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“great ski resort on a budget and short transfer from grenoble”

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Les Villages du Bachat
Reviewed March 7, 2010

this is a fantastic resort for families with young children. we travelled with 2 teenagers and 3 younger children. we booked with ski bed and found them to be really easy to deal with and even spent time on the phone explaining exactly where the apartment was. when booking i would strongly advise the following , ask to be in the asters or joubarbes block as these are the nearest to the ski lift, some of the blocks are a good 5 mins walk on very icy path. bring your own towels if possible they charge for towels and linen. there is only 2 restaurants so book for every night on your first night you can always cancel if you dont want it. when checking in they ask you to return an inventory and to book a cleaning inspection and to leave a 300 euro deposit. the only time left for inspection for us was at 830 am our bus was collecting us a 2pm so this was too long for us to wait around, we decided not to book an inspection to give us longer in the apt . we sent the children to return the linen to reception (a long 5 min walk) and didnt leave the apt until about 11. we left all our cases in the ski locker downstairs until 2pm, and our apt was still free at that time. the ski slopes were fantastic with lots for every level of skier. a really lovely resort perfect for families but dont go there if you want a luxury apartment. this accomodation is very clean but very basic with very hard beds ! the 6 person apt is really only big enough for 2 adults and 2 children. i cant imagine 6 adults or even 4 adults being comfortable.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

Just returned from an excellent weeks skiing in Chamrousse, staying at the Le Domaine de l'Arselle apartments, we went with low expectations and was suitably impressed.

We are a family of 4 and booked a 2 bed apartment via the Crystal website, we got an excellent price, inclusive of lift passes and we were looking for the catch……..

Essentially, this is a fairly good, mainly purpose built resort that offers a reasonable amount of skiing to keep most intermediates busy for a week.

The resort of Chamrousse is split into 3 sections, 1650, 1700 & 1750, these are all linked via a free shuttle bus; 1650 has the most going on in terms of shops / restaurants etc, but skiing down to 1650 is via mainly black runs. 1700 where the apartments are located is surrounded by mainly blues / greens all well linked by ski-lift and great for family skiing.

The apartments are large by French standards and offer good warm accommodation, they are reasonably well equipped and all of them seem to have good or excellent access to the slopes (as far as we could tell).

Within 1700 there is 1 supermarket, 1 restaurant, 1 bar and 1 snack/sandwich place, so fairly limited – obviously limited availability is reflected in the prices!

Eating on the slopes is limited to a couple of restaurants, but it is easy to ski into 1750 which offers more choice at the base of the slopes. As most of the 1700 apartments are close to the slopes, stopping for a DIY lunch is just as easy.

If you are looking for après ski please avoid – these apartments offer a good base for skiing during the day and a warm place to keep yourselves entertained in the evenings.

We would definitely recommend this location for young families keen to hit the snow – we will return.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 2, 2010

We were a group of 22 and booked 4 x 8-person apartments through Snowtrex which included the lift pass but we arranged our own travel. Each apartment had 2 showers and 2 toilets which is a good proportion by French ski apartment standards, and with 4 of us in one apartment it only cost us £159 each including the lift pass at the end of Jan, and no-one sleeping in the living room, a real bargain. One drawback was no oven, just a microwave which is a bit limiting, but the living area was spacious and heating and hot water plentiful. Not all the apartments are close to the nearest lift, there may be a 5 minute walk or so at worst. Snowtrex were pretty quick with the keys - we were in the apartments by about 3pm, although they said they wouldn't be available until 5, so it's worth going there early just in case as I understand the queues can be horrendous later on. Giving the keys back at the end was equally easy. There's a little bar just down from the Arselle lift which does an excellent happy hour with very cheap drinks (vin chaud 1 euro), they also sell bread and croissants AND they stay open at lunchtime, unlike the Sherpa which closes bang on the dot of 12.30 - this is a place that's worth supporting! All in all we had a great holiday and would go back. I also want to give a mention to the mountain rescue guys - one of our party suffered a major broken leg in two places and wasn't carrying passport, E111, insurance, or credit card. Others in the party who had his apartment keys were skiing elsewhere on the mountain and weren't carrying their phones. We'd heard horror stories of 'no documents, no rescue' but these guys couldn't have been better. The helicopter was called out to take him to hospital and all they wanted was a name, address and signature from one of the group. Everyone we came into contact with in the resort was very friendly, and the emergency services were fantastic.

