We stayed here in Arc 2000 for a week from 13 March 2010. The sun shone every day but it was very cold so the snow was perfect. As we left on the Saturday it was raining even at the top of the mountain. NEGATIVES: The rooms are small but adequate. DON'T book a twin room for 3 unless the 3rd one is a small child. There simply isn't enough space. Pillows are AWFUL. I had 2 but they are so uncomfortable, last trip away in Jan i took my own but forgot this time, why do all ski hotels in the world (well the ones i've been to anyway) have such awful pillows? I fail to understand why they don't just put a shower tray in instead of a half (not sure it was even that big) bath. I'm 5ft 4 and to sit in the bath my knees were under my chin and my toes pointing up. We had a good laugh, after all it was an experience! But were glad to have a shower that knocked us over when when we got home - the shower attachment was just powerful enough to eventually get the shampoo out of my fairly short hair. Went with Crystal who advertise "cable tv in all rooms". Yes it is. French cable, there isn't even an English news channel which is what we'd normally tune in to if at all. Watching the F1 race in French was annoying but hey that's my fault i don't speak French! I'm a vegetarian who will eat fish at a push. I queried with Crystal on the phone whether i needed to book for the hotel. No, "there is a vegetarian choice at each meal". The meals are buffet style. For all you strict veggies out there THERE IS NO VEGETARIAN CHOICE. The French don't get vegetarianism. Even the salad buffet had potatoes, with bacon in - pasta with chicken in - kidney bean/sweetcorn mix with chicken in! one night all i had on my plate from the salad bar was grated carrot, lettuce and a tomato. In this day and age I think this is APPALLING. For the first time ever i gained weight on a ski holiday because i had to fill up with bread and cheese and croissants at breakfast time. There was a fish dish every night, mainly overcooked but good enough when you're starving from skiing 6 hours a day in the fantastic Les Arcs/Peisey area. Restaurant opens at 7pm, and it's chaos. We did that once, then waited until 8.10pm (we timed it and it worked perfectly) when the first phase of people have left, the food also isn't boiling hot, even at 7pm, by the time you get it back to your table. Tip: take a spare top and hang it on the chair or nobody will know the table's taken. Wine is free and you take a bottle and fill it yourself, water jugs/bottles the same. Tea bags are on the table with butters/jams next to bread. It can be confusing your first time! POSITIVES: wine is free! (the restaurant shuts promptly at 9.30pm). Les Arcs is fantastic, great lifts, great snow (we were lucky) easy to find your way around, (French skiers push in but you have to get used to it, or fight back, i couldn't be bothered!) hotel is warm and clean, great relaxed atmosphere, bar area is nice, they do crepes in the bar around 4pm, yum! Ski in ski out was perfect. It was just me and my hubby and we laughed about the negatives but it's great value for money, as much as you can eat for breakfast and dinner, and if you can cram a cheese/ham roll made yourself at breakfast into a bag you can get a free snack lunch too! The ski room was empty but that was because we didn't venture out until 9.45am, and got back at 5pm, so we didn't feel the urge to head out and wait for the lifts to open. Lockers big enough for my skis and his snowboard and our boots. By the hotel is a little bubble lift which takes you down to 1950 (takes about 1 minute) which is lovely, pretty little village with bars and shops and the lift runs until about 10.30pm and it's FREE. We did this on our last morning as we had to hang around for the coach. All in all i would go back, it's a great hotel if you can get used to holiday with French and German rather than English like we usually do!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ideal club for 'full-on skiing' holidays for the whole family: your mountain accommodation at the foot of the slopes! For your winter holiday, take advantage of one of the most snow-covered ski areas in Europe, les Arcs 2000. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Belambra Clubs - l`Aiguille Rouge Hotel Les Arcs
- Aiguille Rouge Hotel