It may be three star but it doesn't come any more convenient location wise, cleanliness is paramount, comfort and general ambience is what you make it. Lets not overlook the pretty horrendous architecture of some of the purpose built French ski resorts but Plagne Soleil trys to rise above this - wood cladding chalet type structures prevail.
Le Mont Soleil residence is one of two large chalet complexes, 6/7 floors - 200 apartments maybe. We took a 4/5 man apartment consisting of separate room with double bed, living area with two sofas come single beds and a pull out mattress from under one of the sofas. Kitchenette come dining area with dining table with four seats (where does the fifth person sit?). Attached photo gives an idea of the dimensions but lets says its pokey and leave it at that - you are here to ski not lounge in palatial surroundings!
Shower/bath room adequate with separate loo. Bath/bed linen provided as standard.
Reception area doubles as lounge bar fronting onto sun terrace. All staff helpful, keen to ensure you enjoy all thats on offer.
Ski lockers on ground floor so no stumbling into the darkest recesses in ski boots - lockers open out onto ski slopes so we are really talking ski in/ski out.
Plagne Soleil is tantamount to being its own village and Le Mont Soleil backs onto the 'village square' with Ecole Ski France nursery slope 20 yards from back door. Otherwise there is a Spar shop well stocked - mountain prices but not too extreme! Two restaurants to speak of, one a bit French formal, reservations required, the other being the infamous Monica's Bar. Personally Monica's didn't float my boat but I'm not into the live band scene in grumby dungeon trendy french snow boarder dude bars. Their upstairs restaurant has typical french cuisine, basic starters around €8, mains €14-€22. Takeaway Pizza joint makes up the rest of the gastrinomic delights of the immediate area.
Two ski hire shops on hand which can be booked on-line via the La Plagne website to get discounts (www.skishop.fr)
- no quibbles or complaints, good kit and service all round. Ticket office right next to ski hire shop next door to the Spar - all of 75 yards away from Le Mont Soleil - couldn't be easier.
If you want to cross the piste outside front of Chalet then thats Plagne Village for you which has a bit more on the go and leads to the cable car connection down to Plagne Centre (stops at 8.30pm which is a bit of a pain if you are minded to live it up down town).
If you are arriving by car, parking is free but a bit of a scramble for immediately located spaces - it may well be best to trip around to Plagne Village as the car park is across the piste outside Le Mont Soleil. Bit treacherous going across the piste concerned and scrambling up the bank - otherwise its a 5 minute walk around.
To sum up - great location, basic clean and warm facilities, apres ski limited, good value and snow guaranteed at 2000 metres. South facing balconies and sun terrace for those concerned with their tans!
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