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“Great Value Ski Trip” 3 of 5 stars
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Pierre & Vacances Residence Plagne Lauza
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Plagne 1800, 73700 Macot-la-Plagne, Aime, France (Formerly Résidence Maeva Plagne Lauze)   |  
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“Great Value Ski Trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We travelled with Crystal Ski and staying in Lauze Apartments and stayed for a week from the 2nd of March in a Type C studio - sleeping 2-4 in the Digitale block which is the 2nd last of the apartments down the hill away from the Reception block.

The apartment consisted of a main living area with 1 double sofa bed, a wardrobe, 2 cabinets, tv stand and a dining table with 4 chairs. There were also bunk beds in another room separated by a sliding partition door and there was a cupboard in the corner, plus the door to the balcony. The kitchenette was well stocked with cutlery etc and despite the sink being absolutely tiny, it was perfect for self catering. All of the beds were perfectly comfortable, although the usual brown fleece blankets were pretty moth eaten and could do with being replaced.

The apartment was heated by 3 electric radiators, (1 in main room, 1 in bedroom and 1 in bathroom). They were very effective and our apt was very cosy. It was also very nice having dry warm towels all of the time. There was a clothes hanger supplied as well which was absolutely perfect for hanging over the living room radiator and dried our snow clothes out very nicely.

We received a complementary box with cleaning liquids, scourer, a dish towel and dish washer tablets which I thought was a nice touch and a first for me having stayed in 3 similar self catering styled apartments in other resorts. One important feature of the apartment which I was completely unable to research pre-travel was the inclusion on a room safe in the living room cupboard (also contained a vacuum cleaner). Although we did not pay for the use of this, it’s useful to know that it is available for laptop/valuables etc!

Another improvement on other apartments that I have stayed in is that the bed linen had been delivered and was waiting in our room and there were towels supplied which was unexpected. On leaving, you are asked to chuck all bedding and towels in the bath. Also, room cleaning at the end of stay is included as a service and they only ask that the kitchen is cleaned. Again, this is another plus and most appreciated when your bus collection is at 0520!

There was endless hot hater at all times of day. One point mentioned in a recent review was noise and the apartments not being sound proof. We were on the ground level and our apartment backed onto the main stairwell. There was quite a bit of ski boot clomping to be heard but it was perfectly tolerable and only went on around the end of the skiing day. We didn’t hear much noise at night time and were not disturbed.

For my wife, 7 yr old son and I, the apartment was absolutely great and I would stay there again without hesitation. I wouldn’t consider staying in this apartment with any more than 2 adults though!

We did not use the pool/sauna facilities which are only open from 1630 – 1930 each day, although they look very nice. There is a Spar mini-market within the reception complex and is only a few minutes up the hill from the Digitale apartments. It is very well stocked – although I’d be careful when buying their meat products! There is a nice little bakery 1 minute down the hill from Digitale, but get there early (8am) if you want pain au chocolat/croissants. Their baguettes are much nicer than the Spar’s though…

All in all, we had an amazing holiday and our wee apartment did it’s job very well.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We rented a 2-4 person studio apartment for 3 people (there were 6 of us in total, so 2 studios which were next to each other.) Yes, the rooms are really small but we were hardly there so that didn't matter too much.

The sofabeds were perfectly comfortable and after a long day skiing we had no trouble sleeping! We didn't even bother turning on the TV and rather enjoyed a week without it. We were on the 3rd floor and honestly the lack of lift did not faze us.

The kitchen(ette) had an electric hob and microwave and is complete with crockery and cooking utensils. They supply you with a box of cleaning goods (scourer, washing up liquid, etc) but I'd suggest bringing some plastic bags for the bin and recycling as they don't seem to supply you with those (only 1 bin liner for the week). Bed linen and towels are provided.

The Melezes ski lift is about a 5 minute walk downhill (with skis) - from there you can ski down to the 1800 chairlift or head up to Plagne Centre and take La Bergerie chairlift and onwards from there! You can ski back into Plagne 1800 on a blue piste and even take a short cut off-piste to bring you to about 200m from the apartments.

There are about 3 places to eat in Plagne 1800 - Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, Le Loup Blanc (our favourite) and Mamma Mia pizzeria - and a couple of bars, of which we frequented La Mine, which has happy hour 4-7pm, free wifi, and live music. For more choice, you can get a free shuttlebus that runs to Plagne Centre from the bus stop just above the junction where the Lauze reception is.

All in all the snow was pretty good and would say this is a great resort for beginners and intermediates, with the ability for more advanced skiers to head to Les Arcs for more choice of harder runs. The time we went was very busy though and often there were fairly long queues for chairlifts when the weather was good. But this accommodation was in a pretty good location and served us well for the week.

