My wife and I stayed at the Sherpa in March 2011 for a week, booked through Crystal Finest. Our room was spotless and comfortable and although it was not huge, it was fine for a skiing holiday as we were not often in there. Our bathroom had a bath with shower over and pleasingly very hot water for important post-ski relaxation time! The tv only had Sky News, CNN and Eurosport as English speaking channels, but if you want to watch tv on a skiing/boarding/walking holiday then maybe there is something wrong?! The boot room contained a locker for each hotel room and a door leading to the outside. From here there was a short (10 metres) and slightly steep snow covered slope up to a track leading to a blue run ('Plein Sud'). Both the slope and the track were piste bashed every night. It took a bit of effort to get along this track to the blue run when skiing away from the hotel, but if you are fit enough to ski or board then it is no problem at all. When returning to the hotel you could easily ski from the same blue run, back along the track down the slope and right to the boot room door. From the front of the hotel, you could walk to bars, shops, and restaurants within a minute and the centre of Val Thorens was 5 minutes walk. Sherpa is right at the top of Val Thorens so it is downhill to the centre and uphill back, but again if you are fit enough to ski.... Val Thorens is notorious for its young people and nightlife so it is good to be located away from the centre. We did however hear a bit of drunken singing late at night, so it may be worth asking for a room at the back of the hotel when booking. If you are driving to the hotel yourself, once you have unloaded your bags you have to park in one of the secure town car parks, the closest one being a very short distance away.
There is a very comfortable bar area in the hotel with open fire and comfy chairs and a good selection of beers, spirits, cocktails etc. The best thing about the bar however was the barman Gregory. He was extremely helpful, witty and charming and it was worth sitting at the bar to talk to him. He also devised a special Champagne cocktail for my wife!! Gregory spotted my wife and I in Val Thorens on his day off and helped us find what we were looking for too. This extra-mile service was something we found in all of the staff at the hotel. All of the staff including the cleaners, reception staff and waiters were incredibly welcoming and really made our stay one to remember.
The breakfast consisted of pastries, cheeses, ham, salami, yoghurts, cereals, fruit, and also boiled eggs, scrambled eggs and bacon. There was off course coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
The hotel served lunch from a small but varied menu.
Dinner was usually a five course affair. This started with a soup, then a salad or fish course and then a main course of which there were two choices. There was then a cheese trolley followed by a quite amazing desert buffet. One evening we were served a special mixed meat fondue and another a raclette. You could also swap a main course for a cheese fondue if you pre-ordered. The wine list was mostly French and covered the Savoy region well but also contained a good range of Burgundy, Bordeaux and other regions. We ate out one night at L'Oxalys, a two michelin starred restaurant in Val Thorens (see seperate review - 'Multi-Talented Head Chef - Jean Sulpice').
In summary, the hotel is well located for both skiing and the town itself. The rooms are comfortable and the food is good. The service in the hotel however is really what makes the place and I would thoroughly recommend that you strongly consider staying here if you are planning a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Sherpa is a charming 3* hotel with the traditional Savoyard ambiance of a snug, quaint hotel. Cozy lounges and dining room with open fire. Fine local cooking. Communicating rooms, family rooms, suites. Health and beauty center. Sauna, hammam, turkish bath. Ski back to the terrasse. Located in Val-Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe (snow guarantee program), also part of the 3 valleys, largest interconnected ski area in the world. Free wifi. ... more less
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