Our family recently stayed at this little gem of a hotel over half-term break in February. We had never been to Morzine to ski and as a family with 2 little girls, we were in need of ski in/ski out. We came upon L'Equipe quite by chance and upon arrival, were delighted with our choice. We travel frequently and usually stay at 4 or 5 star hotels and were rather uncertain about what to expect. We late-booked the last 2 interconnecting rooms, taking a gamble with L'Equipe and were incredibly pleased with the abundant charm and more-than-adequate comfort at this 2-star establishment. It is located a stone's throw from the Pleney ski lift and it is a 2 minute walk to the ESF Children's Ski School (excellent group of instructors and no one knows the mountains and the region better than they do.) The rooms were newly refurbished with a charming alpine sensibility, white pine, pretty textiles and excellent lighting providing both practical light and ambiance. Everything is switch-controlled from the main bed. The bathrooms were new and adequate, impeccably clean (as was the room). Each of our rooms had the capability of sleeping 3; one main bed and one single bed in a pretty pine daybed set-up. The only drawback to the refurbished bathrooms was that the size of the space precluded them from installing a bathtub. I am not sure if this applies to all the rooms or not. It may have been where ours was located. I always find it nice to soak in a hot bath after a long day on the slopes and this was not possible. That said, there is a Jacuzzi and pool (comfortable temperature) on premises and we did enjoy the use of both. There was a beautiful balcony in each of our rooms with stunning, modern (and silent!) sliding glass doors providing breathtaking views to the mountains.
TIP: Take your own toiletries / travel samples with you. The ones offered by the hotel are limited.
The food was surprising delicious; leave it the French to produce fantastic cuisine, demi-pension. The courses were inventive, flavourful and delicious making the stay at L'Equipe a superb value. You know you are in good hands when all the local French ski instructors (old-timers) come down from the slopes for a civilised lunch at L'Equipe's Restaurant and a glass of red in front of a giant fireplace (The hotel guests eat elsewhere in a private dining area in the morning and evening that has an adjoining Salon for relaxation) Btw, don't miss the fondue in their public restaurant If you need some variety, the owners are happy to make suggestions regarding some of the local restaurants and even ring to book the reservations for you. I'm certain that one will not likely encounter service of this calibre at any other 2 star Hotel ANYWHERE!! Just remember to brush up on your French language skills, as hardly any English is spoken at L'Equipe or in Morzine.
The staff was always polite, helpful and professional. The owners themselves were extremely nice and they are an attractive couple in their forties; Patrick and Annabelle. Don't miss the ski trip Patrick conducts each week to Le Mur (The Wall) if you desire some challenging skiing.
This may be a strange complaint, but the ONLY thing wrong with the set-up in their charming open-plan restaurant is that their bathroom needs a large updated modern sink or basin to make it easy to wash one's hands (the current sink is a tiny corner unit and inefficient for the space and number of people using the facility. The bathroom could also use a graceful mirror and perhaps some type of vanity or wall console. The bathroom could be charming, but isn't. This is the only fault I could come up with!! I'm sure that with the refurbishment that is nearly complete at L'Equipe, that the restaurant bathroom willl probably be addressed at some point.
Lastly, a huge bonus for L'Equipe is that they have free underground parking available to their guests. Again, added value to a stay at this cosy hotel. All-in-all, a fabulous 2 Star (should be 3 Star) Find! We wouldn't hesitate to return.
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