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“Extremely small rooms, but generally OK accommodation” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Chalets de Solaise

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Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Chalets de Solaise
Ranked #21 of 39 Hotels in Val d'Isere
Certificate of Excellence
Teesside, UK
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Extremely small rooms, but generally OK accommodation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

Basic and small, I think that just about says it all. Ridiculously small if housing four adults, (as was the case with myself and my mates)

Chalet floor space was almost completely taken up by the two single and one double bed. There was just enough room for the small dining table and chairs. Definitely no more space to swing the cat.

The standard of the room (room B100) was ok. The kitchenette and bathroom are small but well fitted out, nothing to complain about, though the claim of four star standard is somewhat over the top.

Brochures showing the chalet list “TV with foreign channels”. They may have been various foreign but certainly no English language channels.

There's no bar or eating facility in the general area, though there is a fairly large lounge area with a real fire and a pool table (2 euro per game!)

The outside pool and the sauna are a nice touch. Quite and experience swimming in hot water in minus 10C air temperature!

The chalets are well located in respect to the resort centre, though quite a hike to the ski lifts, especially carrying skis and boots but there is a regular complimentary bus to take skiers to the lifts. The bus stop is close to the chalet.

There is a very good Spa supermarket only a few minutes walk from the chalets. They have a deli section producing hot take-away meals as a decent option to the local pricey restaurants.

Would I recommend this accommodation to others? If there are only two in the party then yes, three possibly, but I would strongly advise that you look for alternative accommodation if there are four in your party.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2012 via mobile

We stayed in this app during our summier holiday. As we know the size of a typical French app we booked a 7 p app for only the 4 of us. That gave us plenty of room!

THE quality of the app is Really far better than i'm used to in France. The bathroom was recently updated as was THE living room. Great! THE beds were comfy enough, all equipment we needed availble and the water really hot, thus providing us with à nice hot shower after all Alpine activities.

THE swimmingpool is big enough for the number of guests in summer and nicely heated. I would consider to go back here, Should I revisit Val d'Isere!

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Location is superb – close to everything! Apartments are very small so don’t go for the max nr of persons allowed but for the money we paid I would not expect much better . Pool is nice though small. Lounge is nice if you go with bigger group though it is not very cozy. Val dÍsere is very nice small city, with a lot of good restaurants, cafes, shops. On the other hand ski slopes are not maintained at all – really shame for such a place.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Rooms: Like others who have wrote a review on here i would say the same about the room sizes and of it being basic but we were very happy with it. Had a room for 4, you have 1 room which consists of both bedroom & living room plus a little kitchenette. We had a pull down double bed from the wall and a sofa bed which had another single sofa bed underneath it which you pull out from underneath. We had to make up the bed's when we arrived which is no big deal. We re-arranged the room to give us more room as we left the beds up permanently, we felt we had adequate room. Tv in room with 1 english speaking channel (euro sport) the rest were french channels, this was fine as we weren't there to stay in our room. On the 2 occasions when we were a bit worn out from the slopes all day and stayed in for the night we just entertained ourselves with making a meal, having a few beers and chilling. I took my laptop along with me and the footage that we filmed of us skiing on the slopes were entertainment enough for us to watch by plugging the laptop into the tv : ) There are adequate side tables, chest of drawers and a 4 seater kitchen table with chairs as well as your beds to chill out/sit on. We had storage and coat hangers for our clothes. All rooms have a small balcony which i found bliss, ours looked out onto other buildings which was fine and we could see the top of one slope.

Bathroom: We didn't have a problem with the bathroom, big enough for us. Bath and Shower, separate toilet and double basin's. Nice and clean and spacious. Our toilet was broken on arrival but as soon as we informed reception they sent someone up and fixed it straight away. Staff were brilliant.

