We stayed here as a family for 8 days after having booked online following some hesitation due to the un-Savoyard characteristics of the place. Nevertheless, we decided to give it a go as it was the only place in Flaine where we could stay 8 and not the normative 7 nights.
Unfortunately, we were deeply disappointed when we arrived to a filthy and run down flat. There was mould in the bathrooms, the corners and skirting boards were covered with dust and the beige, now grey, carpet hadn't had a good clean since it was put in and is now badly stained. Some mattresses were ripped and there were no protective cases on either mattresses or pillows. I was also delighted to find pubic hairs on my mattress from the previous occupants; I was therefore forced to hoover my mattress.
Moreover the general state of the apartment was appalling, skirting boards weren't fixed to the wall, walls were crumbling, there were holes in the very dated windows and no fixtures, be it radiator or mirror, were straight.
When the cleanliness, or should I say its lack of it, was reported to the head of the residence, we were told that the place hadn't been renovated since 2005, hence its state of disrepair and filthiness. We also informed her that the doors were disgusting, she responded plainly that they did not clean doors. Charming. Cleaners were sent to our apartment to clean it, but one wonders if they knew at all how to use the hoover. I understand that a place can be dated and old, but cleanliness shouldn't be a luxury but a standard expectation.
Also the noise is an issue, if you are above the infamous Flying Dutchman pub, be prepared to awaken to the sounds of drunken shouting, usually from Brits, who obviously cannot behave abroad. If only the noise was the only problem for P&V.
Last but not least, the communal areas are badly lit and like the apartments in a general state of disrepair. Saturdays, when most people check in or out, the reception is like a youth hostel, loud and noisy with people sprawled on the floor resembling a refugee centre.
Those who have put in their reviews that the hot water was a bonus, this is France in 2014, hot water is not a new thing. It is a basic necessity. Also to those saying that the place is clean, I'd dare not think what your houses are like.
Honestly, do not go there. The friendly reception staff and the individual heated ski lockers and location are the only positive things. Pierre et Vacances, I think I need another vacance to get over this one.
I have attached a few pictures to illustrate the aforementioned issues. Enjoy.
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- Pedestrian resort perfectly integrated into the landscape. A residence "on the slopes" & "Heart Station". Spacious apartments, comfortable and renovated. ... more less
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