You really can't fault the location of this hotel (see pic), it is seconds from the slopes, and the staff are very friendly.
It's a slightly odd place though, sort of a reverse 18-30 resort, where the staff are all between 18 and 30 and none of the guests are.
It's a place of contradictions and could be perfectly fine with a bit of attention to detail:
The rooms are spacious but there was a thick layer of dust on everything. The bathroom was, again, large enough, but the walls (wallpaper in a bathroom?) were covered in mould (see pic). The shower head was powerful and the water was hot (if you got in on time) but the showerhead was broken so it sprayed water all over the bathroom, which probably explains the mould and damp smell which never went away.
Breakfast was lovely, loads of fresh croissants and pain au chocolat, lovely scrambled eggs, bacon bits, mushrooms, the works. There is cereal but it's the cheap and nasty kind and it you want fresh coffee, bring your own because the liqiud dispensed by the coffee machine isn't coffee - I can only describe it as some kind of poison.
My main gripe would have to be the food at dinner:
About half of the main courses were fine but, seriously, HOW, if the meals are at the same time every night, is it still possible to overcook things. There was a soup that was inedible because a pepper pot had been upended into it, a lasagna whose top layer was burnt to a roack-hard crust, and 'bruchetta' that were tiny rock hard lumps with a few tiny wipes of tomato. There is no excuse for food that does not taste right being allowed to leave the kitchen.
I suppose that when you're on your gap year working in the kitchens/cleaning, your day job is just an unwelcome distraction from skiing and lounging in the hot tub every night, (the same hot tub which was apparently out of order all week for guests, according to a sign at reception).
There was adequate space in the boot room, but it was damp and cold and our boots never properly dried out. Bring a padlock for the ski lockers, and your own towels if you don't want to be charged for fresh ones. And a duster. And coffee. In fact, just get a self-catering appartment, it would be much better value.
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