Having read the reviews on this site before travelling, my girlfriend and I weren't quite sure what to expect when we went to Hotel Amelie for a Xmas / New Year skiing trip.
First impressions are not hugely favourable - the hotel isn't pretty and Brides itself is an unexceptional town. Our room was small and decor was a bit dated, although perfectly functional but certainly there wasn't a huge amount of space. On the plus side though, everything worked, and there was plenty of hot water for post-ski baths.
Where the hotel really does well though is the attitude of staff and quality of food. They couldn't have been more helpful, and the staff in the restaurant in particular were first class. We were on a half board stay - breakfasts were fine, continental style and perfectly adequate. Dinners were fabulous though - 3 courses of French cuisine painstakingly prepared each day. Not all dishes will be to everyone's taste, but if you want a taste of proper French food, well cooked and great service you will get it at Hotel Amelie.
The hotel also has storage for skis, boots etc in a locker room, and a bar which gets fairly busy for the apres-ski period.
The only downside of staying in Brides is that you have to get a 25 minute gondola to Meribel. Not a huge pain in itself, but the last one back down leaves at 5pm leaving you no opportunity for apres-ski in Meribel itself. Also, there is NO public transport from Meribel to Brides (although you can apparently get a bus from Courchevel to Brides which takes about an hour). So, if you stay in Brides, you are quite isolated from the ski area in the evenings, unless you get a taxi which cost us €45 on New Year's Eve. Having said that though, it is a lot cheaper than Meribel so swings and roundabouts.
All in all, if you do have to stay in Brides, Amelie is a great choice.
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- Also Known As:
- Logis Amelie Hotel Brides-Les-Bains
- Amelie Les Bains
- Amelie Brides Les Bains