The positives: Great location/smooth transfer
It is the most 'ski in, ski out' chalet I've ever stayed in, with the slope down to the main lift being *literally* outside the back door of the building. This made for great convenience in the mornings and end of day. If you are in a big group, the nightlife is satisfactory with a few bars, a bowling alley and some great restaurants; all within a short walk. If you are a party animal, however, you might want to stay in La Plagne Centre. The paradiski areas is accessible and diverse enough to keep all abilities interested. Our transfer was as smooth as it could be (heads up, Grenoble airport is dire, but this is not the fault of Ski World) and our rep kept us very well informed of timelines and general information.
The negatives: Service/food
There are a few things that Ski World could do to make this an all round great value experience: firstly - ensure there is plenty of food available at breakfast and dinner. Unfortunately, the breakfast portions would leave a small child hungry and the dinner portions left the lads on our trip, gagging for more baguette to fill up the gaps. There is no excuse for not providing more 'staple' food, such as beans/eggs at breakfast, vegetables etc at dinner, to fill up the troops after a tough day on the slopes. Half way through the week the portion sizes improved, but only because we raised it as an issue.
Secondly, the cleanliness of the bathrooms and general living area - some baths were not adequately cleaned, floors not regularly mopped properly and on more than a few occasions, there were still dirty glasses and cups left in the living area when we came down for breakfast.
Pound for pound, unfortunately this chalet does not compare favourably to other all inclusive chalets that I have stayed in, of equivalent value. With a better all round attention to detail and a warmer hospitality (which costs nothing), this chalet has the potential to be a real winner, but as it stands, it has a little way to go...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right next to the slopes, this chalet residence can welcome from 2 to 21 people in its comfortable and friendly apartments. After a hard day skiing in the Paradiski area, you can either relax by the fire, or enjoy the health spa area with a swimming pool, a fitness room, saunas, spas and massage rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Les Balcons De Belle Plagne Hotel Macot-La-Plagne