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Residence Club mmv Le Hameau des Airelles
Bristol
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34 reviews
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“Residence Hameau des Airelles”
Reviewed 10 April 2013

We have just returned from a week at Residence Hameau des Airelles. We had to fly from Gatwick to Turin which was a bit of a pain as we live in Bristol, however the transfer to resort was only 1.5 hrs. and not the usual scary windy bus trip.
On arrival at the apartments just before midday, there was quite a large queue at reception. We were aware that we may not get into the apartments till 5, which is a bit of a pain. We paid the 36Euro to get into 1 room early which made a huge difference as we were able to collect our equipment, ski passes and get some shopping.
We had booked a 1 bed with a cabin room with Bunk Beds. The apartments are spacious and clean, we had a fantastic view of the resort and slopes as we were at the front. The only drawback with being at the front was slight traffic noise. Other members of our party had the 2 bed apartments, which had even more space so great for families.
As mentioned before the Wi-Fi was a bit annoying as you had to go down to Reception to pick the signal up. However our rep has said that this is going to be fixed for next year’s season. The swimming pool and sauna area is lovely and clean, however as it doesn’t open until 4.30, so it can get quite busy. The first couple of visits the pool wasn’t too cold, however, after 2 days of solid snow, the water was freezing. If you are lucky enough to be in the main building it is only a short walk, however we had to go outside to get to the main building, only a very small gripe, but it is a bit chilly walking back.
The location of the apartments is fantastic. You only have to go out reception and you are on the ski slopes, really ski in-out. If you have booked lessons there is a little yellow bus that stops directly outside the residence, and takes you to the main slope. It only takes about 5 mins, which is great for families as it would be a good 15 mins walk with all your equipment. They are quite regular, starting just after 8.30 am and is then every 15 – 20mins. The bus driver was really friendly, which is quite unusual we found. Don’t panic if you take different routes, as Residence Hameau des Airelles is always the last drop off!!
There is a little supermarket just next to the residence which sells most basic things, they also do cooked chickens, however you have to order them the day before and they cost 16 euro. We did not buy one so cannot give feedback on that. There is also a pizza place next door, again you have to order the pizza earlier in the da y for that night. Price was quite reasonable. Next to this is a Twinner ski hire shop, we booked all our equipment on line before hand and just picked it up. All staff was very friendly and helpful.
Just along from this is a lovely bakery, selling fresh bread and cakes daily. All very reasable.
The village itself is one of the best we have been to. We found everyone really friendly and helpful, it is a very family orientated resort. Not sure if there is much night life as we were in a big group of families we made our own entertainment. One very snowy afternoon we did the walk over the border into Italy to the village of Claviere. It is only just over a mile but felt further as there was thick snow to walk through. We ended up in the main bar next to the ski lift for a hot chocolate. The staff was lovely and made us feel really welcome.
There are 2 ski schools in the village, we used Apeak, not ESF. Both instructors were brilliant, they pride themselves with having smaller classes but still charge the same as ESF. My lesson only had 3 people in it, whereas the equivalent in ESF had 12. The instructors adapted the lessons to your exact needs and therefore we got so much more out of the lessons. We booked 3 private lessons for some of our party, on the last one the weather was so bad that she rearranged it for us to ensure we got the most from the lesson.
So to summarise – Loved the Village, loved the accommodation, Loved the ski school, and yes we are already looking to go back next year.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Ok , last year when i reviewed this residence i wrote that we probably wouldn't be back again this year. Well , we did go back again ( third year in a row) and loved it more than ever. We were in the same block as last year in nearly the same apartment.
Two bedrooms , living area with kitchenette, bathroom with seperate w/c and a good sized balcony meant we had ample room to sprawl out and make ourselves at home. The view was very good , looking onto the slopes .
As far as amenities go , the baker and mini-market are almost next door as are ski-hire for those who prefer to travel light.
Instruction in the resort is good with the ESF being the main school and mainly English speaking.
Our two boys had four lessons and gained more snowflake awards from the ESF , both are very capable skiers and are nearly ready for the more serious training.
The snow condition was excellent and our favourite runs were Rocher de l'Aigle ( Eagle Rock) , Le Rhoddos and the skier/boardercross track which was a lot of fun.
There are many family friendly eating options in Montgenevre with Les Rois Mages , Ceasers , La Grall and the restaurant up the mountain being the tastiest and most user friendly.
The swimming pool at the residence was good but as i wrote two years ago there is a sharp unmarked step on the way in or out of the pool which could cause injury. This needed seeing to then and obviously still needs seeing to now .
Anyway , will we be back next year? ..............................Probably .......yes. There are so many positives to this residence and resort that have had us staying three years on the trot now that we feel quite at home with the place .
PS . The locals are lovely folk . Being on the French / Italian border they have a lovely mix of both countries characteristics.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

