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Hotel Maison Saint Jean
Ranked #20 of 42 Hotels in Courmayeur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 April 2010

Friendly staff (specially Aldo, the owner his wife and Alberto which was extremely friendly and helpful), good location (five minutes walking from the middle of the village center, 2 minutes walking from the tourist info, one minute from super, very good cheese shop and excellent pizzeria), large, very nice rooms (we got two interconnecting rooms with large corridor between them) with excellent mountains view. It is a small family hotel, very clean and extremely well kept, with a very good restaurant. The pool and saunas area was wonderful with all the facilities for getting arranged. In the pool was a waterfall and Jacuzzi which can be automatically and easily operated by the gests.
Breakfast was good (could be almost perfect if more cheese and fruit would be served) and dinner was very good (for only 20 euro you get home made delicious three course dinner and we could decide on dally basis if we wont it or not!).
The rooms were very comfortable simply stylish furnished with hidden small kitten with all needed facilities (we did not use it because we ate outside and in the hotel restaurant. It cost an extra 30 euro for all the stay but if you need, it worth it). There is a safe in each room and in the wardrobe and nice 26" Samsung cable T.V.
The large bathrooms were modern decorated with all needed facilities.
We are couple with two children (9 and 15).
It was one of the best three stars hotels we have been ever.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 March 2010

After booking our skiing holiday, we looked on trip advisor and were rather concerned with a poor review. Yes we could have cancelled, but relied on the brochures 'finest' description and crossed our fingers! How wrong we were to worry.
The hotel is small, very clean and extremely well kept, with an excellent restaurant and very caring staff. The pool and sauna area was perfect to end a long day skiing, and the additional charge probably worked for us as it was not too busy - well worth the money.
The owners were superb, very attentive and maintained a standard often missed by smaller hotels. The food was excellent, with a good choice. There was an extensive wine list, but the local wines complimented the food perfectly.
Would we return ?? Yes most certainly

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2010

Friendly staff, good location,large, warm room with state of the art central heating that you can adjust accordingly and a mini fridge, (which turned out to be a bonus when we discovered how bad the meals were.) We had a balcony overlooking the square- the church on the hill chimed every hour and half hour during the day, which was lovely. Don't be put off by having a room overlooking the road, the double glazing does a good job of sound proofing. Spa area in the basement is lovely but truly overpriced.
The rooms are simply furnished with a sofabed, bedside cabinets, wardrobe and small desk and chair. there is a safe in the wardrobe but despite asking the owners to fix it on a number of occasions, they didn't.
There are no duvets but they do have the fabulous Italian Frette sheets which are gorgeous to sleep in but this was spoilt by a peculiar, thin, 'well-used' and bobbly synthetic throw which had seen better days.
There is a tiny telly in each room suspended on a wooden ledge at ceiling height with Sky TV but is almost impossible to see from the bed/sitting area unless you have binoculars. After the first night we lost every TV programme. The owner himself came up to our room to 'fix' it but said it was a problem with either - SKY, the atmospherics in the valley, the bad weather, or the satellite in the sky wasn't working! Each evening he would tell my husband that SKY TV was still not on, but we discovered on the last night that the other guests had experienced no problems at all with their TV the whole week. Not good customer service! - just couldn't care less attitude on the owner's part.
The light fittings are very stylish but threw out very little light, and it was difficult to read by- a problem encountered in many european hotels, I fear.
There were no additional extras provided such as tissues cotton buds, etc. though I note from previous reviews these had originally been provided when the hotel opened and sadly these cost cutting measures were reflected throughout the hotel and especially in the quality and quantity of the meals.
Now onto the food... bearing in mind this is one of the most expensive hotels in Courmayeur, we expected a good standard of food, but were exceptionally disappointed in the fayre on offer. Breakfast was no more than adequate- cereals, juice, ham, cheese, croissants and an offer of scrambled eggs and bacon which you can order from the waiter, but there is no alternative such as a boiled, fried or poached egg. The saving grace was a darn good coffee/espresso, Italian style!
The evening meal each night was a bitter disappointment. The tables were starkly laid- no additonal extras such as a candle, flowers, salt and pepper, just a plate, cheap squat water glass and the cutlery.Though I did notice, sadly, that the tables round the corner of the restaurant, reserved for the public, were laid to a higher standard with much more care and attention including a range of fine, high-end wine glasses. Double standards!
After a long hard days skiing one might expect a hearty, tasty meal, not so. To say the least the meals were exceptionally basic,- tepid, tasteless, and miniscule - we likened them to the meals you might expect on a school skiing trip! The starter was either a pasta, salad( few token leaves) or soup(stick to the soup.) For three out of the seven main meals they had a 'stew' on offer - rabbit(mostly bones) venison( overwhelming taste of cinnamon) and beef(chewy, full of gristle and uncooked potatoes) all lukewarm, tastless and gloopy. What made it worse was they were served in the breakfast cereal bowls! There were no vegetable accompaniments, though one night we did have a blob of polenta which was totally cold and tasteless. The trouble is... at breakfast they tell you what is on offer for the evening meal, it all sounds soooo delicious... but in reality it's total and utter rubbish and as my husband said he wouldn't feed it to the dog! The waiters big it all up and make out it's the best dish ever! It's a bit like the foody version of the story of Emperor's New Clothes!!!
The desserts once again were presented as culinary masterpieces, 'creme of chocolate sauce with handmade biscuits'... it was basically cold chocolate custard( like old school dinners) and a biscuit and that's what was on offer for three out of seven nights. The alternative was fresh fruit, which consisted of rather well worn, past their sell by date(clearly previously handled by other guests and discarded) orange, pear or an apple. so if you are a foody, give this hotel a miss.
Finally, the hotel owners, who are friendly to the point of being obsequious, have a young son who is clearly overindulged. He was allowed to totally dominate the hotel - screaming and shouting like a banshee in all the public areas, running up and down the stairs, shouting and screaming at the top of his voice for hours on end in their living quarters on the 3rd floor ( don't go for a room on the seconf floor- you'll never have a moments peace) and generally being allowed to run riot throughout the hotel. They owners clearly do not discipline him, sadly at the cost of the paying guests.
I know there is a world wide recession but this hotel is just taking the mickey.
Clearly a hotel that is resting on its laurels and past reputation. Heed my advice, don't go there!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2009

