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Hotel Les Balcons Village
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Reviewed February 13, 2008

To avoid confusion - there are Balcons apartments and a hotel which are in neighbouring buildings. This review relates to the hotel, where we stayed.

Entrance to the hotel was via the underground carpark and a lift to the reception - not the most impressive of starts when you are loaded down with ski luggage!

Reception was small - staff spoke good English and were friendly. Just off the reception is the dining room for breakfast and dinner.

Our room, No 38, was at a corner of the building and had a small balcony overlooking the slopes and another overlooking a neighbouring apartment block.

Unusual shaped room which had large hallway leading to good sized bathroom and fairly small bedroom area. Twin beds pushed together, with sheets/covers rather than duvets. Plenty of wardrobe space either side of beds. Bathroom had good hand-held shower over the jaccuzzi bath. Plenty of hot water. Couldn't see controls for heating in room however comfortably warm during our stay. Safe in room on payment of refundable deposit for key.

The balcony overlooked the slope which provides ski in/out access for the hotel. This is a run for confident intermediates which leads to Plagne Bellecote, from which lifts can be accessed to several areas. To get to Belle Plagne village centre and the ski school meeting area involves a 5-10 minute walk in the opposite direction. To return to the hotel on skis is fairly straightforward for any level of skier.

The disadvantage of being so close to the slopes was that on several mornings we were wakened to the sound of the piste-bashers at 3.40am outside our windows!

Skis are stored in lockers (free) on first floor which exits along an open balcony to the slopes.

Breakfast was self-service buffet-style. Cold meats & cheese, luke warm coffee/tea, croissants, cereals, squeeze your own fresh orange juice, etc. We asked for a tray on a couple of mornings to take this to our room and member of staff was very obliging. Dinner was a fixed menu, served by young staff who were all very pleasant and spoke good English. Drinks are paid for after each meal, wine can be stored for following evening. We had couple of nights where a Savoyard Buffet was served however we found this had limited appeal for us. Very poor tasteless soup also on a couple of nights. Otherwise food was OK if a bit lacking in variety.

Hidden just beyond the bar, off the dining area, there is a very large guest lounge with an odd variety of furniture which resembles a saleroom! Relax in here with a drink to watch TV, play pool or look on to the slopes.

The pool is accessed by going outside the hotel across to the apartments and to the 2nd floor. There is an odd arrangement where you change in one of only two cubicles and hand your belongings in a basket to the pool receptionist. This of course is repeated for getting dried when you come out and at busy times it is not a good arrangement. The pool was steaming hot (quite literally), very busy and didn't provide much opportunity to get any swimming done! Some brave souls were venturing outside to throw snow on themselves and jump back in the pool - we didn't participate in this activity ourselves!

Overall hotel was OK. Belle Plagne is pleasant looking village, whilst some others in La Plagne were not. We had lunches at Le Cheyenne (cafe/bar), Le Matafan & La Face Nord (popular with ski instructors) - all in the village and all very good. We had drinks at La Cloche, which looked a nice place to dine when the ski boots were off, Le Chalet de Maitre Kanter (also had large dining area) and Le Saloon (the most pub-like place - sit on milk churns and listen to live music).

Skiing was fine for all abilites and it's a large area. Note that the lift to Les Arcs, the Vanoisse Express, is closed for the season due to cable replacement.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Rantin rover
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Reviewed July 23, 2006

The Good: The skiing in the La Plagne area is very good. We've been to most of the major places in France, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia, and skiing wise La Plagne is among the very best. We stayed there in the very high season, and if you stayed up in the slopes (avoidng the few bottlenecks down below) there were very few ques all day.
The appartment we had was large, and had a nice view.
The Bad: The reception area is just a small room, the halls are dark and have a smell... Everything looks a bit rund down... Our appartment had a terrible smell, probably due to bad plumbing in the kitchen, so we had to leave water in the sink to try to trap the "gasses" from the sink... At first we seriously considered just leaving...
We had lot's of baths with jacuzzi bath-tubs, which should be pure luxury. But all the workmanship was terrible, so the baths looked cheap and unclean.
You pay extra to use the small pool.
The Ugly: La Plagne is not a high class resort, or a cosy resort. It's and industrial machine, built quickly and seemingly cheaply and with a minimum of attention to detail or workmanship. Most of the architecture is mid 60ies to 70ies French (or Soviet) appartment blocks.

If you're spending your hard-earned money on a skiing vacation to the alps: Go somewhere else!

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled with family
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11  Thank J.P.Hernes
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Stayed: April 2018, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 4, 2018
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  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2018, traveled with friends
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