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Hotel Les Campanules
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Les Houches
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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“Mostly good points but a few drawbacks”
Reviewed 16 March 2010

This hotel has a lovely location - in the middle of the forest with deer surrounding. Amazing views of the surrounding mountains and area. The hotel has a smart lobby with good decor and lovely log fire. Big games/relaxing room on the first floor with a pool table and tonnes of comfy chairs. The food was a nice surprise - generous self service breakfast including hot bacon and eggs. 3 course dinner on the set menu was a real treat. The rooms were very disppointing. VERY small with no separate bathroom but a sink/shower/toilet all built into the room. Due to the location, the hotel also puts on a free shuttle service to and from the slopes each day. This service is very limited (between 9 am ish until they decide to stop and around 5pm in the afternoon). So it is not possible to go for apres ski or have a late lie in one morning. It is very difficult to organise taxis in Les Houches so you are quite limited if you miss these services. The distance is not walkable! Good value if you don't mind very small rooms and being restricted on travel to and from slopes.

Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Manchester
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Reviewed 3 March 2010

Having read a few reviews on this hotel I was preparing for something a little more down at heel than I discovered. The communal areas in the hotel are stylish and comfortable. We loved the open fire and cosy sofas, great for pre dinner drinks or whiling away a whole evening. There's a lovely bar serving vin chaud and crepes which is ideal after a hard day on the slopes. Staff were really friendly and hardworking. Our room was small but perfectly formed. We had twin beds and a double sofa type bed - OK for 3, but would have been a push for four, however that's pretty typical for the French Alps. The bathroom was clean, would have loved a bath, but we only had a shower. Still, there was plenty of piping hot water and towels provided. Yes, the corridoors are a bit plain as someone mentioned, but who cares?! All in all, I would definitely recommend this place, we ate in the restaurant and had a delicious meal. Breakfast buffet was also good, plenty on offer and a good variety. Also tried La Delice in town for a meal - another good find. You can reach it with a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We had a car which was probably the best option for reaching the slopes. The hotel will shuttle you to the train or bus stop but I think having a car is much easier from what I could see.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

I booked this hotel via Hotels.com, and got a pretty good deal. Went to Les Houches for a ski weekend so stayed for a very short amount of time. The lobby in the hotel was very nice and cosy. The rooms were not bad at all, great value I would say. More importantly the room was clean and tidy. The hotel offered complimentary shuttle service to and from the slopes. The only draw back is that it is quite far out from shops/restaurants so you will need to catch a taxi in the evenings. Taxi's in that part of the world are not cheap.
Staff were friendly, breakfast was very good. Overall good value for your Euro.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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North Shields
2 reviews
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Reviewed 30 December 2009

Very pleasant & helpful staff, although some staff members could speak little English my French was much worse. The staff however assisted by ensuring an English speaker was found to help with all enquiries, please remember this hotel caters for all nationalities. A warm welcome is guaranteed & this hotel although not in the centre of a town does ensure you are well catered for. A shuttle bus takes you into les Houches, from the hotel, this is free (it is a short walk for those inclined to leave this great base). Bus/train passes are also free, to allow travel into other villages, Chamonix being the main location to visit although other interesting areas abound. The train station is a short walk, 10mins top, just down the hill from the hotel, the bus station is 20mins tops but as I have said a shuttle bus will drop you direct from reception if you prefer. The rooms are very warm, I slept with the window slightly ajar in the height of winter! The restaurant serves 1st class food with wines to complement individual dishes. Breakfast was basic but well diversified to cater for all nationalities present (Italian, American, French, Germans, English & Russian as well as Brazillian & Phillipino guests). The TV was in French, in the room, however a small portable DVD player for 17GBPs was bought from Asda before I travelled which I set up on arrival in 5mins alleviated Christmas movie issues.The room was 304 overlooking the mountains & Les Houches. It was comfortable & basic but had everything a mountain retreat needed for our stay, although I recommend a travel kettle if you wish to take coffee in your room. There is no need as coffee is available downstairs in the restaurant & lounge areas. We loved it there & will definately visit again. This place is a hidden gem!!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2009

We have stayed in this hotel for 2 nights at the end of October. Our room no was 300 with a view over the Mont Blanc. Hotel is very nice all in wood, bedrooms are clean and large. Just one suggestion, our toilet was a bit old and floor as well bit odd would recomend some renowation, but exept that the room was spotles. There is a free wifi, which is very good speed. Parking on site also free. Hotel is very near Chamonix and easy to find ( with navigation of course :))
We would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2009

Stayed in the non ski season so the Hotel was fairly empty. Our room was clean and comfortable with a million dollar view. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel has a bit of a dorm feel to it but so what? We weren't paying 5 star prices so didn't expect 5 star hallways and stairs. The lift was a bit old but still worked.
If you like a nice walk take the walking path into Chamonix. It's a bit over an hour but a nice way to go into the main town to visit.
Overall a very pleasant stay which didn't break our budget.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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houston, tx
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

Don't expect a 4 or 5 star hotel, but for what we paid, it was definitely a good value. The room was clean, the staff was nice (only the male staff spoke fluent english, one lady understood 75%, and the other lady didn't know much), and the view was amazing.
It's not withing walking distance to a ski lift, but is within 5 min drive to Houches and 10 minute drive to Chamonix/Mt Blanc lifts. I think they provide shuttle service, but we had our own car.
We got a room for 3 people and it had two twin beds and a bunk bed. There was also a square table and enough space to walk around. Again, not a 4 or 5 star room, but plenty of space for us. I don't know what European standards are for hotels, but it was almost double the size of the cheap room we got in Paris last month that only fit a double bed, a rollaway cot and barely any room to walk. Oh, the wierd thing was that the shower did not have a shower curtain and the showerhead was attached to the side wall instead of the front wall. Basically, you had to take a bath to avoid spilling water all over the floor
The restaurant had good breakfast (9 euros) that included bread, jam, cheese, cold cereal, hot eggs, crossoints, and yogurt. However, dinner was okay. We had the duck salad (pretty good - the duck tasted and looked like bacon), halibut (good), veal chop (not so good), and some sort of meat steak (bad-flavor was okay, but meat was chewy)
Overall, I would reccommend this place mainly for the value for your money, but I would eat out and not in the hotel

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Les Campanules
Address: 450 route de Coupeau, 74310 Les Houches, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Les Houches
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Les Houches
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Les Campanules 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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