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!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, getaroom.com, Hotwire, Priceline, HotelQuickly and TripOnline SA so you can book your Madame Vacances Residence Cami Real reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.