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

I would echo most of the comments already left here regarding Domaines de l'Arselle, stunning views from the appartment and balcony and good access to the pistes make up for the slightly shoddy but reasonably clean and well equipped interior.

We too booked with Snowtrex and although we didnt really need reps, they were available and efficient when required to be. We arrived a day late due to the snow at home but had no problems checking in.

Having noted previous reviews, we took our own bed linen and towels. One point to note, there was very little hanging space for clothes, we had a three bedroom appartment for 8 people but there were no wardrobes in any of the rooms, just one rail in one of the doubles.

Again "Le Club Sandwich" was great for an apres ski vin chaud, hot chickens, pizza and of course sarnies a emporter. Other than that there is only one other bar in 1700 K-Dox which we didnt try but looked ok. We mostly ate in, but ate out once in 1750 where there is a small selection of bars and restaurants in the 60's stylie arcade. Its a pleasant stroll up and back or you can take the bus which is efficient and regular.

Chamrousse appears essentially to be a resort for locals from Grenoble which comes alive at weekends, leaving it virtually queue free for holiday makers mon-fri. This is of course reflected in the range of wider resort facilities which is limited.

One word of advise if you are driving from Grenoble, make sure you drive through the town of Uriage, my sat-nav took me on a short cut avoiding the town, and up a narrow snow covered winding track. No fun at all, particularly with a local maniac about 3mm off my back bumper all the way!

The ski area has a good variety of runs and seems longer than the published 80 odd kms. Id put this down to the fact that there are none of the long windy greens which snake from top to bottom in some resorts, which can artificially extend the piste lengths. We were still discovering new tracks on our last day.

We had heavy snow during our stay, which meant virtually off pitse conditions one day, fun for a while but ultimately tiring and tricky. Also the "Ours" red run wasnt pisted on a couple of days for some reason which made it quite mogully as was the case with some of the busier blues lower down.

All in all though, a great little resort.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 20, 2010

Recently spent the week at Chamrousse for skiing. The apartments were perfect. We booked a six person apartment for four adults which to our amazement gave us two double bedrooms, unheard of in our experience. The rooms were a good size and clean. Well worth considering. We travelled with the German company 'Snowtrex' who turned out to be about half the price of UK companies. If you only want to pay under £200 for a weeks self catering skiing, including lift pass, this company is worth looking at (travel extra). Will certainly return next year...

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

we loved our trip to chamrousse, we spent new year here with a group of mixed ages the teenagers kept there self busy up and down the slopes and in the bar with interet access. we also had a 4yr old who was booked in ski school wiich in the end did not attend as was a mixed group of different languages wich can be rather confusing but lucky for us he is a competant skiier and spent the week with us, we also had a adult learner who had not skiied before again found the group lessons slightly lonely as she was the only english skier but was lucky she spoke a little french which kept her going within the group. we had boarders and skiers we all loved the slopes being easy to understand . eating out was limited but we took ourself off to 1650 wich had a better stocked shop and also the cashpoint machine is there too. the shop in 1700 is very busy at certain times 4/5pm and seemed to run out of the basics so good to stock up as and when you can. we ate at club sandwich most of the week as was reasonably priced and the staff kept us well looked after and there was plenty of entertainment from the outher diners mainly french wich we loved. The place has lovely views and everyone seemed very friendly.
the bad points seemed very few but we did have a few issues raised, the same as the previous review we arrived lunch time to be told that our rooms were not ready, we were given lockers wich eventually were our lockers to our rooms anyhow, they were locked of requested wich we did then found our self off the le bach for a spot off lunch wich was not brilliant but hey we were fed eventually. by this time we still had a further couple of hours to wait so decided not to get ski equipment because of not being able to store it and also not to still be able to get in the rooms was getting anoying at 4pm we went and asked again still to be told 4.30pm so on arriving back at reception to be faced with a que of people as the rep informed us they had 300 chequing in on that day it was very busy we were however lucky the rep was there and pushed us to the front and did not wait in this que off people checking in we were handed our keys and bed linen to make our own beds made it to our appartment to find we needed towles too anouther treck to reception to find towels are charged at about 6euros each (take your own if you can) the toaster was also available on request we found out 2 days into the holiday. they also charge if your room is not clean at the end of the holiday what a joke it wasnt clean when we went in.
my sister in law didnt have a cooker or dishwasher for the first 3 days despite informing them on the first day still had to complain twice more to get this fixed and this was done on day 4.
we loved our holiday this was down to good company and making the most of what we had we can not fault the place but would have liked to have been a little more informed about certain things about the accomodation mainly.
le club sand wich highly recommended and the shop casino in 1650. and also if you want a meal anywhere else book in advance.
by the way phone reception is awfull it was lovely not to have a phone/tv or english nwspaper for a whole week.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

