We were 'sold' this on the basis of it not being overly French and it being a great deal as it was all inclusive.
Plus points were the standard of accomodation (great choice of food, acceptable rooms and communal areas) and the fact that if you wanted daily ski lessons then it is a good deal as these and the ski passes are included. Also located in a position that gives easy access to all ski areas and easy to get back to with ski in / ski out.
Negatives were the fact that (at least when we were there) it was uber French - probabaly 95% of the guests were French, not many of the staff spoke good English and the information that the staff had as to what was going on seemed to be rather hit and miss. It may have been me (or human nature) but it seemed that I was also last to get served at the bar etc being English. Finding anyone ot talk to in English would have been a challenge had we wanted it. The worst aspect was that the ski lessons are very much 'aged' so if the three of us (my daughter 18, my son 12 and I) had gone into lessons then we would have been split up which we didn't want as we are all a similar standard and this is a family ski holiday where we like ot be together - they wouldn't accept us in one group. We are by no means xenophobic but my kids would not have enjoyed spending all day with 95% French kids (nor me adults really) which is nothing against the French and I'd expect them to be similar in reverse. I met some English beginners who had quit lessons after the first day because it was all in French. There was also no guiding. Without the lessons then you'd have to value the accomodation and food highly to make it a good deal.
Minor irritations were the fact that wifi had to be paid for which seemed penny pinching, that there seemed to be nothing to do or to go to outside of the hotel, and that in this resort there were no restaurants up the mountain where Club Med guests could lunch free of charge which I understand there are in other resorts.
Seemed to be great small child care and lessons but we didn't have any direct expercience and may have been very French.
The resort is good and we had a good holiday though. I woud certainly go back to Serre Chevalier but not to Club Med.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort of Serre-Chevalier is home to the Village, designed as a large hamlet of about fifteen chalets. Its typical rooftops and facades in wood and stone, is in total harmony with the decor. Inside, the spaciousness and warm decoration of the lounges in the style of family rooms create a holiday location. Everyone can thoroughly devote themselves to their favourite activities, whether in the Snow Garden, on the slopes of the ski domain, in the indoor swimming pool or in the Club Med Spa*. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Serre-Chevalier Hotel
- Briançon Club Med
- Club Med Briancon