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“Great staff, good location for skiing”

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Madame Vacances Residence Cami Real
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Just returned after spending New Year in St Lary.
Having been skiing in the Pyrenees before, we were really pleasantly surprised at how friendly and welcoming the staff were. They couldn't have been more helpful and went out of their way to ensure we had a great stay. The location is ideal for a short walk to both ski lifts.
There were six in our party and we booked the apartment that slept 8 which worked out well, it would be a bit cramped and without enough privacy for 8 people.
The communal areas of the residence are pretty jaded but the accommodation is more than adequate for the price paid. Let's face it, there aren't many ski resorts where 6 people can stay for less than 400€ per week and they have a pool to boot!
The town itself is charming with plenty of shops, great Boulangeries and some nice ski wear boutiques. The evenings can be as quiet or as lively as you like, whether you prefer a good meal or bar hopping till the early hours (5am), most tastes are catered for.
We found the nightlife to be quite a young crowd who are overall welcoming and good natured but it definitely helps if you speak some French. The resort itself is fantastic, We were a party of mixed abilities and every one of us had a brilliant time.
There was only one 'fly in the ointment' as you might say, a couple of our party needed hire kit so we booked ski hire online at Sport 2000 Loc Aventure, unfortunately, from the moment we walked in we realised we weren't welcome, from the rude surly woman on the desk to the poorly trained fitters, it was a debacle. Whether it was due to their ineptitude or their sheer unpleasantness is debatable but they only fitted 1 boot and ski then handed the other boot and ski to our fellow skiier and pretty much showed them the door. The other person was hiring a snowboard which they set up completely wrong for them, had we not been experienced enough to realise the problems, it could have cost them both a days ski lift pass 34€ each, and a wasted trip up the mountain. There are lots of far better hire shops available, my advice is don't go there unless you enjoy being insulted and badly served.
Despite this we really enjoyed our time in St Lary and we're all looking forward to our next visit and would happily stay in the Cami Real again. Thank you Flora for your kindness!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Travelled for a week in March and stayed at the Cami Real.
There were 2 couples and we were looking to get away from just the ordinary ski resorts that are full of Brits.
St Lary did this very well for us - it is in the French Pyrenees but it gets a lot of Spainish coming over and the week had a mix of French and Spainish sounds and cultures going on.

The accommodation was very comfortable and the skiing was excellent - despite the ropey conditions in the Northern Alps, the snow here was just fine - the British press failed to report this but hardly a surprise.

All in all - lovely place and we will certainly consider coming back in the summer - Zenith Holidays offer some rafting options with St Lary as a base and that looks tempting

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

We booked for one Week in MArch via Skill Collection. They were great and arranged all the transfers, ski pass , lessons for the kids etc.........
we arrived after a long trip at about 3.00pm to not be able to get into the building at all. Luckily some guests who knew the code let us in! Reception was completely shut and whenwe knocked on the door to the reception we were basically tlod to come back at 5.00pm.!!
So we went for a walk around Sant Lary, which was beautiful and had a nice cold beer!
When we got back it was bedlam!- Millions of French and Spanish Holiday makers checking in. HUGE queue's. We managed to get a turn to find out that we had to wait until 6.30 pm for out bedlinen as we had to make our own beds up.... not ideal.

The next day was lovley- Skiing great- the ski schools were fantastic and everyone really friendly. The kids loved it- they were first time skiers and despite having no other English kids in their groups they were fine. It is a very Frnch/Spanish resort- which we loved however my parents who were non skiers found it difficult. Nobody was really up for helping- giving them advice of things that they could do during the day. There was very little.

It was expensive to buy food and drink and we took our own up the slopes for lunch.

The main dissapointment of the holiday was having to pay 140 Euros to have our apartment cleaned at the end of the week!!- Most of the other people there- seemed to be aware of this and been as though they had driven in their cars had all the stuff to do it. We didn't and also were being picked up at 8.00am in our transfer to come back so it was virtually impossible. This was NOT GOOD.

All in all- great holiday and the skiing was fab- ski school brill and apartments nice enough. However was a bit quite if you aren't skiing.....and not many English Speaking People at all!

Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Address: Rue Du Chemin De Sailhan, 65170, Saint-Lary-Soulan, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Hautes-Pyrenees > Saint-Lary-Soulan
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Ranked #9 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Saint-Lary-Soulan
Price Range: $58 - $355 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Madame Vacances Residence Cami Real 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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