Fantastic holiday,hotel and staff.The reverse being the case last year with a different company. When booking on line there is always the fear that the Chalet/Hotel you are booking has been over sold with very selective photography and a blinding write up. This year ,for our group of skiers and snow boarders,we were met with a very pleasant suprise. When we booked the hotel Fjord in Val D'isere all went well untill we were told it was over booked and our group of 14 would not fit in and we were offered the Hotel Gelinotte. This made us a bit wary but carried on with the booking. Our worry was unfounded ,we were met at Geneva airport by smiling faces and efficiently dispatched on the coach to Val D'Isere,met in resort by a mini bus who took us and luggage up a slight hill to the hotel and carried our luggage in to the Gelinotte for us. The welcome at reception was warm and friendly and the hotel itself better than described. I shared a triple room which,though comfortable, was a little on the small side.Every day of the holiday the room was cleaned and beds made. No worries about keeping warm either,the room was always warm and the shower always hot. No problems with noise at any time through the night,that may be because of me enjoying the 'Val' Apres and night life :-) which is second to none. The Gelinotte Chefs excelled them selves. there is always a choice of meal from the days menu in the hotel which is chosen whilst having a buffet fried or continental breakfast. An all you can eat fry up before a days boarding does the trick . The evening meals were extremely good and plenty of it.Coffee tea and cake in the afternoons for those not having a quiet apres in the blue note or a lively one the Petite danoise or Cafe Face. 'Gorgious George' as we named him in the bar hotel was always happy to serve beer on tap,bottles or spirits from the well stocked bar . Ask for a 'Sasky' if you go( similiar to a White russian) Itll help you sleep through the wierd dreams the altitude brings on. Although there is a free shuttle bus through the resort Alex was there to drop off and collect from the main lifts if you dont fancy the walk.The impression all of our group had was that the staff in the hotel could not do enough,nothing was too much trouble.because of the amount of guys and girls looking after the hotel and the shifts they do there is never a miserable face in the place. For me the staff will make or break a hotel and I can say that these guys know what they are doing and do it smiling which makes all the difference.Val D'Isere will always be Val D'Isere but if you want enjoy your short time there you wont go to far wrong by staying at this hotel and at a very resonable price. Im sure we will be using alpine elements again and if going to Val would check here first. P.s there is a small hill to get up to the Gellinote but hey its an activity holiday and its not bad at all . Me ?Im chuffed we stayed at the Gelinotte.Thanks Alpine Elements.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Gelinotte is superbly appointed in central Val d'Isère. and just 7 to 10 mins walk from the slopes, and centre but we offer a private minibus shuttle for guests. All bedrooms are en suite and the property is run as a small ski hotel with fabulous cooked and continental breakfasts and an a la carte evening menu with many other great touches to make your holiday extra special.The hotel has a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Guests will find a sauna for relaxing in after a long days skiing. There is also a quiet lounge for reading, a comfy lounge and TV lounge and a licensed bar with draft beers, spirits and wines. The hotel has Wi-fi access and the public areas are well thought out to offer guests privacy and different options for socialising. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Gelinotte France/Savoie