We discovered Chalet Mounier about 15 years ago when we were camping in Venosc and took the cable car up to Les Deux Alpes. The following 2 summers we spent 10 days there with our 3 boys who at the time were aged between 16 and 7 and we have also returned 4 or 5 times during the winter for skiing as a family and more recently as a couple.
The breakfast buffet is always well-supplied with a good selection of cereals, hams, cheeses, eggs and bacon, breads and pastries to set you up for a day of skiing or hiking. For us, a highlight is perusing the dinner menu before heading out for the day and spending the day anticipating exactly what some of the descriptions would turn out to be!
The four course dinner always holds some surprise or another and our boys enjoyed eating a wide range of unfamiliar foods, I do remember chilled melon soup not being a favourite but there was never a problem if we asked for a course to be left out. The waiting staff are all so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them. However, if you have children who only eat chips and pizza this is not the hotel for you.
This year my husband and I enjoyed an amazing dinner in their Michelin star restaurant le P'tit Polyte but I would say that the food served in the hotel restaurant is of an equally high and imaginative standard.
I have read in other reviews complaints about the walk to the nearest ski lift which could be about 10 minutes but if you're that unfit - should you be skiing? I've walked similar distances across enormous car parks in other ski resorts.
Also there seem to be complaints about lack of tea-making facilities in the rooms and proximity to children in the restaurant - what is wrong with some people? It's a French family hotel which is comfortable, pretty and in a wonderful location so don't go there if you want the bland experience offered in so many hotels all over the world.
From the cosy bar area to the comfy and charmingly decorated rooms and the fantastic food Chalet Mounier has never failed to delight us. We will definitely be going back in the next couple of years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surplombant l'Alpe de Venosc, à 150 mètres du téléphérique du Diable, le Chalet Mounier dispose d'une piscine couverte et d'un Spa.Chaque chambre dispose d'une télévision satellite à écran plat, d'une salle de bains avec toilettes séparées, peignoir et pantoufles.Une grande variété de cocktails vous seront servis au bar et le restaurant vous propose une cuisine gastronomique et 800 vins. L'hôtel possède également un salon avec cheminée, un jardin et une terrasse. ... more less
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