I booked a week long stay at Odalys Residence Le Cervin before reading the reviews on here and needless to say I was a little concerned about what we were about to let ourselves into. This underrated residence more than lived up to our expectations. Unlike many other reviews have mentioned, the staff were very good, friendly and extremely helpful on arrival, and got us sorted and to our room very quickly.
The room itself was spotless when we got there, so no complaints there. If all rooms are this size then expect it to be small. We were a group of five sharing one room, which made it very cosy....definitely no room to swing a cat, even when there is nobody in the room, so if you like your personal space then this is not a place for you. Cutlery, plates, glasses are all provided, and anything that wasn't on the inventory was noted and replaced within hours of handing it in to the reception. It has to be noted though that there is no oven/grill, or kettle, just a filter coffee machine and a dishwasher. Also mugs are very small (little espresso coffee mugs) so suggest you bring your own if you like large amounts of tea/coffee for breakfast. Similarly with glasses, they are also very small but we used plastic ones from the shop which did the job.
Rooms were warm, and we only had one night where there wasn't enough hot water for us all to shower but other than that no dramas. Each room also has its own ski locker metres away from the piste which is very convenient and provides security for your skis as well.
The Residence is located in Plagne Soleil, which is very small and has a handful of bars and restaurants, and a Spar supermarket (suggestion buy your food in the valley before driving up if you can....much much cheaper) so apres-ski is virtually non existent. Plagne Centre is a 10-15 minute walk down the hill, which would almost certainly be a 20-25 minute walk back up, but there is a Lift that runs until the early hours (Telebus) that can transport you from to the centre and back in minutes, (€3 for 2 trips) of the half-hourly free shuttle bus that can do the same. both end up within 300m of the residence.
On departure cleaning the room was straightforward, used the vacuum cleaner provided etc, and the staff came to inspect as soon as we told them the room was clean, and hey presto, our deposit was returned without any qualms and we were on our way.
Space can be an issue with this room, especially if you are used to a house with enough space to land a jumbo jet inside, or you are travelling as a family. As long as you don't expect too much from this accommodation then i really don't see the problem...you can sleep, cook, eat, and wash yourself, and rest of the time you would be skiing anyway, so its everything you need and nothing more. Furthermore, its very cheap, so you get what you pay for, but what you get is not of poor quality.
You rarely hear the good things in these reviews so I hope this has brought to light the good things about this residence. Maybe it will balance out all the bad things that have been said, because the reality is, is that is is very good value for money.
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