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“Great Location / Good Food / Great Service & Value”
Review of Chalet La Foret

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Chalet La Foret
Ranked #1 of 1 Vallandry B&B and Inns
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The obvious question in any rating is - would you return ?
The answer is definitely - yes - so that sums things up nicely.

On the plus side : great location with ski-in / out; lovely food and good variety; excellent service from the staff; modern boot warmer rack; ski rental in house with a technician if required; bar service; good sized rooms; good clothes storage; free WiFi in common area; Sky TV in rooms.

On the negative side : lounge is too small for the number of guests; acoustics in the dining area mean it is impossible to hold a conversation without shouting; rooms are a bit dimly lit and need freshening up; bathrooms have no ventilation so condensation is a problem; bathroom floors get very wet with shower spray.

As the pluses far outweigh the negatives this is an excellent choice for a great ski holiday. If you want good access to snow, good food and good service this is definitely recommended as the minor negatives don't amount to much at the end of the day.

Room Tip: Top floor is quiet, twin rooms with mezzanine mean lots of room if one person uses the mezzanine but...
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We travelled as a family of four (two teenage boys) in April. The snow was getting patchy at resort level but never on the pistes. There was always a good covering for the short ski to the chair lift (Vallandry lift) and back to the chalet in the afternoon.
We had a double at the front with beautiful views and sunshine (on some days) and a twin at the back with no view or balcony but I'm not sure our boys cared much. This is not a luxurious hotel. There is a little peeling paint and a slightly dated furniture but it couldn't matter less to us. Both our rooms had a bath with shower over, always hot water, warm bedroom, filling food and a friendly atmosphere. They make no claim to be 5* (like some of the other Ski Olympic chalets) but they offer a fantastic product at this level. There are a large number of British families with older children staying here. Olympic do not have a kids club or child care (other than assisting with booking lessons) so the majority of kids are teenagers. This means kids socialised together in the evening after dinner, parents chatted with each other in the bar before and after eating, played cards etc - overall a very sociable feeling.
The terrace is great on a sunny day and they provide a cheap lunch in the bar if you are passing midday. Boot warmers worked well (there were only just enough tho and there was some need to move some boots around during the evening/night to make sure everybody's got onto the warmer.
The walk into town is short so if you are hiring skis from there it's not far to go - you have to anyway if you're boarding, they don't have boards on site. There are a few bars and restaurants for the chalet night off which the chalet staff will book for you.
The staff were smiley and keen to help. One of our party has a dairy allergy and they made a good effort to provide alternatives for him (although dessert was a series of sorbets - he has had a lot of sorbets in his life!)
I disagree with the comment that this is one step up from a youth hostel. It is basic but not uncomfortable or Spartan in any way. Let's face it, we are here to ski, bath, drink, eat. These were all catered for admirably. We liked it so much we are going back this April. I highly recommend for older families who aren't bothered about jacuzzis, immaculate decor or haute cuisine.

Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
3  Thank Charlt223
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Back to Les Arcs for the fourth time in five years and La Foret chalet hotel with Ski Olympic for the third time. Really enjoyed my stay and although the bedrooms could do with an uplift (perhaps a lick of paint and some new fittings) the chalet staff were excellent; friendly, efficient and very good at what they do. A special mention has to go to the kitchen team, the food has been good and hearty on my previous two stays, but this year they have raised the bar with great attention given to every course - great food.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with friends
2  Thank Steve R
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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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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: AU$121 - AU$207 (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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