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“Great Skiing - Good Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel L'Aigle

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Hotel L'Aigle
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Valmeinier
Certificate of Excellence
Darlington
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Skiing - Good Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2008

Just back from a fab 8 day ski trip to Valmeinier. Travelled with SnowCoach to Hotel L'Aigle from Watford. My first time going skiing by coach and have to say would do it again! Coach was comfy - they give you blankets and good leg room (my fiance is 6'3" and had no complaints). I would suggest you take a pillow with you for the journey.

The resort is brilliant - 2 great ski areas and its not horrendously busy. Valmeinier is a very French orientated resort and quiet at night so be sure this is what you're looking for!

In terms of pubs - would recommend No Comment - friendly staff and has nice atmosphere.

The hotel itself was clean and good value. The staff were really helpful and the food was really good. The wine flowed with choices of red, white or rose. They accommodated my wheat & dairy free diet no probs and veggies got good tucker too.

The hot tub is a great touch after a hard day on the piste! Great location for the slopes as well - only about 100m from the main ski area.

Would recommend, but skiing maybe not great for beginners as lots of narrow runs - including the greens!

  • Liked — The location for the slopes, the hot tub & the craic with the staff
  • Disliked — bathrooms need renovation
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank Linchops
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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St Albans
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68 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2008

Visited Valmeinier first week of Jan 2008.

Travelled with Snowcoach. In concept a great idea - leave PM and arrive next day for start of skiing. Leave on last day after skiing has finished. In practice the journey out was awful, not helped by a diversion to Geneva to met another coach. Coach itself was OK but impossible to get comfortable and my 14 year old who can sleep ( I thought) anywhere didn't get a wink of sleep. Top tip - take a pillow. Or two. Another is to take a sea sickness pill I am told. But all tiredness disappeared when presented with a glorious, uncrowded, snow-covered piste first thing in the morning!

Trip back was better as we were exhausted after a full day's skiing. Even then though my sleep was fitful. Coach drivers were generally very welcoming and cheerful and made the journey as smooth as it could be.

Once we got to Hotel L'Aigle we got very quickly on the the slopes. Top tip here is to pack ski socks on top of bag and head for boot room immediately if hiring (before checking in or anything else.) In this way we avoided a 2.5 hour queue that developed and spoiled the first day for some others.

The hotel is basic. We were quite lucky - two of us in a three bed room with reasonable en-suite and lots of storage room.

Some friends had a leaking cistern which flooded their room throughout their stay! They had to wear boots to bed, and the hotel seemed unable to fix the leak.

In fact the hotel is really let down badly by inexperienced, poorly trained staff. Not their fault - they get pocket money, free accommodation and food and a lift pass for the season. But they often didn't seem to have a clue what was going on. The total chaos that ensued on the return when the hotel's list of passengers for coaches didn't tally with those of the drivers' was of Fawlty Towers proportions - utterly laughable but deeply frustrating. In the end I had to offer the manager an idea for a way of communicating with the increasingly frustrated passengers which seemed to help. He seemed sadly resigned and, to his credit, suitably embarrassed.

But I think overall it's probably the lack of head office support / training that causes the issue. The staff did try hard and were cheerful! they need at least one person on site with real experience.

Food was mediocre. My son is a veggie so most stuff came with a pile of stodgy rice. Also hadn't registered with the chef that food made with animal rennet was not veggie. Lots of bread and wine though, and generally filled you up.

Dining arrangements were haphazard. Luckily we quickly made friends with some other families and had a good group for our table. But the scrum to get to a table for your group was hilarious! Again a little forethought from the management would sort out this unseemly and totally unnecessary battleground. Top tip here, send your streetwise 7 year old to get to the front and leap ahead of the crowd when the barriers come down. Or get your oldest son/daugher to flirt madly with a member of staff.

