My wife, 8 year old child and I went for a weekend to this hotel. It is build as a typical mountain chalet, in the style of a farm, with several buildings connected by passages. The hotel is visually very attractive from the inside, the interior design is astounding, it has clearly been designed by someone with a real sense of mountain style. It is very very comforting and relaxing. It really does feel as if it is a large, luxurious private home, rather than a hotel.
Our room was a prestige room, and was adequately spacious. I think the smaller rooms would offer worse value. It had an open plan granite bathroom, which is possibly a bit avant guarde, but very nice nonetheless. The view from our room was across the villiage and up the mountain, so was impressive.
The food in the hotel was very good, it is very posh French style, as one would find in a top restaurant. While not being exactly to our taste (why DO the French insist on adding foam to everything??) was of very high quality. The breakfast was suberb. The comments given about "cheese, cheese or cheese" are entirely inaccurate. There is a very wide selection, including the best fruit salad i've ever eaten, top notch hams that you cut yourself off the bone, artisan breads, etc. The service at the restaurant is courteous and discrete.
The spa / pool does represent an area where the hotel could improve. A spa hotel at this price level should really have a steam room, and there should probably be an attendant at the pool area to tidy up towels left behind and to watch over the pool. One oversight seems to be that access to the spa involves walking through the bar or the main lobby area, which not everyone feels very comfortable doing in a bath robe and slippers.
We paid for half board, which I would not recommend. When you pay for half board, your room costs EUR 130 extra in total, and you get an "allowance" of EUR 80 per person, this does not cover drinks. So supposedly you have an advantage of EUR 30. The thing is that even getting of the most expensive courses, you would struggle to "spend" your EUR 160 allowance, and in practive you will spend a lot less. Furthermore we ordered a truffle risotto as a starter, only to find at check out time that it was not included in the half board meal, and cost EUR 18 extra. Checkout time was not the correct time for that to be pointed out to me. Its better to pay as you go for a-la-carte for dinner, that way you pay for what you eat, and you don't feel any "obligation" to spend the EUR 80 to break even and get your money's worth. Somewhat irritating also was being charged EUR 92 for the use of some bedsheets for our son, to use the spare bed that was already in the room. While doubtless the hotel would describe this as "normal practice" , when the room prices are as high as these, (we paid EUR 630 for our room without "extras") it does seem a little bit cheap to try to squeeze out extras from guests. This is not an easyjet hotel. Tea or coffee making facilities would also be helpful inside the room.
Overall, we have a very positve impression of the hotel, and would go again, despite the irritation over some of the costs it did not detract enough to put us off the hotel at all. Its a very nice hotel ideed.
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- Les Fermes de Marie welcomes you to a unique place where generosity and a fine style of living reign supreme. More than just a hotel, Les Fermes de Marie is a destination in itself for exceptional family holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Fermes De Marie Megève