I didn't know what to expect from the Hotel du Bois as some of the reviews on here seemed negative but I have to say that this is one of the most fantastic holidays I've ever had.
We aren't skiers so I can't comment on whether the location is good for ski-ing but there seemed to be a lot of skiers staying there who looked happy enough!
From the moment we arrived it was very straightforward and friendly - Nathalie on reception was friendly and efficient.
Our room was perfectly adequate - in fact it was better than I'd expected. We only booked a standard room, in the room was a fridge with beer, water and coke in it and plenty of room to put your own drinks if you wanted (or cheese!) We had a balcony and our view was of the road however in such a gorgeous location it wasn't a bad view! The bathroom was clean and had bath, shower, hairdryer and we also had a big wardrobe in the room. For 3 nights over Christmas it was perfect.
The lounge area is fabulous - full of comfy sofas and chairs and big wooden coffee tables. There's a huge wood burner whcih keeps the room lovely and warm and the prices for drinks are pretty good for that area (3.50E for a glass of wine, 4E for a hot wine, 6E for a cocktail) The background music was not intrusive and was a great selection and there's a big screen showing ski-ing and other events. We were able to play cards and other games and didn't feel rushed. Altogether very relaxing! We were half board and the food was great. On the evening we booked one of the 3 sittings each night 7.15, 8.40 or 9.15 I think were the times. It was a choice of a 3 course buffet or you can pre-order one of the Savoyard specialities - we had the fondue one evening and it was fantastic. The buffet has a great selection, is very high quality and there's good veggie choice as well as meat and fish. Breakfast was typical continental buffet and was served over a good time period. We had a swim in the indoor pool while we were there which was great - it's about 15 metres in length so perfectly adequate for a dip, and the sauna was also very relaxing.
Les Houches was a lovely place to spend a few days with various restaurants, bars and shops to wander round- there's also a great bus service into Chamonix and other areas - which is free with the little card the reception gives you.
I have absolutely no bad comments about this hotel - it was great, and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
My husband and I will definitely come back to stay at the Hotel du Bois - I'd also be interested in a Summer trip as there's an outdoor swimming pool as well as the indoor one.
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