Together with my wife and two children (7 and 5) I stayed in a two room apartment in the Chalets et Balcons de la Vanoise in La Norma during the last week of 2014. For French skiing resort standards the apartment was quite spatious, with a separate toilet and bathroom (including a small bath), one separate bedroom (sleeps 2) and a sleeper sofa (sleeps 2). It fit our family of four comfortably, and very positive was that the sleeper sofa was in fact quite comfortable, which is rare in my experience.
The location of the apartments was very central to the resorts, close to shops, restaurants, the ski school and the lifts, which was very convenient. However, La Norma is a very compact resort so this will be true for most apartments.
Important point to improve is the old fashioned system that the apartment complex uses where you have to clean the apartment yourself just prior to departure and have to have it checked and approved by the staff lest you void your deposit. In my opinion this is a system of 50 years ago and I would much rather have the option to pay a reasonable fee to have the apartment cleaned for me. Another point to improve is that the apartment had no secure ski lockers. The lockers they did offer did not look very sturdy and had notes on them where the organization indicated that there are frequent thefts of skis, that they are not in any way liable if your skis are stolen, and that they recommend keeping your skis elsewhere (e.g. in your apartment). This is very inconvenient, especially when you are travelling with kids like we did, which means in addition to your own equipment you will have to carry theirs to and from the apartment every day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vacanceole - Residence Les Chalets et Balcons De La Vanoise is located in La Norma. It features a private terrace with views of the Vanoise Massif and Wi-Fi at a surcharge. Each apartment offers chalet-style accommodation and they are all served by a lift. They also have a seating area and a balcony with views of the mountains. Bed linen and towels are supplied. The fully equipped kitchenettes feature a dining area. They all come with tea and coffee making facilities, microwave, refrigerator and kitchenware. Vacanceole - Residence Les Chalets et Balcons De La Vanoise is 5 km from Modane and its train station and 17 km from the Italian border. Free public parking is available on site. ... more less
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