We decided to try the hotel after reading about the recent revamp. Previously in Avoriaz we've done the apartment thing which seems more the norm. The hotel is good looking and very convenient to the centre of the village, especially the Village des Enfants, which is great. The interiors are retro cool but not blow your mind; personally I think faux cow hide upholstery is a bit 2004 but listen it was ok. I have to say our welcome was very good and the staff were great. We had one quite funny incident when we got back from dinner early to find staff in our room turning down the beds etc. They were very apologetic but we all had a laugh about it.
We went for a suite on the 4th floor (which was pretty pricey to be honest) and it was large and comfortable but waiting for the small and sometimes temperamental lift became a bit tiresome; I reckon it needs a bit of attention. Also the room was a bit strange in some respects...like the separate toilet off the living area with no door handle (not in a cool way, more in a not finished way). Overall it was nice though and the large bathroom was great (including the products), as was the bed.
Breakfast was included in our package and it was very nice continental style, including a (pretty compulsory these days) make-it-yourself espresso machine. We also had dinner and lunch in the Festival bar area which was pricey but very nice. Also a couple of cocktails in the bar were excellent. The main restaurant looked good and was busy but a bit much for us with our 4-year old.
I have to say though that the general atmosphere in the hotel was a bit muted. The (large) bar area was generally empty and the sunny deck area was rarely occupied. This probably has something to do with the location which is very close to town but not really somewhere you'd go unless you were staying there. The prices probably explain some of it as well. The exception was the main restaurant which seemed to attract a good number of people each night.
And finally, we used the spa a couple of times and it was fantastic - a real gem staffed by lovely people and the treatments were very good (although again not cheap). Although sort of strangely the Festival restaurant has a large window that looks straight on to the gym and spa area. We had dinner there one night (with a few other people around) and as we did some people went into the gym in their robes. They looked at us, we looked at them..all very strange...but quite funny as us and a few other tables raised a glass of wine to the gym-goers! They laughed but then left. Maybe a mirror would be a better option...although not as funny.
So overall, it was a pretty good experience and I would encourage others to try it but for us next year it's probably back to the apartment thing (and saving a whole lot of cash!)
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- A 4-star hotel located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, the Hotel des Dromonts- Avoriaz is a legendary address. Getting back to its roots, discover the warm and peppy colorful 60s style, with family or friends. Find in this mythical spot combining vintage style and modern comfort, that highlights the charm of the initial values of ski and winter sports, shared moments and wellbeing. Enjoy a ski-in, ski-out luxury holiday at the Hotel des Dromonts ! ... more less
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