We just got back from a weeks skiing in the Serre Chevalier valley. We stayed at the Hotel Vauban which I can highly recommend as a base. It does have a little of a 1970s feel to it, but you have to remember this IS France!
It is located in Briancon which is right at the very end of the valley for skiing. The hotel is located just a 2-5 minute walk from the ski hire shops and gondola. The staff were ALWAYS very helpful, we were later getting there than planned, around 11:30pm so we rung ahead and they gave us full instructions on how to get into the car park etc etc.
The hotel was ALWAYS kept immaculately clean, with all our towels etc being changed daily. We had a double and a twin room, both were spacious and well appointe and both had their own En Suite.
There are electric shutters on the outside of the windows so you are able to get a good nights sleep after a hard days activity.
It has free WiFi as well which kept the teenagers happy in a evening, there is also a TV in the room , and you can get BBC World Service on it if you really need a fix of British TV.
The breakfast at €9.00 per person per day might sound expensive but is the best value in the town.
There are enough good restaurants in the NEW town to keep you going provided you are not a "PICKY" eater. The "OLD" town which is a 20 minute walk UP the hill has many more.
Be warned though, eating out in Briancon is not cheap as there are no "Bar Meals" available really, you are paying restaurant prices every night, so if you are on a budget you have been warned. It cost us between €70 and €90 per night plus tips for 4 of us.
Briancon, both old and new is a lovely town, in my opinion, far and away the nicest town in the Serre Chevalier Valley.
Will we go back?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Vauban is ideally situated in Briancon city center , less than 5 minutes from the railway station and less than 200 meters from the lifts Prorel , where starts Serre Chevalier ski slopes, 200 m from Briancon pool and rink and 2 minutes from the Briancon Casino Barriere. Hotel Vauban Briancon have 40 comfortable spacious rooms equipped with flat screen, Sattelite TV, Canal +, CanalSat , Iinternational channels , telephone, hairdryer , WIFI , bath or shower. All rooms have been renovated . ... more less
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