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“A well fed week” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Champs Avalins Hotel

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Champs Avalins Hotel
Ranked #26 of 39 Hotels in Val d'Isere
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A well fed week”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

Situated in La Daille this is a basic chalet style hotel but that should not worry you as the staff, food and atmosphere are exceptional. The service given by the very hard working staff is genuine, the food is varied, home cooked and well presented. Great value for money. The only down side is the bar, which is very small and noisy. Don't let that spoil your stay because everything else will enhance it. Warm spotless bedrooms with an adequate bathroom, if you get the chance ask for a room facing the slopes, which are only a couple of minutes walk, the rear of the hotel gets a bit noisy early in the morning.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Pros
- Located at the bottom of the La Daille ski lift and chair lift
- Quick ski down from La Follie Douce bar
- Bus service outside every 5 minutes in the day, then 10/20 mins in the evening until 0240.
- Great super helpful staff
- Amazing food at breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner
- Rooms kept immaculate and tidy. Loads of storage space for clothes and cases
- Free wifi

Cons
- Small bar

This hotel has everything you need and is great value for money in a great location. Val d'Isere is an amazing resort, suited to intermediate and advanced skiers / boarders with some of the best off piste!

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

The Champs Avalins is a basic ski Chalet hotel with no frills however, the dining and kitchen facilities are not big enough to cater for all the guests in one sitting hence the early/late dinner arrangement which is explained fully in the hotel info so be aware prior to booking. The split bar is also a bit on the small side where the pre dinner canapés and after dinner cheese & biccies are served to try and relive a bit of pressure on the main dining room. During dinner times there is nowhere in the hotel to relax apart from the bar (sometimes very crowded) or your room.

Some rooms can be a bit noisy in the early hours when the snow ploughs/bin lorries get going.

Now, onto the positives....... Firstly and most importantly, IGNORE COMPLETELY the review of Soon2beUTA of Jan 2014. Why T.A have allowed this to be published I do not know as it breaches their own guidelines of avoiding personal insults and this appears to be a 90% personal attack on Francesca (if it were true isn't it odd that this is the only one!??). As a retired manager myself, I witnessed on a few occasions that Francesca is a polite, considerate but firm and efficient manager, respected by guests and staff alike. Her managerial abilities are reflected in the generally excellent feedback re the hotel staff.

Room cleanliness and tidying was excellent.

Food choice and quality provided by the small but enthusiastic kitchen team was fantastic and of a standard that many restaurants in the U.K cannot match (and I'm a very fussy eater!!)
Wine of the usual standard but you can pay extra to get the nicer stuff.

Staff......what a nice bunch of young people...... polite, friendly and above all enthusiastic to make guests as comfortable as possible...........................10/10. The entire staff, from Manager to Kitchen Porter came across as a well run and professional team.

So, to conclude, it's basic with limited facilities but warm and clean. Located only about 100 yds from the nearest lift or 200 yds to the main funicular. Regular buses into the main village with stop not far from front door. Food great, staff great and yes I would go back as it represents pretty good value for money.

Room Tip: Request a room least affected by noise from the main road,
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank SIMON T
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Hotelplan, Guest Relations Manager at Champs Avalins Hotel, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Thank you for your kind and honest review, Simon. It's heartening to read that the hard work of all our team here is appreciated by our guests and we hope to welcome you back to the Champs Avalins another time soon!
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Newcastle upon Tyne
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Hotel is very basic but right beside ski lifts that are quiet. Very few queues for lifts even in the morning. Bus service into Val d'isere town centre is very efficient and runs well into the early hours. All the staff at the hotel were very welcoming right from the first meeting and couldn't do enough to help you all week. All you had to do was ask. Nothing was too much trouble. They made our stay very pleasant!! A small number of the other guests did give some of the staff a hard time which was totally uncalled for (sad to see really) as they were genuine happy, cheerful, helpful, normal everyday people, who in my opinion were doing a very good job. They wanted to make sure all the guests thoroughly enjoyed their stay - we certainly did thanks to them. Well done to the staff! Thanks for a great holiday!! Keep up the outstanding work!!!!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mbell3
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Perth, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

We stayed at the champs with ski total over the Christmas week (family of 4 with two teenage boys) and whilst the hotel is pretty basic I just want to say a hearty thanks to Francesca and the team for all their efforts especially the effort made for Christmas dinner which was fantastic. Also a special thanks to Joey and Jonny.

Yes the hotel is basic but food was great, lots of hot water and good views of the piste and lifts if you pick the right rooms. Rooms were clean and the location is good at the bottom of the Daille lifts. Having read a number of tripadvisor reviews on the Champs before I booked the hotel was as expected and in my view represents good value for money given the location.

Neil from Perth

Room Tip: Level 2 or 3
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank neil s
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Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

The hotel is very shabby and needs a lot of maintenance. The bar is small and not big enough to accommodate the number of guests.
However the staff were excellent and could not do enough for you and the food was very good.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank SezMerc
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

We spent a week at the Chalet Champ Avalin. When we first got there, we were corralled into the basement (where the pub is) and given a brief. It was there we met the hotel manager, Francesca. She was insanely rude and had a ridiculous, sarcastic, contemptuous tone that let you know she was in charge and you were just cattle she's herding through the week.

After the brief, the hotel was actually a pretty good experience. Most of us just avoided the hotel manager. When we did need something, we went to the assistant hotel manager, who was lovely!! The entire staff there was incredible and amazing, but Francesca made the experience terrible.

At the end of our week, we were told to pay our bar tab, although we had paid our tabs the nights we drank. Since we paid with cash, we were not given a receipt and thought nothing of it. Unfortunately, out of a total of €38, I paid €11 on my night out and my partner paid €38 twice (that €38 included by my €11 tab).

Francesca insisted that we would not get on our flight if we did not pay our tab and was so rude that I felt compelled to tell her what I thought, though I didn't.

All in all, the trip was good, but Francesca is a horrid person. The rest of the staff is amazing. Should you want to stay there, please get a receipt for your bar tab and make sure and interact with all the other staff (Avoiding Francesca at all costs).

Room Tip: There are rooms facing the piste that are beautiful views!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Soon2beUTA
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Additional Information about Champs Avalins Hotel

Property: Champs Avalins Hotel
Address: la Daille, 73150 Val d'Isere, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Val d'Isere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Val d'Isere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In common with the rest of Val d’Isère’s La Daille area, the hotel might not win any awards for the cutest or prettiest exterior in the Alps, but as with all properties, it is the location that really counts! And that’s where the Champs Avalins really scores. You can ski back to within just 50m of the hotel, and each morning you have a choice of lifts right on hand to whisk you up the mountain. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hotel Champs Avalins
Champs Avalins Hotel France/Savoie

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