Positive: the resort is great and this residence has convenient access to the slopes. Our kids also loved the swimming pool. However customer service at reception is not great. We had an incident during our stay when doing the packing for an early morning departure, we realised that the ski room is locked between 7pm and 8.30am (cannot be accessed even with the apartment keys) and our equipment was still there. Needless to say, reception was also closed and no-one was there to help. I tried to call different telephone numbers many times without response. Even if it is a self-catering apartment, there must be some way to access personnel after 7.30pm in case of urgency! So in the morning we had to leave without our skis. When calling the reception afterwards, they provided no assistance in sending the equipment to us by post. Eventually another Finnish family (who had no space left in their car) had to find a way to take care of the skis. Had they not been there, our skis worth ~1000 euros would have been left with MMV forever. This is a fatal customer service issue that prevents us from coming back in the future.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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5 Thank Jtl7
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marie_mmv, Responsable relations clients at Residence Club mmv Le Hameau des Airelles, responded to this review, 5 April 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for taking time to review our Residence Club following your stay.

We are very sorry about the way your departure was handled. Reception desk is open from Sunday to Friday from 7.30 AM to 12.30 PM and from 3 to 7.30 PM. We are sorry if this information was not given to you in advance so you can plan your departure ahead and get your skis out of the ski room before leaving.

Despite of this incident, we hope you had a good stay and nice vacations in Montgenèvre.

Best Regards,

The Guest Relation Manager.
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Just got back from a week at Hammeau Des Airelles. Quick flight from Birmingham to Grenoble, but beware its a 3-4 hr transfer bus journey from Grenoble depending on time of day you travel. Apartments are lovely and spacious with a well equipt kitchen, nice big flat screen tv and DVD player, separate bedroom to lounge/dining area. All ski equipment is kept in lockers in the basement, signs everywhere saying no ski boots around reception/ apartments. Nice communal lounge area. Swimming pool is lovely but gets so busy because it is only open from 4:30-7:30pm each evening. Also the adult spa area is a great addition but the sauna, steam room and jacuzzi can only fit about 4 people in each, gets very crowded. Great ski in, ski out location. Just outside the reception you can put your skis on and ski down to the lift, you can then ski down right outside the apartments at the end of the day.
A lovely supermarket/deli and bakery are just by the apartments. They do great fresh raviolli pasta, lasagne, cooked chickens to order and also a fresh pizza takeaway service. Great bread, cheese and hams available.
2 big grumbles of these apartments, on arrival you are asked to pay a damage deposit of €300. I was told this money isn't taken from your account, it is a pre-authorisation only. On returning to the UK, on checking my bank account, this money had been taken from my account, and now 2 days after returning, it still hasn't been returned. I have emailed mmv who I booked with direct and asked why they have not cancelled this transaction and returned my money. Be warned, make sure you have enough money in your account to cover this so other payments don't bounce/ make you overdrawn.
Second gripe is the Internet access. I know obviously you are on holiday, but should you need Internet access, you have to sit in the reception/lounge area to use it. It is very sporadic and crashes quite often.
Overall a great ski area, good apartments compared to some I've stayed in in France, the town of Montgenevre is very small, only a few eating out restaurants and if you aren't keen on ham, cheese, bread or pizza you are stuffed. Visiting the Italian pistes in Claviere is definitely a good idea, easy to get to from Montgenevre, a great mountain restaurant on the Italian side.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Jessica W
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Rotherham
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

