I found a great cheap last minute deal with Neilsons for a solo room half-board for a week in mid-Feb. Given the price I wasn't necessarily expecting a great amount but I was actually very pleasently surprised.
I arrived on a very early flight (5:35am - I was at the airport many hours before) so was in the resort by late morning and at the hotel at 11am, very tired and was a little concerned that it would be too early to check in and be turned or made to wait. But I was greeted very kindly on reception by the nice lady who runs the place, who although surprised by my early entrance, immediately went about sorting me out with my room keys and giving me a quick tour of the hotel with various explanations about the ski/boot locker room, times for breakfast/dinner and where I was to sit for these each day and other useful information. I then was allowed to go straight to my room which was cleaned and ready for me (a great relief after having little sleep the night before).
The room was had a single bed, a reasonable amount of floor space (certainly didn't feel claustrophobic), a large wardrobe, desk, a safe (which was very handy and have been in many hotels that don't have that), tv, and a reasonable bathroom. Yes it was slightly dated but everything worked/functioned perfectly well (no problems at all with hot water for example) and was clean and that's all I want really personally out a hotel.
All the staff were friendly and nice, the breakfast was perfectly good (no full Englishes but I'm not a fan of that anyway in the morning) and dinners also good being 3 courses typically with a pasta starter, meat and two veg main (usually for starters and mains there are opportunities for 2nd helpings and this was often encouraged by the friendly staff serving it) and fruit/ice cream/other for dessert.
It was up a bit of a hill to the Clotes chair lift but it tooks less than 10 mins to do the walk (with skiis in ski boots, about 5 mins if that without) and I did it everyday (even in the snow) with minimal fuss and there is a ski bus right outside to take you there anyway.
Not much to fault here really, it satisfied amost all the criteria I could think of for a hotel to stay in for a ski trip and at such a budget price and friendly staff, I can't recommend it more.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Villa Cary Italy/Province Of Turin