My parents, husband and I recently returned from a 5-night stay at the Helvetia and would thoroughly recommend it as a base to explore the Portes du Soleil.
Every member of staff (including Jane, the English owner of the Helvetia) made the hotel feel like a home-away-from-home. Unlike many ski chalets, the hotel is contemporary, spacious and was kept spotlessly clean during our stay. The rooms are minimal (no safe or telephone) but are equipped with the essentials such as a hairdryer and TV (with BBC One). There's also free WIFI throughout the hotel - another major plus-point. We weren't aware beforehand that the Helvetia doesn't have a restaurant (but we had some really great evening meals at nearby La Reine Des Alpes). The breakfast buffet was nice, if a bit limited - after almost a week we were a little tired of the same food.
The spa area (with spa, sauna and steam room) is spot-on - very relaxing after a hard day on the slopes.
Morgins itself is a quaint little village with only a handful of shops... we drove the 5 miles or so to Chatel when looking for souvenirs. However, the Morgins chair lift (linking to the main skiable area) is very convenient - only 5 mins walk from the Helvetia and rarely busy.
All-in-all, a great stay... and I would definitely return to the Helvetia.
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