Room Tip: Going lower down might get you more noise from the stairwell (rooms aren't sound-proof) - 2-4 pe...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Booked room through booking.com, which did not clarify that the studio apartment only had a sofabed. Even so, this would have been no problem, but the sofabed was laughably uncomfortable, most likely due to its age. Given this, I think it's highly misleading to advertise that the room accommodates 2 people. My wife and I had a miserable time trying to sleep in that bed. We would've reserved a 4-person room (which was also available when we booked) if they'd been more forthcoming with their information.

A "technician" came and checked the bed, but was unable to do anything. He also failed to fix the nonfunctioning wifi in our room, but concluded simply that it had been "incorrectly installed," and that was the end of it. Thank God the skiing was fantastic.

I would recommend trying somewhere else in La Plagne if you can afford it.

Room Tip: If you have 2 adults, get a 4-person room. If you have 4 adults, get something larger... The sofab...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Swanwick, null, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We have just returned from a weeks holiday at La Plagne 1800 Lauze......
Right...the room was ok if you want some room then this isn't for you esp if you have more then 2 people in the room...the kitchen is tiny and only have a hob and no cooker but you do have a microwave.....but as they say "you get what you pay for"

The sofa bed we had was so bad everytime you turned over you woke up as a spring went or you fell into the hole in the middle...I'd sleep on the pull out beds if you can...

The outdoor pool is ok you need some shoes to get to the pool as its frezzing up the steps....but don't let the steam fool you its not "warm"

The ski lockers got broke into the day we arrived but we always keep our boards in the room anyways because of this...the thing that really bugged us about this was it wasn't really made public this had happened....

You have to pay for everything ie washing mashine €6 and the Internet is €5 a day...but all I can say is if you can live without it i would even the "upgraded" package was as slow as a snail....the tv only shows French tv so if you can take a laptop and some DVDs.

The resort its self is ok everything more or less shuts at 730 at night and they have a siesta between 1-330 why I have no idea...if you want fresh bakery stuff get there early i went at 830 and ran out of Pain Au Chocalate....

The lifts are about 10mins walk and if you are just starting out theres a fab nursery slope just at the bottom if the lifts.....

All in all you get what you pay for if you want luxary then this isn't for you but if you don't mind basic ten go for it....

Room Tip: If you don't mind the smell of smoke then any but if you hate the smell then stay at the bottom...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The accommodation is basic but you get what you pay for. I stayed in a studio apartment with my partner. We had a sofa bed that wasn't very comfortable but we didn't really expect it to be and knew that's what we would be getting when we booked. The hotel is well looked after. The kitchen area had everything you needed for a self catering stay. The bathroom had a combined shower and bath and was small but fine for us. The hotel facilities were good including a swimming pool and sauna. The pool was heated but still a bit too cold for us to stay in longer than 5 mins. The staff were all very friendly and very helpful and check in didn't take too long. Ski lockers were also well located and we had no problems with safe keeping of equipment. There is a locker in the rooms that is charged for by the week i think it was 10 euros. The ski area is excellent and the apartments are only a short walk from a lift that takes you up into the main ski area. Our apartment was near the ski hire shop which is next door to the local bakery. There is a spar located next to reception as well as a ski shop and souvenir shop. There are several bus stops in plagne 1800 so your always only a short walk away from the nearest one and the free shuttle service is really good although can be busy at times.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Well-furnished and clean apartments, with good facilities and only a short walk from ski runs. The resort run a free bus service around the local area which stops in La Plagne; 1800, Centre and Bellecote which proved a welcome relief at the end of a tough day skiing!

However on the 4th day in the apartment, New Years day no less, we entered the ski lockers to a scene of devastation. No less than 27 locker doors had been ripped clean off their hinges and only common and/or child's skis had been left. This was obviously a well organised gang, they had smashed the lock on the outside of the apartment which stupidly advertises the fact that it is a ski locker room, they knew that only five police patrol the entire La Plagne area and that Pierre Vacance Residences are severely lacking in security. We were one of the first groups down to the locker room in the morning and headed straight to the hotel reception where we explained the situation to the receptionist. She told us she would send a technician and turned away to continue her other tasks!

We couldn't believe it, we told her she needed to call the police as it was a large theft. As it turns out locker rooms are prime targets for thieves and thefts are nothing unusual, but that should not mean that hotel staff should not offer any sympathy for what was an extremely infuriating situation.

The hotel states skis MUST be stored in the locker rooms but then in the small print take no responsibility for skis that are left there! 3 days later and the hotel have still not sorted out the locker room, the only improvement is that some of the doors are up off the floor!

Lesson learnt, from now on we will store all ski equipment in the apartments!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Plagne 1800, 73700 Macot-la-Plagne, Aime, France (Formerly Résidence Maeva Plagne Lauze)
Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Aime > Macot-la-Plagne
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Macot-la-Plagne
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Hotel Class:3 star — Pierre & Vacances Residence Plagne Lauza 3*
Number of rooms: 196
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