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“Beautiful hotel, great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Reu d'Italie, 05100 Montgenevre, France   |  
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Ranked #5 of 7 Montgenevre B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful hotel, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Where shall I start? Well let me say first the hotel is wonderful it has all the necessities a après skier would need. I just came back and let me say for April I had tons of snow for the spring skiing season so it was quite unexpected.we arrived after 4 hours on the coach from Lyon which was very tiring but were happily greeted by our polite and helpful rep Cameron. But unfortunately when we arrived we were told that our rooms were still being cleaned and we were waiting for around and hour, but it was well worth the wait because we got clean and spacious rooms as we were in a group of 10. We settled down in our rooms unpacked and then went down for ski fitting which was again done by Cameron who gave us 24/7 attention we had some beginners in our group who had lost a boot,pole or ski even at 9:00 in the morning Cameron again was happy to help.The hotel staff are also very nice and speak fluent English which was very helpful. The food was SPECTACULAR simple breakfast, great lunch and to top it all off the three course meal. There are a lot of supermarkets but one particularly is Sherpa supermarket it is cheap and has snacks at reasonable prices there is a computer in the lobby and a patchy wifi network which is 10 euros for the week there are to phone networks orange France and Bouygues. Just across the road is where all the magic happens beautiful sun,snow and ski. Great location approx 3 mins walk to the slopes and chair lift to black slope overlooks the slopes.I suggest you go with Equity Ski they were amazing I was speechless by their service. beautiful slopes full of soft snow. Altogether my whole ski trip was £850 which is not bad at all with transfers.flights and of course les rois mages.The stairs are a real struggle when you are on the top floor especially after a long day of skiing on the bright side it gives you your daily exercise lol.There are to kattys in the hotel which were also very helpful when it came to activities in the evening like but boarding,luge(monty express like a rollercoaster and skidoo rides etc. Hot water constantly on especially after a long day of skiing and you just want to freshun up and chill out!!! Overall I have given this hotel 4 stars which I think is fair and I hope fellow travellers who want to go to montegenvre definitely go for Les Rois Mages!
Thank you for taking the time to read my comments about the hotel I hope it was helpful any questions just comment!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

We stayed at the hotel in early March 2012 and found it to be just ok. The room was pleasantly large with plenty of storage space for 2 people. However the room was desiged for 4 people and I can expect that would be a squeeze.

The location is perfect for access to the slopes however be warned that coaches are not permitted to stop on the road so you are dropped off about 300m from the hotel and need to carry your stuff yourself. The transfer from Turin is quick and painless compared to some other alpine routes I've been exposed to in the past!

We travelled with Rocket Ski as returning customers having had a great holiday at the Beau Soleil in Alpe D'Huez in 2011. The choice to go to Montgenevre was purely fiancial as this was the cheapest option by some margain. This showed........

If your room is at the back of the hotel you must take earplugs! The earlier comments about the noise out the back are NOT an exageration and whilst I slept ok (I had earplugs) my friend really struggled with the constant bell ringing and clearing of bottle banks at 5am in the morning. Church bells are rang on the hour then again about 3 mins later just incase you missed the time I guess - followed by random bursts of ringing that lasted up to 5 mins.

When it comes to food - don't expect great things. For the most part it was fine, nothing special but tasted ok. The real problem was that whilst the staff were polite and happy to help, they generally lacked any restaurant skills. There was no restaurant manager to direct and you were often faced with a nervous looking youth shakily approaching you holding a bowl of hot soup!

There was no method to the food service and the time you sat down had absolutely no bearing on when you got food. One night my friend ordered the soup and this had to be returned (along with almost everyone elses) as it was tasteless. Apart from that mishap the food was ok.

Breakfasts were quite good with plenty of food on offer.

We shared the hotel with a large school group which we had been worried about. They were in fact incredibly well behaved and did not disturb at all. This is probably more luck than anything else but the fact that the hotel had a seperate childrens room downstairs meant they were kept out of the way.

Staff were generally friendly when approached but its important not to forget they are on a ski-season so their focus is on getting work finished so they can either go skiing or go out.

The bar in the hotel was small and a bit dark/dingy. The bar manager was very polite and helpful and probably the most professional staff member in the whole building. A pint of lager was €4.5 or €5 with Guiness being €6. Happy hour from 4.00-5.30 brough the crowds to the outside terrace each day. the bar showed all live football and other sport on TV.

