We chose Les Balcon d'Anaite due to price and space offered- we are a family of six - two teenagers and two younger children, 2 adults, who were there for the ski-ing (not nights out/partying) and therefore went for the biggest apartment possible at the best price - the 10 bed one. This has two small double bedrooms on the ground floor with two bathrooms (bath with shower over, 2 sinks in each) a kitchenette/lounge with two big sofas and a chair and an open fire - the owner can supply logs, or the Super U supermarket also does them. One of the sofas is a sofa bed, but we did not use this. Upstairs there were two more bedrooms with twin beds in each (low beams). One very small toilet off the lounge/diner, and also a storage room on GF. A sliding door from our apartment (No. 5) led onto a small shared garden and a balcony area. Kitchen had dishwasher (unused) microwave (which I think may have had an oven/grill but again did not use this), kettle, fridge freezer and all the usual kitchen equipment/crockery. Nice reception and lounge, with coffee and sweets, but in off-season no other facilities bar etc.) - we did not mind this as we did not need or expect it for the price. Apartments are within 3 minutes walk of the Saint Antoine ski bus stop taking you to Prarion or Bellevue (for les Houches skiers in 6 minutes and 3 minutes respectively) and Chamonix Sud in 15 minutes, and within 8 mins walk from the Super U supermarket, which is well stocked and reasonably priced. There's a tabac/drinks place within a minute. We went in the probably the quietest week of the season (starting 4 jan) so please take the review in that context. Pros: Apartment very comfortable, clean, warm with heaters to all rooms, underfloor heating and bathroom heaters (which we dried ski gloves on etc), we got the free wifi in our lounge as we were on the GF. There are free ski lockers in the basement, and a selection of free to use sledges, which we used in the car park (there is one, but we did not use it). There is a hammam (turkish bath), gym and sauna in basement, which you can sign up to use in 20 minute slots (we used these 3 times, clean and of course empty as we were in low season). TV in lounge had BBC1 and BBC2. When you arrive you need to pay 10 euro per person for towels and bed linen - we got 1 bath sheet and 1 hand towel per person, and plenty of sheets - given the price of the apartment, this is fine, because above all though, this residence is extremely good value for money - we paid about £760 via booking.com for a week. The residence also let you order boulangerie breakfast items, but again, we did not take this up as they arrive at 8.30 and we had gone ski-ing by then. Both reception staff (Sylvie and a chap whose name we did not get) both helpful and informative, and friendly, both speak good english. When you arrive ask reception for a travel pass, this lets you have all the ski buses (to Chamonix and beyond) and a train pass Servoz to Vallorcine. Cons: None - this was an excellent apartment for the price paid, suited our family perfectly, and we very much enjoyed our stay. There are a few things to mention for other skiers: 1) Book a bigger apartment than you need - we thought our apartment would be fine for 6 adult (non-related) skiers - it was plenty big enough for our family of six. 2) You have the choice of leaving the apartment spotlessly clean or paying 10 e per person and 30 e for the kitchen - this is discussed up front, and as you leave so you have the choice. 3) The residence is fairly strict about their start times (4pm on day of arrival) and 10am leaving time.Saturday to Saturday, you can extend your stay IF they have availability and you call them direct (4pm-7pm) they did allow us to store our bags when we arrived in the driving rain at 2pm on our first day, but only because the owner was in reception and took pity on us, Don't expect this 4) the airport shuttle goes from nearby at 25E one way to Geneva airport, takes an hour - no idea how to book this as we went by train, which is a bit painful 5) It probably isn't a residence for party-goers (10pm noise curfew) but then nor is Les Houches in general - you need Chamonix (or the night bus) if this is what you are after.6) ski buses - reliable enough - the 1, 15, and 17 take you to Prarion, 17 goes via the station every 3 buses. They were quiet most times (off season) imagine they are horrible in Brit or FR half term. We enjoyed our stay as a family. Happy to be contacted with any more detail.
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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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