Chalet Jean Blanc, Courchevel 1850. I am writing this from Geneva airport having this morning left Courchevel and a week staying in Chalet Jean Blanc, organised by SkiTotal.
We had checked trip advisor before we left so had an idea that the chalet would not be 4* as advertised. The location is fantastic, no denying it, bang in the centre of Courchevel 1850, above Jean Blanc Sports, opposite The Forum (with lots of shops), 2 minutes walk from Ku De Ta (good après bar) and best of all, right across the road from the main lift station (Chenus, Verdons and Jardin Alpin). As expected the downside of this meant it was rather noisy at night (especially as the chalet is pretty warm so you need to sleep with the balcony doors open). We bought ear plugs in the Sherpa (supermarket in the forum) and they worked great.
The chalet is in need of an update. We had 2 door handles fall off over the course of a week and the furnishings are a bit old. The living room is not spacious as described on the website with an old sofa that can seat 3 and everyone else is on wooden chairs. The view is very good though - right onto the piste.
At first glance the website says the rooms are en suite. Read closer and it says each room has a shower (2 over strange mini baths with seats - however these do prove quite handy when hungover...) and there are 2 separate toilets for the 3 rooms to share. In my book, en suite means you get a loo. This could easily be fixed as room 1 had a bidet in the shower room which could be replaced with a loo. Who has a bidet without a loo next to it anyway?!
Our chalet host was lovely (Ally) and made a real effort to ensure we were thoroughly well fed and well wined. The cakes were also a particular highlight. The kitchen is in a pretty bad way so hats off to Ally for managing to turn out such good food. Cupboards are missing doors, the dishwasher doesn't work properly and everything seemed a bit greasy so we generally tried to avoid venturing inside.
So if the owners are reading this I would recommend spending a bit of cash on your chalet: double glazing, a new kitchen table, a new dishwasher and general deep clean of the kitchen, exchange the bidet for a toilet and chuck a big L shaped sofa in the living room. Job done.
So to summarise, chalet in great location but in need of an update. I would say 2* for the chalet, 4* for our chalet host. Would not recommend for families or clean freaks who want peace and quiet. Great for young groups who prioritise location to the action. Oh and remember the ear plugs!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Skiers who like to be in the very heart of a resort - especially those who know Courchevel 1850 - will be delighted with this chalet in our Ski Total portfolio. Located on the second floor of the Jean Blanc building in the very heart of 1850, this appealing chalet-apartment is in an absolutely prime location. ... more less