We visited the Hotel Alp as a family of four, sharing two double/twin, but small, attic rooms, having travelled via Thomsons Airlines on a Crystal ski holiday package. The transfer from Chambery airport took just under 2 hours by coach, a largely motorway journey, with the last 40 minutes or so on the mountain roads - very uneventful.
The first thing you notice about the hotel is its excellent location, just 50 metres from the only gondola lift out of St Martin, and very close to the big name ski hire shops, a small supermarket, other bars and restaurants and a few little shops which caught my eye, if not my attention. The building is pleasant to look at and very welcoming. Reception is small but the bar and restaurant area open out with great uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains which is spectacular to say the least.
All the staff at the hotel made us feel welcome and were obliging and lovely in every way throughout our stay. You simply could not find better. Apparently the hotel attracts a lot of Belgian tourists and is owned and managed by people of Belgian origin - but as Brits abroad that was of no consequence to us. To us the hotel looked and felt French, polite, warming, inviting, engaging, and in every way a happy holiday experience.
Food was typically French (I think) and excellent. The dinner menu is published for the week and displayed clearly in the lift and around the hotel, albeit in French. However, staff would happily translate if you needed that, but we could usually make an attempt at translation with only one or two minor shocks. If you wanted something other than the 'plate de jour', you could request that, but we were happy and not disappointed to stay with the daily offerings. Without exception, they were all excellent. Breakfast was a typical English or Continental affair - perfectly adequate.
Ski storage was good, and safe. Easily and safely accessible from the ground floor. Very short walk to the gondola and ski all the way back without challenge. Just take your skis off and walk into the building. It don't get better than that!
Overall the hotel is very clean and tidy, has a great hotel atmosphere, and does the job you want it to do when on a ski holiday. The only down side to us was the size of the rooms. The attic rooms are small, particularly the bathrooms which are something like the prefab type affairs you get in Hotel Premier Class establishments. But they are adequate, deliver ample hot water, and providing you are not too proud, they do the job. I am glad however I was sharing with my wife and not a friend - two blokes sharing a room and facilities of this size would have been far too intimate for comfort in my view.
Would we go to the hotel again on the same basis? Definitely! We had a fantastic time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the heights of the authentic village of Saint-Martin de Belleville in Savoie, Alp’Hotel offers its exceptional location in the heart of the largest ski area in the world: The 3 Valleys. Our team invites you to this charming Savoyard hotel to fully enjoy “les joies de la montagne” with family or friends. Located on the slopes, it offers the unique advantage of having all the facilities close to the entrance. Only 40 meters away you will find : -The departure of the 8 passenger gondolas -The ski passes -Ski rentals -The departure of the ski school -The "Piou-Piou" nursery -Free public parking -A grocerie store -The valley’s free shuttle bus, connecting the village to the with the resorts above (Les Ménuires and Val Thorens) For your comfort, Alp Hotel offers 30 rooms plus one suite, most of them with a balcony, all are equipped with quality beds, shower and / or bath, toilet and a flat screen TV. In a warm and friendly atmosphere, combining old wood and contemporary trends, you will also discover our three areas dedicated to your pleasure : The restaurant where you will be able to discover our chef’s creativity, whose passion insists on using, as much as possible, fresh and local produces. Our wine list proposes a variety of French references which are either organic, biodynamic, natural, or made from more traditional winemaking methods. For a relaxing break during the day, the terrace allows you to have lunch or enjoy a drink comfortably seated in front of a privileged view of the mountains and our beautiful local valley. Finally, the bar welcomes you during the day and evening to enjoy a friendly moment after returning from the slopes or after the meal. At the Alp’Hotel, a friendly staff will make you feel like at home! ... more less
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