This 2 star hotel does not have all the charm and luxe of some other ski resort hotels, but it doesn't claim it does either. In fact, as a functional, clean, easy to access, convenient place to rest up, be fed and hit the nearby ski slopes it is perfect.
Indeed, the friendly staff, the plentiful continental breakfast, the assortment of evening meals (mostly meat based - the lamb was excellent, the desserts so-so), the ease of parking your car out the front, the convenient changing area pre/post skiing, the nearby bakery, hot showers in the relatively spacious rooms, free Wi-FI, quaint 80s decor lounge area for a drink and board games, the free bus shuttle to Valloire, two ski hire shops within spitting distance are some of the notable features. The highlight though is the fact that the nearest chairlift to get onto the mountain and beyond is only 50m away!
On the downside,the faux-charm of the family (and dog) friendly hotel, does have slightly soft beds, the room heating is difficult to control i.e. sometimes too hot, one can hear the neighbours through the walls are some of the downsides to the place. Nonetheless, the positives and value for money (Euro 98/day for a 3 person bed room) for the convenience of hitting the ski slopes far outweighs any negatives.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Valloire, surrounded by the Grand Galibier, Sétaz and Ratissières Mountains, Le Relais du Galibier offers accommodation just 50 metres from Verneys Cable Car, in the Maurienne Valley. It features free Wi-Fi, free ski storage, free private parking and a garden.Decorated in a rustic yet modern style, all rooms feature panoramic mountain views, a flat-screen TV, telephone and desk. The en suite bathroom includes a bath or shower and hairdryer. Some also have a balcony.Guests can enjoy breakfast buffet, at an extra cost. They can also relax with a drink at the hotel’s bar or sample the Savoyard specialities in the restaurant.Guests can go skiing, hiking or cycling in the area. There is also a free shuttle service to Valloire centre every 15 minutes. Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne Train Station is just 20 km away and there is access to A43 just 17 km away. ... more less
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