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Hotel Le Sherpa - Val Thorens
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

The Sherpa is a very nice hotel in Val Thorens. The rooms are on the small side, the beds are a bit hard, the breakfasts are ok but not very exciting.

But: the atmosphere is very homey, the staff is very nice and helpful, you really feel at home the lounge and bar, you can ski all the way back to the hotel and on the way out you have to walk some 50-100 meters to get to the slopes leading to the lifts.

We chose the Sherpa because we had heard from friends about the fantastic dinners included in the half-board option. A five-couse dinner every night of very high quality including a very good cheese board and a dessert table alone worth the trip. The staff can get a bit busy during rush hour resulting in long waiting times between courses but they were still very nice and attentive.

This is one of the best places we have stayed at during our ski trips the last 20 years. Recommended!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank SwedenSkibum
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

I booked this hotel based on the excellent reviews here on Tripadvisor and was delighted with our experience. This is a long review, so I’ve split it into sections for readability…

Hotel location and facilities:

Le Sherpa is situated at the high end of Val Thorens – quite a schlep from the bus station, but close to shops and a good supermarket, and far enough away from any noisy nightlife scene to give it an air of seclusion and tranquility. The atmosphere of the hotel is intimate and cosy – the restaurant, bar and lounge areas are nicely decorated and comfortable, and even when the place is full it doesn’t feel crowded. The sauna / jacuzzi area is fine – the sauna is small but efficient, but the jacuzzi isn’t great; only lukewarm and not full enough to allow for a restorative soak. The skiroom is perfectly adequate, contrary to previous reviews that it’s small and cramped (it isn’t). Access to the slopes is really easy – just a 20m walk to the ridge just behind the property and bam – you’re on snow. At the end of the day you can ski straight down the same slope into the back door.

Rooms:

Based on suggestions here we booked a superior room, and found it to be excellent. It’s true that the rooms aren’t huge, but there are big enough and plenty functional with enough storage and wardrobes. Our bathroom was a good size with a big bath and great shower, and the small balcony was good for chilling beer and having the occasional look outside – but it isn’t built for sitting out on. Our room was also exceptionally clean and nicely appointed, and the daily housekeeping is really thorough.

Food and beverage:

Breakfasts are fairly basic but do have all the necessary items for sustenance, including decent brewed coffee, cold cuts, eggs, bacon, cheese and of course excellent bread!

However it’s the evening meals that are the real highlight – and the highlight of the highlight is the extraordinary dessert table (see photos). This would rival a dessert buffet at the Grand Hyatt for variety and quality; everything we tried was perfectly created and delicious. The cheese trolley was also unexpectedly awesome – a wide variety of classic and local cheeses which are fabulous. Cheese is available every night, but the dessert extravaganza is only on offer on alternate nights when the ala carte 5 course dinners are on. On other nights we had a Raclette theme (excellent if you love oozing cheese and lots of meat), and a ‘Chinese Fondue’ which was much less exciting; this involved boiling your own slices of meat and fish in a watery broth of noodles, which – novelty value aside – was the lowlight of the dinner experiences.

A good selection of wines at different price points are available, and you can drink well for a reasonable (relatively speaking) price. And the bar prices are O.K too – slightly lower than those on the mountain and on par with local bars. Having said that I found the price of booze to be generally high across the resort – and with all the popular French champagnes available in the supermarket for around 30 Euro, and beer for 1 Euro a bottle we did much more room drinking than restaurant drinking.

Service:

The general level of service in the hotel is high. We experienced a particularly excellent episode when, on the evening of the day we arrived, my friend (staying in another hotel much lower down the resort) asked the front desk to book him a cab to take all his bags down there. Of course there were no cabs available, but the manageress offered to drive him down there herself, and then steadfastly refused any money when he tried to give her 20 Euro for her trouble. This was just brilliant.

Throughout the hotel the staff is lovely, and always say hello and good morning. The restaurant staff are great too – it’s true that when the restaurant is full they struggle to cope and often forget things, but this is a minor niggle. We wanted our friends to join us for the final night’s dinner and were graciously allowed to invite them for a small surcharge - which we really appreciated.

The other excellent thing is that, having arrived early morning on the Eurostar we were at the hotel around 7am – way too early for check in. However they have a great system where you can leave your bags in the large side lounge off the bar, get changed into your ski gear and then return at the end of the day to check in. Same thing happens in reverse when you leave on the Saturday night – check out, leave stuff, return, change, chill and leave when you’re ready.

I’m planning a return visit to VT next March (the skiing is properly awesome) and am definitely staying here. It really is magnificent.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Best ski hotel we've stayed in. Rooms ok, bar area lovely, food excellent, location great. Tiny complaint is that it was so hot in the hotel. But really fab and staff all lovely and dessert buffet just awesome.

Room Tip: We were in 311 with great view of mountains
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank barneypalf
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We have been back again and again to this charming and cozy ski-in, ski-out hotel with a helpful and friendly staff. The food (deemed a 5 star hotel) is excellent, with very generous helpings. The hotel is well located with a great view. When the weather permits, a nice lunch, or drinks on the deck is a must.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the slopes or rooms on the 4th floor.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank LEE-DAUVOIS
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

I travel a lot and let me tell you that this hotel is THE PLACE TO BE!!!

The rooms are clean, the food is outstanding and the atmosphere is relaxed and very charming. The lounge and bar area with its central fire place provides a cozy relaxed area to unwind after a day skiing. The view over the station and valley is breathless.

The staff is extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble was for them. They are always willing to assist us.

We also spent New Year’s Eve there and the atmosphere was just crazy, the staff even did a choreography for us. I lost my mobile phone and everybody (not only the staff but also the other customers) helped me to find it. I could not believe it!

I can only recommend you this hotel. It really felt like home and we will definitively come back!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Elodie L
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