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“Great hotel, great food, great people!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Tavernier
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Strada Courmayeur - Dolonne 27, Courmayeur, Italy   |  
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Ranked #33 of 43 Hotels in Courmayeur
Derbyshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great hotel, great food, great people!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

I don't know what planet the previous reviewer was from but this is an excellent place to stay. The location is great, just a short walk to the ski lift and not much further into town (downhill on the way back!)

For us, the food was excellent. When I go abroad the last thing I want is to be served burger & chips! What I want is what the locals eat...and this is exactly what we got. Every night it was 4 courses of local seasonal food - delicious and well cooked in every respect. Every night was different, from chicken to pork to rabbit to deer - superb!

Edith was a wonderful hostess and the 2 waitresses Maria & Michela were friendly, efficient and approachable - our Italian was next to useless but we made the effort and were rewarded with new phrases every day ;-) We had to leave early on our last night so would have missed breakfast - we got back to our room after dinner to find a tray of breakfast food and a kettle so we wouldn't go hungry - a lovely touch.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Tavernier and would go back in a heartbeat. Make the effort, get into the spirit and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Geneva, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

At the arrival we were greeted by a friendly staff and the rooms were very nice, with separate bedrooms for each occupant, which is nice especially when traveling with friends. Hotel is located about 200m from the lift and about 100m away there is a large public car parking, which is quite convenient. It is also not far away from the center of the city (300m).

We enjoyed also the sauna and the roman baths of the hotel, which are however open only from about 5pm till 7pm. And this is at an extra cost of 10euros.

What was very disappointing was the quality of the food, when we did choose to go there for a dinner. You would expect the culinary experience being in Italy, but is is more of a school kitchen than a restaurant. Avoid eating there at all costs - there are quite some good restaurants not that far away at a reasonable price. Even breakfast is quite catastrophic, considering that the coffee there is not drinkable, choice is limited and has the same feeling as a 2 star or lower. If you know what a continental breakfast can be, rather go somewhere to a local cafe to take breakfast.

The lady at the reception is nice and professionally friendly, the rest of the staff is more of a joke as they tend to avoid conversation with the guests.

I would still recommend this hotel to a friend though as the rooms are nice, location is good and price is reasonable, but I would never ever eat there again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tipperary, Ireland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

I found this hotel on Trip Advisor and dismissed the one negative review as the work of a grumpy old man! Then I found I agreed with him! The hotel is mostly below street level and is very dark. In our room (and most I think) you had to exit the room to balcony or courtyard to get to the main part of the hotel. Not too big a deal but not cosy. NO view from hotel.
We were really looking forward to the food given that we were in Italy. It was very disappointing. We were on half board for the 4 nights but didn't bother returning to the hotel for dinner 2 of those nights. Spa is TINY and bad value.
Courmayeur is great - stay somewhere else and enjoy (free) buffet in Bar Roma instead of here!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Essex
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2010

I have now stayed in the Tavernier a number of times during the winter (incl. Christmas/New Year period) for a short ski break (usually 4 nights). I've also stayed there in a group of 12+ men and as a couple of families with children (ages 7 - 17) and on every occasion the Tavernier has been brilliant. They have a wide range of room types suiting both small and large groups. The rooms are also very clean, well appointed and the larger rooms are....well...large!

I'd also have to give Edith and her team a special mention as year after year they provide awesome service and they are so friendly and welcoming. I also menion the food which can be quite simple but always flavourful and hearty (you won't go hungry).

The hotel has a simple Spa with a spa pool and steam room which is great after a hard days skiing. It is also close to the Dolonne Telecabine which is easily walked with a few minutes and takes you straight to the Courmayeur pistes. This is also where the Sport Complex is where events take place and there is Ice Skating though I've never used it personally.

The walk into town is also about 5/10 mins (slightly uphill) so in easy reach of Courmayeur's Bars and Restuarants. But, if your like me you'll find yourself more at home in the hotels cosy little bar next to the open fireplace sampling the generous snacks and Moretti beer.