Lounge area quite comfortable is a little overcrowded - annoying if you are asked to leave your dinner table 15 mins after the meal and then can't get a seat in the lounge (and aren't allowed to finish the bottle of wine that came with your meal which seemed a little petty).

So overall for Snowcoach and Hotel L'Aigle - it's cheap and cheerful. Don't expect any frills, but generally they were smiling and positive, and according to some others we spoke to had actually gone out of their way to help where circumstances for some passengers had become difficult - arranging separate transfers to airports etc. Despite the moans about the journey and hotel above, I really liked them!

Valmeinier iteslf? It's a great place - well groomed pistes, excellent lifts and real variety across the three hills to Valloire.

I'm a pretty bad skier and found some of the piste gradings to be wayward - some of the red runs are much easier for people like me than the thin and often busier 'greens'. But don't too fooled because other red runs are truly terrifying for the occasional skier, especially off the top of Crey de Quart! But for all the oterhs in my party who were better than I, they were full of praise. Takes a degree in logistical analysis to work out how to use the lifts and runs to get to where you want to go, but worth going as far afield as you can.

There's not much to do if you don't want to ski, but it's a small, friendly, reasonably priced and not overly dominated by one nationality. The altitude can make some of your dreams quite weird though as we all reported strange nocturnal visions. Well, that or the wine...

  • Liked — Position
  • Disliked — Inexperienced staff
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank BestDreamcatcher
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2007

Valmeinier is a small french resort. This is for me a big plus but may not be for everyone.

Stayed at L'Aigle twice. Basic but staff friendly and helpful. Especially nice to one of our party (10 yrs old) who spent most of the trip in the hotel with a broken arm.

Downside was that the hotel was "taken over" by a big party who without meaning to made others feel uncomfortable.

  • Liked — Close to slopes and love the small ski resort
  • Disliked — Having to share tables at dinner with other guests
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank SL-London
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Chester
Level Contributor
114 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2007

We stayed at the Hotel L'Aigle with Snowcoach. The hotel was very poor with the child care on offer a very low standard indeed. The food was poor and the security was terrible as we had our children's ski items stolen The ski school was very poor with a lack of communication to parents.
Go somewhere else.

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2 Thank RickChester
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edinburgh
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2007

My wife and I have just returned from a wonderfull few days in VALMEINIER we decided to book our hotel through Snowcoach who give you the option of coach air and self drive . As we were only going for a few days we decided to fly from Glasgow Prestwick to Grenoble and make our own way to the resort. The bus transfers and a couple of trains were very good and reasonably cheap (around 90 euros for the 2 of us return ) the train journeys are wonderfull through the valley's and finally a trip up into the lovely setting of St Michel Valloire were a bus service delivers you to the resort Valmeinier 1800
We arrived at the Hotel L'Aigle to a great welcome from some of the staff , after being shown to our room a quick shower we then went down to the reception to get a welcome hot drink and some great cake all included in the price . We then went out to explore the resort which has excellent skiing walking and enough faclities to keep anyone entertained . One of my main points though is the excellent time we had in this Hotel L'Aigle ( only 2 star rated) meals are wholesome a 4 course it is a set menu but the staff will go out of there way to get you a different option if you needed one .
The entertainment at night was quite superb ranging from gameshows , singers to even sledging then if you still had energy left the staff would then take you out with them to sample the nightlife excellent too
In recent years I have stayed many 4 & 5 star hotels in France ,Switzerland Austria and Italy and I only wish they would send them here to train there staff nothing was to much trouble
all in all if you just like a basic room and facilities this is the place to go . From the manager down to the little lass that seviced the rooms its like one big family and you become part of it for your stay well done to a

Winnie and Edwin Mitchell
Edinburgh

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5 Thank eddie47
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Additional Information about Hotel L'Aigle

Property: Hotel L'Aigle
Address: Valmeinier 1800, 73450 Valmeinier, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Valmeinier
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Valmeinier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel L'Aigle 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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