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“Why you should stay here” 4 of 5 stars
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Bellachat
3815 Route des Confins, 74220 La Clusaz, France   |  
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Ranked #19 of 19 Hotels in La Clusaz
Wokingham
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Why you should stay here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We've lost count of the times we've stayed here… at least 10! So why is it so much better than its low rating? What are its pros and cons?

This place is out of town, heading up to the Plateau des Confins. It's very French. It's unusual to find guests who are not French. The owners, Mr et Madame Gallay are friendly and helpful, but speak little English. The food is simple country cooking, but absolutely fresh, homemade and delicious, with helpings to satisfy the biggest appetite, however dinner isn't served until 8,15pm, which is a little late if you've been working up an appetite skiing all day. Solution: beer and crisps at the bar first!

The ambiance is quiet. The bar area ( free wi-fi) is simple. The rooms and furniture are very dated, but the beds are comfortable, and the entire establishment is always spotlessly clean.
Stunning views from the rooms at the front, but no lift to get you and your bags to the third floor, which isn't a problem for us.

Ultimately you stay here for location, escaping the crowds and the traffic congestion in town. Step out the door and directly onto the XC ski tracks, and this is the most beautiful plateau to ski on. Snowshoeing also wonderful.

Now for the downhillers, you catch the 9am bus directly outside the hotel, or drive the half mile or so to the car park at La Balme to start your day. On the downside, that's the only direct bus... leave later and you'll have to take a bus into town and start from the lifts there. However there are frequent direct buses from both La Balme and town at end of day back to the hotel.

Remember, up on the plateau, there is a great cafeteria, and a lovely restaurant, but no nightlife whatsoever, but when you've been XC skiing all day in XC paradise- stuffed yourself with great food and reasonably priced wine, you're too tired for apres ski!

This place is authentically French, in a great family tradition. It's not for you if you can't see past the dated bedroom furniture, but the friendliness, location and food more than compensate.

Room Tip: ask for rooms with view 'sur La Chaine d'Aravis'…glorious!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cefalù
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for a last-minute New Year break - 2adults and 3 grown-up children for 4 nights. The hotel is simple 2* family-style with about 20 rooms. The location is about 4km outside La Clusaz. It is very close to a major cross-country skiing area! also with lots of snowshoe/hiking trails in the surrounding area. Downhill skiers can use the frequent free shuttle bus into town to reach the gondolas to the slopes.

Breakfast (9 euros) was copious and of good quality. Dinner was excellent value (4 course menus from 15 euros) and well-served. Drinks are also very reasonably priced. There are several other restaurants within walking distance - we enjoyed Le Foly, about 1 km away from the hotel.

The proprietors of the hotel are friendly and helpful, maintaining a very high standard of cleanliness throughout the hotel.

Free wifi is available in the bar area and also in the restaurant. There is ample free parking.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Swansea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Just got back from long weekend
very helpful staff, excellent food ,wine, superbly clean, bus transfer bit of a pain but small price to pay.
sleep good,a real fire would transform the place!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

The hotel advertises ski lifts "two steps" from the hotel. This is not true. The shortest route to the ski lifts is across a ridge followed by a very steep descent. This descent is only suitable for experienced skiers. The hotel staff failed to inform us about this. As a result we found ourselves in a potentially dangerous situation and the hotel staff did not seem to care or realize any of this. I would not recommend this hotel. False advertising and staff is very unfriendly and unhelpful.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3815 Route des Confins, 74220 La Clusaz, France
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > La Clusaz
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Ranked #19 of 19 Hotels in La Clusaz
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Number of rooms: 31
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