The good things about Les Ravines - centre of town, escalator to snow slopes 50 metres across street up some steps, stop for free bus across street, restaurants across street (Le Taverne and Le Refuge very good), little supermarche across street. The apartment was clean, toilet was quiet and quick re-cycle, shower over bath good; reading lights provided over the bunk beds. Quiet dish washer, microwave. There's a TV, we did not turn it on at all so don't know what's available on it. Very efficient electric convector heater. Outside our apartment, the four person lift was quiet and quick, we were on the 5th floor.
The not so good - the unsupervised apartment building is prone to be party noisy after midnight, this happened on two of the seven nights we were there; hot water can run out in the evening, this happened once to us at around 7 pm, but OK all other times in late afternoon when we came in after skiing. Cooking facilities basic, we didn't use them, no electric kettle of course ... what is it about the French and electric kettles? and sliced bread that stays fresh for more than a day?! Anyway, we brought along our own travel kettle, we've been to France many times ...
The bad things - the 2-4 person studio is way too small for 4 adults, full stop! Unless you are perhaps four young lads or ladies out on the slopes all day and on the town all night and you just fall into bed when you eventually come in. Otherwise, no way is it comfortable for four adults, two OK, maybe with 1-2 kids who can bunk down. The pull out sofa bed was about 5 feet wide and creaky - we took off the mattress the second night and put it on the floor, much better. Because of the smallness of the room, the four of us (Mum, Dad and adult son and daughter) were aware of the airlessness of the place and had to keep opening the balcony door to let the (freezing cold) air in. There is very little storage space, so two of us operated out of suitcases for the week.
There is mention of a play room and sauna and salon down in the basement and we investigated this, for interest, late on the last afternoon we were there, took the lift down to Etage 0. Emerged into a dim quiet corridor, locked doors everywhere - play room locked, notice about limited opening hours on the door; sauna room locked, notice about booking it on the door; salon and Gents/Ladies door locked. All was as quiet as the grave in that corridor - one sensed that if you fell down dead here it would be some weeks before the receptionist up on the 3rd Floor, morning or early evening shift, would sniff the air and exclaim, 'Oh merde alors! Je pense une autre personne has snuffed it dans le basement.'
So there you are, that's Les Ravines - I'll always remember the sinking feeling the four of us had when we crowded into our tiny 5th floor studio, a very definite uh oh feeling ... we survived the week, just about ... but boy, were we glad to get out of the place! Memo to self - pay a bit more to ensure comfort and be afraid, very afraid of 'special' offers from tour operators.
And just to finish, a true anecdote - on the second last day, we were running out of loo paper (four adults, rich food, wine ...) and my wife asked, in her perfect French, at reception for another roll to see us out. 'Ah no, je regrette, vous have used up votre allocation de papier toliette, vous etes on your own maintenant ...'
You will be pleased to hear that we managed to snaffle a roll off the cleaning ladie's trolley in our corridor - just hope she didn't have to pay for it later!
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- Also Known As:
- Maeva Residence Les Ravines Hotel Meribel