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“Great location but serious drawbacks”
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Hotel Le Lavachey
Ranked #24 of 37 Hotels in Tignes
Giffnock, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great location but serious drawbacks”
Reviewed 11 February 2011

Alpine Elements runs this chalet as a catered Chalet. Accommodation is on three levels.
This Chalet is located in a good position very close to the lifts. The chalet, although having had a bit of an upgrade (the bathroom tiles looked quite new), suffers from some serious problems.
The chalet is very noisy, for a number of reasons, firstly the doors to the rooms are very thin and also have a strong spring giving them a tendency to slam shut.. Secondly the dining and sitting rooms have no doors and as such, the noise made by anyone in these rooms travels up the open stairwell through the building. The central location of the Chalet also means there is some traffic noise and noise from people leaving the nearby pubs in the early hours of the morning.
The Chalet dining room consists of three long tables and is horribly cramped when full as it was during our stay. The sitting room is also inadequate for the number of people the Chalet holds and would benefit from the addition of a TV.
Bedrooms conform to the usual French standard of being on the small side. Our en-suite bathroom was clean and functional although the sink was blocked on our arrival (one of our group being a plumber soon had it fixed). Strangely no soap was supplied in the bathrooms. One towel per person was supplied which was changed midway through the week..
Breakfast we found to be poor, three choices of flakes, a basket of bread and assorted jams supplemented by a different hot option per day, for example: beans on toast, one slice of bacon and French toast or a single pancake. Orange juice on the table, you have to make your own tea/coffee from the station in the sitting room.
Cake is supplied during the afternoon with main three course meals served in the evening. Generally the evening meals were OK, with a variety of foods served throughout the week.
The staff running the Chalet (who also lived in) were very attentive and friendly and gave no cause for complaint.
If you book this Chalet at full price you might feel a bit aggrieved as location alone does not justify the price of this Chalet.. You may be better off staying at the Mark Warner Hotel across the road which is being refurbished for next season.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

We had a great stay at the Lavachey. We were a mixed group of three families of four with children ranging from 18-9. It was the first time we had stayed at a chalet we hadn't rented as part of a bespoke holiday and were wary of what it might be like but the rooms were great, the food was good and plentiful and the staff were friendly and helpful.It's not luxury but we didn't pay for luxury and the proximity to all the other attractions in the village centre proved a great bonus apres ski for all ages. The coffee/tea area could have been cleaner and better managed andthe worst thing was the icy steps down from the front door - lethal in skiboots - but the chalet was great for our purpose, which was having a good holiday, and we would definately all go back again.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2011

We went with a group of 12, Had a great time. Cooking and cakes were superb,fab location, clean, very comfortable ,friendly staff, great location for the teens, with bar crawls and clubs, la folie douche was their favourite! and their there was free swimming and scating with the lift passes so it was suitable for all ages. Skiing great 2 mins walk from the bubble and not far from the train to take you to the top of the glacier.
Would recommend this to everyone,cant wait until next year!

Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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bristol
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 February 2011

I had read some reviews before going to the Lavachey, and I must admit I was a little concerned.
After just one night my concerns disappeared.

The staff were the most helpful we have ever had, nothing was too much trouble.
The chef Adam was excellent in all that he prepared during our stay, even catering for some of our odd dietery requirements.
The room we had was well laid out, had excellent views and plenty of storage.
I would certainly go back, if possible this season.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 January 2011

Staff very helpful and the chef did a great job. Great location for the main Tignes ski lifts

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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shepton mallet
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 6 January 2011

Alphine Elements appeared somewhat disorganised in their london office, so it was with some trepidation that we arrived in Tignes. However, it was with relief that we met our happy, smiling chalet staff. The rooms were very basic, but it was a cheap holiday....the food was good, with a very willing, nice young chef. Tea and coffee was always available, and he was especially good with his teatime cakes. The walls were paper thin, but fortunately the week we were there, there were no hooligans, and everyone was careful to be quiet. My main criticism would be the use of one enormous coach to get everyone back to Geneva. This meant the people on flights four hours later than others were forced out at 6am even when their flights did not leave until 2pm! They also did a maddening change around in Bourg St Maurice with guests staying in other resorts, again to save coaches. It would have been so much nicer to have smaller coaches and more specifically timed ones.
Tignes is a great place to stay, and I would thoroughly recommend it as a ski resort.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 15 April 2010

Stayed from April 4th 2010 for weeks ski ing with 19 in our party. Ages ranged from 13yrs to 54 yrs. Position of chalet excellent. Cleanliness ok, no clean towels or linen change. Food not very good at all, due to ages of staff I think!! It doesn't bode well when guests are up before staff have breakfast out, and only 1 kettle- which took 15mins to boil - for 32 guests. The staff were very nice but cooking needs to be sorted out, whoever sorted the menus out need to be addressed, why try to be so adventurous with the cooking and not do it well, just stick to simple food cooked well, it's not so difficult. Went with Alpine Elements and wouldn't recommend to anyone else.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Property: Hotel Le Lavachey
Address: rue du Rosset, 73320 Tignes, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Tignes
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
#8 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Tignes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Le Lavachey 1*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the town center of the resort.ski in / ski out.Situated at the heart of the activities summer of Tignes.Hotel bed and breakfast.good value, low rates.In winter: only 2 nights minimum asked. (Except Xmass and NY weeks) check in / check out every day.In summer: no specific condition about the longer of your stay. ... more   less 
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