We just got back from a week's skiing in Les Houches staying in Les Campanules. It's a nice enough hotel. Friendly and very helpful staff and the amenities are good enough. The room does the job (though the cleaner doesn't do hers very well). But you really need a car. Not because of the distance to the slopes. The hotel will drop you off and pick you up pretty much whenever you want within about 5 minutes. The problem is with the food. Breakfast is okay, but dinner is awful, and expensive awful. So you need to be able to get out in the evening and eat elsewhere. Which is nigh on impossible without a car.
I booked the half board option as I was there with two young kids and decided not to rent a car after figuring it would just stand idle for most of the week. At €25/day for me and €18 for the kids it's not cheap, but I figured convenient. And after the first dinner I was regretting my decision. It was supposed to be entrecote, but it was mostly fat and gristle. And I think I spotted the whip marks from the last jockey that rode it. All of the meat I sampled that week was pretty much the same, and cooked into something resembling leather. Even a duck breast that I had on the last night could have been used to resole climbing shoes. The vegetables went the other way. Boiled softer than the afternoon slush at the bottom of the Les Houches ski slopes at the end of a warm sunny day.
The kids wouldn't eat the supposedly more nutritious dishes, and I couldn't blame them. A five year old's jaw just isn't strong enough. So they ended up with burgers and pasta. We fished something we couldn't identify out of the burger on the first attempt. It was later named as 'cheese' by the waiter. He sounded as surprised as us. He was actually genuinely very helpful and seemed rather embarrassed by the food he had to serve.
We did tentatively try the fish one night, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst. And our fears came true as a plate of orange slime covered creatures arrived.
So, in summary, if you have a car then yes, Les Campanules will accommodate you more than satisfactorily, but if you don't then you'll be eating in. Actually, no, you won't be eating, you'll be staring hungrily down at a plate with a look of disbelief on your face, which is never a good idea after a hard day on the slopes.
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