Four of us stayed with Crystal over the Christmas break. The hotel is run by Skibound and the English staff were all very helpful and attentive.
The hotel is geared to accommodate school parties and this is reflected in the somewhat tired appearance. We had a quick look at an exhibition at the sports centre and if the photos of Alpe d'Huez are to be believed the Belle Aurore was built before 1950!
If you get the chance specify a room at the front with spectacular mountain views. Rooms are basic, but it was very nice to have a bath on a skiing trip.
The heating was not great with lukewarm radiators throughout. This resulted in damp clothing being dried on public area radiators as the bedroom ones were on there own insufficient. I got a second duvet without problem from reception.
The food was good overall except for one meal of Lasagne and chips. Very school dinners! There is a set menu which bizarrely the waiting staff ask you if this is OK! We were 'menu'ed' all nights and our orders written down. I enquired what was being written as there was no choice, to my amusement the answer was 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 puds! Overall though very good with an excellent Christmas night meal with all the trimmings and a seasonal quiz afterwards.
Breakfast was a plentiful continental with cost option bacon/egg/sausage rolls.
The hotel is a two minute downhill walk to the slow bucket lift which takes you to the main DMC cable car. At busy times expect to queue.
There is a friendly bar which charges the normal astronomic alpine prices.
The lounge was equipped with a pool table, bar football and a couple of video games. There is a big TV and some sofas and beanbags.
Overall I would recommend and would return if the price was OK.
- Also Known As:
- ClubHotel Belle Aurore France/Rhone-Alpes