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Les Fermes de Marie
Ranked #3 of 37 Hotels in Megeve
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“overall a very impressive hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2009

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.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2009

We just came back from Fermes de Marie after a one week ski trip with our three teenage children.

Very well located just outside of town. They have a shuttle although it is a short 10 minute walk into town that we made often.

We were on the demi pension, with breakfast and dinner included. There are 5 restaurants altogether in the demi pension, 2 at the hotel and 3 affiliated restaurants off site, so you get some variety, but the best one was at the hotel. A bit too much to eat after one week.

Superb and graious service. The head concierge, Ben, is a concierge's concierge. Could not be better. He even tolerated my French.

The pool, sauna and spa were attractive and clean. No children, although the French spring vacation for their schools was over.

Our room was fine, and well appointed in a rustic decor. However, look out. The last night they moved us and although there was a small decrease in price the new room for the 5 of us with one bathroom and a cot in the living area was pathetic. So I would highly recommend the hotel but make sure you get the right room. There is a wide range. Pay up for the better room.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2009

Best room in the house is a below average room at other resorts at this price tier. Broken furniture, lack of basic necessities, above kitchen so you get the noises/smells at night and early morning
Spa is noisy, smoky, with uncomfortable beds and mediocre services
Jacuzzi is 85F, and like the pool is usually filled with toddlers (0-2 yrs), no steam room
Breakfast is very basic unless you love cheese, cheese and more cheese
Location is behind a Grave yard, with no real views of anything

  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2008

We stayed here for a late snowboarding break. The hotel iteslef is wonderfully designed, very cosy with wood and fires but still spacious enough to get lost in. It is located a little way from the lifts and the town but the shuttle bus is convenient and runs regularly.

The food is fantastic and portions are immense. I would say that this is the best hotel food I have had in France and compares very well with any restaurant I have been to. The cheese particularly is reason enough to visit the hotel!

The room was a Junior Suite and was spacious, well furnished and again very cosy (with a sunny balcony).

The Spa was however appalling. The jacuzzi was used by young children and stank like a urinal....clearly it wasnt cleaned often! The sauna was underheated and small and there was no steam room. The pool was ok but a little small. DO NOT go to this hotel if you want a spa experienec....it really is poor in this area.

  • Liked — The food is incredible
  • Disliked — The jacuzzi that seemed to double as a children's toilet
  • Stayed April 2005, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2008

We visited this hotel for lunch whilst on a day trip to Megeve and can't wait to return, either for more fantastic food or to stay!
It's a typical ski resort chalet-style hotel and would be even more beautiful once the snow has fallen.
It's location on the outskirts of the town is either good or bad depending on what you want!

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2008

We went for five days to ski. We took our 18month baby with us. The room we were taken to was miles from the centre of the hotel and was tiny and pretty poorly appointed. In fact we were going to leave it was so bad. We asked to be moved and were accomodated in a better room close to the centre of the building. Now we could use our baby monitor and the room was big enough for the cot. Things improved. The staff were good, especially at the bar. The restaurant was Ok, but a bit over the top for every night. There are some good restaurants in Megeve. The comments regarding breakfast being a bit poor are correct, but this is the usual thing in a very French hotel. The shuttle bus to the village was good, although they tended to over load it.
Overall good but could do better.

  • Liked — Traditional decor and bathroom products
  • Disliked — small rooms and a bit scruffy at the edges
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled with family
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Puteaux, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2008

nice lobby, excellent breakfasts

very well decorated in a luxurious mountain spirit

the room is OK but small even when you choose the one with corner

spa - pool- garden

conclusion: extremely beautiful hotel with all conveniences, but the room is really small for such a massive price!

  • Liked — very well decorated, luxurious
  • Disliked — small room for such a huge price
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Les Fermes de Marie
Address: Chemin de Riante Colline, 74120 Megeve, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Megeve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Megeve
#2 Family Hotel in Megeve
#2 Luxury Hotel in Megeve
#3 Romantic Hotel in Megeve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Les Fermes de Marie 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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