I stayed at the Lauze apartments in La Plagne 1800 during the second week of March. I was unsure what to expect having read some of the reviews but I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of accommodation. I stayed with 4 other guys, all prepared to slum it for a week of skiing. With 5 of us in an apartment it was always going to be a bit cosy. It was however remarkably spacious. There was a double bedroom, a twin, separate loo, separate shower and separate bathroom on the upper floor. The lower floor had a well equipped galley kitchen, dining area and 2 sofa singles beds. Plus, there was a separate loo, small lobby area and a balcony on the lower floor. The furnishings and decorations were all of a high standard and spotlessly clean. Some reporters have commented on the sofa beds being uncomfortable but I had no such difficulty (at 6’1’’ and 100kg I tend to find faults in beds if they exist).
The apartments are grouped in blocks just a short distance from the main hotel reception. The free ski bus which can take you to the other villages stops about 50m away. I travelled to the resort from Geneva airport via Bens Bus. The service was efficient and cost about £75 return. The only problem is that they only operate a few buses each day so expect a long wait at the airport unless you coordinate your flight in advance. Bens Bus drops off right outside Lauze so it is very convenient.
Lauze is situated about 200m from the nearest chair lift, which takes you to Plagne Centre in just a couple of minutes. We rented a ski locker at the Sport 2000 shop at the bottom of the hill to save carrying our skis and boots back up the hill each day, it cost about 30 euro for the week for a 6 man locker. The skiing conditions were the best ever the week we were there and we covered all of the runs in La Plagne from this location, which is quite central to the whole area. If you are considering venturing to Les Arcs, then it may be worth staying a little closer to the Vanoise Express at Montchavin to avoid the bottleneck at Plagne Bellecote, or you need to set off early. The journey from Plagne 1800 to Montchavin takes about 1 hour at a gentle cruise.
Plagne 1800 is very, very quiet. There are a couple of bars The Mine (quite lively) and Bobsleigh (good happy hour après bar) but that is it. For a night out you need to take the bus up to Plagne Centre. However, after a hard day on the slopes there was enough to entertain 5 middle ages guys for a few nights.
For provisions there is a small Spar supermarket located under the hotel. It stocked a reasonable selection of stuff and even sold Marmite and PG Tip tea. You can get all you require for a week of self catering and it was open from 7.30am for fresh baguettes and croissants. There are a couple of restaurants in the village, but the only one we tried was the rustic pizza and pasta place (I can’t remember the name) situated by the Spar shop. The food was great, really good value for French ski resort and the owner was very hospitable. We enjoyed large quantities of genepy (a drink akin to schnapps) on the house which made it all the more worth a visit.
Overall, I was very impressed with the Lauze apartments. The location is convenient to the slopes; it was well equipped and spotlessly clean. It was probably a little too basic for a trip with our partners but for a lad’s crash pad, it was more than we required.
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- Maeva Residence Plagne Lauze Hotel Macot-La-Plagne