I have just returned (yesterday) from a one week skiing holiday in Val Claret, Tignes, where my husband and I stayed at the ApartHotel Alpina. This is a ski resort 2 star hotel offering half board accommodation. After booking the accommodation I accessed the Internet to read the reviews. Maybe not the best approach having booked in advance. I was very nervous as almost all reviews were negative and highlighted particular areas for concern, food, rooms, cleanliness and staff. My husband and I put our concerns to one side as we decided that we were only staying away for one week and if the hotel was so bad, this short stay would not kill us.
We decided to write this review upon our arrival at the hotel. Having been delayed we did not arrive in the resort and at the hotel until 03.30am. Our very friendly holiday rep dropped us off and guided us into the reception area. Damien, the night-time receptionist, was waiting to provide our room key and information about the hotel. Damien was French and exquisite in his friendly manner and care for two weary travellers. We found our room with the help of Damiens excellent directions and slept for a few hours before arriving in the dining room for breakfast. Another pleasant experience as we made our way into the room we were greeted by again very friendly staff and offered what would be ‘our table’ for the duration of our stay. Breakfast was buffet style and perfect as vast quantities of strong coffee, cereals, fruits juices, breads, hams, cheeses, eggs etc etc etc were all on offer. Each guest could stock us as much as they could prior to embarking on their adventure skiing day. This leads us to our next pleasant experience, the ski tows and lifts were directly across the road from the hotel’s entrance. Two seconds from the stepping outside and you were on your way. What’s more each evening we were presented with a fabulous variety of four courses for dinner. All served by the very friendly and entertaining staff.
We have been skiing in France for many years now and have to state that the ApartHotel Alpina is excellent value for money and we would recommend this to any skier. As the experienced skier will be aware, accommodation within a skiing resort is somewhat different for your usual summer holiday package hotel. It is typical that rooms are more on the smaller than larger side, you are not spending much time in the room, and decoration could be a bit less grand, skies and boots etc can scruff walls. This review is written by seasoned skiers and as such is a true account. The hotel is excellent, so much so that I am intending to take my whole family, all ten members, to this to celebrate my 50th birthday very soon.
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