We stayed for 1 week during the half term holidays a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. Due to a late booking we could only book a 1 bedroomed apt, we were in the L'ambrosier block on the 4th floor, on floors 1 - 3 there were 7 apts but on the 4th floor there were only 5 apts, and ours had an extremely large living area but unfortunately the 2 single sofa beds I'm afraid to say were not comfortable. One was on wheels which slid under the sofa and had no brakes on, so slid around the room everytime you turned over and the other was just the sofa which had wooden arm rests on each end, if you were tall this was a problem. Apart from this we had no complaints about the apartment, it was very clean and had all of the things we needed for our stay. The reception staff were very friendly, giving us extra towels for apt, towels for the spa and loaning of DVDs.

The pool was warm, and busy of children, but hey its a family friendly resort and possibly one of the only places with a pool in Montgenevre so what do you expect! If you want a holiday with no-one in the pool or spa, you need to pay top dollar in a 6* and this isnt. Its just great family accomodation

The ski in ski out is great, the whole ski area is fabulous for families of all levels, the ski bus was great and very regular, Just tell the driver where your going had hey presto he'll drop you off and not drive round all of the village.

I would recommend Cesears, but book a table as it gets full, if you go into the Graal Bar and order the savoury pancakes please be aware that they are Buckwheat pancakes and look grey and tasted liked they looked im afraid.

Overall we had a great time, ski-ing, swimming and eating fabulous french cuisine.

Many thanks MMV and Neilson

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

As a family of three we stayed for a week skiing in a six berth apartment. The rooms were very clean and most of what you need is supplied. I feel there could be more comfortable chairs available....1 hard sofa and two stools wouldn't be suitable if you really had six in the apartment!!
Reception staff were helpful and spoke English. Being able to ski in/out from the residence was a real bonus and the range of runs suitable for all levels. The local supermarket and bakery were great and had all the supplies needed. Mongenevre itself is quite small but we found several good restaurants, namely Transalpin, Ceasers and The Refuge.
The heated pool was always very busy and a little cold and the steam room crowded however generally we managed to get a quick session in before dinner. Overall these apartments are excellent, clean and the staff friendly. I would definitely recommend them

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank SurreyDeedee
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Somerset
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

I experience this reviewings in the decor of the informations provided to our English occupiers. This apartments is amazed. You may have difficulties finding yourselves in the corridors. Skiing through the door via the locker is advised. ski usage and supermarket are outside the buildings under the slopes. In case of needs report yourself to reception.

Here's a genuine extract!

"let be 5 days on the domain "Mont de la Lune" and 1 day on Vialattea, what explains a discount of 1 days during your passage to the borders of the ski lifts. The day Vialattea is not compulsory. It engages dices the first passage in a border of the domain Vialattea"

It is clear that MMV are keen to show a strong brand image, so it seems a shame that given the high proportion of foreign visitors they did not get native speakers to copy read their information literature as the translation is poor to the point of incomprehensibility in some cases

Seriously though this is an excellent residence. The staff were all extremely helpful and friendly. When we got lost trying to find our apartment for the first time one of the maintenance guys took us there via the stairs. This proved useful for the rest of the holiday as the lifts are a bit inadequate for the number of people staying in the residence and the floor numbering is also confusing.

We were in the Ancolie block and this is literally ski to and from the door. From the locker room you walk through the door and are at a drag lift which takes you to the Chalvet gondola. Just below the draglift is the Skiset hire shop and an excellent supermarket, which amongst other things does excellent take away pizzas.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank bigmal_7
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Property: Residence Club mmv Le Hameau des Airelles
Address: Place de l Obelisque, 05100 Montgenevre, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Hautes-Alpes > Montgenevre
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Montgenevre
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Club mmv Le Hameau des Airelles 4*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winter : 110km of ski pistes - all levels - connection between France and Italy + 400km of ski pistes with the via Lattea connectionSUMMER : charming village and exceptioanl environment New SUMMER 13 !> 2 x 1/2 days for free at the mini club> Animation, activities, leisure for free and for the entire family. (only during summer)A new residence made out of wood and stones, with outdoor heated swimming pool. Spacious and comfortable appartments. Ô pure Spa area (150m2) dedicated to wellness and care. ... more   less 
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