I had a great stay at Inferno and I’d definitely recommend it.
The rooms were clean, tidy, warm and spacious. No complaints. Bathroom had good shower and sink. Communal toilets located on each floor were clean and well kept.
I was extremely impressed with the food, there was plenty to go around and I never left the table hungry! It was varied and well prepared. I visited on a relatively quiet week so the staff and the guests ate together which was great. It also meant you got to know the other guests well.
The manager, Sophie, made me feel extremely welcome in what at times did feel like a quite a tense hostel! I felt like I was walking on egg shells around some of the staff, particularly the owner, it was certainly clear that not everyone saw eye to eye. Often, I would be party to a staff dispute or the discussion of another staff member behind his or her back. Sometimes I felt awkward asking for stuff or even just being there! I guess I felt like things were done, but done begrudgingly. I visited towards the end of March when there was definitely an end of season feeling going on amongst the staff!
It was really useful to have ski hire directly from the hostel and to have my lift pass sorted for me. This meant by 9.30 on the first morning I was out on the slopes and meant I didn’t have to traipse around Morzine on the last day with my skis.
The location has it’s pros and cons. Based on Point de Nyon, it's ideal for skiing in and out of the hostel. It was great to beat the queues every morning down in Morzine and know that in theory you had an extra hour or so a day of skiing. But if you do happen to miss the last lifts you're stuck and either have to walk or call for a skidoo. This also limits what you can do with your evening. The hostel did make their location clear prior to booking but I’d forgotten what a great place Morzine is to enjoy apres-ski/look around and found myself some nights wishing I’d stayed in Morzine. I imagine Infernos is fantastic when it’s busy but if you’re thin on the ground for guests like it was when I was there, you’re a bit stuck! That said, some of the staff did acknowledge this and did really make an effort to hang around the communal areas and socialise.
The hostel does offers skidoo taxi rides from Morzine, effectively allowing you to get the last lift down, explore Morzine and have a meal before organising a pick up to take you back to Infernos. These were available at a cost of 10 euros each way and are weather dependant (can’t operate in slush) so probably not ideal to count on these if you’re going at the end of the season.
I would also say that on all the occasions I’ve skied in Portes du Soleil, that the pistes tend to be better in the direction of Avoriaz, Infernos is located on the Les Gets side which meant I always had to allow plenty of time to get back across town. Not really a problem if you’re not familiar with the resort as Les Gets & Morzine is sufficient.
Overall I’d definitely recommend this hostel; good food and excellent value for money made for an enjoyable stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- True doorstep skiing in Morzine Inferno offers a relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking alpine views at our mountain top chalet above Morzine (Portes Du Soleil). Come and experience the ease of GENUINE DOORSTEP SKIING!!After breakfast you can head out to the end of our terrace, click on your ski’s and have access to one of the largest inter-linked ski resorts in the world! At the end of the day ski straight back into our great priced bar, enjoy some apres ski or relax over some afternoon tea by our welcoming open log fire. During the day we run a popular terrace BBQ Grill & Pizza restaurant serving tasty food with a great atmosphere and value that will bring you back day after day ... more less
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