The good and great points first.
Access to this restort is so easy whether traveling by car or air as its only 30km from Grenoble and all the roads were of a high standard.
The resort has probably the most spectacular views I have ever seen in all the ski resorts I have visited over the last 25 years. Nature has divided Chamrousse into easy, intermediate and difficult areas with easy access between them all and an easy way out of each area if you should find yourself in the wrong place. The pistes and the lift systems were managed and maintained very well. We suffered very high winds and bad visibility which did cause some of the lifts to be closed but I had confidence that they knew what they were doing.
We booked through crystal and therefore got a free 6 day pass. However this resort has the most flexible and inovative lift pass system I have ever seen which would be a definite draw for me returning on an independant basis. I could take time out to do a bit of nordic, snow shoe walking, ice skating or just relaxing in the pool without thinking how many tens of pounds I was wasting on my lift pass.
The free ski bus that constantly circled all levels of this resort was very good and reliable.
We hired our skis from skiset at 1700. They were basicaly new and of high quality, the staff in the shop were very helpful.
We enjoyed the Club Sandwch Bar / Cafe. Good for bread when the shop closes at lunchtime and happy hour drinks were very welcome at the end of the day.
Supermarket was well stocked, expensive (exchange rate problems) and very busy at times.
The teaching for my son on his snowboard was excellent but it was difficult to arrange an english speaking instructor.

The not so good or bad points:-
Nothing much for teenagers in the evening.
We arrived in resort at about noon to be told by the reps that we cound not get into our apartments until 5pm. They had provided a 'secure' room for us all to place our belongings in. This turned out to be a garage without a lightbulb and open for anyone to enter. We were told to go to the ski hire shop and sort out our skis etc to save time. Needless to say this didn't take 5 hours so we were left wandering around in the cold and eventually the dark very tired after the early flight with nothing to do . Like previous reviews have said there is not a lot of apres ski etc to do in this resort especialy when you don't know where anything is. Our welcome brief was not until more than 24hours later. We went to the reception as intructed at 5pm to find it heaving with people.Those of us who had arrived 5 hours previously were now very cold and frustrated. This was made worse by the reception staffs inability to move quickly, the bureaucracy atttached to the process and the normal french queuing system. I thought there would be a riot especially when after about an hour waiting to be issued with our keys, inventory lists and instructions for checking out etc we were then told to join another line to collect our linen which was being handed out on a French first basis. If this wans't enough we then had to collect our suitcases from the garage, drag them in what was by now a blizzard along an icy road to our final resting place for the night.
Our apartment was big, we had paid a suppliment for a 6 bed as no 4 bed ones were available, but was strangely arranged with a lot of wasted space. It had a huge balcony with an incredible view. It was clean but then again we were almost the first occupants of the season. All the utensils, crockery, cutlery etc were on the table and we had to check off the detailed inventory list we had been provided with.
There was a dishwasher in the apartment but only large boxes of tablets in the shop so my advice is to take a few with you.
We had to clean the place at the end of our stay or have 40 euros deducted from our 300euro deposit. No cleaning materials provided but shower gel is a wonderful thing if not a disinfectant. A member of staff came on the morning of our departure to make sure we had neither stolen, broken or left anything dirty.
As we stood outside the apartment waiting for our transfer bus to arrive, an hour late, we watched our apartment being 'cleaned' by the man who had checked it. It didn't take long and by 8am it was ready for the next occupants. Why then did we have to wait until 5pm for our keys.
We had a bad start and finish to our holiday because of management failures but everything inbetween was great.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Centre station | Lieu-Dit Bachat Bouloud, 38410 Chamrousse, France (Formerly M Vacances - Le Domaine de l'Arselle)
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Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Isere > Chamrousse
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Chamrousse
Price Range: $66 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Les Villages du Bachat 2*
Number of rooms: 412
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