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“Overpriced for what it offered” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel le Petit Dru

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Hotel le Petit Dru
Ranked #7 of 50 Hotels in Morzine
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield, England
Level Contributor
35 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Overpriced for what it offered”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2011

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!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2011

Just returned from a few days at the Petit Dru. Have been going to Morzine for many years and this is a nice hotel. As with everything in this town it is expensive for drinks and tea and coffee etc. Food was nice. Staff friendly. Room comfy with big balcony and LCD tv. Facilities good. Location fine. Would not recommend going out into town as the place seems to be full of some very rude arrogant bar staff serving very expensive booze. Stay in the hotel and save your cash!

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pistehor
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2011

Like most ski resort hotels this one has good clean rooms pity no tea making in rooms or robes shower was great very over priced Hotel
the restaurant staff were fairly professional.there ENGLISH was not good and they didnt try Other than that our stay was disappointing, compared with many other ski-ing holidays. Ambiance in the bar and "lounge" area was limited . The food was ok but all tasted the same - It always took ages to get a drink in the bar and staff spent a lot of time chatting to other (French) guests. This probably saved us some money. swiming pool was not warm sauca was not working Basically, if you are interested in reasonable - or even basic - good food we wouldn't recommend Le Petit dur and we believe there are better hotels for customer service, too. Points others have made about the church bells and location are also true bells ring all day and during the night on the hour and half hour
also back steps to village was covered in ice at parts and no rail down steps not safe

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 186338Kitty
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Harrogate, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2011

Like most ski resort hotels this one has good clean rooms and the restaurant staff were helpful and fairly professional. Other than that our stay was disappointing, compared with many other ski-ing holidays. Ambiance in the bar and "lounge" area was limited due to harsh lighting. The food was generally poor - overcooked fish, weird treatment of vegetables (carrot purée that seemed to have flour in it, for example) -and under-flavoured. It always took ages to get a drink in the bar and staff spent a lot of time chatting to other (French) guests. This probably saved us some money. When the pool ran out of towels, reception told us they couldn't do anything and "the washing machine is full". Basically, if you are interested in reasonable - or even basic - good food we wouldn't recommend Le Petit
Dru and we believe there are better hotels for customer service, too. Points others have made about the church bells and location are also true.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FamilyMcBrennan
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London, UK
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

Have just returned from a fantastic 4 Ski-ing Break in Morzine staying at the Petit Dru, for which I have nothing but praise. The hotel, although large has an intimate feel to it,due to the amazingly helpful and friendly staff that run the place. I can honestly say this is the nicest French Hotel we have stayed in.

Rooms were spacious, extrememly clean and have showers with the most amazing power and hot water Ive ever experienced on a French ski holiday!!

Initially I was concerned at the distance from the ski lift. However, the free bus service stops right outside the hotel (Bus Route A) and either takes you up to Avoiriaz in 8 mins or down to Morzine (Pleny) in 3 mins (you would be crazy to walk it in your ski boots). The buses are very regular and we never had any trouble getting on the first one that came along.

We hired our skis from the onsite Ski hire service and were pleased with price and quality of them.

Breakfast was the usual french spread of hams/cheese/bread/cereals and egg station and plenty to keep you going for the day.

Evening meal was a 5 course experience and extremely tasty, with a choice of 2 main courses each night. They also provide a free caraffe of Red wine for you to enjoy with your meal. You have a table allocated to you for your stay and due to a great mix of groups/couples/families there is a very pleasant atmosphere in the restaurant and in the bar.

For venturing into town in the evening, you take the steps from the back of the hotel and are into the hub of things within a 5 minute walk.

We will definately be returning to stay at the Petit Dru on our next trip to Morzine, as far as Ski Hotels go, this is a gem.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MillingRoundtheWorld
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essex
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2010

Chose this hotel for a long weekend skiing break and must say the hotel was in a perfect location. It was nice where it was situated just away from the main town but still only a pleasant 10 minute walk to the bars/shops/restaurants and only a 15 minute walk to the slopes.
The staff were very welcoming at the hotel and made you feel at home. The only downfall i would say is that the hotel rooms were quite small.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EssexRadders
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Scotland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2010

Just returned from a great few days in Morzine, the hotel was Ok nothing special, food was good and rooms were very clean and just great for our needs. The worst thing was the church bells that are directly opposite the hotel, they ring every half hour and on the hour throughout the night, thus keeping me awake all night! I would advise you to book a room on the other side of the hotel. Also it is further away from the centre of the village and Pleny lift than we thought.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ScotlandJD_scotland
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Property: Hotel le Petit Dru
Address: 289 route des Putheys, 74110, Morzine, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Morzine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 50 Hotels in Morzine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel le Petit Dru 4*
Number of rooms: 71
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