The resort was well signposted from the road and on entering there is a resort map that showed you exactly how to find the apartments. They are slightly outside the main area of the resort, about 6 minute walk in trainers, 10-15 minutes in ski boots but the path is quite flat in comparison with some of the other accomodation in the resort which is on quite a steep hill. There is car parking available outside each building and a large car park as well. Nice views across the mountains.
I'd phoned before to say we weren't arriving on the saturday and the keys and a map were enveloped and attached to the reception door.
I'd booked a studio and we were allocated one of the ground floor ones. Space was a lot bigger than I was expecting and I was very pleased. Large lounge with dining area, seperate bunk bed area with the hanging space, nice big bathroom. Kitchen was well appointed and I didn't want for anything, there were even filters for the coffee maker! Down sides - it hadn't been very well cleaned before we arrived and I even found dirty cups and plates stacked in the cupboard, but reception staff were extremely apologetic about this and offered some freebies to make up for it.
Accomodation does seem to be luck of the draw [or careful planning] as the family we were travelling with had a 2nd floor studio in a different building but it was built into the eaves so the rooms had sloping ceilings. The bunk beds were pressed against the sloping ceiling and the little boy hit his head a number of times, there floor space was a lot smaller, although they did get a bath/shower and seperate WC whereas we had a combined showeroom and no bath. They also didn't have half as much kitchen equipment as we did.
The swimming pool is perfectly adequate but the changing area is freezing!!!! so it's either a freezing run back to the apartment in a towel or freezing standing still trying to dress a small child.
Reception - this is very youth hostel style. The wi-fi is available here free but the opening times are very specific, a few hours in the morning and then again in the late afternoon and on wednesday it was closed all day, so no wi-fi. Some of the staff are absolutely lovely and really go out of their way to be helpful, some not so much.
The ski lockers are huge, and can comfortably fit about 6 sets of skis or at least 3 snowboards.
Would I return, at these prices definitely yes, although I will be very specific about which rooms I want as I think it can really make the holiday if you get it right. I would also not book a studio again as the sofa bed was extremely uncomfortable and by the end of week two I was waking up very sore.
If you are travelling by car to here do not use suitcases, stacking plastic boxes or squash up bags only as there is absolutely zero storage space and you will be falling over suitcases all the time. Also some of the apartments are up two flights of concrete stairs so you need the bags to be a manageable weight.
Stock up on groceries before arriving if you are coming at Easter as the grocery store is great for top ups but it does not restock at the end of the season [the resort closed on the 16th April] so the shelves can start getting very bare.
If you are travelling with kids for the Easter break, bring their scooters as a large bulk of the resort is pedestrian and they can scooter contentedly when not skiing.
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