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“Redefines basic” 1 of 5 stars
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Chalet Les Avals
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Rue de I'Aiguille de Fruit, 1650 Courchevel, France   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Redefines basic”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Ok, it was a last minute booking but not that cheap.
Room basic but clean did he job. Sadly the dining room was so noisy that conversation is almost impossible the wine was genuinely undrinkable. I have done loads of chalet hols but this time the wine became a prob. Have a glass at lunch time today and was bliss to have a drinkable wine. A basic rose was like nectar. The food, very average. Staff friendly and efficient.
Compared to last months late booking this is deffo a no no.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Just back from a superb week at Les Avals. No complaints whatsoever.
Great service and the food was excellent.
Very efficient and friendly staff who even took our bags to our room on arrival.

We were on the top floor to the front and as regards noise,it snowed one night and early morning the snowploughs were at work ensuring roads/pavements were clear ( if only they did the same in this country |) and on saturday morning there was a lot of vehicle traffic early on as this is the main change over day for other tour companies and the French - The plus to this was that the slopes are quieter on Saturdays.

Great location for accessing the slopes with a walk across the street from the front door to the main gondola station then reached by escalator to the gondola itself from which you then go on to skiing to all other areas in the Three Valleys ski area.

Arrived at Les Avals about 2 pm on the Sunday and got just over 2 hours free skiing in by using three of four pomas just at the main gondola station.

Hotel now has a heated boot room which is a bonus and since I last stayed here, has had a fair degree of modernisation done,esp to the bathrooms.
Bedroom itself was spacious,warm and clean.
Staff night off on Thursday so you need to go out for a meal. Lots of choice in 1650 and we opted for an Italian restaurant about 50 yards from the entrance to the gondola station.

Very slick transfer from Grenoble airport and rep Jade saw to requests for lift passes etc without the need for a long winded welcome(sales pitch |) on the coach as with other ski tour companies.

Welcome meeting at dinner on arrival day was just that, not a sales pitch as I have seen by other tour companies, and you certainly felt welcome by manager Dave and all his staff.

As to the skiing - fantastic. Now been skiing in Three valleys 5 times in over 10 years and never tire of the variety and scale of the pistes.This week alone managed at least 10 blacks which i hadnt done before.

Last time here in Jan 2010 when I completed the Three Valleys challenge, now revamped and even more challenging. Read reports on it before leaving home and it was reckoned that it should take 6 1/2 hours to complete. We were at lifts for opening at 0900 hours and never stopped all day and had to get bus back from 1850 as we couldnt make connecting lift back to 1650 in time. we fell short of completing the challenge by one checkpoint and this was in perfect skiing conditions. still we enjoyed the day anyway and it gives you the opportunity of getting round all the villages in the area in one day.

A great week and will be back and will definately use Ski Olympic again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

We got a last minute, half price deal which made our week excellent value. The room we had was above the bar. If you get the chance, request one at the back of the the chalet, its quieter. There is the added noise of the snow ploughs and buses from 5 am. Ear plugs are a must unless you are a really sound sleeper. We had a great shower but others didn't, seemed like pot luck. Not every room had a bath.
Perfect location for access to gondola which is literally across the road and up an escalator.
The food was better an I ever expected. I'm vegetarian which is normally a nightmare but we were well catered for and were provided with the same meals as everyone else but with a vege replacement for the meat. All three courses every night were fantastic. All portions were very generous. Cooked breakfasts were amazing too and the 4pm tea was equally impressive.
The chalet staff were friendly and professional and made us welcome without being overbearing.
All in this was an excellent chalet in an excellent location for accessing the three valleys area.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

Les Avals

We booked with Ski Olympic via Skiiline and were a party of eight family members, 7- 69 years, plus three friends and chose Courchevel 1650 (renamed Moriond) as we knew from past experience that there was good skiing here for all of us. The ancients enjoyed peaceful local runs, the experts had plenty of more far-flung and challenging choices. We had stayed at Les Avals a few years ago, but it seems to have been refurbished since then. It is, by Courchevel standards, a budget choice, but its position makes it excellent. It is situated directly opposite the escalator taking skiers to the gondola and the ski school meeting place, so no long trudges to take youngsters to ski school. The ski hire shop we used was a few yards from Les Avals, so we were very happy with the position. Our two little ones, 7 and 9 were the only pupils in their ESF group class so they naturally made excellent progression.

When we arrived, the staff had, no doubt trying to be helpful, allocated our party to the number of rooms we had booked, but unfortunately these were not those I had in mind for the different components of the party. After a rather tricky stand off, rooms were sorted to everyone’s (well most people’s) satisfaction. I think the staff would do better just to give out the keys to the rooms and let a large party like ours sort itself out and avoid arguments.

Beds were very comfortable, some rooms were very small, typical ski resort size, we were all on the top floor which was very quiet. Heated warmers in the boot room were appreciated. In addition to the dining room there is a large residents’ lounge, where on a couple of days we enjoyed a DIY picnic rather than eat at the fairly expensive local restaurants, and very expensive mountain ones. .

The chalet food on the whole was pretty good. The tea time cakes were far and away the very best we have ever come across in a chalet. None of the `chalet girl’s yogurt cake’. I could not believe they had not been bought from a really fancy patisserie. The house wine was OK, breakfasts very good, hot dishes in bain-maries, no giving orders and waiting to be served.

Each morning dinner was ordered from a choice of two dishes per main course, and everyone was pleased with these – except me and a fellow veggie. No indication of the veggie option was offered in the morning, the explanation was that chef hadn’t decided yet. A bit of forward planning would have been useful. The dishes which materialised were sadly unimaginative, peppers stuffed with rice, with rice on the side is an example. Rice featured at least four times, and on the last evening in desperation I asked for the duck unable to face more veggie risotto. This is something that could so easily be sorted out and would make a huge difference to the overall high quality of the food.

The staff were all friendly and efficient, the Chalet Manager, David, took immense trouble to ensure everyone was having a good holiday. This was much appreciated. We are hoping to return next year as, for us, it offers an ideal combo - and by then I’m sure the veggie food will have been sorted!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The accommodation is very basic and tired looking - but acceptable enough for a skiing holiday where you generally spend little time in the room. Staff friendly and welcoming - service very informal rather than professional. Food was a reasonable standard although no choice of main meal. Excellent location just across the road from the main ski lift.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue de I'Aiguille de Fruit, 1650 Courchevel, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Courchevel
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #18 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Courchevel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Les Avals boasts an enviable location in the heart of Courchevel 1650, just across the road from the main telecabine and with all the local shops on hand. It is full most weeks with returning guests who have come to enjoy its unique ambience.All rooms were recently refurbished and are en-suite with balcony, and those on the back benefiting from fantastic views down the valley. The dining room is large enough to sit all guests and staff around tables of 12 and there is a comfortable upstairs lounge in which to relax.Free WiFi in the communal areas allows you to check the weather report and snow forecast.Its location allows easy access to the massive Three Valleys ski area, and the exciting atmosphere both in the chalethotel and the village promises a good time. ... more   less 

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