We stayed week 7 for 9 days of skiing. We are from Sweden and have two children 11 and 10 and would count ourselves as experienced skiers. We love off piste, fresh snow, no people, lots of trees, no queues. We got all of that here.
Digression, but we ended up in Sainte Foy by accident as we thought it was connnected to Les Arcs. It is not (don't ask!). We had reservations but we had the best skiing here that we'd had in a decade. Firstly, it snowed regularly which opened up the full range of off and on piste. 4 lifts sounds nothing and if you stay on the pistes you may find it repetitive after a few days. If you can cope going off (into marked and controlled non groomed areas) then with snow it is simply fantastic. Skiing was 5 star and the village charming.
For the hotel some clarity. You can ski in around the back of the residence and then 10m you and in the garage. The piste stops 60m short but it is fine. There is no ski out. You take the bus (goes every 5 to 10 mins but not Saturday) or walk 300m to the resort (uphill).
The rooms were well laid out, construction was new, kitchen worked well and supermarkets (small are within walking distance). Swimming pool steam room is small but modern and clean. At 6pm it is busy. Outside of that it was quiet. You can order breakfast baked goods every day. Parking is available underneath for 9 EUR a day. Packages vary - if you book directly it appears you need to clean on exit and order sheets etc. We booked online and all was included in price.
In terms of issues. Yes the beds are more than firm. Sleeping on a rug on the floor firm. In the two room option the double bed is small. It didn't stop us. The other issue was only BBC World for non French speakers. And yes the staff varied between delightful and charmless. We were highly informed after 9 days!
All in all. Fantastic. One star removed for beds.
PS: in a hire car with snow make sure you have chains and ignore Google Map Directions and make sure you follow the main road to the ski station and turn off just before you reach it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Le Ruitor is ideally situated in the ski resort Sainte Foy Tarentaise, in the French Alps, 200 metres from the lifts. The property offers fully equipped accommodation, ranging from 1-bedroom to 3-bedroom apartments. For your comfort the residence has many amenities such as a living room with fireplace, a lounge bar, a terrace, ski lockers, dry-boots, an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, and a hammam. Sainte Foy offers many seasonal activities such as paragliding, snow biking and frozen waterfall excursions. In the winter a public shuttle bus runs during specific hours. Underground parking is available at a surcharge and must be reserved in advance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Eco Le Ruitor Hotel Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise