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Hotel Planibel - TH Resorts
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in La Thuile
Swansea, United Kingdom
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“A mixed bag, but mainly good.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

Recently arrived back from skiing in La thuile (Feb 2012) having stayed at the Planibel Apartments.

The apartment itself was a bit shabby and dated and consisted of 2 bedrooms and a spacious communal area with dining table, small TV (only Italian channels except BBC news), and small kitchen (with 2 hobs, microwave, kettle and fridge), plus a small room to store your ski gear. There were 2 bathrooms, but the baths didn't look particularly clean and had a strange, rough surface which felt a bit slimy and unpleasant. The beds were comfortable enough and I slept well every night.

One thing I wasn't happy about was the cleaner hammering on my door at 9.30 in the morning insisting she was coming in and cleaning the room and wouldn't go away until she did!

The Planibel resort itself was great and was like a large holiday complex with ski shops, takeaway, 2 pubs, cafe, supermarket, deli, swimming pool, restaurant, etc. The bars were reasonably priced and the food in the restaurant was great - also reasonably priced - with excellent, friendly service.

Chair lifts and a cable car run from directly outside the complex taking you to some great runs for all levels of skier. It's worth noting that the easy blue runs are further up the mountain and that the only way back down is via red and black runs unless you take the cable car back down - I advise you get hold of a piste map!

La Thuile village is small and pretty with some nice boutique shops for souvenirs, a couple of restaurants, and a chocolate shop/cafe which is well worth a visit.

Despite the tired looking rooms I had a great time here and enjoyed some fantastic skiing.

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Vantaa, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

4* hotel, actually 3* star.
Loacation is excellent, just beside the slopes and lifts. LaThuile village have 700 inhabitants permanently, but 12 000 beds. Talked in sauna with english guy.
Our room was at hotel side, 3 person room, at 6th floor. Room was quite spacious, but we were suffering of room temperature, it was about 18-20 near by window. I told this to reception but nothing happened. So, we took extra blankets to have us warm at night.
Water pressure of shower was weak, it was okay in sauna department (first floor). The Hotel building seems to be old and need some renovation and elevators were confusing: doors were closed quickly, is elevator going up or down?
Two times I had to request towel after cleaning, because we were 3 person not 2. This should not happen, if they will be 4*.

Room Tip: Rooms to the village side seems to be less noisy (opposite as slopes)
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

The best thing about the hotel is its location - it is right next to the ski lift and ski hire, shops and restaurants. It is a huge complex, including catered and self-catering apartments, with all the pros and cons associated. I was there for a conference in January and the weather was good, so I was fortunate - I also got in some nice skiing (although not a great resort for a timid intermediate skier). Even though it was cold outside, the rooms were warm - a big plus! However, the room was quite small, though adequate. It had a little balcony with view across the valley. The dining room was large, quite noisy and self-service - very Italian, with lots of courses. For free wifi you had to sit in the dark reception area and there were just 2 3-seat settees for all of us conferences delegates - which meant cosy evenings getting to know fellow delegates! However, a large hotel catering for conferences should offer better wifi facilities - free of charge! The room for the meetings, on the top floor, had a nice view but was cold, so after a couple of hours, it was miserable sitting there. The welcome, when I arrived by car with lots of ski stuff and conference stuff, was highly organised - ski stuff taken to ski room, the rest to my bedroom. One day I went to the thermal pool in the next village, and there was a free shuttle service - but the entry price was very expensive. The hotel seems to cater for big groups of package ski holidaymakers. Personally, I think it was overpriced and would be better classified as a 3-star hotel.

Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2012

This hotel is just opposite the gondola on a perfect location. La Thuile skiing area is very nice.
However, it is a bit tired and would benefit from some refurbishment... specially the swimming pool and sauna areas...and bathrooms.
The rooms are large and very comfortable, but the bathrooms have a constant sewage smell...
The food is very good and varied.
Staff is friendly, but do not understand or speak English and communication can be problem specially at the restaurant.
We did not use the children/entertainment offered, but it seemed to be mostly in Italian.

