Le Petit Dru was my base for a 5 night ski break in March 2011. I want to be as kind as possible about this hotel, as the staff ( especially the head waiter) were excellent, welcoming and obliging---which has not always been my experience when visiting France. I booked direct with the hotel and was pleased to find that my request for a room as far away as possible from the nearby church clock had been granted. Judging by the large bed, I suspect it was a double room for sole use: if so, it would have been rather cramped for two people. Little attempt had been made to make it look attractive, the bare whitewashed walls being particularly austere. However, the tiny bathroom/WC had a half-bath as well as a powerful shower, and there was plenty of storage space for one person.
Leisure facilities were limited (to be fair, this is only a 3-star hotel): there was an indoor/outdoor pool, but both sections of this were pretty small and too shallow to swim in at one end. Adjacent to the pool were a good whirlpool and a small sauna but, bizarrely, nowhere to change or leave clothes except for a small bench beside the pool. I resorted to changing out of my wet swimming gear in the one and only shower.
The hotel bar/lounge was adequate but hardly attractive, and the advertised open fire---which would have cheered the place up no end--- was never lit throughout my stay. There was also a pool table (overpriced in my view at 2 euros a game) and a table tennis table situated, again bizarrely, in the middle of the ski storage room which was just about adequately lit for ski and boot storage but certainly not for table tennis.
As for the food, I can imagine that people with fairly adventurous tastes would have liked it very much. I haven't, and I didn't. The breakfast buffet was fine, especially with that delicious French bread. Dinners, which did not start until 7.30pm, featured a generously-proportioned starter which many would have loved but, being invariably salad-based, was no use to me. As for the soups, it would be difficult to say anything in their favour---a dreadful tasteless mush done in a blender, with only a different colour from one day to another to suggest that it might be a different soup.
Main courses were beautifully cooked and showed a real desire to offer good quality produce. My only problem with them was the sometimes strange choice of vegetables that accompanied whichever of the 2 choices you went for. On one memorable occasion, a lovely beef steak was accompanied simply by courgette and artichoke. Er.........? I finished up filling up on dry bread!
There was a dessert buffet every night, but this did not amount to a great deal except for the vast selection of ice creams ( I counted 13 different flavours one night. Strangely, vanilla was never one of them.) A good cheeseboard was on offer to finish.
One glance at the prices on the wine list was enough to convince me that a small beer would be a better option. Even that was hardly cheap at 3 euros for a 25cl glass, which works out at approximately £6 a pint.
Location: at first glance, the hotel seems to be rather out on a limb at one end of Morzine, but an ingenious short cut from the back of the hotel reduces the distance to the church square to a short stroll. It's too far to walk to the ski lifts with your ski gear, but the ski buses for both the Pleney gondola (for the local slopes) and the Prodains cable car (for Avoriaz) both stop outside the hotel and provide an excellent, regular service ( every 10 minutes).
While I would not be in a hurry to go back to this hotel, I would readily concede that other people might find more plus points than I did. However, I do not think that the 650 euros I was charged for 5 nights half-board represented value for money. Back to Austria or Italy for me next time!
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