The fact is when you consider skiing accomodation, you consider proximity to lifts, cost, facilities in that order...Unless of course you are a "get up at 10 ...probably skiing by 11" kind of skier. Having read some of the reviews prior to taking my girlfriend and children, I was ready to accept something less than satisfactory. (it was italian holidays and i was running out of options) I was pleasantly surprised by the position, the staff and the quality. For those of you who can remember school ski trips in the 80's on monarch air when the walk to the lifts with boots and skis was not much less than 2 miles, the walk to the main cable car from this hotel is honestly 10 minutes max. The fact that lockers and ski, boot & board rental is available up at the main ski area means you dont have to negotiate the walk with all your gear. The staff were very friendly and not at all like the previous reviewers here. They were very helpful and spke very good english.....not that we were deterred. Our Italian got an outing. The hotel is very clean and typically alpine. Tiled floors, dark wooden doors....a bit of an echo wherever you were. Breakfast was ok but not great. To be honest the view from the restaurant window was too good and we were up and out by 8 everyday. We were lucky with the weather. Deep blue skies everyday bar the last when it snowed. Skiing was pretty good for a long weekend (4 days) but not for 2 weeks. Several blacks, a host of reds with co terminating blues. The village itself is very well looked after and very charming with a fair choice of places to eat. By the way The hotel is 100 yards from the main high street.(pedestrianised?) Note book restaurant on saturday nights but dont bother with the mountain restaurants...take your chances...there are at least 12 mountain top eateries......All in all Hotel Centrale is a 3* hotel no more, no less. watch out for the check in clerks recomendations for places to eat...they are more likely to be a fair walk away and related to him but what did you expect....the Ritz?
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