Room Tip: Family rooms are actually two connecting rooms with two bath/shower rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

The hotel if clean and tidy, the lifts a little temperamental when busy, food at tea and breakfast was plentiful and tasty. If you plan to use the pool remember your swimming caps and towels and note it is quite cool definitely not a pool for relaxing in after a hard days skiing or I suppose walking. The gents changing is upstairs away from the pool so remember your flip flops as well!

For skiers access to the ski lifts is good but the boot room is a little lacking in benches to sit on to put on your boots. Remember the boot room is in the basement so it is a walk up two flights of stairs or a wait for the lift to get up to ground level.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Macclesfield Cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

Well, this rating could well have been 4 or 5 out of 5 but for some bad experiences.
We booked with Crystal for 1 week HB. An early morning start and we arrived about 1:00pm local time. As others have pointed out before there was a hold up when registering, but we were chilled out and not too bothered about the wait and it all went well. Room was quite spacious, clean, tidy and warm. Not too many drawers though, but we managed OK. My wife and I both found the bed quite hard and talking to others they made the same comments. Mattress toppers would be good. TV showed only BBC news in English, but if you understand Italian there were plenty of films to watch.
Food was buffet style and we found it to be quite plentiful, wide choice of starters, 3 or 4 spaghetti dishes to choose from and a meat course to follow. Plenty of veg, salads, and bread available. Puddings and tarts were scrummy and often with chocolate AND you could mix and match or eat as much as you wanted.
Breakfast was especially good as there was a wide range of cereals, bread, croissants, toast eggs, "sort of bacon" but tasty, sausages, jams, honey etc.
Of particular note was the "Wellness table" with choices for people with gluten and or lactose intolerance.
The food at the beginning of the week was not particularly hot but it got better at the end of the week.
The staff were attentive and smart and more often than not, efficient.
A bottle of wine would cost 15-22 Euro, which was a bit on the dear side but, hey-ho it is a 4* hotel.
Now for the bad bits. NOISE, lots of it. The walls were paper thin and when the new arrivals during the week came back from the pub at 2:00am they continued to talk and kept us awake.
Many others we talked to had similar problems with their neighbours.
The room overlook the plaza and we were opposite the Kings Bar Pub and near to the Bowling Alley. Every night there were people shouting etc. and even though it went quieter after 12:00pm there were still some very noisy people about. Out of the 7 nights we only managed a good night's sleep on one of them.
Our last night was the final straw, when several Italian youths chanted and shouted for 2-3 hours from 11:00pm onwards. A simple visit by the local police would have nipped it in the bud, but it did not happen.
Very close to the ski lifts, gondola, and 2 x 4-man chair lifts.
Ski locker was warm so no trouble with your boots not drying out. Lift from the ski locker room was particularly useful.
Would we go back to the Planibel Hotel? - No
Would we go back to La Thuile? - Yes, the skiing is great, Blue 15 was really good to start on and intermediates would find the red runs fun. For the advance skier there were 2 runs, one at 70% and the other at 73%.
Would we use Crystal again? - Probably, the organisation was good and reps were helpful.

Room Tip: Take ear plugs with you and you should be OK
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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HotelPlanibel, Direttore at Hotel Planibel - TH Resorts, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Grumm,
All staff thank you for telling your holiday here and we are sure that if you contact the direction for your future skiing we could offer you a quiet room.
We hope to see you soon in order to be judge with the maximum score, best regards.
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

Way much too expensive for what you get. The location is good, but the hotel and all the facilities are very old. It seems that nothing has been renovated since it has been built, it is very confused. Staff is very rude and not helpful at all. All the facilities (old) are charged separately and you never know how much is it. When you book a 4 stars hotel you expect something really different, I am very disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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HotelPlanibel, Direttore at Hotel Planibel - TH Resorts, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Tommaso,
we are sorry about our not so new services that eclipse our hospitality and welcome by which we dinstinguish ourselves.
Please, contact us in order to recommend you a resort that best supply your needs.
Greetings from Valle d’Aosta
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Property: Hotel Planibel - TH Resorts
Address: Frazione Entreves 158, 11016 La Thuile, Italy
Location: Italy > Valle d'Aosta > La Thuile
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in La Thuile
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Planibel - TH Resorts 4*
Number of rooms: 264
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