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Champs Avalins Hotel
Ranked #27 of 39 Hotels in Val d'Isere
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Champs Avalin is a very basic hotel, more like a typical small french catered apartment block but without the small kitchens in the room, just beds. Most of the comments made on here are pretty on the mark.
The bar is too small, the canapes and pre dinner drinks also too cheap and small to bother with really. The food was in general good, and the service also.
Afternoon tea coffee and cakes were very nice.
No TV in room and no communal one either.
Detrimental points - WiFi - only worked in bar or restaurant.
Plastic glasses in the bar because all the glass ones had been smased the week before (buy some more then!)
Bar too small and in two halfs - (knockj out the wall)
Afternoon Tea finished at 5, which is only just after the lifts shut, and later in the season would be much too early (we went in January)
It is in a good position at the botton of OK Run and allows a stop at the very lively Folly Douce if you are so inclined (at the top of the run)
When we were there it was full of mainly all lad groups, not neccessarily a bad thing if thats OK with you but I can imagine it wouldnt go down all that well with everyone.
Plus points - Good price value for money, the staff pub crawl on Tuesday (although Wednesday was heavy going!), well organised.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here with a group booked with Total Ski. Staff were great, food was good and so was the skiing. Location proved better than expected with easy access to some of the best slopes. Bar was a bit poky though.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank Hungrybiker
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Before traveling I read a few negative reviews about this hotel, how amazed I was when I arrived and was greeted by so friendly and helpful staff. We were given the exact room we ordered and not fobbed off with another which is usually the case.
The location for me is usually the most important. This hotel is right at the bottom of the la Daille gondola, you can ski right to the door so nipping back for the afternoon tea and cakes they provide is so easy and quick as buying food and drink on the mountain is expensive.
A choice of two, 3 course dinners at night, with wines included and a cooked breakfast what more does a skier or (snowboarder in my case) need.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the free bus rocks up 50 yards from the hotel, so easy access in to and out of Val.
Enjoy your trip.......
Charlie UK

Room Tip: We had a piste view which was awesome but couldn't connect to the hotels free wi-fi so ask for a...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CharlieSnowboard
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

The position was superb, you could literaly ski to the door and you were greeted by an array of afternoon tea,coffee,cakes and soup. Later we enjoyed early evening drinks in the friendly bar, while having canopy's before a delicious 3-course meal of your choice.
The cleanleness was impeccable, with the cleaners coming in every day to make your room spotless and the rooms were always warm, although the decore was a bit dated.
There was a mini supermarket and gift shop near the hotel so you could pick up anything you needed, plus some good resturants and bars.
The local bus stopped regularly outside the Hotel and it took a five minute bus ride to reach the heart of Val D'Isere, which had great atmosphere and lots of bars and restaurants to choose from.
The rep and hotel staff were lovely and all English so it was easy to comunicate.
Overall it was a brilliant stay and I would recommend this accomodation to anyone!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank 1966Will
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed for a week over Christmas as a family of three. On arrival it was a bit of a squash as the reception is at the top of the stairs and not a lot of room when there a lot of new arrivals, bags skis etc. Our room was a triple room with three beds spread around the room but it was large enough for us and we had a slopeside room so could view the piste, which was wonderful.
Can not fault the food, which was good every night and the chef made something different for my son every night as he did not like the choices, which by the way you choose at breakfast. Your meal times are staggered into two sittings and alternate between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, so one night you eat at 6.30pm and the next at the later time. The 8.30pm sitting can be a bit of a pain if you want to eat early and go to bed early ready to get up for the next day.
Breakfast is ok with cereals, pastries, meat and cheese etc but you do need to be down early as the restaurant area is not big enough for the the whole hotel and you can find yourself waiting for a table. The bar area was another place we didnt venture very often, as it is in the basement and you are meant to gather there for canapes etc before dinner. Very small and very noisy, didnt like it all. It can be noisy at night, with bin collections at 4.00am, late night revellers getting off the last bus at 2.45am and the bottle bank right outside the hotel. Would recommend so ear plugs.
We didnt use the ski room, so can not comment on this as we kept all our equipment in our room.
The staff are all quite young but very pleasant, friendly and willing to help. Can not fault them.
All in all the hotel is yes basic and a little tired but is ideal for getting on the slopes early. It is ok if you are there for the skiing and not the luxury and if it all the about the skiing for you, ideal. The runs back to La Daille can be tricky if you are a beginner, the green run (Verte) is a nightmare later in the day. The red and blue are also quite undergraded and get very mogully later in the day. It was quite fun though watching all the skiers from our balcony that had accomodation in Val D'Isere queuing for the bus back to resort. Horrendous wasnt the word.
Do recommmend catching the bus in the morning though and heading over to La Fornet and the Solaise areas, we found those areas to be really quiet and with wonderful long and wide runs, wish we had headed over that way a little earlier in the week instead of trying to access Tignes and Val Claret.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

I stayed as part of a group of 50 on a skiing trip. The good points are the staff and the food. Even though it was the end of the season, they couldn't be faulted and were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent, I'm a picky eater but they catered for my whims and it was all lovely.

The downsides are yes, its a bit basic and tired, but its clean. Also the bottle bank outside my room was emptied at 5,15am everyday. Not the hotel's fault but something to be aware of if you are a light sleeper (my room mate didn't notice).

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

We wanted a skiing holiday where we were spending a fortune but was still enjoyable and Champs Avalins (booked through Igloo) totally delivery. Admitedly on arrival we thought we were just getting exactly what we'd paid for, the room was basic and not that pretty, and it felt a bit drab. But after the first night we knew we'd made the right choice. The rooms are basic but that's what you need for skiing, the bathroom was great - bathtub - much needed!! The welcome was friendly and very chalet-like. For what we paid we got breakfast, afternoon tea and a 3 course dinner.The food was really unexpected. Lovely buffet breakfast with great hot options, afternoon tea had loads of yummy cake and soups, as well as tea and juice. And each morning we chose our 3 course meal, with 2 options for each course. Scallops, roasted duck, chocolate tart, lots of wine. Really fantastic. They do two sittings for dinner and you get to know the people you sit with which was nice. Not recommended for families as there can be some rowdy groups. But overall very pleased. Also very close to slopes and very close to central Val D.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the run into la Daille, we had glorious sunshine every morning.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Champs Avalins Hotel

Address: la Daille, 73150 Val d'Isere, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Val d'Isere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #27 of 39 Hotels in Val d'Isere
Price Range: $66 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In common with the rest of Val d’Isère’s La Daille area, the hotel might not win any awards for the cutest or prettiest exterior in the Alps, but as with all properties, it is the location that really counts! And that’s where the Champs Avalins really scores. You can ski back to within just 50m of the hotel, and each morning you have a choice of lifts right on hand to whisk you up the mountain. ... more   less 
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Hotel Champs Avalins
Champs Avalins Hotel France/Savoie

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