Montgeneve as a whole is a quiet resort with not much in the way of shopping or eating out. Perfect if you just want to ski, eat and sleep - not so good if you're into the apres ski scene.

The weather was very hot and we struggled with a lack of snow towards the end of the week. Having ski'd for 20+ years I would say its a good family resort or for those who are just becoming intermediate. People more advanced will find the resort and neighbouring Clavier a little restricting. I only used my snowboard on one day as there are a lot of green slopes and short runs which meant a lot of stopping! I would also argue that many of the black runs are reds in disguise!

Your lift pass gets you across to Itlay and we spent a day over the valley in Soux Ouz. It took 1.5hrs to ski/ski lift it over the valley but it was nice to break up the week and do some different runs.

There's not much in the way of mountain top restaurants and we foudn the ones over in Clavier to be much better - great one at the bottom of Red 93!

in conclustion - If you're an intermediate skiier who isn't a fussy eater and looking for a cheap holiday then this is fine......as long as you pack the earplugs!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

My wife and I booked very late (2 weeks before) through VeryCheapHolidays.co.uk for this Rocketski February half term trip (she's a teacher which is why we chose school holidays). We flew to Turin with Aer Lingus from Gatwick and stayed at the hotel for a week. Getting there was no problem and the first huge plus is that Turin is only an hour and a half from Montgenevre by coach. Upon arrival in Montgenevre there is a 5-6 minute walk to the hotel but the staff were great in offering to help carry the luggage. The hotel location is perfect as its virtually across the road from the main lifts (about 10 meteres away) and has views of the slopes from the sun terrace of the excellent Apres Ski bar.

The hotel is very, very basic with absolute minimal facilities. Our room was literally 2 single beds (no doubles available) and some draw and wardrobe space. The 4th floor room (there is a lift) was big and the toilet/bathroom etc was all fine & clean if very basic/minimal. The shower was powerful and hot all the time. Unfortunately we were at the back of the hotel with no views of the slopes. The criticisms are that the room was not double glazed and as a result was cold most of the week despite a radiator that pumped heat out constatntly all week. Secondly the hotel itself is very noisey both inside and from external goings on. Next to the hotel is a church where the very enthusiastic bell ringer either does not always know what time it is or cannot count (or both). The bell ringing is very persistent between the hours of 7am and 11pm including 2 lots of hourly sets a few minutes before and on the hour. The other major downside was that the late night drunken revellers can be heard making their way home in the early hours and then once that stops the mini-market shop across the road takes deliveries between 4:30am and 6am - this is a real shame as first the shop owner uses a shovel to scrap ice from the pathway very loudly and secondly the very, very loud rattle and bang of goods in and out of the back of lorries (who drivers seem to think it also acceptable to leave their cab stereos on full blast with crap euro-techno blasting out at god knows what time o'clock in the morning). This was a real problem for us as we did not have a single decent nights sleep as a result (including on Sunday morning)... which put a real downer on an otherwise excellent holiday.

On the more positive side the staff are great, particularly Cameron the ski technician who was very helpful. We have all our own gear, but he provided a e28 full service overnight and provided us with very detailed and helpful advice on all the in's and out's of the slopes and the best runs / pistes etc... a lovely guy. The other staff are all the usual young "having a year off, doing a season in between A-Levels and Uni / after uni". A great bunch of lads and one or two girls, who served behind the bar, in the restaurant and around the hotel... always chatty and happy to advise on the best places to head on and off the slopes. The bar is very good (although often cold) and shows all sports (6 nations rugby and Premiership/CL football was on throughout the week). There are a couple of big plasma screens on all day with sky sports or other UK tv on all the time. The bar snacks and drinks menu is great and includes pastas, a range of burgers, hot dogs, chips, nachos etc (they even servce a very good full English breakfast all day or bacon sarnies if you are that way inclined). It is so close to the slopes that you can easily head back here for lunch each day. Lunch is much cheaper than up on the slopes. Drinks prices are OK, but certainly not as cheap as the hotel manager states at the induction. Pints of Guinness or Kronenburg 1664 are a pricey 6 euros, but a pint of the local Kronenburg is 4 euros and there is apres ski happy hour between 4:30 & 5:30. Breakfast in the hotel is basic, but OK and dinner which you chose in the morning was generally very good 9Meat and veggie options every day). Both are served throughout the week in the large (cold) dining room.

