I stayed at Chalet Chardons for one week from 19th to the 26th of January 2013. I was travelling with a friend and we stayed in a twin room (bunks).
After reading many TripAdvisor reviews I was waiting, or even expecting, for there to be some kind of catch. After paying a total of 200 pounds for the entire 1 weeks stay, inclusive of breakfast, afternoon cake, free tea and coffee and 3 course meal every evening, there had to be some kind of catch!
There wasn't! I was extremely happy with the Chalet and I couldn't recommend it enough! If there was one of these in each of the resorts in the world I wouldn't hesitate about booking every trip with them.
Yes, the accommodation is basic, but that was expected. Our bunk room was small with very little storage space which lead us to live out of our suitcases for the week. Our room shared a toilet and shower room with another room next door (which was a double). But that being said not once did I bump into any one on the way to/from the bathroom from that room and I believe it was fully occupied all week. The room was clean, there was always hot water for the shower and I rented a towel for the week for 10 euros (of which you get 5 back). I would compare the accommodation style to that of the nicer hostels you find around Europe - with the exception of the food which I'll talk about later. I would HIGHLY recommend this if you're travelling on your own, for people of all ages, or in pairs or small groups. I probably wouldn't recommend this chalet style if you have small children.
Breakfast was plentiful, with a choice of plain and chocolate croissants, porridge, cornflakes and either hard boiled or scrambled eggs (alternated each day). There was also sliced baguettes on the table with butter and jam available and orange squash. Tea and coffee facilities were available 24/7.
After a days boarding/skiing there is always some form of cake available from 4pm which helps to tide you over until dinner at half 7. Happy hour is 4-5 pm with 5 euros for a pint of Amstel (though it was only 5.30 anyway I think during normal hours). Typically after getting showered we would get a pint, some cake and relax in the upper bar area using the free WiFi to check emails or whatever.
Dinner was fantastic. With massive self-serve portions of hearty, home cooked style foods. Typically things like Lasagne, Curry, Casserole, etc etc. All dinners were 3 courses, and the starters and desserts were great too. The seating arrangements were changed each evening so we often sat next to different people to share stories of the day. There was free red and white wine on the table, though not being a wine drinker I couldn't speculate on how good it was. Though I think it would be fair to say it was quite cheap wine! But it was free so it seemed to get finished every night!!
Best of all were the staff. They were extremely helpful whenever they were required and just generally friendly all round. Shout outs go to our hosts for the week Dolph and Alex, to Peggy behind the bar, and everyone else including the girls in the underground bar downstairs.
From a resort accessibility point of view, I was slightly concerned that Les Brevieres is right at the edge of the lift system, requiring a gondola and lift to be able to board down into Tignes. However those worries were unfounded. On 4 of our 6 days we were able to go to Fornet (far left of Piste map as you look at it, Les Brev is far right). If you wanted to you could hit Fornet, both Glaciers and back in a day. Also if you like tree runs, Les Brev is the only place in Tignes where you can get that as the rest of the resort is above the tree line. Though for the best tree runs check out Fornet in Val D'Isere underneath the cable car - forget about the unpisted black run (actually called Fornet) and just go off piste either side of the run straight back to the cable car base station. Loads of options for the intermediate and advanced.
tl:dr - The chalet is fantastic, the rooms are basic but clean, the food is plentiful and great tasting and the staff are brilliant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Budget Skiing and Snowboarding Hotel 100 metres from the slopes in Tignes, France. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Chardons Hotel Tignes