Kitchen(ette): Basic but had everything we needed; sink,microwave, cookertop, fridge, dishwasher, kettle, coffemaker, plenty of cutlery/dishes/plates/cups/saucepans etc No oven but the microwave was a combination thing, which we kind of sussed out eventually : )

Reception: We didn't need them often but when we did they were helpful and courteous, very pleasant.

Ski equipment hire: We booked through Crystal and had ski hire equipment in our package, it doesn't tell you in the brochure but the ski shop was in our hotel which was bloody brilliant : ) And the gentleman in there was really helpful. He changed my ski's for me when i asked as i told him i didn't feel like i had much control on them, he explained that different ski's give you different things (which i didn't know) so he gave me short ski's which were better for turning and which proved right, gained so much confidence on the slopes thereafter. Another of our party were having problems with his boots which he changed without any problem and told us to come back if problems still persisted. Brilliant guy : ) and ski equipment excellent. We've rented equipment from Bulgaria and Andorra but Val's was the best quality we've had so far.

Communal Room: We didn't really use it but it was spacious enough, comfy chairs and settee's, central fireplace, pool table, coffe/tea machine and a vending machine with snacks. The communal area leads out to the changing rooms to the outdoor heated pool which we used on one occasion. I loved the fact that we were outside swimming with snow all around us while it was getting dark, it was lovely and warm. The brochures and websites don't show or explain to you but when you've changed (lockers for your clothes/dressing gowns shoes etc) are available then you get into the pool under a small roof tunnel thing before swimming out into the main pool, that was a lovely touch. There is also a small gym, i looked in but didn't use it, there were 3 large pieces of equipment in there, they looked impressive enough but too much like hard work after a day on the slopes. Also there was a sauna, which i didn't use, but looked nice, this was inside the changing area, plus there were showers and toilets in the changing area.

Location: They really are quite central, i think we were told the ski bus stop is just outside. It is in a way but on the first day with ski boots on and carrying our ski's it felt a bit of a trek (i'm not the fittest). I would say it is only a 5min walk to the bus stop if that and the buses whichever time you go out there are constant, i don't think we ever waited longer than 5mins. The slopes are really very close by also. When we first arrived we had a walkabout to get our bearings as i did quite a bit of research before going on the internet to try to suss out where everything was. It was helpful as we got our bearing quite quickly due to this and the fact we had our normal shoes on. If in normal shoes the slopes are really 5mins walk away, if in ski boots it is doable to walk to from the apartments but i found it quite hard work. My tip is which i will be doing next time as we can't afford to stay in the hotels in val that are ski in / ski out is to take a small ruck sack with me so that once i walk to the slopes in my normal shoes while carrying your boots i can put my normal shoes into the rucksack for the day while skiing, much easier, then once you've finished for the day changing your shoes and carrying your ski boots rather than going back to the apartment to change your boots you can just go enjoy apres ski or a meal etc straight away : )

The Resort: It is the best i've been to, i've been to Bulgaria (Pomparova) & Andorra (Pas de la Cass), but Val is my best experience so far. It has plenty of bars (Petite Danois) is by far the best in my oppinion and nightclubs, which we didn't go to though, too tired : ) Plenty of outside eating areas, pavement style and slope side. The drinks and food are quite expensive but you can budget quite easily if self catering. We took some food stuff with us i.e coffee/tea/butter/can foods/ etc which saved us quite a bit of money, there are also supermarkets there which are good in variety but quite pricey but saved us some money by buying basics such as eggs/bread/pate/crackers/filling for sarnies etc so we could make a basic breakfast in our room before hitting the slopes and taking sarnie's out with us for lunch and snacks for the room. The happy hours in Val arn't quite what you would expect, there are plenty there and some at different times so you can bar hop but i think we only found one bar that did two drinks for one ( Cafe Face ) the others were get two drinks for a reduced price which still proved quite pricey i'm afraid but the atmosphere in Petite Danois is electric and the live music is brilliant so well worth it.

