I've rated this hotel highly because I knew what to expect with regards to its location. If you bear in mind that it's not slope side accomodation for the Three Valleys but is a great budget way of boarding/skiing there or of having that extra ski weekend, then you should enjoy this hotel. To pay around £17.50 per person per night for a lovely double room with balcony, free use of jacuzzi and steam room and just a few minutes walk to the gondola lift that takes you to Meribel, I would say that is great value!
There were a few things that could have improved this hotel, firstly a kettle in the room would have been nice, and secondly proper ski/boot lockers. As you weren't allowed to take your boards/boots/skiis etc into your room, you were supposed to keep them in their boot store, but this seemed to be an open room with no locks for equipment where everyone had access. It didnt seem secure enough for our new boards and boots so we decided to keep them in our hire car, also which another customer seemed to be doing.
Apart from that, this hotel is a lovely hotel with lovely views over Brides Les Bains. We had a large very comfy double bed, large bathroom, the room was cleaned and made up every day. There is also a free jacuzzi room and steam room.
It's location is two minutes walk to the main centre of Bride Les Bains, and the local Spar, and just a few minutes to the Gondola lift to Meribel, and the ticket office for lift passes.
Brides Les Bains itself is a quite village type location. There are just a handful of bars and restaurants, a cinema, casino and spa complex. It has a very relaxed and quiet atmosphere. We travelled from Geneva airport which took about 2 and half hours by car. Lyon is closer at about 2 hours but if you can get from Chambery this is the nearest main airport.
Also - my last tip, because Brides Les Bains is not in the main ski resort, many of the hotels let you check in on days other than Saturdays (but do check first!) This means you can use cheap midweek flights for a great cheap short break!
I would certainly recommend this hotel and Brides Les Bains itself and can't wait to go back a third time!
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