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“Fantastic budget short break”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Le Montana

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Hotel Le Montana
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in La Tania
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Uppingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic budget short break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We recently took a 4 day ski break to this hotel mid feb 2013, and were definitely not disappointed.

The good points:-

Considering it was half term the price was more than reasonably in a truly ski in ski out hotel.
The hotel was warm, comfortable and our room (a triple) was spacious with lovely views. No balcony but who wants to sit outside in freezing temperatures. By the way we booked last minute and the triple was the only one left so for two of us we were lucky to get this without a supplement. It actually sleeps 4 as it consists of a double and bunk beds.
The staff, although young, were obviously well trained and well managed as they were all polite, helpful and friendly.
Slopes for all abilities, access to a huge ski area and no queing at lifts.



There weren't really any bad points, you get what you pay for and if you want 5 star then this is not the place for you. If you want a great place to ski and a warm friendly place to sleep and eat without any hastle then its perfect. The staff even organise the lift passes for you. NB These are quite expensive.

The food was basic but edible and warm, not gormet but you get a choice.
The hot tub is more luke warm tub and the jets are more like fiz but the sauna and steam room are great. The pool is small and great for kids to splash about in but if you want to do lengths you won't be clocking up much distance!
The room was quiet at night except for the last night when quite a few guests left about 4am and for about and hour it was noisy with people moving around with their cases.

We had a great time and I would definitely go back. Well done Alpine Elements we are booking our summer holiday with you lets hopwe that this is as good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Hotel Montana is now run by Alpine Elements/Igoski.

The main let down of the holiday was the VERY slow transfer by coach. As a Sun-Wed trip this really impacted on our skiing time. Our flight landed at 9.45am, but it was a further 2 hours before we even left the airport. The transfer coach took then slow route to the 3 Valleys, and then stopped for a 'comfort break' 30 mins away from our destination, meaning that we didn't get on the slopes until 2.30pm: 5 HOURS after arrival in France.

The communication from the staff was poor - and involved lots of conflicting timings eg the welcome meeting 6/ 6.30?! I was very disappointed that despite ordering liftpasses in advanced over the phone as suggested by the sales team, they were not ready on the first night (even though those who had booked on the coach received theirs. THey still weren't ready at breakfast (despite the promise that they would be), and instead the rep sauntered down at 5 minutes before lift opening time and handed them out. One group who had prebooked theirs didn't receive theirs even then.

The first night I was even unable to order a pint as the bar had run out of pint glasses at 7pm in the evening. We were unable to book the time slot we wished for dinner, indeed were given one 1.5 hours later than we wished. The wifi was down for the majority of the trip. The room was dated and the towels were a browny-yellow from overuse. Breakfast and afternoon tea involved a scrum-match to ensure you were able to get any food at all.

On the plus side, the food (when you were able to get some) was lovely, and dinner service was good and well organised. The hotel has a Spa with a small pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi - which were very welcome.

We loved the resort itself, and the hotel was fantastically situated but was let down by these essentials. Despite this,we would probably return again, but this would be inspite of the team and the accommodation, and not because of it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

I recently stayed here and had a great week. Good rooms, friendly staff, nice meals (smallish portions), and superb location.
Breakfast at 8am is a scrum to get in and grab a table, and our ski passes were a bit slow in coming from the operator, but these are minor niggles.

Well worth staying here. 1 minute walk to the bottom of the bubble and you can ski right up to the door.

The hotel has a spa and although the pool is 2 strokes from end to end, the sauna and steam room and jacuzzi were excellent for soothing the body after a hard day's boarding.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Pleasant stay, hotel was clean, room was spacious, facilities were adequate. Would definitely go back and would definitely recommend. Only a couple of minor issues nothing major. First the food was great quality but after a days skiing 5 grown men need feeding and portions were small. Secondly staff were friendly helpful and plentiful but could do with some adult help. Thirdly we all struggled drying our clothes after a couple of days rain.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Vittoria (RG)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

I stayed at the Hotel from january 27 with a large group (32 italian people) in 17 superior rooms.
This was the 2nd stay in this Hotel (first in 2008, when Hotel was managed by a French Tuor Operator : but we had not a happy eperience)..
HOTEL: is really ski in/ ski out. Every room has a locker (which has the same key as the room key) in boots room, just for 2 pairs of ski. No boot dryer. The bar area was warm and comfortable with many sofas but few when all people went into (hotel has about 70 rooms). In the bar area there is a piano but I heard someone play it only 1 time in week. In -1 floor there are 2 pool tables and 2 videogames, a 2nd room where we had breakfast and tea in the afternoon, and spa-area with a little pool, sauna, hammam and jacuzzi, a couple of gym machines. Wi-Fi is free in the bar area but it dropped out every few minutes.
ROOMS: our rooms (superior) were large (unusual in France) with loads of storage.There was a bathroom with an overhead shower with sink and a seperate W.C. There was unlimited hot water in the rooms. Room was clean and towels changed at mid week (no bed linen).
FOOD : the best food we have had in our French stay (this was the 6th stay in the 3 Valleys and 1 stay in Paradiski from 2005). Breakfast was in a seperate room to dinner on the -1. This consisted of 3-4 items of cooked breakfast, cereals, tea (including fruit and herbal) and coffee, choice of two fruit juices, bread, croissants, fruit, jam and yoghurts. This was self service (so as tea-time). Dinner is served by the staff at your table at ground floor and although not the most generous portions was of good quality with one exception. You have 3 options for each course (starter, main and desserts) for 6 evenings : the 7th evening if you want a savoyard dinner, go to "le petit savoyard" in Courchevel 1650. There was also some flexibility if you had decided to change your choice.
STAFF : they are very young but they work hard and always kindly, incredibly friendly and could not do enough for you. A mention for the manager, Craig and Sophie. Daily, they given us the menus in italian (the first time in 7 stay in France)
3 VALLEY : really the largest ski area in the world (I love skying and i have visited, from 1991, about 40 ski station in Europe)!!!!!!
WHAT TO ADD: hotel needs a boot-dryer in boots rooms and Wi-Fi in rooms
I think our holiday at the Montana was excellent value for money and I will return.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

