We travelled to Les Houches as a group of 5, 3 adults and 2 children aged 14 and 9. We booked Les Campanules because of the value for money and arrived with a very open mind. We were very pleasantly surprised!
The hotel is a traditional alpine style building on the edge of a mountain, with views of Mont Blanc on one side and the forest on the other.
It is only one hour from Geneva airport so is highly convenient from that perspective. We did hire a car as we wanted to have the flexibility to come and go as we pleased, although there is a shuttle bus from the hotel to the ski lifts in the morning and then again in the afternoon. Other reviewers have said that having a car is imperative as it's impossible to get into town. We didn't find this to be the case and walked into town for dinner on 5 nights out of the 7 we were there. It is a 20 minute walk but we didn't find this to be a problem.
The hotel has a lovely open lobby area with a roaring fire that was welcoming at the end of a day on the slopes. Lots of comfy sofas with views of the mountains and a bar that served vin chaud and crepes. There is also a pool tabel to keep children happy, and a games room on the first floor for younger children.
The room we had was ok. It was fairly small for 3 of us but we weren't in it much. The bathroom was perfectly adequate with lots of hot water and a bath and shower. The best thing was the views of the mountains. Waking up each morning with that view was second to none and worth the small additional expense.
Breakfast was good but fairly expensive at €9.50 each per day. Standard continental fare really. The coffee was pretty dire so we stuck to espressos with milk. The dinner was not so good however. Maybe it is just individual taste so I would recommend you try it. We were just not convinced. We ended up visiting Le Delice in the centre of Les Houches 3 times as it was so good, so I definitely recommend going there.
The staff in the hotel could not do enough for us and were extremely friendly and helpful. They really helped to make our stay enjoyable.
We would definitely stay in Les Campanules again!
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