There’s often a great opportunity in checking out the satellite villages of a ski area as alternatives to the central village, and the Grand Massif is a good example of this. Flaine is the main settlement, but it’s not as nice as satellite villages such as Samoens and Les Carroz.
Les Carroz is a nice place to stay; quite small, relatively quiet, but with all the local facilities you might need, the feel of an authentic French mountain village, good access from the motorway, and great access to the Grand Massif ski area. I’d rather stay here than in Flaine.
Hôtel Résidence les Servages is the hidden gem within the hidden gem. The hotel is a bit out of town, but just about within walking distance of Les Carroz centre for a fit skier; alternatively, you can take a free shuttle bus to the centre – they stop in front of the hotel. However, it has great access to the slopes – hundred percent ski-in ski-out; there’s a piste in front of the hotel that runs down to the main lift station, and a jolly nice run can return you back to the front of your hotel at the end of the day.
My room was large, clean, well equipped, and looked recently renovated. Firm, comfortable bed. The hotel’s elevated position gave my room a great view across the village and the valleys and mountains beyond. The hotel has genuinely free and remarkably fast wifi, supposedly only in public areas, although I could just about get a connection in my room. The woman who looks after the hotel, Marie-Claire, was very helpful and speaks very good English. At a hundred Euros a night for a single room (room only), it was pretty good value. Breakfast is a remarkably expensive option, so I recommend buying breakfast food to eat in your room (which has free tea and coffee making facilities), or breakfasting on the slopes. The front desk is only sometimes staffed (not a problem for me); the place has the feel of being part-way between a hotel and an apartment complex.
The basement ski storage facility was remarkably generous. I stored my skis not in a locker, but in my own personal locked cubicle with floor area about a meter square. It even had a bench. It’s like I had my own private boot room.
The Hôtel Résidence les Servages takes sub-week bookings (my stay was four nights), and has a relatively short transfer time from Geneva; it occurs to me that it might make a good place for a short ski break.
By the way, it seems there are two adjacent hotels with “Les Servages” in their titles, so don’t get them confused. I don’t know if they’re connected by anything other than their names.
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