I stayed at the hotel on a package deal with Alpine Elements in January 13. The hotel is located in a convenient position close to the bars, shops, ski lifts and ski schools in La Tania. All the bedrooms were facing the slope. We went as a group and had booked a triple and two doubles. The triple conisisted of two single beds and a pair of bunk beds so we actually could sleep 4. Beds were on the soft side of firm which was good for me and additional pillows were available when requested. There was unlimited hot water in the rooms (some places I have stayed in do seem to run out) . There was a bathroom with an overhead shower with sink and a seperate W.C. The rooms could do with a slight uplift but nothing you could complain about. If I hd a gripe it is like a lot of rooms in the continent was that it needed a central light to brighten up the room.
Breakfast was in a seperate room to dinner which faced the same slope as the rooms and was on the lower ground floor. This consisted of 4-5 items of cooked breakfast, cereals, tea (including fruit and herbal) and coffee, choice of two fruit juices, bread croissants fruit, jam and yoghurts. This was self service. There is a rush for breakfast at 8 a.m. and the cooked items quickly run out but are normally replaced promptly.The same room is also used for free afternoon teas and coffees, biscuits, bread and jam/honey.
Dinner takes place on the above floor which has to serve dinner in sittings when busy. You have to book your dinner choice at breakfast and then book your table at the reception. A simple and efficient process. Dinner is served by the staff at your table and although not the most generous portions was of good quality with one or two small exceptions. There was also some flexibility if you had decided to change your choice since breakfast!
The boot room got crowded for the morning exodus. Our locker which has the same key as the room key would be a problem to get 4 pairs of skis inside. With three sets of skis we had to balance a pair on the bindings of another otherwise it would be impossible to get them in. There is shelving in the locker for boots and helmets etc.
The bar area was warm and comfortable but did get crowded at certain times sometimes with just standing room available. Prices are reasonable, also free tea and coffee is available here after your meal. There is a piano in the bar area but did not hear anybody play it whilst there.
In the lower lounge area there is a couple of pool tables a bar football game and a couple of linked video games. This also is the entrance to the spa area. The sauna and steam room worked well, the hot tub was disappointing as the water was luke warm and the jets not very invigorating. There is also a coupe of gym machines if you feel the need for a further workout.
We had some issues with noise from the restaurant area at night, caused by the night porter cleaning the room and dragging chairs across the floor, also a loud radio from the kitchen when the staff started work. Once raised with the management team these issues were resolved.
The staff were very helpful and special thanks to the gentleman that saw I was struggling with my bags from the road to the hotel entrance and back down again on my departure.
Within La Tania there are 3 good bars, 2 had live music on more than one night in the week. La Taiga and the Ski Lodge. Some of the music was for apres ski and some was from 10 a.m. onwards. There is a supermarket, cash point, tourist office and shops all within a 100 metres of the hotel. Skiing was superb as this is a vast area plenty of different routes to do. No t-bars that I came accross and the boarder in our group did whinge about the flatness of some slopes but was bombing on and off the slopes where possible. Check your restaurant prices on the slopes if finance may be a problem, there are one or two more pricier places which may burn a hole in your pocket.

If you google La Tania there is a good website with lots of information.

Would I go there again? Yes. Alpine Elements have a great value for money hotel impressively located with clean, comfortable and secure rooms in a vast ski area. All what I am looking for on my ski holidays!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed last year when a different company ran it, we were happy with the room size, the food, and the proximity of the lift out, so we booked again. This year two of those remained the same, and the food improved. English breakfast was a welcome addition, as was the afternoon tea and cake. As mentioned in a previous post the wifi dropped out every few minutes. Having recently travelled to Vietnam where they managed to have free wifi for as many devices as you liked in all rooms surely in this day and age this could be improved. All said and done this is a great location with access to the 3 Vallees. And we had great snow to boot!

Stayed January 2013
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Property: Hotel Le Montana
Address: Centre Station La Tania, BP 5, 73125 La Tania, Courchevel, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Courchevel > La Tania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in La Tania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Montana is a ski to door Hotel conveniently situated right in the heart of the 3 Valleys resort of La Tania, only 50-100 metres from the main ski lift (gondola) that whisks you up to some of the best skiing in Courchevel / La Tania. Walk out the front door and you are in the heart of the resort, snap on your skis or board and the fast gondola will whisk you straight into the heart of the Three Valley lift system. Inside The Montana you will find a health club with hot tub, pool, sauna and steam room, gym equipment, two restaurants, and a friendly warm and relaxing bar with comfy lounge. There is also a games room. The hotel has 12 covered parking spaces and 12 open air. ... more   less 
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