This is a great concept let down by lack of space in the bar and restaurant areas and lack of imagination by the kitchen staff. You could barely get a cigarette paper between the seats in the restaurant and the bar at times and the meals were one dimentional, with a choice of two mains one of which was vegetarian. Meals were predominantly British, not one Italian classic in the whole week. We even had Stroganoff with arborio rice one night. A risotto or pasta dish would have been tastier and cheaper! The packed lunch was more fuel than food and the rolls appeared to have been from the night before. After two days we ate out for lunch.
Dont get us wrong, we will go back again next year- the whole package outweighs any gripes we might have. We will just eat out more (unless someone acts on this review at Crystal) The rooms are adequate, reasonably spacious and clean (but not 3* as claimed by Crystal). The bathroom was fine. There was always hot water and the heating though old more than did the job.
The jewel in the crown is the child care package, which was outstanding. You can drop your kids off with the excellent childcare staff, secure in the knowledge that they are well qualified and competent. They take your kids to ski school and bring them back to the hotel for lunch and bum boarding or some other form of play. Early kids meals are available and the kitchen staff were flexible with meals for kids.(We cant knock them there.) At 7.30 you can drop the kids off for a pyjama club and they are entertained until 9pm. Our 5 year old was champing at the bit every night to get down there. If you have kids you will know that a happy child on holiday is worth an arm and a leg. Our boy loved it!
The "all inclusive bar" starts at 4.30 and continues to 10.30. Most drinks are named brands and if you have the inclination you might just get your money's worth. We would have preferred to pay for our drinks and had the holiday price reduced. If you have a child you are unlikely to be drinking heavily. We accept that if you are in a group and having to buy rounds the all inclusive prevents unexpected additional costs to the holiday.
A very good holiday location that could, with a little bit of effort, be a great one.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grande Claviere