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“Very basic characterless hotel with ski in/ski out and a fine view from the terrace”
Review of Chalet La Foret

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Chalet La Foret
Ranked #1 of 1 Vallandry B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is a very basic characterless hotel, a bit better than a youth hostel with a fine view from the terrace with the benefit of ski- in / ski out facility.
Our bedroom was small and dark, with no charm. Furnishings were basic, but did have a TV and tea and coffee making facility although one of the cups was dirty with a residue of hot chocolate.The small window faced straight on to the mountain side, so it was dark and you had to stand right up to the window and look up to see any sky at all. The duvets were cheap polyester so we were either too hot or too cold at night. There was a cobweb in the room which remained the whole week. The upstairs bedroom area is noisy - you can easily hear the bed springs from the next room, and we were awoken each morning by people opening and closing doors.
The communal areas also lack any character and furnishings are basic. There are not enough comfy chairs for even half the guests to sit in at one time, and the dining area is so noisy at dinner time you can only hear the person next to you. If the weather is good enough it is very pleasant to sit out on the terrace, but otherwise it is not a hotel you would want to spend any time in.
The girls/staff are pleasant and helpful, but the manager, Charles, has a sloppy appearance, was extremely unwelcoming, and generally lacks any inter-personal skills. Fortunately he is not often around. The administration seems to be poor. They started allocating rooms in the coach at about 12.00 when we left the airport, which I thought was good, but they had STILL not sorted them out by 5.00, and the hotel manager blamed the Ski Olympic office which I thought was just lame and weak.
The breakfasts were very average and with minimal choice. Although breakfast was served from 8.00 to 9.30 each day the cooked breakfast is not cooked individually to order, but is cooked in a batch early and kept warm. It includes fried egg, streaky bacon, tinned tomatoes, hash browns and baked beans every day apart from staff day off and transfer day. The coffee is awful. The dinners were adequate, sometimes quite good served with poor quality unlabelled wine.
The security is very poor. Although there are 2 security key pads, the bedroom keys are kept in a communal area next to the public bar so any member of the public or other guests could pick any key up and go up to the bedrooms. The skiis and boots are in an area next to the terrace which is also for public use with the bar, so they are very visible, and although there is a security key pad the door is often propped open.
Unlike any other chalet holiday I have been on there was no holiday rep. Last year one of our group had a bad skiing accident and the holiday rep was indispensable. If the same had happened this time there would have been no one to help. I think this is very poor as it is this type of facility that you are paying for in a package holiday. I can't think why I would travel with Ski Olympic again. I think this hotel lacks character, comfort and personal service.

Room Tip: Only use this hotel if you can get a bedroom at the front with a view.
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

A second visit to this well located well managed chalet. Operated by Ski Olympic. Very friendly staff as with the attached bar good food and ski equipment on site. We caught the snow perfectly but it was a little cold at around minus seventeen. The lounge area sported new furniture an improvement on last year. Cosy evenings with open wood fire a quiz I won't give answers and the adjacent bar. Situation is Ski in Ski out ideally located at piste edge on a piste same name as chalet.Excellent value for money good resort.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

This was our first family holiday and we were nervous about how the kids would take to it. Panic over as it was the best holiday they've ever had. Charles the chalet manager was brilliant as was his team of wonderful staff. Nothing was too much for them. Great fun to spend time with and share an epic week. The accommodation was better than expected and the food, wine and free wifi was epic. Yes we will be back and hopefully bringing friends with us this year. Keep up the good work.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Les Arcs had had it's best snow for 20 years, so we were extremely lucky to be there, our first time. The resort has some major advantages for newbies. All the different levels are easy to reach, runs are a good length and transfers back to Vallandry are simple.You would try hard to get lost. Vallandry has most of the tree-lined runs but 1950 is fine in it's own bowl and the long run back to 1600 is a hoot.
We went across to La Plagne for one day and we were unimpressed with the resort - the connections were nowhere near as easy or as obvious as Les Arcs. The Chalet is really a small hotel with shared dining (6-8 person tables) but it has a balcony with great views, a bar and is on a narrow link path (in and out) to a four-person chair.
The in-house ski service is OK but for anyone wanting medium to high quality skis I would suggest using the village outlets. All the other comments about the staff (excellent), rooms and food are about right.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This is our second Easter stay at La Foret. (3-9 April). We were a bit worried that we wouldn't enjoy it as much as last year, as we had a great crowd last year but I have to say it was just as good. Some of the same staff, which was nice and it's obvious that they love their job. Charles was new to us this year as Gary was the Manager last time and as much as we missed Gary, Charles was an excellent Manager, nothing was a problem for him. There was more Snow this year but I don't think it was as good, quality wise. Weather was very mixed all week with poor visibility a few days, it snowed the last two days which left a beautiful powder day for our last day!! Skied over in La Plagne three days which was good. Kids had a great time too as there were lots of teenagers the same age, felt quite redundant! A great crowd as always in the chalet. All in all I would recommend La Foret and I would have no hesitation to return. Ski Olympic have it spot on in my opinion!

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Chalet La Foret

Address: ChaletHotel La Foret, Vallandry, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Peisey-Vallandry > Vallandry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Vallandry
Price Range: $126 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our superb Chalet Hotel enjoys a central location at the heart of a traditional chalet complex just above the village of Vallandry. It is directly on the piste and guests can ski in and out from the hotel terrace. La Foret has been finished to a very high standard to give comfortable communal areas and large bedrooms. The lounge overlooks the large south-west Terrace and circular dining tables of 8 offer enough room for all guests and staff to sit down together to enjoy fabulous evening meals.This chalet features free WiFi, in-house private Ski & Boot hire, and a newly renovated ski room with boot warmers.All guest bedrooms are fully en-suite and the majority have balconies. A lift serves all floors, and two bedrooms have been specifically designed to be wheelchair friendly. There is off-road parking nearby, while indoor parking is available for an extra charge. ... more   less 

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