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!!
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- 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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