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Residence les Balcons d'Anaite
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Les Houches
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

We spent a week at the residence in Feb 2012, as our first ever skiing holiday. The staff at the residence were very helpful, friendly and I really can't fault them. The residence is on the edge of Les Houches, there is a supermarket about 300m up the road and a couple of restaurants very close. The village is about a 15 min walk away and to access the ski lifts you must catch the free bus from the stop a few yards from the residence. This sounds fine until you discover that the buses are only half-hourly and they often turn up completely packed and you can't get on them anyway! Not good to have to walk 2km in ski boots!
The apartment itself was small but adequate, with a kitchenette fully equipped with cooking utensils, pots and pans etc. We had an LCD TV which had french channels as well as BBC1 and BBC2! Not very french, I know, but after a long day in the snow it was quite nice to come back to! There is ski storage for each apartment, a sauna and hammam free to use, free WiFi in the lobby and bakery items delivered each morning on request. Overall, very good services.
Just a couple of criticisms.....we felt that the cleaning charge was very excessive, 10 euros per person plus 30 euros for the kitchen area! So we did it ourselves to avoid the 60 euro charge. Also, we paid 10 euros each for towels and bed linen, which is a bit much for 2 bed sheets and 2 towels. There are no duvets, just blankets. But we were warm so it's not the end of the world. Also, be careful of the shower, it isn't very well placed in the bath and it is quite hard not to flood the bathroom.

Overall I'd recommend Les Balcons d'Anaite for a cheaper way to stay in Les Houches, the services are good and it has beautiful views from the apartments. Just prepare yourself for some long waits at the bus stop!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

We left the accomodation yesterday, having made an out of season trip. I booked for one week and the rate was exceptionally good value for money. We only stayed three days though as this was the last leg of our trip. The accomodation was well equipped and its 10 euro to get fresh linen and towels which was fine by me given what we paid.

The staff also order any fresh bread you want from the local bakery which is really helpful in the morning...its waiting in reception for you !! nice touch !

If you are looking for a peaceful stay this may not be the type of accomodation for you as there is a very busy road behind the building.... Usually this would really annoy me but we had just spent a week in quiet accomodations in Italy and Switzerland and we were ready for a change of scenery and pace . The road noise is not a problem when the balcony door is shut however. Les Houches is a nice area and is lively even out of season...chamonix is a stones throw away and was also still buzzing in early september.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Residence les Balcons d'Anaite
Address: Residence les Balcons D Anaite 50 rue de l Aiguille Verte, 74310 Les Houches, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Les Houches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Les Houches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence les Balcons d'Anaite 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the foot of Mont Blanc in the Chamonix valley, Les Balcons d'Anaite is fully renovated in a traditional Alpine style with modern and comfortable amenities. It offers 25 fully equipped apartments (2 to 12 people), a fitness center with sauna, hammam and fitness equipment. ... more   less 
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