The resort itself is very good in our opinion. We were lucky that we had some great snow from arrival to depature as it had snowed before we arrived and on the first night we were there. The rest of the week was clear blue skys apart from 1 day where it was so windy that it was virtually impossible to ski/board into, although this did result in all the off piste snow being blown onto the piste. The pistes are very well groomed and looked after every night and there are plenty of snow making machines. The resort is very familiy and child / beginner friendly with excellent nursery slopes and plenty of Green/Blue runs down below. There are some excellent red runs up high and back into the main area. There are some fun natural half pipes and off piste areas for the intermediate / advanced skiers / boarders as well as a couple of good boarder x areas. The lifts are very good (we did not queue once all week) which is great during the schools holidays. On the opposite side of the road is another ski area with some good red runs and a couple of good black runs... its a lot more advanced over that side, but is good fun. We did also venture over the mountain into the Italian side of Claviere and found it more advanced with some very good red runs and a few very tricky blacks. The lower slopes are very flat and not boarder friendly with quite a bit of long traversing to do to get about. A tip is to make sure that when you go to Claviere head high up from Montgenevre and do not take the Green Nordic Ski route which is flat (especially if on a board). To get over further to the Via Lattea (Milky Way) and into the 2006 Torino Olympic slopes of Sestiere & S'D'Loux etc you have to head a down a very, very long blue that snakes its way down the mountain as a narrow and often flat pathway which is not fun at all. There is a more direct route down a black named coche or the more fun and exciting off piste between the long winding blue. But we decided against it regularly, as quite frankly we found it a bit of a ball ache to get over and back in a day (and we consider ourselves intermediate / advanced level). However there is plenty to do in Montgenevre and Claviere for a whole week to keep you busy.

In summary we really enjoyed the resort and the hotel despite its basic state (we did book through verycheapholidays and are happy to accept that you pay for what you get... we paid £750 half board + £160 ski pass for Feb half term which was the cheapest thing around by some way). We would reccomend asking for a front of hotel room (due to the issues with the shop at the back). The slopes are very good and made this a real great trip. Even if you chose a more upmarket / expensive hotel you should still head to the Rois Mages bar for lunch and / or Apres Ski as its definately the best bar in town.

Finally - if you get the chance try the Calzone / Pizza in the Capitain (not sure of spelling) restaurant in the centre of town near the Spa shop... its amongst the best we have ever had for a reasonable 13 euros.

Would definately recomend Montgenevre and tentatively recommend the Les Rois Mages Hotel if you want cheap but cheerful.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Attached to this hotel is a small but extremely pleasant pub that was our choice for a few après ski drinks. Happy hour ran from 4.30 to 5.30 and prices outside of this were still reasonable. A view of the slopes, table football and sky sports all made this a great place to share our days successes and crashes as a group of friends.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

A basic hotel but in a great location, just a short walk across the road to ski lifts and a very large amount of runs and locations. My first time skiing and although the hotel lacked in some areas (it is very basic) the location and wide types of runs and ski slopes/areas you can visit made up for it in my opinion. Booked with Rocketski.

We arrived by coach in the afternoon on saturday (the coach had to park a short walk up the road) and we took our bags down to the hotel ourselves. The coach journey from Grenoble being 3hours was very tiring. We departed at 4am on a coach back down the mountain and when we left it had been snowing for 24hours. The RocketSki rep did ask the coach driver to park outside the hotel which was a great help, but the coach journey down the mountain was a real eye opener with less than a coach lengths visability at some stages with high winds and blizzard like conditions. The coach driver was superb, only stopping at the bottom to undo chains from the tyres, he had obviously done this many times before! The trip back to the airport took a little over 3hours but considering the conditions I thought was superb.

OVERALL : Great location and superb skiing. The hotel is basic but offers a stones throw from the ski lifts and a simple place to get your head down and helpful english staff throughout. Worth a visit on a small budget.

