I don't know what the other reviewer is on about! We stayed in Chalet Cote D'Arlin in Meribel during the frst week of the 2010/11 ski season and we could not fault it. We paid about £433 pp for the whole holiday (not inc lift passes) through Iglu/Total Ski and the chalet was therefore super value for money. We stayed in Room 5 on the second (top) floor which had a seperate bathroom just next door and the room and bathroom were great - no problems at all. Room 4 and 5 are the cheaper rooms because they are not ensuite but they both have private bathrooms that are huge! We saw the ensuite rooms and they were not as good. I would book room 5 again. The roof slopes a bit so there is limited headroom near the wall but not a problem overall. The chalet girls Nina and Emily were awesome and took superb care of us and the food simply could not be faulted. The lounge area is comfortable, with an open fire and dinners in the evening were really enjoyable with canapes and aperitifs served at 1930! There is a boot drying room/kit room too which is good.
As for location, the main lift area (Chaudanne) is about a 15-20 min walk but you can get on to a slope to ski down to Chaudanne in about 10-15 mins walk from the chalet. That said, it is an uphill walk in the morning, so just get the Total Ski minibus service instead. This minibus service was superb and picked you up and dropped you off right at the chalet. We used to get the minibus in the morning and walk back from the closest slope in the afternoon (10 min downhill walk). There are also resort buses too which are free. Meribel Centre (shops, bars etc) is about 10-15 mins walk but in the evening the chalet is the best place to be in our opinion as wine is all inc!
As we got this chalet/holiday at a superb price we were really pleased with our holiday. As you go through the season the price varies greatly but that is the same everywhere and I would still stay at the Cote D'Arlin again.
Meribel overall is a rip off but the Tavern Pub near the post office is better value (pint, burger, fries - 10 Euros). Avoid buying anything at all in Courchevel if you get over there -daylight robbery, 2 x hot chocs=12 Euros. The skiing is good though.
Overall though I would say eat a huge brekkie, manage until tea and cake in the chalet at 4ish then have dinner at 1930. This will save you paying rip off Meribel prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This popular chalet offers comfortable, attractively furnished, pine-clad living and dining areas, with a log-burning stove and comfy sofas ensuring a warm and cosy atmosphere. The choice of twin, double and triple bedrooms all have their own private bath or shower rooms and most have a balcony. ... more less