Stayed at the Hotel Christiania for our week's mountain biking and hiking holiday with Alpine Elements. (This review will deal with the hotel accommodation and catering only - and not the Alpine Elements package).
All we wanted from this holiday was a good, convenient base from which to go mountain biking and hiking in Les Portes Du Soleil, with clean, comfortable accommodation and good food, and this hotel pretty much ticked the bill.
The hotel is more like a large chalet and the catering was the same as a skiing chalet holiday. The decor is a little tired and in need of a freshening up, and, well, certainly our bedroom (no 24) was very small, although we did have a balcony. The ensuite looked like it had been updated more recently than the bedroom but, again, was very small and the shower, in particular, was tiny. However, there was more than enough storage space for all of our kit and the balcony proved very useful for getting muddy kit dry on. We also had a TV on which we could watch French coverage of the Tour De France! We slept very well so it must have been comfortable and quiet enough - despite our room facing the street.
The communal areas, again, are a little tired, in the bar/lounge there is not enough seating for all the guests and the sofas/chairs are not particularly comfortable. The swimming pool was nice, but there are only half a dozen or so sunloungers and the one day I wanted to sunbathe, they were all already in use. The hot tubs were great and used every day - even in the rain.
We thought the food was very good, varied and decent sized enough portions. Meal times were consistent and the service was very good. The staff in general were all very helpful and friendly.
The hotel location was fantastic though. Right next to the main Chavanne lift up Les Gets, and just on the edge of the town centre, so everything was in walking/biking distance. The large garage underneath the hotel, where the bikes were kept, was a little chaotic and could have been bettered ordered.
Overall, though, we had a great time and, if you are looking for this kind of holiday and are not too fussy about the hotel being a little tired and the rooms small, then we would recommend it. We have rated it as 'very good' on the strength of the catering, staff and location.
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