For 2013, Alpine Elements have taken ownership of this central hotel in La Tania, part of the 3 Valley's network ski area in France. I've just returned from a fantastic weeks skiing there based in this hotel and to say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement.
On arrival there is an initial guddle of getting your luggage up to the hotel entrance from where the bus stops. You have the option of several flights of stairs or a lift which takes a few at a time with all associated luggage, so whichever, patience is the name of the game here. Check-in is reasonably quick and simple - name, sign, key, directions, into room! First impression on opening the door....well this is spacious! We only took a standard double but I understand the superior rooms are a little bigger again. The room has a large double door wardrobe area, half shelved and the other for hanging space. There is a separate toilet and bath/shower room, all very clean and neatly appointed. The main area has the bed(s) with separate wall lights for night reading, a small flat screen tv a small circular table with 2 small arm chairs, another chair at a desk with another reading lamp.There's also a small balcony accessible through a French door if you're on the ski slopes side of the building. With respect to the TV, don't expect anything great here: the choice of channels is very limited and given it's a British company that have taken over the hotel they may need to think about the choice of English speaking channels, although there is a large TV in the bar area with Sky channels. Having said that, we barely had the TV on - once or twice to catch up on news!
Meals are served in two different areas of the hotel. Breakfast and afternoon tea/coffee/cake are served in the ground floor restaurant and the main evening meal served upstairs in the dining room opposite reception. Mornings are a little chaotic - everyone wants breakfast more or less at the same time - served from 8 am, and it does cause frequent shortages but they do their best to replenish food as quickly as possible. In the afternoon, tea/coffee and cake are available from 4.30 pm, but what also surprised me was they also had home made biscuits, bread/butter/jam. As a veteran of many ski holidays this goes way beyond the normal. The only complaint here is the greediness of guests who would have 1 person from a party of 6 or 8 go and collect 6/8 pieces of cake, biscuits and some bread, then find they didn't all want it and a lot was wasted. I have to say this infuriated me and certainly not a fault of the hotel or the staff. Evening meals were a real pleasure. The upper restaurant had a very nice atmosphere in pleasant surroundings. The variety of meals throughout the week were simply superb and not what you'd expect of normal ski fare. I've read a few complaints of others saying the portions were small. Either they improved them by the time we arrived or they were expecting too much, as I thought they were pretty much on the mark - in fact there were a couple of meals I couldn't quite finish and I'm no small person! If soups are on the menu, take them - they are a wonderful start to the meal!
La Tania is a pretty small village and you can see what's available in a short 10 min walk. Therefore, apres ski is based around hotel activity. There's a small spa on the ground floor. Although I had every intention of using it, I didn't get around to it, but I understand the steam room is decent. There are some games and activities for the kids certainly to help keep them occupied. The hotel have a quiz night on the 2nd night which is pretty decent and a good laugh. One night in the week you're asked to fend for yourself in terms of meals. We went to Les Marmottons, literally 50m from the hotel and had a wonderful meal of fondue Savoyarde. Highly recommend it.
The staff as you'd expect from a ski resort are all young people, but even as we approached the end of the season, still working hard to make sure our ski holiday was up to expectations. For their enthusiasm and pleasant nature I couldn't fault them - well done.
All-in-all, this was a great place to have as a base for what turned out to be one of our best skiing holidays ever. I think I'll be coming back here - just too good to miss!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Montana is a ski to door Hotel conveniently situated right in the heart of the 3 Valleys resort of La Tania, only 50-100 metres from the main ski lift (gondola) that whisks you up to some of the best skiing in Courchevel / La Tania. Walk out the front door and you are in the heart of the resort, snap on your skis or board and the fast gondola will whisk you straight into the heart of the Three Valley lift system. Inside The Montana you will find a health club with hot tub, pool, sauna and steam room, gym equipment, two restaurants, and a friendly warm and relaxing bar with comfy lounge. There is also a games room. The hotel has 12 covered parking spaces and 12 open air. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Montana Hotel
- Le Montana Courchevel