Well that's what you would call it if it was in England. Absolutely loved it. Can appreciate why others have niggles about it but for us it was perfect. We had room 2 which had an ensuite bathroom. And the real plus was it was only 11 steps from the lovely heated boot room to the bedroom! Rooms are very warm and cosy. If you are looking for a hotel which has 5-star service and a soul-less atmosphere then this is not it. If you want something small, friendly with open fires and where you can feel at home then this is it. Chuck, Juliet and the staff are there whenever you need them and you just have to ask for anything you need. Some guests complained about the noise from other rooms but it is an old auberge with lovely wooden walls and floors so, really, what do you expect. Anyway, everyone tends to get up around the same time and go to bed around the same time so it really isn't an issue.
The restaurant deserves a special mention. I can honestly say it is the best food I have had anywhere in the world in a long, long time. If you are staying, make sure you let them know if you want dinner as it got full every night. It is about 1 mile from Champery town centre, we had a car so it wasn't a problem but you would need to get a taxi if you wanted to spend an evening there. During the day isn't a problem as you can get the ski bus. This is ski in/ski out with the slope coming right past the hotel which takes you down to the main lift which is great. As far as we could see this is the only ski-in/ski-out hotel in Champery. We spent New Year's Eve there and had a great time; superb meal followed by champagne and fireworks. It's not particularly cheap but when you consider everything it has and its position it's well worth it.
Chuck can recommend a ski hire shop in town which I have to say is the best I have come across in over 20 years of skiing. They will also deliver your equipment to the auberge and pick it up again at the end of your stay.
We drove from Kent and I think it took about the same time as a flight but much less stressful and meant we could just chuck everything into the car and go. Would I go back? Definitely!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a fantastic venue summer or winter, we are situated on the only ski run back to the beautiful village of Champery a ski-in ski-out hotel with a large restaurant/bar area as well a sunny terrace. During the summer Champery is a charming biking and walking haven. In the winter we are ideal for large groups for three, four or seven days we can arrange for pick-ups from Geneva airport. We have ten cosy rooms with five bathrooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Auberge Du Grand Paradis Champery, Switzerland - Portes Du Soleil