Enjoyed a fantastic stay in the Chamonix Valley end of August 2010 with 6 nights at Les Campanules.
Chose this hotel as a "no frills" option. i.e. We just wanted a reasonable price, good location and a good base to sleep.
It ticked all the boxes with the surprise of a hotel view that probably can be beat.
Our room - 3rd floor, clean, Mont Blanc views from balcony , seperate bathroom and seperate toilet. Certainly enough room for us.
Restaturant- great breakfast, very good start to the day. Evening meal was €23 for a 3 course meal of the day or a choice from the a la care menu. Have to say that the 2 main meals we went for were OK but nothing special.
Language- We found that all staff could speak reasonable English.
Free trains & buses - Trains departing 5 minutes to the hour every hour throughout the day. Ticket covers stations St Gervais to Vallorcine which takes about 90 mins. Try 1 resort hang around for 1 hour and then take the next train. Prisitine clean trains.
Train station is 5-10 minutes down the hill and 10 - 15 minutes coming back up to the hotel.
Trains & Buses - Fantastic service but the last train back in the evening is 19:40 from Chamonix.
Taxi from Chamonix- 30 -40 Euros for a 10 minute journey.
Hotel distance from Les Houche - About a 20 minute walk which was fine in the day but in the evening the thought of walking back and up the final hill was not very exciting.
Service - We found the service very cold which was strange as we saw the same staff (5 or 6) every day for nearly a week, whilst bars, restaurants,shop owners in the surrounding area were extremely pleasant.
1 receptionist was unaware of 1 of the major train stops in Chamonix.
When asked if they knew a guide price for a taxis from the hotel to Chamonix, simply said "no". We were then forced to ask "well ,can you find out?".
The free bus/train tickets were not handed over on our arrival but came about because we started to ask questions regarding prices and schedules.
**** If we had stayed a few days I feel 4 stars/ very good were an appropriate rating but the lack of smiles, rapor and general feeling of coldness with the staff really began to grate on us.
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