The Champs Avalins is a basic ski Chalet hotel with no frills however, the dining and kitchen facilities are not big enough to cater for all the guests in one sitting hence the early/late dinner arrangement which is explained fully in the hotel info so be aware prior to booking. The split bar is also a bit on the small side where the pre dinner canapés and after dinner cheese & biccies are served to try and relive a bit of pressure on the main dining room. During dinner times there is nowhere in the hotel to relax apart from the bar (sometimes very crowded) or your room.
Some rooms can be a bit noisy in the early hours when the snow ploughs/bin lorries get going.
Now, onto the positives....... Firstly and most importantly, IGNORE COMPLETELY the review of Soon2beUTA of Jan 2014. Why T.A have allowed this to be published I do not know as it breaches their own guidelines of avoiding personal insults and this appears to be a 90% personal attack on Francesca (if it were true isn't it odd that this is the only one!??). As a retired manager myself, I witnessed on a few occasions that Francesca is a polite, considerate but firm and efficient manager, respected by guests and staff alike. Her managerial abilities are reflected in the generally excellent feedback re the hotel staff.
Room cleanliness and tidying was excellent.
Food choice and quality provided by the small but enthusiastic kitchen team was fantastic and of a standard that many restaurants in the U.K cannot match (and I'm a very fussy eater!!)
Wine of the usual standard but you can pay extra to get the nicer stuff.
Staff......what a nice bunch of young people...... polite, friendly and above all enthusiastic to make guests as comfortable as possible...........................10/10. The entire staff, from Manager to Kitchen Porter came across as a well run and professional team.
So, to conclude, it's basic with limited facilities but warm and clean. Located only about 100 yds from the nearest lift or 200 yds to the main funicular. Regular buses into the main village with stop not far from front door. Food great, staff great and yes I would go back as it represents pretty good value for money.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Champs Avalins
- Champs Avalins Hotel France/Savoie