Here are my opinions on each:

Rooms:

- Basic and a little dated (x 2 single beds in ours)
- toilet & bathroom
- no tv (would make the evenings more enjoyable when no entertainment)
- no radiator controls in some rooms making it very hot when you first enter your room at times
- did have to ask for clean towels during the stay as none were supplied
- Beds although basic I did find quite comfortable and got a good night sleep most nights
- Great view if you get a room at the front of the hotel

Hotel:

- 3hour coach transfer after the flight was very long and tiring (from Grenoble)
- In a prime location opposite ski lifts
- Breakfast consisted of croissants, jam , cereal , eggs , sliced ham & cheese and fruit
- Dinner although basic was tasty. 3 courses. Soup each night with 1 other option , main meals varied and deserts were normally cake or crumble/pie
- SKI HIRE - 75euros(although we got a group deal speaking to Cameron for 60euros for 6 people)
- SNOWBOARD HIRE (from a local shop) is 102euros
- SKI PASS - 194euros for 6 days (includes 1 day in Italy)
- Lack of evening entertainment (the bar being the only location with any activity in the evening and this normally consisted of a quiz or karaoke etc)
- Limited internet access available - 1 x computer in the lobby although I found it not always switched on or working. There is a wireless internet option available at 10euros per week

SKI RESORT
- Being a first time skier I found this location great. It has a wide range of Green & Blue runs as well as red and blacks if you wish. It also has a drag lift small slope which i spent my first day learning the basics on. There were good skiiers in our group who also found the area great also.
- Easy Access to all runs via chairlifts and enclosed chamlets which connect with one another well
- SKI PASS does include 1 day in Italy , however when we went there was only the odd run open as there had been no snowfall in the area, so we came back soon after

LOCAL AREA
- The area is very quiet once the ski lifts shut at 1700
- A few odd shops selling fridge magnets and local bits and bobs
- Shop behind hotel (supermarket) sells most things
- Lots of Ski hire shops
- Local food seems mainly to be pizzaria's (did not find much else)
- Ice Skating rink available opposite the hotel
- SKI Lessons are supplied by ESF (see website for more info) but they do provide a range of instructors in French,English or Italian of which I saw
- The hotel did supply some outings whilst on our stay (although we never attended) they were 35EURO Skidoo ride & dinner (plus cab fare back)
- Self Drive Skidoo's at 90euros per hour

Room Tip: Rooms facing the slopes/road gave great views, the back has no views
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

A group of us enjoyed a fantastic skiing holiday in Montgenvre staying at the 2 star Club Hotel Les Rois Mages. We arrived in Montgenvre to be greeted by Rocket Ski staff offering to carry our luggage from the coach park which was 500m from the hotel. A pity they didn’t offer the same service when we left the following week, especially as there was a blizzard.
At the hotel we were greeted by the Manager and shown to our rooms. The rooms, although a little basic, were perfect, with a balcony and a 5 star view. However if you were unlucky to get a room at the back of the hotel then you got a 2 star view.
Once unpacked we all attended the welcome meeting, where we were informed of the itinerary for the week
• Ski School
• Lift Passes
• Mountain Meal via Skidoo (40 Euros each including Taxi to Claviere)
• Ice Skating
• Entertainment in hotel bar (Quiz, Acoustic Night, Karaoke etc)
• Ski Hire
• Ski Technician (Cameron)
After the meeting we moved into the restaurant and had the first of the 3 course dinners which were basic but delicious. Following our dinner we took a walk round Montgenvre to familiarise ourselves with the location of ski-lifts, bars, clubs? shops etc. On our return to the hotel we went into the hotel bar for a drink and were greeted by a Crystal Ski Guests (who were not staying at the Les Rois Mages) using the bar for their Quiz Night, which left no room for regular guests of the Hotel.
Having a 5 star view had its downside which was either the Piste Basher grooming the slopes, or the Snow Plough clearing the snow from the road outside the hotel at unearthly hours.
The breakfast consisted daily of cereal, porridge, bread, ham, cheese, boiled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice and a regular supply of tea & coffee.
The skiing in Montgenvre is perfect with over 400km of varying levels of runs. The hotel is a stones throw away from the Ski Lift The highlight of our holiday was our adventure to Sauze D’Oulx where on our return to Montgenvre we tackled the Olympic Run at Sestriere. In addition to the skiing there is a Luge Run (Monty Express) which costs 4 Euros when Ski Pass presented. You have got to give it a go!
The Apres Ski although limited was good with live bands, decent beer and food. A visit to La Tourmente is a must if you like crazy but good hospitality. Another place worth a visit for some tranquillity is the Church.
All in all the holiday was excellent and good value for money and yes I would go back which I can’t say for other ski destinations I’ve been to.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Just about a 2 star but is in the best location and a stones throw away from the ski lifts. Excellent views from the balcony.
The hotel is really dated and the service isn't great. But it's cheap and basic.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Reu d'Italie, 05100 Montgenevre, France
Location: France > Provence > Hautes-Alpes > Montgenevre
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Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Montgenevre
Number of rooms: 11

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