We stayed here for a week in March and were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is a sort of annexe of the Amelie, which is next door, and the rooms were very clean and comfortable. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble. The food in the restaurant was very good and breakfast was buffet style with lots to choose from. All-in-all, excellent value for money. Free Wi-Fi is available in the Amelie lounge bar and hotel but I experienced several periods when the signal just dropped out.
The hotel is on the main street of Brides Les Bains and its about a 150 metre uphill walk to the l'Olympe gondola which takes you up to the Chaudanne area of Meribel in 25 minutes. A short walk to behind the ice rink and you can ski down to the lifts at Chaudanne. However, we found out that the snow around the Chaudanne area was mostly very soft and slushy so a fair bit of langlaufing is required to get to the lifts.
A small Spar shop next to the hotel stocks a good range of sandwiches and drinks, which can save you some money, as the cost for something to eat in Meribel is ridiculously expensive. e.g. 25 euros for croque monsieur and a small glass of coke.
The Skiset hire shop is almost across from the hotel and I highly recommend this shop. The young man there was really helpful and considerate when I went to hire skis because mine had been taken of the BA aircraft at Edinburgh, along with 6 other pairs, as there wasn't enough hold space.
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- Also Known As:
- La Vanoise Hotel Brides-Les-Bains
- La Vanoise Brides Les Bains