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“First class” 4 of 5 stars
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Courchevel 1850, Courchevel, France   |  
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Ranked #35 of 53 hotels in Courchevel
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“First class”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

OK, yes the hotel was a little tired but it was clean and the quality of the staff outweighed any little issue with the hotel. It has a superb location only a couple of minutes from the main lifts, the food was first class, plenty of choice, the free wine was good and not rationed. English TV for non skiing times and the staff really tried hard to overcome the issue of no ski hosting. It was not as good with out it but the law is the law. Our room was reasonably sized, good view, comfortable beds, clean towels, some toiletries and was cleaned daily.

Issues for us, wifi expensive, ski room very small and smelly, quite a lot of noise at night with children crying, recommended ski hire shop small and little choice ( they do take and collect skis though so that is great to just leave skis on last day in the ski room) , not much room to put boots on when lots leave at same time.

Would like to thank all staff for their professional level of service, the welcome they gave us and their willingness to help and adapt to special needs. We would recommend to our friends.

Room Tip: Room 30 but on top floor, there is a lift though. Good view but as on front susceptible to street n...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The main thing that the Dahu has going for it is that it's bang in the middle of Courcheval 1850 - and you can afford to stay there even if you're not an oligarch! So from a location point of view it couldn't be better.

As a hotel, it's a typical Mark Warner product (and I've stayed in most of them!) - tired, shabby and not-so chic. The rooms are tiny and very hot - we ended up turning off the heating and opening the window! - although there was a decent amount of wardrobe space and hooks on the wall. The bathrooms are very basic (ours had a broken shower) with one tiny shelf for toiletries. And our balcony looked out onto the equivalent of a back alley.

What does make the Dahu stand out from the others is that the food was excellent both at breakfast and at dinner, with an imaginative range of dishes providing a real dilemma every mealtime. The staff were also excellent, as always - I don't think we've ever had a cleaner chalet room! It was a real shame that there was no ski hosting due to the recent French court ruling, but the hosts did their best by holding morning briefings, handing out itineraries and arranging lunch stops.

But one real gripe - when are Mark Warner going to enter the 21st Century and stop charging for wifi? Not only were they asking E15 for access but this was PER DEVICE!! On top of this, the signal was so poor that we had to sit in the lounge to access our emails.

Room Tip: If you stand by the windows in the lounge, you should be able to pick up the unsecured wifi from the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This was our 4th stay at a Mark Warner ski chalet / hotel and whilst they have all been good this was by far the best given the quality of the food and the fantastic service from the chalet team. From the ski hosts (Tim was excellent with great knowledge of the ski area and very mindful of the safety of the group) to Lewis on the bar or the team serving in the restaurant or on the front desk they all made our holiday very enjoyable. The food at the MW hotels tends to be decent home cooked meals which is exactly what you want after a long day skiing but Dean and the team have taken this to another level and a couple of the meals I would happily have paid for in a good restaurant. I do agree with previous posts that the hotel needs updating as the rooms are tired and our bathroom had a well worned shower curtain and bath. Also the boot room is tiny and a bit of a scrum in the mornings and in this day and age paying for WiFi seems a bit of a cheek especially as it can only then be used on one device. However, the service, food and location (its less than a 5min walk to the Verdons lift) more than make up for this. We also used Whitestorm to hire our skis from (the recommeded shop by MW) and they take you to the shop by car, deliver your skis to the hotel and collect them again at the end of the week and were on hand on the first morning if they were any problems. We ate at La Fromagerie on the evening when the MW team have the night off and it was very good although very busy. Overall a fantastic week (the snow was incredible :-)) and I would definitely return ....it's just a shame Courchevel doesn't have the same quality of nightlife as St. Anton.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had a fabulous time at the Dahu, yes the decoration is a bit tired but we were there for skiing and location and that could not have been better.

The staff as usual from Mark Warner were outstanding and could not be more friendly and helpful. Food and service was great.

Unfortunately, I injured my knee so skiing was not an option. I wish I had purchased the Carte Neige insurance with my 6 day ski pass, as that would have enabled me to get my money back, it only costs only 43 cents a day, will remember for next time.

