We stayed here in February this year and were not disappointed. It felt like we got two holidays for the price of one - a great skiing trip as well as a really relaxing getaway. Chalet Alpage is a cosy Alpine lodge, with every possible convenience, but is completely unpretentious and relaxed at the same time. Our room was small but really cosy and tastefully decorated. The rustic atmosphere wasn't tainted by incongruous modern conveniences and yet every modern convenience was on offer, but in a nice subtle way. For example the bedrooms - new shower room and toilet, wash-hand basin perched on a stand, modern shower, flat screen tv (which I could have done without) hung unobtrusively on a wall, bathrobes, excellently glazed double doors onto a balcony without a hint of a draft and modern recessed lighting that had a variety of settings. We started out on a room only basis but changed to half-board after discovering a) the cost of a taxi from the village is Eur18 b) the food in the restaurant is great. The breakfast each morning is generous, healthy and filling. The evening meal is usually five courses and tastes like home cooking, again it's unfussy and unpretentious in keeping with the general ambience in the hotel. I thoroughly enjoyed the meals each evening, really nutritious, not high cuisine, but nice and local - as if you have a local Savoyarde food enthusiast friend cooking for you. We preceded each meal with an aperitif at the small bar.
Location-wise this hotel is a bit out of town which didn't bother us, you could ski straight from the hotel and if not you need to either drive or catch one of the infrequent and meandering buses into La Clusaz.
The hot tub and sauna were great for weary bodies after a day of skiing! There's also a pool which we didn't try out.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, my only problem is that I know that no matter where I go on a ski holiday after this, I would have to be very lucky to find somewhere that ticks all the boxes as well as Chalet Alpage/La Clusaz does - food, accommodation, ambience, ski ...
My only criticism would be that the beds are slightly dated, but they are by no means uncomfortable, and are happily a world away from previous French accommodation experiences. Party animals might find it a bit quiet though. Like the rest of La Clusaz, Alpage is frequented mainly by French people which added to the authenticity. If your French is limited to "ou est le Centre de George Pompidou?" don't worry, the convivial owner willingly speaks good English (and when necessary corrects your French grammar). All in all a really perfect retreat, go for it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect haven for enjoying the outdoors! Winter or summer, this home from home boutique-style 3 star hotel offers a perfect haven for all outdoor mountain activities. A traditional yet modern décor combined with fantastic food, friendly service and a touch of luxury will make your stay here unforgettable.The chalet, a modernised Savoyard farmhouse, is ideally situated so that you can take advantage of the magnificent Alpine views over the surrounding Aravis mountains, as well as immediate access to the pistes and trails. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Alpage Hotel