My girlfriend and I had a great stay at the Miramonti at the end of March! We travelled and booked the Crystal Holiday through Thomson. We also had great snow.
Hotel - is a short 2 min walk from the main road up a hill and commands great views from the forward facing upper rooms. We had a room on the first floor with a forward facing balcony which gave us spectacular views across the valley to the mountain/ski slopes on the other side. The room was always warm, clean and spacious and is good for all you really needed it for which is sleep! The beds were comfy and there was enough space and storage space. The bathroom always had hot water whenever we needed it! The room also had a TV but we never used it. The public areas of the hotel were immaculate and well appointed with a lovely lounge area, bar area and dining area.
Amenities - The hotel has a bar with a tv, a large lounge area with sofas and a dry room in the basement for all your ski gear.
Breakfast and dinner - is held in the dining area. For breakfast you get a roll, a croissant and tea/coffee and you have a buffet of continental breakfast fare which you help yourself to including cereal, fruit, yogurts, biscuits, cold meat and cheese. I am a big eater and there is more than enough on offer to help you start your day! For dinner you get 4 courses, which normally included a starter of italian cold meats and roll, followed by a pasta and sauce course, followed by a main course then followed by a choice of pudding (fresh fruit, daily cake or cheese). Again, I was stuffed after dinner every time! The food was great home cooked fare and very tasty! For example, over the course of our week we had for main courses chicken, veal, pork, fish and sausages.
The staff - All very nice, friendly, helpful and welcoming! The manager Fulvia is very nice and she runs the Hotel with her brother who does the great cooking. As this is a family run business other members of their family are sometimes around and it gives the place a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Fulvia is a ski instructor and her nephew David is training to be a snowboard instructor and I’m sure either would be willing to give some pointers. I wish I knew of David’s expertise sooner as I may have paid him for a lesson to improve my technique! I’ll maybe do that next time as we will go again without a doubt! And lastly is the hotel dog Fiocco (fi-oko) which is a very apt name for a lovely friendly dog!
Experience: We met some really nice like minded guests during our stay and it made the stay very enjoyable and social during breakfast and dinner/evening. We also did the social ski with crystal reps on the first day and made friends with a big group of people who we and latterly my girlfriend skied with the rest of the week.
Unfortunately I had an accident on my second day and dislocated my collar bone so I ended up spending more time in the hotel than most! With my snowboarding days at an end I took advantage of the hotel lounge area and saw more of the town. With general chats with the staff and Fiocco it passed the time quickly and luckily I had brought my kindle! I just want to say a big thank you again to Fulvia as she drove me to and came back and picked me up from the emergency doctor clinic in Montgenevre to get my collar bone checked out. Without her I would have spent a very painful night not-sleeping awaiting the morning to go to the clinic by taxi as I had been informed by other parties that the clinic was closed after piste closure. However Fulvia knew better and offered to take me!
We visited Briançon in France one day which is a nice Castle town to go and walk around. Great views but expensive food. We found the cheap tea/coffee at the Cafe Du Champ De Mars (at the Champ de mars) I’d say half a day is enough time to go round the place and have lunch. Just watch out for the coaches as they are very unreliable! We got to the town ok (off at Champ de mars) but the return coach drove right past us with no stopping even though we were at the correct stop 20min ahead of time and had seats reserved for us on it. As it was the last coach we then had a horrible time trying to get a taxi home as no other public transport goes to Montgenevre/Claviere. Having no luck sorting a taxi ourselves we phoned our reps who sorted a taxi for us - Thank you James! So if you don’t want hit for a €60 taxi run (cheaper coz he knows James) then I’d advise you aim for the second last bus home to be safe.
The Claviere and Montgenevre slopes - had great snow and very quiet pistes, to the extent that we had them to ourselves some days! There is a lot of choice for all levels of skier. Skiers will probably prefer Claviere (narrower with little powder) and snowboarders who like to carve will prefer Montgenevre (wider with more powder) both are easily accessible from clavier however the piste maps for both resorts need to be taken with a pinch of salt! (not totally accurate and slightly confusing sometimes)
I would recommend the following places for lunch if you are in town - Mi-chi (does good food and coffee), Kilt (does great pizzas - possible best in town!) and Caffe Torino (does good tea/coffee and hot chocolate). There is also a nice bar down near the ski hire place on the way to the lower ski lift.
All in all we both had a great stay here and would thoroughly recommend it to our friends and family! Thank you Fulvia, her family and her staff for a great stay! We will be back!
1 - If you are hiring ski gear ask the ski hire place if you can leave the gear there at the end of every day (there is a small charge for this) as this will save you carrying it to and from the hotel every day/night.
2 - If you find you can’t just switch off and enjoy your holiday and need wifi just ask Fulvia for it.
3 - If you visit Briançon just watch out for the buses as they are not reliable. Speak to the tourist information lady in advance (day before if possible) and ask her to reserve you seats on the bus to and from the city. I would also ask for the hotel phone number incase you have to phone them to arrange a taxi for you.
4 - If you are going with Crystal do the free social ski-ing on the first day with your reps (James and Mandi were great) it helps you get your bearings and you might form a good wee group of friends!
Hope you find this review useful!
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