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“Fantastic location, friendly, peaceful hotel”
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Hotel Les Lans
Ranked #10 of 50 Hotels in Morzine
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2010

Hotel Les Lans is a small, friendly, family run hotel in Les Prodains which is situated between Avoriaz and Morzine. The ski bus stops directly outside the hotel which means Morzine is less than 10 mins away and the main gondola to Avoriaz is either a 1 minute ride on the ski bus or a 5 minute walk in ski boots.

If you are looking for lively après ski and a good nightlife, Les Lans is not the place for you – you would be better staying in Avoriaz or Morzine. Les Lans offered clean comfortable accommodation with good, wholesome food and the opportunity to have a drink in their cosy bar before retiring ready to hit the slopes early the next day – in our opinion it was almost perfect!

When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by Aube, the hotel manager and daughter of the owner. Aube speaks excellent English and our welcome to the hotel was very warm and informative. The transfer from Geneva to Les Lans with Crystal Ski was very efficient which meant we were on the slopes just after lunch on Saturday – you can buy a half-day pass from the ticket office in Les Prodains.

The rooms are a reasonable size and although basically furnished, were very clean and comfortable. We also had a private balcony. The bathroom and toilet were separate and very small but perfectly adequate. Some of the reviewers have complained the shower was too low but this is a minor inconvenience - the bathroom was clean, fresh towels were provided every day and there was stacks of hot water if you wanted a bath – so really there was nothing to complain about!

Breakfast was self service continental with plenty of cereals, bread, cheese and meat. Orange juice, water, milk and hot drinks were provided. The evening meal consisted of a 4 course, fixed menu (tell Aube in the morning if you do not like what is on offer) There was a cheese fondue one evening and a meat ‘grill’ on another evening. The only criticism was on the day we left we were too early for breakfast. Aube provided us with a piece of fruit, a small sponge cake and a drink which would have been fine as we planned to get breakfast at the airport. Unfortunately for us, Crystal Ski made such a mess of the transfers and after 4 hours on the coach, we arrived at the airport less than 40 mins before our flight so had no time to get anything to eat.


The only (very minor) criticism we had of the hotel was that the only mirror was in the bathroom with no nearby socket.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

A very clean family owned hotel situated approximately 400yds walk from the ski lifts in Les Prodains which lies at top end of a valley >500ft below the Avoriaz plateau.
We arrived mid afternoon (after the usual Crystal transfer delays) and found a notice on the reception desk “back at 4pm”. I had to wander and eventually found a hotel cleaner. A bell on the desk would have been useful to summon attention.
Madame Aube came having been shouted by the cleaner and we received a pleasant and warm welcome. A lift took us to the first floor corridor where we noted clean, relatively new carpets, surprisingly accompanied by a musty smell. The pine clad rooms by contrast were very fresh, comfortable and clean. The corners were dust free and spotless, unlike many of the Crystal hotels we have stayed in wiped by their teenage staff! I was impressed with the attention to detail and also the generally very clean, unmarked walls despite this being nearly the end of the skiing season. The usual two single beds in a “double” room were comfortable and were sensibly insulated from corridor noise by a sliding door which led into a good sized space where a reasonably sized open shelf cabinet was available for storing ski gear. Off this space was a separate toilet and small but adequate bath/shower room heated by a very effective radiator keeping this whole space extremely warm and perfect for drying wet ski gear.
Once again, these spaces were spotlessly clean.
The shower head can be hand held, but is also wall attached at waist level. It’s lovely to soak in a very warm bath and bathroom for a change after a full days skiing! Complimentary soap was provided and bath/shower gel replenished along with towels (2 large/2 small) on a daily basis. A wall mounted TV had a selection of European channels, including CNN news if you really have to get back to reality.
I was concerned about the noise from barking dogs disturbing our sleep being housed only 25yds away from the balcony window, but we both slept well using Quies wax ear plugs!
We stayed in room 13 at the end of the corridor on the first floor. This room is east facing with very attractive views up to the Avoriaz plateau. Looking around the side of the hotel to the west from the shared balcony, views of Le Pleney, Morzine and “Le Viking Hotel” perched on top of the Pleney. (See photos)
The dining room is on a level between the entrance ground level and the first floor, accessed by both the lift and main staircase. Breakfast is available here at 8am and dinner is served at 7:30pm. The pine clad walls, pine furniture and east facing views through large patio windows make the dining room attractive and comfortable, although the solid pine chairs would benefit from cushions to prevent bilateral ischial tuberosity discomfort!
Firstly the evening dinner;
An enjoyable experience with very well presented, tasty 4 course menus (see below), and on two evenings a 2 course menu, a cheese fondue, another evening beef cooked at the table yourself on a grill accompanied by potatoes.
Le Menu

