We stayed here for the week beginning 22nd Feb - 9 of us (4 adults, 5 kids, ages 8 - 12) in their largest apartment. While the blurb mentions that you can't get in before 5 pm, we were settled in by 3pm, so a big thank you the staff as we managed to get some skiing done on the first day. Our lodging was on the 2nd floor with 3 bedrooms, a bunk bed in the alcove and a sofa bed, 3 bathrooms and 2 toilets. It was perfectly adequate for our needs. We managed to all sleep in beds without resorting to the sofa bed. Beds were fine although the pillows could be a bit fluffier / firmer. Storage was ok with a lack of hooks to hang coats, salopettes(?) etc but a helpful hint from a previous reviewer meant we brought one of those over the door coat hooks. Didn't need the TV (we had our portable car DVD player, laptop and various tablets & smartphones to keep the kids occupied) so can't comment. Heating - from just nice to roasting hot; ditto hot water. Kitchen adequate for making simple meals - pasta, cous cous, sandwiches etc. Good sized fridge and a few kitchen shelves which was sufficient for our needs, but we went shopping almost daily.
There was a lot of glass so the apartment was very bright. The living area was certainly large enough for us to lounge around. As Flaine isn't Party Central, we didn't experience any noise from staying on the 2nd floor next to the restaurant. Quality of furnishings was ok - bear in mind this is 3 star, up a mountain with heavy use, so please don't expect designer or pristine furnishings.
We brought a picnic mat which we used to store our boots on in the apartment's ample hallway so that they had a chance to dry - hate to think the state of them if we had left them in the unheated lockers. Left our skiis and boards there which was plenty big enough for all of us. As we were only on the 2nd floor, it wasn't a bother walking down with our stuff. Yes the corridors in the locker area are a bit snug but we didn't have any trouble manouvering daily - a bit of patience and please / thank you went a long way. Didn't try the indoor pool / outdoor jacuzzi but they seemed popular enough, particularly the latter.
Staff all very helpful - they really were trying their best. You could order your croissants / baguettes from reception for collection at 8:15 am but as we had some very keen skiers wanting to catch the first lift, we bought ours (after the first morning) from the shop down the road which opened at 7:30. They were similarly priced. Food shopping wise, we went to the Sherpa down in Forum - good selection.
Did our own cleaning at the end and had someone check we had done the right things - saved us a fortune and well worth the relatively little effort - particularly if everyone chips in.
Apartments were at a great location - yards from the Grand Vans lift to take you over to Carroz, Samoens etc but if you fancied staying in Flaine (which we preferred), there were green and red runs to take you down to the Grand Platieres & Aup de Veran lifts. Please be aware that around 9am, it gets quite busy as ski schools and lifts start running.
We would certainly return to Flaine and these apartments as we all had a fabulous time. Thanks to everyone who made it so enjoyable. If you want to read my review on the resort - check out the skiclub of Great Britain website.
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