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Hotel du Bois
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   475 Ave des Alpages, 74310 Les Houches, France   |  
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

This is a 3 star hotel. There was no internet access in the room. We were told at reception that there would be internet in the garden (!). We tried, to no avail. We sat at the bar after checking in at around 6pm for 10-15 min on a Saturday, there was no staff. The towels in the bathroom were not soft, seemed old. Windows were not sound-proof, it was noisy. We could hear the hotel guests in the room next to ours. We only enjoyed our breakfast. The staff at breakfast was nice. We were in a hurry to leave this place.

Room Tip: Book a room at the back of the hotel on the garden side, not on the side of the road to avoid noise.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011 via mobile

Great rooms and great staff. The appartments are extremely well designed and convenient. Staff is always helpful.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Have stayed here about 5 times now and always found the staff helpful, rooms nice and the food reasonable. Nice indoor pool and steam room that at other places would cost to use but free here. Wi-fi also works in the room which is good.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

Before and after we climbed the Mont Blanc we spent the night here. Before we arrived late (10pm or so), but as we called on the phone, the keys were left for us at the reception, so we could get to our rooms very quickly.

On the way down we called them again and they agreed to have early checkin. When we arrived (10am ish..) our rooms were not ready yet (we estimated to arrive around noon) but we could take a very much needed shower in the wellness area, got breakfast even when the official breakfast was over and could use the wellness until the rooms were ready. And on top of that speaking english never was an issue. We were really very satisfied with the service here.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Newark, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

We used the key-operated safe in the room. Quite definitely money was stolen during the day we were out since we placed an exact amount in there with passports etc. Not everything, which would have been blatant, but 150 Euros was taken. The desk clerk (who gave us the key the night before) was disinterested and claimed there was no pass key - there always is in case a guest loses the key. He would not involve 'La Patronne' the owner. He brazened it out and said we were mistaken but was distinctly shifty. The only other thing we could have done is to call the police but how do you prove it? Exactly what the pilferer depends on.

We had used this hotel before but will never go there again and I recommend you do not either. One of the hotel staff is on a nice little earner at guests expense. I would like to know if others have had money stolen there?

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

This is a pretty good base for skiing and walking if you have a car. The rooms are better than many hotels although avoid ones facing the road or with inter-connecting doors. The buffet breakfast is OK for a few days but would be improved with better quality OJ, coffee etc. The bar is good with wifi and the most helpful barman we've come across in France. The Englaish speaking staff were really helpful. The hotel minibus shuttles you too and from ski resorts every 15 mins. The two saunas and small pool were a nice treat at the end of a day's skiing. Ski Perf is very helpful on the locations to get the best snow - he has not been wrong fro 2 years. Les Houches suffers from a lack of restaurants (none are near the hotel) and they are expensive for what they are with very disappointing wine lists - an increasing problem in France.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010

Hotel Du Bois was a perfect base for our group of 8 friends of mixed ski-ing ability indulging on a 4 day 30th Birthday celebration. Despite the immediate resort of Les Houches remaining closed during our stay, we took the opportunity to explore the early season resorts of Argentiere and Comayeur (Italy) which are both accessible by a short drive.

Given that the breakfast and evening meal were good enough for us foodies, we did not deem it necessary to leave the hotel to eat. The Sauna and pool were perfect for relaxing after a long day ski-ing and the bar was particularly comfortable for our après ski, enhanced by a constant stream of nibbly bits for us to indulge in while relaxing next to the wood burner.

If you are considering staying in this hotel, a word of warning: we drank all the baileys, port and amaretto (sorry). The staff were extremely helpful, so I'm sure they have re-stocked now....

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Additional Information about Hotel du Bois

Address: 475 Ave des Alpages, 74310 Les Houches, France
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Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Les Houches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 hotels in Les Houches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Bois 3*
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Du Bois Les Houches

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