This evening… Nems d’endive et de chou croquant
Paleron de six heures en Chautagne
Abondance (local cheese)
Poire Belle Hélène

Another evening..
Taille de legumes d’hiver, cuite au bouillon de volailles
Epaulede Porc doucement cuite aux échalotes
Pommes de terre en robe des champs
Comté du Jura (cheese)
Pomme rôtie au miel mille fleurs

Another evening…
Feuilleté pur beurre au fromage coolant
Agneau rôti sauce Curry
Boulgour séché
Compté du Jura
Crumble framboise

So after a wonderful evening meal on our first day Saturday, by contrast we were disappointed with breakfast. Minimal effort by any person to lay out a rather boring breakfast. The cereals would have benefited from (sugar free!) muesli as cornflakes, generic sugar puffs and a chocolate cereal were provided in Tupperware- like containers. Fresh fruit other than apples and oranges would have been nice. Cold boiled eggs not too exciting either! Fresh orange was available and the coffee was quite good from the machine. (see photos). Hopefully Madame Aube will improve this substantially if enough guests are unhappy!

Free Wi-Fi is available with a code from reception but the zone limited to the bar area. I would have liked to access the Wi-Fi from the bedroom. A varied selection of bottled beers are availablefrom the bar (€3) and the usual spirits and liqueurs. I rather enjoyed the German Erdinger beer served in the traditional tall glasses (500ml- €6)

We hired skis from Ski Alp, Place du Télepherique, Les Prodains, having booked them on the Internet six weeks prior to departure, saving at least €40 in doing so. The skis were excellent and service very good. The big advantage was we could leave the skis here overnight saving energy at the end of a long day skiing! Returning to the hotel is either on foot or by hopping onto the Morzine-Avoriaz free bus which parks and waits next to the Télepherique. The bus stop is exactly at the end of the Hotel Les Lans short drive.
Yes, there is at least 4-5mins walking from the hotel up the road to the lifts, one a large Télepherique which ascends to the Avoriaz plateau and returns you this way if you wish. Alernatively, after a warm up walk to Ski Alp at 9:00am, we caught the TS Verare each day, then the red piste (Gouilles Rouges) to the Grandes Combes lift, making it easier to ski down to Avoriaz or via the blue piste Bleue du Lac , through the tunnel to the Chavanette, Choucas and Fornet lifts.
You can ski down to Les Prodains via the blue piste Crôt. The last few hundred yards of this piste are more challenging and resemble a red especially if moguls are formed by late afternoon.

We enjoyed our stay at Les Lans will probably return to this hotel in the future and look forward to an improved breakfast!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank StephenManchester_UK
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Reviewed 19 March 2010

This is the third time we have stayed at the Hotel Les Lans and each time it has lived up to our expectations and more. This is due to the excellent skiing available on the Portes du Soleil and the warm and friendly service we have received from Madame Aube who runs this family owned Hotel and her staff. Aube speaks very good English and has always been extremely polite and helpful. For the past couple of years we have arranged our own flights and Aube has on our behalf arranged for the accommodation and Taxi transfers to and from the Airport. (please note that at weekends the minibuses are not allowed to pick up at the taxi rank but have to park at the far end of the Airport which is quite a walk with suitcases and Skis, a tip is to take a 2 Euro coin with you so you can use a trolley, we found this out the hard way, the ladies were not impressed!!).
The breakfasts are typical continental style buffets with bread, cakes, cereals, boiled eggs, cold meats, cheese, jam etc. along with tea / coffee and orange juice.
The evening meals are very good, normally 4 courses (1 course being cheese), with the Chef taking great pride in the quality and presentation of the food, the portions are generous and we never left the table feeling hungry. We had a Vegetarian amongst our group and he was catered for by the Chef who produced individual meals for him throughout our stay.
The rooms are a comfortable size, nothing fancy, all with a TV and a seperate toilet and bathroom. The bathroom consisting of a sink and bath, there is a shower attached to the bath taps, but this connects to the wall at a low level so you would need to sit in the bath to use this hands-free. We always had a bath in order to soak the aching muscles and there was always plenty of hot water available.
Noise does travel through the hotel, but we have not found this to be a problem and is no worse than any of the other hotels we have stayed at. Inconsiderate guests will be a problem no matter how well insulated the rooms are.
Evenings at the Hotel are very quiet, normally consisting of a few drinks in the bar area along with various board games or cards being played or general chit chat. There is not much in the way of night life in Les Prodains, so if this is high on your wish list then it would be best to consider Avoriaz, Morzine or Les Gets.
As others have mentioned, there is a short walk up to the cable car or chair lift which does take approx 5 / 10 mins but we found this ideal for warming up the muscles prior to starting the days skiing and then winding down at the end. There is a Ski Hire shop opposite the Gondola Station, whose staff we have always found to be helpful and are happy for you to leave your skis and boots in their cellar which is ideal as the blue run back down to Les Prodains comes out right next to the shop. This means you are able to walk to and from the shop in normal shoes and saves having to walk up and down the road either wearing or carrying your ski boots.
In summary I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a warm (sometimes too warm!), friendly, quiet hotel with comfortable rooms and good evening meals and are prepared for a short walk (it really is not very far) or catch the free bus which stops outside the hotel (2 mins ride) at the start and end of a great days skiing.
Merci Aube and your staff.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank MadEssexLad
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

