. A complimentary bottle of wine on our arrival was also much appreciated. The pool area was very nice with an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi all of which coped well with the number of guests while we were there - a notable problem in other resorts we have stayed at (particularly the US). We also liked the spa which was high end and a nice little oasis. We ate at the two hotel restaurants and both were of a very high standard as you would expect in most decent French mountain hotels - albeit the decent bottles of wine were eye wateringly expensive! The ski shop was also very good, top notch equipment served by helpful staff in a modern and bright environment. Typically, we make a point of staying at ski in/ski out hotels as I hate lugging our gear to the lifts so was a bit concerned that the hotel was a 10 minute drive away from the slopes and was worried that we would spend ages hanging around waiting for transport. This turned out not to be an issue - the hotel vans were always no more than 5 minutes away and pretty much drop you off within 2-5 mins walk of the lifts so I really didn't find this to be a problem despite early concerns. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful, particularly the front desk, concierge and shuttle drivers. They all helped us with restaurant bookings (NB we did ask to get a table at the 3 star Michelin restaurant Flocons de sal but the concierge were not able to secure a table so would advise that you book directly with the restaurant in advance if you want to go there), advice on where to walk or ski, and suggested walks. Should also mention that the breakfast buffet was really excellent - great selection of hot and cold food, including delicious crepes, eggs to order, and cakes. On our final day, they also went out of their way to allow us to stay in our room for a late departure and this was much appreciated. Overall this was one of the best ski hotels we have to stayed in - great service, great facilities and lovely architecture and ambience - just what you want from a ski lodge.
This was our first visit to Megeve and we loved the town - just a short and pleasant 10 minute walk from the hotel down the back paths. There are plenty of shops and restaurants - most high end so don't expect cheap shopping! The skiing is perfect for intermediates - well groomed cruise slopes but will disappoint experts looking for challenging runs - the black slopes are steep but not difficult and you can pretty much bomb down them. The mountains are therefore great for a relaxing ski break but not for those looking for black runs albeit Chamonix is just 45 mins down the road. I would also note that there are a few pomma lifts which I always think is a sign of a lack of investment.
Overall we loved Les Fermes de Marie and Megeve and the resort has moved to the top of our list for a short ski trip followed by Lech. We may also try it in summer as it looks like a great place to visit at that time of the year.
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- Also Known As:
- Les Fermes De Marie Megève