Positives - location, apartment facilities, resort skiing, resort facilities (as long as you are not looking for a wild night life). Thank god we were given an apartment for 6 (2 adults, 2 teenagers) otherwise we would have been very tight on space. The bedrooms were lovely and cosy with comfortable super king bed in the ensuite master bedroom. The twin had a separate toilet and bathroom. The kitchen area was well equipped. If you are British, bring a portable DVD player with adaptor leads to fit into the TV as English stations are almost non existent. This works v well and keeps the family happy if you want a relaxing night in. It IS ski in and ski out BUT no one tells you how to get down to the back door via 2 lifts without clambering down icy steps with skis. Once you work it out, it's easy, although the complicated lifts and access from reception to your accommodation can be bewildering especially when you arrive with all your bags. However that's an irritation that's offset by a quiet nights sleep as you look out onto the slopes and no noisy traffic or drunken partygoers. Shops in Plagne Soleil - minimal but a decent Spar Supermarket - expensive though. We took a few tins and cooking basics - what saddos but felt smug that we did! Some nice restaurants though and if you can be bothered to get the shuttle bus at night you can head out to Plagne Centre or the other villages.
Negatives: It did seem weird that the Reception wasnt open between 1-4 and closed again at 8pm. The code to the swimming pool door malfunctioned and we couldn't get in until Reception opened again at 4pm. We were running around the buildings and smelly carpark and corridors trying to find a way in as Reception had switched off the direct access lifts until they reopened.
However the Reception staff were very kind - we lost one of our room keys on the first day - BEWARE - you only have 2 keys and if you lose one it costs about 100 euros penalty! Fortunately someone found it after a day but we were struggling to deal with different ski arrangements and arrivals back to the apartment or boot locker with only one key. You couldn't leave that key at Reception as Reception closed when you needed it. Had we lost the 2nd key we would have been locked out for the night so we lived in fear whilst we were one key down.
The free Internet is a very nice facility - it doesn't always work and some say it won't work with iPads but we did get the hang of it once someone explained that once you had clicked on the link in SETTINGS, you then had to go to SAFARI to type in your user name and password. Again that took a couple of days to find out. You have to ask lots of people that you meet in the hotel to help you resolve these issues at its not always obvious.
Skiing - just awesome. You have to get a bit of a pace going on the last run if you want to come into your own back door rather than ending up down the hill near the Reception end but there is a handy little button lift - the Colossus - at Plagne Bellecote that brings you to the top end of the hotel if this is where your apartment is. In some parts of La Plagne eg Plagne Centre, you MAY end up poling it a bit between sections but intermediate skiers can get across to all the runs if you get a good pace going and look for the best route. There is a huge amount of skiing also in Les Arcs with a very fast cable car over, but some great variety also in La Plagne areas if you take the time to explore. We have been to resorts all over Europe and this one is up there for the skiing and much prettier than expected. I don't think it's the sort of place for wild boozy nights though! Too spread out. Been there and done that. Here for skiing and comfort and that's what you get in the main.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Space as far as the eye can see, sunshine to bring the flowers out and enough snow to plough your furrow - Paradiski, one of the finest ski areas in France, is the perfect place to cultivate your happiness in the open air.All the more since at its gates our résidence Les Granges du Soleil can offer you superbly equipped apartments as well as a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, cardio-training room, billiards, a restaurant, ski shop and a magnificent treatment centre - all it takes to build a collection of wonderful memories.Opposite Mont Blanc and the massif du Beaufortain, snow is guaranteed and the atmosphere assured. A palette of activities for those who love riding and thrills.To go with the wealth of outdoor activities, the Granges du Soleil offers you the chance to recharge your batteries with the swimming pool, the spa and the fitness centre at the heart of the résidence. Holidays to help you rediscover your well-being.With its 6 high altitude resorts and 4 authentic villages of various styles, la Plagne cleverly combines the vast ski area Paradiski with an astonishing diversity of architecture. From the Bellecote Glacier to the pine and spruce forests, you don't need to take off your skis. There are 425 Km of marked pistes awaiting you this winter as well as an immense unmarked area to take you to the great off-piste runs like the north face of the Bellecote summit.La Plagne was established in 1961 and is known throughout the world thanks to its famous red ski hat, a symbolof its welcoming and traditional spirit. It's that spirit that attracted CGH Résidences and confirmed our choice of location. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Les Granges Du Soleil Hotel Macot-La-Plagne