We stayed as a family of four at the Terrasses d’Eos in Flaine, in April 2014. We booked an apartment for six (i.e. with two bedrooms) through Erna Low and drove down (free upgrade on the Shuttle to FlexiPlus from Erna Low which was a big bonus).
We have arranged self catering skiing holidays for the last 12 years or so. The Terrasses is probably the nicest apartment we have stayed in. It is a Pierres and Vacances Premium resort and well deserves the premium status.
Things I liked: modern décor with a refreshing lack of pine! Oven (not microwave, hurrah!) in the kitchen (but as usual no kettle, and a few other things like a fish slice were also missing but perhaps that was because it was the end of the season). Balcony with space to sit out and a table and chairs. Lots of space to store things in the apartment. Bathroom and shower room. Bar and restaurant in the building, also a pool table. Free loan of fondue and raclette equipment. Morning bakery and pizza service. Excellent free wifi in the apartment. Fitness centre with well-heated outdoor pool. Ski room with reasonably large lockers. Free shuttle service to the main resort. Mid week room clean. ESF maintain a presence in the foyer. 24 hour reception. Really, really friendly and helpful staff.
Things I was less impressed with: “ski in/ski out” involved a 100 yard tramp along a flat snowy path (it might have been possible to ski in with more snow though, and to be honest it wasn't that far!). The habit of taking out the communal bins in the mornings via the lift (before breakfast) was a bit unwelcome – air freshener would have helped! Standard rooms without a valley view would probably have been a little gloomy (we paid for one of these but got upgraded to a fabulous view of the mountains – probably worth booking that I think).
Parking in the building is expensive but you probably don’t need it: when we arrived we drove up to the front of the building and took one of the numerous luggage trolleys to unload the car. We then parked on the verge of the road just opposite the building. Not sure this is really allowed but lots of other people were doing it. There is also cheaper (open air) official parking just down the road.
The apartments are a 5 minute walk (10 minutes back as it is uphill) from Flaine Foret which has a Spa, a bakery, a butcher (where you can order rotisserie chickens) and a cheese shop (with OK cheap “tanker” wine) as well as a SkiSet for ski hire. Plus a couple of restaurants and a bowling alley. There is a 24 hour lift between Flaine Foret and Flaine Forum where there are more shops as well as a chemist and an ATM.
Flaine isn’t the biggest resort in the world (don’t come here for night life) but the skiing is fine even late season (must be great when you can ski all the way down to Sixte). Oddly the piste map doesn’t seem to do it justice – there is plenty of variety and about 4 separate areas so plenty to keep you occupied for a week. We didn’t encounter any lift queues – but it was the week before Easter week so not high season. Plenty of mountain restaurants although not the cheapest I have found in the Alps!
All in all, a really excellent apartment in a very pleasant resort. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A car-free resort which blends in perfectly with the surrounding countryside. Luxury residence with an easy access to the slopes "Top of the range", spacious and comfortable apartments. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pierre And Vacances Flaine Montsoleil Terrasses d`Eos
- Pierre & Vacances Flaine Montsoleil Terrasses d`Eos Hotel Flaine
- Residence Hotel Flaine