Slopes: I've been skiing over a period of 10yrs on 4 occasions now but still class myself as a beginner Ish i'm afraid. Different resort grade slopes differently i've realised. I booked Val due to snow sure, short transfer, short flight, nightlife, things to do besides skiing and obviously for the variety of runs, it seemed on paper to suit all in our party. 2 beginners ish 1 intermediate and 1 that is really competent and confident. Myself and the other beginner found it quite challenging but after some tips and pointers from the other 2 in our party i was able to enjoy the Solaise area : ) The green slopes and nursery slopes are brilliant for beginners but after 2 to 3 days if not with a ski school you will maybe get a bit bored with them but to advance to the other so called greens and blues are quite challenging i found. l was lucky i had someone in our party to guide me so that i improved enough to competently ski the Solaise area and the main thing was i didn't feel by the 4th and 5th day that i was fighting the slopes i was able to enjoy them by then. The other two in our party found the slopes brilliant, plenty of challenges for them and plenty to just enjoy and improve themselves on.

I think that's about it. I would definitely recommend the Solaise Apts and Val as a resort. It was the cheapest accommodation i could find there so it was basic but as i've said it did the job for us. We would definitely go back to it except that the rest of my party would rather forfeit the pool for accommodation with a bar downstairs, so next time hopefully we go i can find one that is roughly in the same price range but with a bar as we WILL DEFINITELY BE GOING BACK TO VAL : )

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Booked this hotel via Crystal and was sadly disappointed with the place. A room for four actually did not even have one bed. In fact so disappointed that I paid an additional 1100 eros to move to the Hôtel l'Aigle des Neiges, which ironically has the same star rating, yet has very modern and well kept rooms, indoor pool and spa facilities, excellent service, secure ski and boot room, great entertainment in the hotel bar and all of the standard of a 5 star hotel. My point is that there is no on this planet that the Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Chalets de Solaise should be rated as a four start. I have stayed in better 2 start accommodation.

Room Tip: For around the same rice I would recommend Hôtel l'Aigle des Neiges.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
43 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

In a town like Val, there are not many places that offer up such low rates for accommodation which makes this a likely selection for big groups of friends managing to many different budgets. On the positives: the in-house ski rental, close proximity to lifts, short walk to shops and village drag. The downside for us was that it is SUPER basic. Some rooms have been recently refurbished and if you are lucky to get one of them, great, if not, uh-oh! The rooms are self catering and include a micro wave, fridge (not very effective), dishwasher (not very effective) so you can eat in if you wish. The receptionists are not the most helpful and the heating is pretty poor (even in our newly furnished room). Keep in mind that in some rooms the hot water runs out after a couple of showers. There is a common area with a central wood fire but this runs out very quickly and hotel staff are not around to help relight it so keep beer handy to stay warm. It is a fairly large common space though with a pool table.

Room Tip: A5 is recently furnished on the first floor (by the reception) and of a good size for a couple or sm...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ferrari9997
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

Stayed here from the 21st jan till 28th jan,the hotel is centrally located In val d isere, 2 min walk from the coach station where you get dropped off! Took us a while to find it(get off the coach walk back down the road and it's through a drive on the right, next to a white house)upon on arrival friendly greeting, our room was easy to access on the same level, the carpet in the hallways is worn out and needs changing!rooms are basic with the alpine wood look, got everything you need for cooking etc, has a telly all French channels and a little balcony! The shower isn't much use as the head is at waist level, the shower hose broke split twice but they changed it straight away! Has a heated swimming pool which is nice and it's surrounded by snow, has a Little gym sauna etc! All the local shops are near aswell!overall it is a 3 out of 5 whith a bit of modernising they could up that!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pierre & Vacances Residence Les Chalets de Solaise
Address: quartier L Illaz, 73150 Val d'Isere, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Val d'Isere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Val d'Isere
#10 Family Hotel in Val d'Isere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 71
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Resort at the heart of the Espace Killy Residence located at the heart of the resort. Comfortable ski apartments with access to the outdoor heated swimming pool and wellness area. ... more   less 
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