We arrived at the Foret Hotel after a 3 hour transfer from the airport in Grenoble. The transfer itself was quite an experience since the bus driver pushed the bus to (and over) the limits of how fast it is possible to drive on French mountain roads. A little bit scary actually.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and we were met by two Danish persons in the reception. I think that maybe the male one was the hotel manager. However, they were both friendly and very service minded and check-in was fast and easy. We were also provided with some basic information which was useful.
I travelled with Langley and had purchased a so-called all inclusive package which means accommodation, breakfast, a 3 course dinner, transfer from/to airport and 6 days skipass for the Espace Killy ski resort (Val D’isere and Tignes).
The hotel facilities:
If you expect a luxury resort you will be deeply disappointed because this is basically a, well, a basic hotel so to speak. No fancy reception, no upgraded rooms with nice furniture or even furniture at all or anything else nice to have stuff. I got a room on the 2nd floor with a small balcony.
The room was actually not that small but the bathroom is probably the smallest one I have ever had. It contained a small shower cabinet, a sink and a toilet. Between those three subject there is hardly space to stand.
There were two separate beds (I paid extra for having this as a single room for myself) in the room, some shelves for putting clothes into, a small desktop and a kind of a stool. Yes, and a 14” old fashioned TV from the 90s or something that I did not even try.
I have seen it mentioned here on Trip Advisor before many times and yes I will have to agree; there is a strange smell in the reception area and in the stairs between the different floors. And yes it reminds you about a certain thing called sewage.
I probably sound very negative here now but things will get better. Simply because these lack of facilities did not overshadow the fact that a lot of other things was very good in this hotel. And when going on these skiing holidays I do not spend much time in my room anyway except for when I sleep.
Wireless wifi is available only in the reception area and in the bar in the first floor. It worked fine for me.
Breakfast & dinner:
Starting with the breakfast it was a basic breakfast with good bread, a variety of ham and jam, serials, juices and milk, some fruit and yoghurts, coffee and boiled eggs. The only problem with the breakfast was that if you arrived a little late you’ll have to wait some, 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Not necessarily because there were no free table but because they had too few cutleries actually. That was a little bit annoying.
Proceeding to the dinner; it was very good each of the evening we were there. Some days it was well beyond our expectations. I shall not go trough the whole menu but I can mentioned some of mine favorites which was; duck breast, roasted tenderloin and steamed cod. Also the starters and the desserts were really good. And it was all served by service minded young Scandinavians.
There is as mentioned also a bar in the hotel. We used to have a couple of after-ski beers there some of the days, and there is a nice atmosphere in the bar and also here the crew behind the desk consists of Scandinavians. And also here the service is of a good quality.
The location of the hotel is also good; just a short 5 minutes’ walk down to the main road in Val D’isere and about 10 miutes walk to the area where gondolas and chair lifts takes you up to places such as Rocher de Bellevarde and Solaise, from where you easily can explore the whole area called Espace Killy.
Val D’isere is a really nice area for skiing and offers pistes for beginners as well as for experts. There is many nice red and black pistes in the area, and for those who prefer off-piste the opportunities are many when there has been a snowfall or two.
My conclusion is that if you preference is good service, a nice atmosphere and good food for a ok charge, well then I would easily recommend this hotel.
But if you are one of those who expect luxury in every detail, large rooms with big flat screens and nice chairs, big bathrooms etc., please book another hotel because this one is basic when it comes to comfort.
One thing I nearly forgot. If you have problems sleeping when it is a little bit noisy please note that the noise isolation between the rooms and between the rooms and the hallway is poor.
- Also Known As:
- Foret Hotel Val d Isère
- La Foret France/Savoie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Langley Hotel La Forêt is located in the heart of Val d'Isère with walking distance to the ski lifts and approximately a five minute walk to the city center.A simple and cosy hotel with a restaurant a bar to relax after your ski days. It also has a sauna and jacuzzi available for an extra charge and its own in house ski rental. ... more less