On the last day I went to the ski locker to pick up my skis to find they were missing. The ski rental people had been in earlier and we suspect they had picked them up by mistake. Darren and the hotel staff were very helpful in trying to find then and assisting us in trying to get a police report. It was not to be and my skis were gone for good and with the police station closed we had no police report which meant the insurers would not consider a claim.

Mark Warner customer service in London were excellent, very quick to respond and extremely helpful in sorting out the problem satisfactorily.

My suggestions are that you make sure you take your ski equipment to your room on the last day before the rental people turn up and invest in ski locks to be extra safe.

A great Mark Warner experience and will definitely be using them again.

Room Tip: Front facing , 3rd floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We spent a week in Courchevel at the Chalethotel Dahu (27th Jan 2013) with my Husband, my parents and 3 year old.

I was a little apprehensive about the Hotel having read some earlier comments, but I can honestly say that it was brilliant! The room we had accommodated an extra bed for my daughter, and yes, it was a little small, but how much time do you spend in your room? For us it was quite adequate.

We had a lovely balcony which Im sure had a great view, but due to the amount of snow we were unable to utilise it to its full extent.

We used the Crèche on a few days (didn’t book for the whole week, just paid on the day direct with the hotel) and the staff were fantastic. My Daughter had a great time playing, bum-boarding and painting; and their evening "baby sitting" service was excellent. The little ones go down at 7.15pm, watch a film (if they can stay awake that long!) and then get put to into little beds and watched over by 2 Nannies. My daughter was sound asleep every time and after we had had our dinner we picked her up and took her straight to bed!

Kids lunch and dinner was also good and you had a good variety of foods to chose from. My Daughter cleaned her plate every time - and she can be really fussy!

The Adult food - now what can I say. Dean the Head Chef and his staff did an outstanding job of serving what I would consider 5 star quality food every night. The 3 course meals were really impressive and there were certainly no negative comments from our party of 4! The house wine (which was included in our meal) was also very good.

Afternoon Tea is also served, with daily hot soup, sandwiches and cakes - just what you need after a day on the slopes.

The only slightly negative point (and this is a real nit-pick) would be breakfast - a little boring and a bottle neck around the toast section was a little annoying, and the toaster only toasts on one side at a time!

There is a large comfy lounge area for those who wish to just chill out (one of our party was not skiing so used this a great deal). There is a TV, Pool table, and some games here and there are also free drinks available 24hrs a day (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water & squash).

Lewis in the Bar will happily help you with your drinks in the evening and the cocktails are good too :D Some of the drinks can be a little pricey but that’s just Courchevel 1850 for you!

All in all, for the money paid, being right on the slopes (2 min walk), in amongst really expensive hotels, shops and restaurants the Chalethotel Dahu offers value for money, good facilities, excellent & helpful staff and a good atmosphere.

Would I recommend it to a friend - without a doubt!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Perfect location for quick access to the main lifts in Courchevel and the adjacent village amenities. The hotel is fairly basic but perfectly comfortable for a ski chalet hotel. The lounge and bar areas are inviting and the staff create a home from home atmosphere, while also providing an excellent service to your requirements. The Ski hosting is a real bonus and also serves as a great ice breaker with meeting the other guests. The bar prices are also good for Courchevel.
The hotel is just across the road from the Forum Centre , with easy access to the bars, cafes and shops which provides easy access to and from the Kudeta (popular apres ski bar & live music).
I would highly recommend the Dahu and the Trois Vallees which provides a full range of ski terrain to suit everyone.

Room Tip: Back rooms are the quietest but you trade a view at lower levels
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

The hotel itself is not the best, but if you're looking for location and being treated like a king this is the place for you. The hotel is warm and very clean. The Mark Warner staff we're excellent and the ski host tours were brilliant. The food was delicious and the service was great. We would definitely return to this hotel or go on another mark warner holiday.

Room Tip: Pay more if you want a bigger room with a view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Courchevel 1850, Courchevel, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Courchevel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #35 of 53 hotels in Courchevel
Also Known As:
Chalethotel Dahu Courchevel

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