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“Not so bad..” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vauban
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   13 Avenue General De Gaulle, 05100 Briancon, France   |  
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Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Briancon
Leiden, The Netherlands
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16 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not so bad..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

This hotel has had better times but is not degenerated. The rooms are clean and large, the sanitary is sufficient. The restaurant is quite good.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Skipton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

We just got back from a weeks skiing in the Serre Chevalier valley. We stayed at the Hotel Vauban which I can highly recommend as a base. It does have a little of a 1970s feel to it, but you have to remember this IS France!

It is located in Briancon which is right at the very end of the valley for skiing. The hotel is located just a 2-5 minute walk from the ski hire shops and gondola. The staff were ALWAYS very helpful, we were later getting there than planned, around 11:30pm so we rung ahead and they gave us full instructions on how to get into the car park etc etc.

The hotel was ALWAYS kept immaculately clean, with all our towels etc being changed daily. We had a double and a twin room, both were spacious and well appointe and both had their own En Suite.

There are electric shutters on the outside of the windows so you are able to get a good nights sleep after a hard days activity.

It has free WiFi as well which kept the teenagers happy in a evening, there is also a TV in the room , and you can get BBC World Service on it if you really need a fix of British TV.
The breakfast at €9.00 per person per day might sound expensive but is the best value in the town.

There are enough good restaurants in the NEW town to keep you going provided you are not a "PICKY" eater. The "OLD" town which is a 20 minute walk UP the hill has many more.

Be warned though, eating out in Briancon is not cheap as there are no "Bar Meals" available really, you are paying restaurant prices every night, so if you are on a budget you have been warned. It cost us between €70 and €90 per night plus tips for 4 of us.

Briancon, both old and new is a lovely town, in my opinion, far and away the nicest town in the Serre Chevalier Valley.
Will we go back?

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Leuven, Belgium
3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

On the plus side, the hotel is excellently located. The ski lift is just a few minutes away on foot.

There are automated blinds for the window, so you can sleep in complete darkness.

Showering is possible in the room and in a shared shower is available in the hall, so you don't need to queue!

Parking is available for hotel guests. You'll need to take a turn on the roundabout to get in though, as you'll need to get out of your car to open the gate - something you don't want to do while traversing the road.

In terms of food, the hotel's breakfast is decent. For dinner, there's a very good Chinese restaurant in a radius of 500m around the hotel, as well as several Italian / French restaurants.

On the negative side: during our 4 day stay, the hotel lobby & restaurant suffered from a strong smell. The rooms were not affected though, but it certainly didn't invite to stay during the day or consider having dinner in the hotel restaurant.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2008

I stayed at the Vauban in May 2007, as Briancon was the setting for one of the stages of the Giro d'Italia (Italy's version of the Tour de France). Briancon is a really wonderful little town and the Alps are beautiful but let me stick to reviewing the hotel.

I booked the hotel through venere.com. We arrived very late at night, I think around 10:30 pm, because that is when our train (from Barcelona, it took forever, multiple trains) arrived. The staff were waiting for us as I emailed ahead. They checked us in and were very welcoming. We had a room with two twin beds as you can see in the photo. Unfortunately I took the picture while our room was a total mess and it doesn't show the whole room. But it was quite spacious, as was the bathroom. The bathroom was very clean as well and had a bidet (I never tried it though). It also had a balcony overlooking the street below. In the photo, the hustle and bustle is mostly due to the preparation for the race. The balcony window ledge often served as our refrigerator overnight! The hotel was very centrally located, and a supermarket was very close by, so we always bought fruit, yogurt, etc for breakfast. As a vegan, I had somewhat of a difficult time eating in town, but I got by, and there were two really good restaurants, one a creperie and other that was a couscous restaurant.

My friend and I planned to rent bikes (already prearranged) from a particular store, and were going to ride up the Col d'Izoard, one of the mountains they climb in the Tour de France. The store turned out to totally flake out on us and never answered the phone. So the hotel staff, seeing how crestfallen we were, called all around town until they found someone who would rent to us. They really went out of their way and we appreciated it immensely.

Overall, the Vauban will definitely be my hotel of choice if I ever make it back to lovely Briancon.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 13 Avenue General De Gaulle, 05100 Briancon, France
Location: France > Provence > Hautes-Alpes > Briancon
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Briancon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Vauban 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Vauban is ideally situated in Briancon city center , less than 5 minutes from the railway station and less than 200 meters from the lifts Prorel , where starts Serre Chevalier ski slopes, 200 m from Briancon pool and rink and 2 minutes from the Briancon Casino Barriere. Hotel Vauban Briancon have 40 comfortable spacious rooms equipped with flat screen, Sattelite TV, Canal +, CanalSat , Iinternational channels , telephone, hairdryer , WIFI , bath or shower. All rooms have been renovated . ... more   less 
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