We had a weeks stay at this hotel for our 2009 ski holiday. Firstly, don't believe what the brochure or internet advise about balconies, we were led to believe that all rooms have these, it was even printed on our invoice we would have one, not the case. Also we requested a double room, OK requests are not always guareented, however, if you don't get a double, you expect to get 2 singles, well not in our case. 2 adults in their 30's ended up with bunk beds.!!!! Asked for a change of room, all rooms were allocated.
Staff were friendly, including the owners. Hotel was clean and well presented, a cute little hotel, but a typical italian ski hotel, which is why we choose this place.
Breakfast was lovely, a lot to choose from, buffet style, dinner though, was more traditional North Italian cuisine. You were advised at breakfast what your choices for the evening meal were, would recomend the soup. Other than that, it was hit and miss between the 2 main course dishes and sweets as to whether it would wet your appeitite, lets say, 2 evenings we did have a meal else where. The portions in the hotel aren't all that big, not what you would want to have after a full day on the slopes.
The hotel was well located. Just an 7 minute walk to the cable car, lots of bars around, supermarket opposite, a little town with boutique shops. Great if you have money or even if you love to window shop. A lovely cocktail bar above the American Bar. FABBY. It was more of a relaxed apres-ski, however this is what we were looking for.
Skiing is great, for all levels. Recomend the blue run, number 6 for the first run, especially if you need to break yourself in gently..
If you want a lovely massage to rest up from your skiing, 3 minute walk around to the hotel round the courner, Grand Golf Hotel, lovely spa and treatments there. As other comments have made, there is a pool at this hotel, Maison Saint Jean, however a charge applies and it was a steep charge to use it..
Although a couple of negative points, a lovely holiday was had. Would we go to Courmayeur again, yes, would we choose this hotel, probably not, but if we end up there, it wouldn't be too bad..!!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

The hotel its self was clean, but not welcoming owners and staff.
The food was awful if you like rabbit twice a week and octopus, and the sizes of the meals are extremely small, not the meal you look forward to after a day on slopes. Also one day three of us ordered tuna salad in the morning, so when the night time came it was a couple of salad leaes and and no tuna, as they announced they had got no tuna.

we were all disgusted, and would not recommend this hotel!!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 March 2009

Hotel Maison St Jean is conveniently located close to the centre of Courmayeur and is a very characteristic hotel, newly constructed in 2006, but maintaining a traditional look in keeping with the village, having been built from reclaimed timbers.

