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“Great location but smelly!”
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Hotel Le Cristol
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Briancon
Reviewed 11 September 2013

My wife & I stayed here on a motorcycling tour of the alps, Germany & Belgium. On such a trip the hotel is very easy to find & situated in a perfect location, on the road out towards Montgenevre & Italy & just outside the city walls of the old town. We received a very warm welcome on arrival & were shown to our double room on floor 2. The room was fine, with a great view & old fashioned French shutters on the outside of the windows. (Invaluable on a hot day with no air con) BUT the room, & in fact the whole upper corridors, smelled of sewers, to put it politely! The breakfast was fine. So, would I stay here again? Yes, for the location - not the acomodation.

Room Tip: A room at the back of the hotel, for better views.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Let's put it this way... We slept in our clothes.

The location was good. You can walk to the walled in village. The front desk manager was nice and friendly, but the place itself was nasty right down to the carpeting on the door and the smell of septic in the bathroom.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

OK, so maybe a 2-star hotel like Le Cristol doesn't merit an excellent rating on Trip Advisor by definition, but I give it a five for different reasons than most. We had a long drive from Rome and arrived a bit before their 10pm deadline. The room we were given was a bit remote because we had our (well-behaved) Labrador dog with us, but the room (and two subsequent rooms) were quite nice. We extended our stay by one night, no problem. Our host was the star attraction; he was always in good humor, friendly and joking, even when we surprised him with a second booking for an additional two days when we moved to the second room. We extended our stay from 1 to 4 nights to avoid the heat in the lower elevations of Provence in August.
The breakfasts were good at Eur8 per person and the parking was convenient across the street. We can see that this would be ideal for a skiing vacation in winter, and it is within short walking distance of the historic fortified Vauban city (no hills to climb, as with all other accommodations in Briançon!).
We eventually left to visit Avignon and Arles, but returned for one night in a third room before our return to Rome.
The hotel was simply decorated, but everything works (including the free WiFi) and it was spotlessly clean. At the price, Le Cristol is an excellent value.

Room Tip: We were in three rooms at different times and they were all good, even on the street side, the rooms...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank vvRoma
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

Stayed one night as part of a touring holiday with a group of friends.
Nice clean hotel.
Nothing special but reliably good (we had stayed before) and the food is very good.
The location is excellent for a walk into the fortified city

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank oldcarman
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

Stayed at the Hotel Cristol for short ski break with Friends.
Hotel is situated on the main road out of Briancon towards the ski resort of Montgenevre which is only 15 mins drive, even though this is the main road out of town it never gets busy/noisey.
The hotel is basic but very clean, parts are slightly dated and the rooms are a bit of a gamble on the decor and size, but nothing to worry about and they all have a very new flat screen TV with CNN.
Sheets changed everyday and bathroom cleaned.
Restaurant food excellent and incredibley reasonably priced for the area, the hotel is family run and the staff are all very friendly and helpful, but if you do not speak french you may need your phrasebook!
Only downside to the hotel is that the 'bar' is really more of a counter where they lay out the breakfast things, and in the evening (especially it seems when they are very quiet we were the only guests staying there by the final night) they shut the bar at 10pm and the lights in reception/seated lounge area go off at 11pm, and there is little point in trying to bargain a drink!, although they do not mind if you drink your own whilst sitting in the lounge, whilst playing cards.... unusual for a hotel but true!
The hotel is a fair walk to the main town of Briancon down and very long steep hill, although there is not much there anyway! but it is situated right next to the old town which is a world unesco heritage site and is worth a walk round on evening.

Overall this is a good hotel to stay in for a ski break/holiday.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank dgas30
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Reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 week ago
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Room Tip: demander une chambre sur les forts
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 6 Route d Italie, 05100 Briancon, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Hautes-Alpes > Briancon
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Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Briancon
Price Range: £59 - £61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Le Cristol 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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