Comfortable if a little basic accommodation but ideal for a reasonably priced extra weekend skiing trip. Hotel always seems empty, rarely see other guests which makes it slightly soleless. Breakfast could have more choice, faily limite, though food was fresh (apart from tinned fruit)
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The Hôtel les Glaciers is a 3 star hotel in the mountain village of Samoëns situated in the famous Haute-Savoie region …More
We were hot tired slightly desperate GR5 walkers when we arrived and the hotel owner couldn't have been more helpful. The next day he made us a sandwich for lunch, gave us a lift to the cash machine then to the start of the track. If you are arriving via GR5, the hotel is a little out of town on a not easily walkable road, but the owner will come and pick you up if you give him a call. Good evening meal at the hotel too.
We had stayed at the residence in Alpe d'Huez previously. This Reine des Pres wasn't as pleasant but it was great nonetheless. Very friendly staff and amenities made the stay very comforting. Great if you are with a family. We were two couples so one room had a double bed and the other one two single ones joint together which was a bit disappointing. The other bit was that we felt that the jacuzzis could have been a tad warmer as it was cold around the pool area. Other than that, great apartments and a great place to stay if you go to Samoens.
Overall I thought this apartment was very good, the facilities are good with a pool, jacuzzi and steam room, the reception staff were helpful and no hiccups. We got a room for 6 when there was 4 of us because we wanted 2 bedrooms and we knew the 1 bed version would be too small. We were right because although the apartment was modern and the bathrooms were very nice, it was a bit tight, in particular storage is very limited.
The kitchenette had all the basics, although considering there could have been 6 of us there wasn't a casserole dish big enough to make a meal for 6 but this was just small touches that could be improved.
As also mentioned several times wifi is a challenge, our codes never worked and quality is poor. I don't know why hotels that are "premium" or 4/5 star don't include wifi as a basic decent service.
Beds were made on arrival, cleaning is included apart from the kitchen, The free taxi service into town in the evening is a lovely touch. The extras are expensive and not worth it such as 25 euros for some logs to burn, the car park is also very expensive. I used the service for getting groceries delivered on the arrival day which was brilliant. I didn't use ski set for delivery of ski hire since they were 100 euros more than sport 2000 so watch out. Finally, the hotel isn't in any of the centres but is walkable (10 mins) to Foret and putting your skis on to ski into the nearest lifts is really easy and a lovely comfort.
A good apartment and an enjoyable stay. We eat breakfast in but had other meals out. The kitchen is however well equipped and it would be easy to make simple meals in it.
If you don't fancy the ski in/out option, it is about a 5 min bus ride/taxi ride from the ski lifts and the hotel has a helpful free shuttle service which you can use in the evenings.
The hotel ski shop closes in the afternoon so bear this in mind if you are intending to pick up skis after 1 pm. There is another ski shop which you can walk to and which will collect the skis from the hotel at the end of your stay.
The room has a Nespresso coffee machine so you may wish to pack coffee for this. If not you can buy individual capsule from reception for 70c.
Pocket Guide: Alpes du Nord Le Grand Massif Hotels
A huge area encompassing the ski resorts of Samoens and Flaine, Le Grand Massif is a popular ski destination for families. Childcare facilities are at both resorts. Samoens is a more traditional village than Flaine, but the latter has better facilities. In addition to the slopes, snowboarding, heli-skiing, telemarking, and snowshoeing are popular activities.
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