We found the hotel staff to be very friendly and accommodating. The public areas of the hotel were very well maintained and clean and again traditionally styled. Our room was a very large double room with a four poster bed, window shutters and a balcony, which had indirect views of the mountains leading up to the main ski area at Plan Checrouit.

Room facilities were OK. Comfortable surroundings, large double bed, armchair, desk, smallish bathroom with shower. Tea and coffee making facilities would have been nice, along with a bath to soak in rather than a shower. The only other observation I have about the room is that, although this is predominately used as a ski resort in the Winter, there were no facilities for hanging up ski jackets, trousers etc.,

The hotel dining room was quite ambient, with low level lighting and candles on tables allowing you to dine in your own privacy or chat with other guests if you wish.

Breakfast was a typical Italian buffet - featuring very strong coffee, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, cheese, ham, pastries, cakes, toast with an option of scrambled egg (with or without bacon) if you wanted it.

Dinner was also very good - either three or four courses with a choice. Very good quality food and ample. As a vegetarian I was catered for, usually within the choice. That said - it was only the second day before my choice was an omelette! We were disappointed with the cheese fondue - which conjurs up images of molten cheese laced with white wine, bubbling away in a shared pot - crust bread, crudites and fondue forks! The image disappeared when our individual, tiny soup bowls, with a layer of warm pliable cheese sprinkled with stale bread arrived!

The wine list here is immense with a fine selection of local specialities. The owner's knowledge of the wine was invaluable in helping to make the right selection.

The hotel is lacking in a bar facility, for that pre or post dinner drink and an opportunity to swap ski stories with your fellow guests. However it is walking distance from the main pedestrian area in Courmayeur and a number of bars.

Hotel St Jean does have a really nice relaxation area in the basement, comprising hydromassage pool, steam room, sauna and plunge tub. However they do charge thirteen Euros per person per day for the use of this! Most hotels I have used of this standard include this facility within the room rate.

The hotel is about ten of fifteen minutes walk away from either the main telecabin or the smaller gondola which take you up to the ski area base of Plan Checrouit. However that is probably no better or worse than most of the accomodation in Courmayeur - it is just where the ski area is in relation to the village. To avoid walking in ski boots and carrying skis/snowboard my advice is to book storage facilities at one of the ski hire shops at Plan Checrouit.

The skiing here at Courmayeur is a little limited - with only 100km of piste confined to the one ski area. For casual, recreational family skiing it is OK - but for anybody looking to notch up the mileage you can ski the whole area in two or three days. Because of the limited area the slopes do tend to get very crowded - making it quite dangerous at times. The slopes here are not particular challenging - but quite scenic - with views of Mont Blanc. It is possible to ski with a guide the Valee Blanche glacier or off piste over to Chamonix.

The village centre of Courmayeur is quite pretty - traditional, cobbled pedestrian area with plenty of shops, cafes, pizzerias bars etc., So plenty to do after skiing or in the evening.

In summary I enjoyed Courmayeur, but having skiied it all, I do not see the need to come back. Hotel St Jean is a high standard, comfortable and characteristic hotel with spacious rooms and good food. Courmayeur is quite a large, picturesque village with plenty of shops and places to eat and drink. Do not expect ski in/ski out and be aware of the limited ski area.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2009

Great location, nice hotel but we were on half board and the food was really very poor. often arriving tepid - not the sort of food wanted after skiing! You could go for the a la carte menu but very expensive. Very annoyed at the surprise extra cost for use of the pool at €15 pp in a party of 8 of us! The waitresses were accomodating . The wine list is excellent and the manager does come to his fore when it comes to helping with the wine. Needed to work on laptop and used their WiFi, again quite expensive €6 per hour.
Maybe we were just unlucky but would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Address: Strada Dolonne Courmayeur 18, 11013 Courmayeur, Italy
Region: Italy > Valle d'Aosta > Courmayeur
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#19 Romantic Hotel in Courmayeur
#21 Family Hotel in Courmayeur
Price Range: £101 - £157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Maison Saint Jean 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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