We stayed at the Coq de Bruyere during the second week of the Easter holidays in a large group that took over the whole chalet hotel and it was great.
The hotel is a little tired in places but really only a little, some of the rooms are very small and some are really quite spacious, I'll list those later.
We went the last week of the season for Ski Total in Courchevel and half expected the staff to be a bit de-mob happy and maybe not as attentive as perhaps they would normally be, but the exact opposite was what we experienced. Louise the hotel manager, her assistant Steven, Ryan the bar man, Ollie and his crew both in the kitchen and front of house were all excellent and really couldn't do enough for us. The food was up there with the best I've ever had on a chalet holiday and that was feeding nearly 60 people!
The hotel's location is excellent for the lifts at La Croisette where the ski schools go from and there's a blue run within 50 metres that runs behind the hotel. There is some noise from bin lorries and snowploughs early in the morning but hey, its a ski resort, they tend to have snowploughs and its the same in any accomodation that is that close to the piste.
The ski room is too small and in the basement, but the boot heaters / driers are great, and we got round the ski room size by each family bringing their skis up at different times before and after breakfast, really wasn't a problem. The communal areas are nice, bar (with table football), lounge, dinning, TV snug.
The best thing about this hotel though was the staff, and here I have a caveat if you are going there next season, because most, if not all the staff will be different. That's not to say they won't be as good though, this was my second Ski Total holiday and the first was really good too.
Now the rooms, much was made of these in the reviews I read before we went and my conclusion on having been there is that some people are either very fussy, or have never skied before without spending really silly money because frequently bedrooms are small in many Chalets. To help people going in the future, assuming the room numbering remains consistent, here is some info for you:
Small double rooms (best for kids):
31, 41, 51, 53
Rooms at back of hotel:
1st floor - 36, 37, 38, 40, 41 (these don't have balconies, if that is important to you - all other rooms do)
2nd floor 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52
3rd floor 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 (60 is the room in the photo on the website)
Rooms at the front of the hotel:
1st floor 31, 32, 33, 34, 35
2nd floor 42, 43, 44, 45, 46
3rd floor 53, 54, 55, 61 (61 is the biggest room in the hotel)
The best and biggest rooms are 60 and 61, 58 is also good as is 40 but be aware 58 is not between 57 and 59 but at the end of the corridor. All the other room info is on the Ski Total website re trebles, doubles, singles, baths, showers etc....
Go expecting a 3* chalet hotel and you won't be disappointed. We had great time and if we ever go in a really big group again the CDB is the first place we will check for availability.
Feedback for ski total - if you have a large group big enough for their own coach why not put them all on the same one, or any size group together? Or at least at the same time. We were split onto 2 coaches leaving an hour apart, one large family had 6 of them on one coach and one (the youngest, 6 years old) on his own on the other coach an hour earlier or later!
Thank you to Louise and Kirsty (resort manager) for sorting this out and getting us our own coach at the later time.
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