This hotel is great! Its in a superb location for access to Avoriaz with only a 6 minute walk to the cable car - definitely good for stretching the legs in the mornings! If you don't like the cable car there is a chair lift on the other side of the road which takes you up to a red run and straight onto the slopes. We left our skis and boots in the ski shop at the bottom of the cable car so we didn't have to walk too far in our ski boots to the cable car or chair lift and we were able to ski back down to the shop on a nice blue run at the end of the day to pick up our shoes. Les Prodains itself is pretty quiet which we liked but if you want nightlife then you are probably best to stay in Morzine (15 mins away) or Avoriaz.

The rooms in the Les Lans were very clean and quite spacious compared to some I have stayed in for ski holidays. The bathroom was modern with a bath and a shower and we found the beds very comfortable. It was always lovely and warm (sometimes too warm!) and we had a balcony and a great view up the valley.

The food in Les Lans is amazing. We had a four course meal most nights; fondue one night and brasserade (cooking meat on a hot plate) another night. I think our two favourite desserts were the creme brulee and the chocolate brownie, both fantastic. We were a bit rushed at breakfast as it didn't open until 8am and we had to leave at 8:15am to get up to Avoriaz for ski school... though on the last day it opened at 7:30am. There was a good supply of cereals, croissants, cheeses, meats and breads to choose from.

The bar is very cosy with a lovely fire and a good supply of games. We were very happy spending our evenings there after dinner.

Our only complaint might be that there is no free tea and coffee (either in the rooms or in the bar) that you get in some hotels. Also the hotel can be a little noisy with doors shutting but it is good that the lift is shut during the night otherwise it might disturb people.

Overall, Aube and her staff made us feel very welcome, we were very well looked after and very impressed with the hotel. We would definitely go back to Les Lans in the future.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank keep_active
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Reviewed 10 February 2010

Hotel Les Lans brings you back to what alpine skiing used to be all about.

Ideally located in the beautifull surroundings, this simple and unspoilt hotel, offers some the best and truly honest service you can find in the alpine world.

Being free from Jacuzzis, after ski events, and other so-called entertainment, you can settle in the small bar or sit a the balcony enjoying the fantastic view over the valley, before going for dinner in the cousy restaurant.

Rooms are relatively small but clean and tidy.

Some would call it a bit primitve - we call it back to basics - and the almost forgotten value of a personally involved staff who actually cares.

Go there - and find out what alpine skiing is about.

Hans Chr (Denmark)

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Thank TheOneDane
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our week staying at Hotel Les Lans. An excellent unpretentious family run hotel. The set menu meals were delicious with fresh, good home cooking . The staff were friendly and helpful and Madame Aube is delightful. The walk to the cable car serves as a good warm up or one can get the bus. We are looking forward to returning to this hidden gem soon.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank whiteandgreen
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Reviewed 11 October 2009

Stayed in March 09. Madame Aube (lady of the house) is very friendly and speaks very good english. Rooms arent the biggest but was clean and tidy with charactor. Food was the highlight, great dishes and they were more than happy to make a non beef alternative for my partner (much apppreciated). The only downside was a lack of fresh coffee but the machine type wasnt bad. We are booking for a revisit in 2010 so really cant give a better reccomendation than that. One last thing, yes the cable car is 300m but c`mon its 300m (5 min walk) and if you want you can get the bus from the hotel (we didnt as the walk loosens the legs). We would like to thank the staff for a great week and look forward to seeing you next year. Ian and Manesha

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank AndrewsPatel
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Address: 2394 route des Ardoisieres | Les Prodains, 74110, Morzine, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Portes du Soleil > Morzine
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Ranked #10 of 50 Hotels in Morzine
Price Range: £207 - £273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Les Lans 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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