I spent a week in this accomodation and as it was at the budget end of the market, I was not expecting much.
The room was a good size, the bunk beds were suitable for kids/teens and the kitchen was well equiped.
The bathroom was good enough, but don't expect a relaxing soak in the bath if you are over 5ft tall as you will only ever get, at the most, 50% of your body submerged at any one time.
The location is pretty good, a short walk into the town centre and and even shorter walk to the buses serving the various pistes, there are also local bars and a supermarket (although it is overpriced compared to the larger one in town).
However, I have to rate this accomodation as poor due to the simply dreadful sofa bed which was nigh on impossible to sleep on (and I am pretty good at sleeping where I lay). It was noisy, uncomfortable and I had to go begging at reception for a blanket as they only provided one each for the bunk beds.
By the sounds of it, the neighbours had equally unpleasant sounding sofa beds.
On check out day, I did actually notice a number of people with air mattresses so I assume that this is well known by more regular visitors to the apartments.
Check in was a disaster, the family in front of me were immediatly provided with a room (at about 1.30pm) yet I was told I needed to wait until I was texted by reception, with nowhere safe to leave luggage and ski/board equipment. I eventually gave up and returned at 5pm and was told by one receptionist that the room was still not available. Yet when I asked another one less than a minute later, the room had been ready for quite a while. Had I waited for the text message from reception, my family and I would have been waiting untl 5.30am, thankfully due to the bed, my sleep was not interrupted by this early morning text message.
When you consider that check out is at 10am, it is ridiculous that rooms are not available until after 5pm, and that there is no access to a store room for luggage, which is rather valuable once you take into account the equipment you take.
If you do stay at this place - for the sake of your blood pressure, family relationships and general sanity, TAKE AN AIR MATTRESS - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SLEEP ON THE SOFA BED
And don't bother turning up before 5pm on your check in day!
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- Genuine and typically Savoyard resort. Shops and activities close by. Entirely renovated apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maeva Residence La Riviere Hotel Chamonix