As a larger group we have found chalets/hotels to suit us hard to come by, but in chalet Hotel Les Rhododendrons we have located an absolute gem. The story started in 2011 when a small group of us staying elsewhere in 1800 were looking for a TV to watch a football match, despite being advised that the nearest sky TV was in Plagne Centre we discovered the Bobsleigh Bar, the next night we met the Owner, Mino. The rest is History 26 persons in 2012 and 22 in 2013, this year exceeding our expectations again.
The Hotel is comfortable, good for our group, Facilities are all there Games/TV room, Bar, Restaurant, Gym, conference facility etc.
The welcome was warm and friendly, all 8 of our rooms were ready on our arrival.
The rooms are small, but the facilities are all clean and well maintained. The beds are very comfortable and bedding clean and warm. The showers are cubicles, with curtain (not my preference) but the water was always hot (any time during the day and night)
The Restaurant was great, plenty of food with several different choices daily, we were always served promptly with high quality dishes. The house red served with evening meal has also improved this year, far better than some of the questionable "local wine" we have been served in other chalets in the past. The cakes after skiing were excellent. Breakfast was always good, and if you ask the kitchen will prepare fresh porridge, scrambled eggs with lardons etc, fresh coffee and tea always available.
Transfers arranged by the Hotel from Aime and back to Bourg St Maurice for the Eurostar were seamless. The hotel made several other arrangments for us without question and were always on hand. (I note that some other reviews comment that the reception is closed during the day - yes sometimes, but all you have to do is catch any member of staff and this is always promptly rectified)
The Bobsleigh Bar - the only place in town for a Guinness, Kronenbourg and Magners on tap !! What more could you want. Friendly staff good selection of spirits, bar menu if required (Try the meat feast pizza) Quiz night on Thursday, Sky TV for Sports etc. As a group we bought our own entertainment in the form of themed nights, the staff all joined in, even decked out the bar for us. If you as nicely the staff will even play your tunes if you bring your MP3 player !!
Hire skis and boots are available, with the facility looked after by Mino himself. Any equipment problems are always rectified immediately. The ski locker facilities are in the basement and are subject to a 5 euro depsit for the key, very handy.
The nearest piste is less than 50 metres from the hotel with 1 chair taking you to Plagne centre, Thereafter the Bergerie will take you up to Bellecotte and beyond. This is doorstep skiing ! The more adventurous can ski right back to the hotel.
All in all our experiences of Chalet Hotel les Rhododendrons have been pleasurable, I never usually go to the bother of writing a review, but felt given some of the negative reviews I have read I felt I had to put the record straight.
Thank you to all of the staff, Mino, Camilla, Gina, Tom, Abbey, DJ, Dan, Rich. I can't name you all but suffice to say we will be returning in 2014 !!!!!
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