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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Last week, our stay in Le Grand Lodge was quite pleasant, although we had some doubts about the progress of the construction work in and around the hotel.

All the appartments are brand new and nicely decorated.
Still, the finish of the complex as a whole showed some shortcomings here and there, but a combination of a French buildingsite and a deadline is usually not a very good one, as we have experienced.

The staff also had to get used to their new complex and new jobs, but tried to make the best of it, despite long queues at check in and out.
Apart from these awful queues, the staff was very helpful and spoke English sufficiently.

A bar or cozy room to get together is still lacking and would be highly recommended for the future.

Swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna were small, but not unkempt or uncomfortable.

The hotel is easily accessible from Châtel's pistes. You can ski from the Linga piste to the hotel (although the Hotel offers no low-lying entrance yet and you have to climb then), you can take the bus (Bus I, 2x per hour, does not drive regularly) or a short walk (10 min) should do the trick.

Location relative to the village center is perfect. Within a 10 minute walk you will find most of the restaurants, cafes and a supermarket. Châtel is a beautiful village.

Make sure you store your ski equipment near a lift (the Intersport Ski Rental near the Superchatel gondola offers such a service) or in one of the Restaurants on the Pistes. This prevents a lot of annoyance, since a 10 minute walk to the complex is not far, but very far as it is uphill with your skis on your back and your ski boots on your feet. Parking in the village center is terrible.

Experienced skiers would rather opt for the pistes Linga or Pre-la-Joux (easily accessible, 10-20 min. by Bus A). The pistes of Superchatel seem a little obsolete, although you can make beautiful tours to Switzerland (direction Morgins and further).

And then there are the French and their evenening habits. As we were used to having quite a few beers after leaving the pistes (as we were used to in Austria), the French seem a little more sophisticated and like to have a good meal, a good talk and a good bottle of wine after a day of skiing.
Although Chatel has some pubs which seem nice (l'Avalache, le Tunnel), you'd better adapt to the French lifestyle to fully experience skiing in Châtel. A really good bottle of wine is not very expensive and in our experience dining with the French is an experience on itself, although weak stomachs may prefer to avoid the greasy "cuisine savoyarde".
Good places to go to: Le Fiacre and Le Vieux Four (quite expensive in the city centre). Moreover: Le Table Savoyarde (especially recommendable, the most hospitable waiter of France, excellent food and dito wines for a reasonable price).

Still, Châtel is not the village I would go to with a group of mates, but being there with my girlfriend, the village offered great restaurants to have a cozy meal.

Overall a wonderful holiday for a small price in a resort with great potential, although it still needs some finishing touches.

Room Tip: Ask in advance whether the staff has put pads under the chair legs, this was a very unnecessary but noisy shortcoming of the appartments. All apartments have a beautiful view and are well-equipped. On the ground floor of each Chalet you have some sort of small veranda, which much be nice as the temperatures allow it to sit outside. Do not forget to store your ski equipment near a piste, we have seen too many cursing guest climbing the hill to the complex with their equipment on their backs.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family
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Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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