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Hotel Telemark
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in La Tania
Reviewed October 4, 2006

We had a fanatastic time when we stayed at Hotel Telemark , La Tania.
I have read a review on this site of someone that had booked in but didn't actually stay there...they should have they would have had an entirely different opinion!!!!
I agree that describing it as 'boutique style' may be misleading. But I can't really understand how people can expect a luxury hotel for the price they pay. Having looked at their website recently they have since rectified the description and now have it spot on.
They offer comfortable accommodation in the heart of (in my opinion) the best ski area in the world..right next to the piste.
The staff are so welcoming and friendly and because the owners are so hands on they really care about what they do and you feel really looked after.
There is a brilliant atmosphere in the bar and the food is wonderful. If you are looking for good value, great skiing with Hotel Telemark you can't go wrong

  • Stayed: March 2006, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 24, 2006

A December 24th piece in the London Guardian newspaper about the Telemark, a newly launched hotel in a French ski resort, described it as "boutique chalet-style (or should
that be chalet boutique-style?)".

On a short ski break in February 2006, my partner Emily and I discovered that the story was so accurate, it might have been worded by a lawyer.

The Telemark was summed up in the Guardian as "twelve rooms in cream, chocolate and aubergine, with balconies for those who like a brisk view of the Grand Bec." When we checked out the web site, the single room photo showed a luxurious bed with designer pillows. We thought we'd uncovered a bargain: a smart, brand-new new boutique hotel,
discounting its prices in those crucial first weeks to fill up rooms to generate word of mouth.

What we found on arrival was a bit different: a slightly smelly staircase, leading to a bedroom with no chair, but with blue-grey industrial carpeting and a shower-room the size of a phone box. And nowhere else to sit in the entire building -- except the bistro, a
noisy, smoke-filled bar with tables on one side of the room. That's what I'd call a budget hotel, not boutique -- except its Friday-to-Monday room rates for two people were 194 euros a night.

Luckily, we walked down to the local tourist office and were saved by the Web. Flipping through a list of local hotels and checking out their web sites, we found the Hotel Seizena, and moved immediately.

Situated in the more upmarket Courchevel 1650 and literally across the road from the ski lifts, the Seizena had everything you could ask from a boutique hotel: cool modern design (themed on the Cessna aircraft, hence the name) excellent service, high-quality linens, plush carpeting, halogen downlighters everywhere, piles of fluffy towels, Molton Brown
toiletries, a hammam, a restaurant with fantastic breakfast croissants and staggering mountain views, a comfortable sitting-room, and a plasma TV in the room. And the weekend pricing for two, including breakfast, was just 25 quid a night more than the Telemark.

To be fair, the Telemark costs less midweek (57 euros a person instead of 97). And the Friday-to-Monday prices at the Telemark include a set dinner, which we didn't try. (The Bel-Air restaurant on the piste has such great lunches that you don't have much appetite in the evening.

If you do, there are three good pizzerias near the Seizena, or a traiteur for picnicking in bed.)

But for a couple visiting at the weekend, there's no contest: the Seizena is a pampering, luxurious experience. We had a great trip, and we'll definitely go back. The Telemark, by contrast, is a good, plain budget hotel with food -- and a web site whose designer deserves a medal.

Since we explained the problem on arrival, and switched hotels without even sitting down on the bed, the Telemark manager immediately offered us a refund. Ten minutes later, he reported a change of mind, since the hotel's terms and conditions didn't require one. When we chased the hotel this week, they agreed to refund half our money -- fair
enough, since they probably turned down a reservation from another Guardian reader.

"Obviously the Seizena is in an entirely different league to the Telemark," they explained in an email, "and I think that it is evident from their website what they are offering, as much as our website explains what we are offering."

We accepted the half-refund offer, and chalked the other half up to experience. The moral of the story? Read the Guardian really carefully. And remember that a 'chalet hotel, boutique-style' is worlds away from a 'boutique hotel, chalet-style'.

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Additional Information about Hotel Telemark

Address: 41 Route du Plan du Saz, 73125 La Tania, Courchevel, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Courchevel > La Tania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in La Tania
Price Range: $79 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in the trees just above the village and next to the nursery slope the Telemark offers virtually ski in ski out accommodation at its best. All 12 en suite rooms are comfortable with various rooming arrangements including twins/doubles and family/group rooms. All have balconies with exceptional mountain views. Its small friendly bar and comfy lounge make it an ideal spot to unwind after a hard day on the hill. Catered to a high standard using our chalet formula. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Telemark Hotel Courchevel

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