The only possible negative from me, and all those that have ever stayed in the Tavernier with me, is that a few rooms are close to the road. So if it has snowed overnight then the snow clearing begin early and it can be loud so unless your a heavy sleeper your unlikely not to need an early morning call to get to the ski lift early.

Having now skied Courmayeur on many occasions I'm always thinking it's time for something different but the Tavernier is such a winner I/we just keep going back. The good news is La Thuille is nearby and Pila is not too far either so I'd recommend you use the Tavernier and ski all three resorts!

  • Stayed February 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Ireland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

Just back from long weekend. Our party of 7 stayed in one of the aprtments in the Hotel Tavernier and had a great time. The hotel itself is clean, comfortable and the staff are very nice/helpful. The location is great, being only 2-3 minutes walk from the new cable car up the mountain.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, England
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133 reviews 133 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

Just returned from a long weekend ski trip with friends and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel.
Firstly, the location is superb - it sits on the opposite side of the main road and river from most of the other hotels and the centre of the resort. Whilst this might be viewed as a disadvantage, it actually works in your favour because you make use of the Dolonne cable up to Plan Checroui rather than the busier main cable car from the town. All the skiing starts at Plan Checroui and I'd recommend making use of 'Noleggio Sci Lo Chalet' (one of the ski hire shops) - you can leave all your gear at the shop at the end of each day, which removes all the slog in the morning with all your ski's etc.
Getting to the centre of resort from the hotel is no great problem - about a 5-10 minute walk.
The welcome from Edith on reception was great - nothing is too much trouble. Indeed, all staff are very helpful. A big plus was the offer of letting us all come back to the hotel in the afternoon on our last day to take showers and get changed - this meant we had another full day skiing.
The rooms we had were basic (which is absolutely fine for ski trips) but quite spacious with plenty of storage, hanging for jackets etc.
We had breakfast at the hotel (which was fine - rolls and cereals) but did not eat during the evening as we wanted to see more of the town at night.
However, we did spend quite a lot of time in the bar which was a nice place to retreat in front of the fire. It's also great value compared to the rest of Courmayeur.
Just a quick point on Courmayeur itself - it's a really lovely ski resort but if you like being pushed there isn't enough skiing for a week. It's a perfect weekend break resort but we'd done it all pretty much in a day and we're not that energetic! However, for a long weekend it's just about perfect.
In summary, the Tavernier is a great value hotel in a great spot for skiing. I'm already thinking about when I can squeeze in my next weekend away and this hotel will be my first choice wihtout a doubt.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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london
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2010

We stayed for four nights in the Hotel Tavernier. Would definitely recommend it as a ski hotel. We ate in the restaurant twice - once the food was excellent, once average but overrall it is good value for the price. Rooms were excellent although TV was a bit small but if you on a skiing holiday you are not there to watch TV! In addition there is a nice sauna and spa in the Hotel.

The best thing about the hotel is the location - it is a five minute walk to the quick, modern bubble lift to the slopes. If you do no thave your own skis you can hire your skis once on the slopes which makes it even quicker.

The location is not that central for the shops, bars and restaurants of Courmayeur - it is about a 10-15 minute walk but most people would probably agree close to the ski lifts is more important.

One other point - if you are driving there (we came from Turin and it was an easy 90 minute drive) it is best not to park in their car park as it is very difficult to manouvre up and down the slope particularly if there has been snow. When you arrive try and park outside or close by to offload luggage and then leave the car in the public car park 2 minutes away.

All in all a very nice hotel particularly if you pay 100 EUR a night for a double which is what we paid (HoweverI think we did not go in peak season as we went end of Jan)

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Strada Courmayeur - Dolonne 27, Courmayeur, Italy
Location: Italy > Valle d'Aosta > Courmayeur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Courmayeur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tavernier 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Well situated just before the new cable car at Courmayeur. The hotel which lies on the banks of the Torrent Dora Baltea has also a Fitness Center that applies the same antique philosophy as was used in Roman baths by means of modern technology. ... more   less 
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