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Chalet Hotel Tarentaise
Ranked #22 of 33 Hotels in Meribel
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176 reviews
78 hotel reviews
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“A really great week”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

The quite long transfer ( over 2 hours ) was well forgotten by the time we got to our room overlooking the piste and had our first tea ! No fussing at reception, they take the cases to the room and the rooms are allocated on the coach on arrival.
Hiring the ski stuff on site is easy but as with everything there costs £sss, 120e for top grade skis.
The triple rooms are fine - plenty of hanging space and hangers - as well as hooks for damp ski gear.
The seating arrangements for dinner are on 3 timed social tables or you can sit as a group on however many you want to stay with your friends,The food was fine, choice of 3 of each course and as much wine as you want whilst you are at the table.
The only downside which was NOT Mark W fault was that the French have decreed that no one apart from their ski school is allowed to do guiding but there is a plan B, they have written scripts and every morning someone stands on the piste and arranges departures having taken numbers for a lunch booking. It was a bit like Lord of the Flies while the leader was appointed! We found that the groups fragmented after the first day but it did work well as a concept.
The staff were fine and helpful, the chalet was clean and well maintained - it is very warm everywhere especially in the bedrooms.
The boot room is very small with a heated boot rack but nowwhere to hang jackets whilst wrestling with putting boots on and the timed light kept going out but this is just a very small point.
Overall great and we would certainly return.

Room Tip: Rooms over piste are a bit noisy when the piste bashers are out there late at night !
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Ashby De La Zouch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2013

We spend a week at the Tarantaise commencing Sunday 10th Feb 2013. Flew on Monarch from Birminghan and the flights were on time. We were met at the airport and Mark Warner staff told us our room numbers. So when we arrived at the hotel we just went straight to our rooms, there was no waiting around to check in and the staff brought the bags up to the rooms. We hired skis via Mark Warner and only had to go to collect these in the basement of the hotel. The boot and ski room was very cramped (even by usual standards) but there was a heated boot rack which was nice. At the end of the holiday we left our skis and boots in the boot room and the hire firm collected them from there so it was all hassle free.
The food in the hotel was excellent: a comprehensive hot and cold breakfast buffet, a lovely afternoon tea with home made soup, home made cakes and biscuits and lots of breads with butter and spreads. Finally there was a three course meal each evening with three choices for each course and free local wines. The food was of a very high standard.
The staff were all young but were very friendly and helpful and we really couldn't fault them.
The room was small for three of us but had a balcony overlooking the piste and the beds were really comfortable. It was also very clean and very warm (as was the whole hotel).
There was a walk from the boot room door round to the piste at the front of the hotel each morning but you could literally ski back round to the boot room door in the evening.
During the week we were there it snowed and snowed so conditions were excellent.
We had a fantastic week and would thoroughly recommend this hotel and resort.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the piste.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Chelmsford
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

If you have a problem with near constant noise then consider your room allocation very carefully! i had a long chat with MW about my room location as it was the last room available and was assured there were no reports of problems with room 18. Wrong!!! It was unbearable, apart from between approx 2am and 5.30am, even with earplugs. Shame because the room (a triple) is a good size and rest of the hotel would probably warrant a 3 star mark, but a ski holiday with no rest is hell- we were all exhausted.
Good breakfast, ok evening meal, especially if you like balsamic vegetables! Good location for skiing, bit of a steep hike to Mottaret and back if the lift isnt running but bearable.

Room Tip: Avoid room 18!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

Just stayed at the Tarantaise 3rd to 10th feb 2013.
What a great location ,very friendly staff,fantastic choice of food .
Ski in and Ski out ,very warm atmosphere ,evening entertainment programme.
Ski passes organised on coach transfer ,ski equipment organised in house .
Rooms were lovely sleep 3 adults, great views overlooking slopes .
I have nothing negative to say about this chalet/hotel ,would definitely recommend it and would love to go back .

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Hazlemere
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

In many years of skiing this is the best chalet hotel experience we've been on. The long transfer was all worth it from the moment we saw the staff standing outside waving and smiling at us. Booking in was smooth, our luggage arrived to our rooms within the hour. The room was clean and quiet; the water was piping hot all week. We can't say enough about the quality of the food which you can't find better in any restauant. The overall friendliness and courtesy of the staff without exception made us feel welcome all the time throughoutt the hotel. The only negative I'm afraid was the ski hire downstairs. Both my wife and I were offered substandard skiis. In my case I rejected the ones offered waiting for a better pair of skiis next morning. My wife returned hers the next day annoyed that she's wasted the day on off piste skiis which were totally wrong for the conditions. As we'de purchased the best quality this was not acceptable and we found amongst the guests many shared our view. Back to the positives. The location right on the piste side offers ski in and out which is a huge bonus. Oh and the snow and ski area fabulous. I came to this area about 20 years ago and hated it. Will we back? definately!

Room Tip: Ask for a high up on piste side. The downside is you hear the odd piste basher; the upside are the g...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2013

I won't go into a lot of detail, just to say that my (adult) son and I had a terrific time here 3rd week in January. He's a better skier than me, so the hosting (him intermediate, me leisurely) works perfectly. The room was better than expected, the staff were great as usual for MW, the food was generally excellent, and the host (Chris) was super at guiding us across the 3 Valleys.

The only mild crit was the locker room, which wasn't very big, and was a bit chaotic at 9am in the morning when everyone was trying to get kitted up at the same time. There are old wooden lockers, one for each room, which don't lock, so they could be stripped out and more compact racks put in their place, giving more space for booting up.

Otherwise, no complaints, I loved my first visit to the 3 Valleys, and expect to be back next year. What more can I say!

PS an earlier review warned not to get stuck down in Mottaret after the last bubble runs up the hill at 7:30pm unless you like a long walk with lots of steps. But, there's the free bus which runs at 30 minute intervals up until about 10pm, then hourly until after midnight.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

About three weeks ago I wrote a review of the Mark Warner hotel in St Anton called the Rosanna.There were several issues that we felt needed addressing.This week we returned from a week at the Tarentaise Hotel in Meribel.Yes Ok we like skiing!
What a contrast!! from the Rosanna.This is the fourth time we have stayed at this hotel and it has never disappointed.This year a new manager Kate and her team made our stay most enjoyable.The bedrooms were well appointed and immaculately clean,views of the piste and the mountains beyond made it very special .
Without exception the staff were brilliant from Kate the manager to Pete the ski host and Monty the chef all were fantastic .
Being right on the piste means you really do ski in and out ,literally the home run brings to right to the boot room door.
Rosanna take leaf out of their book! know which one we will be going back to next year.

Room Tip: Piste view rooms a must.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Chalet Hotel Tarentaise
Address: Immeuble Tarentaise Mottaret, 73550 Meribel, Les Allues, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Les Allues > Meribel
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #22 of 33 Hotels in Meribel
Number of rooms: 45
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