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Residence le Telemark
Ranked #13 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Tignes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 February 2012

So after a year off I decided to check out yet another ugh residence in hopes that the level of service has changed for the better.
So... The verdict:
The room - cgh standard which is very high. Nice cozy well equipped. As always an apartment which is advertised as 2-4 is really for 2. Perhaps 3. With a pinch even a family of 2+2. But not 2 couples or 4 singles.
Location: very good. The ski out is straightforward. The ski in as mentioned in other reviews is a bit challenging especially for novices. The rental shop is pretty far but the shop makes up for it with shuttle rides. A bit of a hassle but livable.
Service: big improvement. Great reception and overall front desk service led by Sebastian the Great.
Spa and pool: top class. Just would be nice if hot tub were really hot and not a warm one.
Cheapskates: still. One roll of toilet paper for the week. One garbage bag. One small bottle of liquid soap. Really?!?! Cost of towel for use in spa: 5 Euros
Lasting impression: a new wrinkle on the inventory count. On the day of departure a front desk member actually comes into your apartment and counts the utensils in front of your eyes!! how much more humilating can things get?

  • Stayed: January 2012
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6  Thank DoronG
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We stayed here for the last week in January, when the snow was excellent. We rented a 2 bed apartment for a family of 4. It was much plusher, and therefore more expensive than the normal 1 bed apartments we've rented in La Plagne and La Rosiere. Hence, it was extremely spacious for 4, and would have been acceptable for 6. The beds are very comfortable, showers were hot and powerful, kitchen was well equipped if lacking some preparation area, the swimming pool/jacuzzi/ sauna/gym area are excellent, and wifi in the apartment was free. However, even without turning the heating on, the rooms were too warm (common fault with most hotels and apartments it appears to us), the hob took some mastering, and due to the quantity of snow that had fallen, neither of our balconies were clear - in fact, we could only just see over the mound on one of them.

The major irritation with this block, which spoils what is really a very good place to stay, is the location, tied with the opening time of the first lift from the nearest chair and free bus service. Le Telemark is located at the bottom of Tignes Le Lac on the right as you come up the hill. In order to be at the meeting point for ESF lessons at 9am, you either walk up hill further than most people will think is acceptable, or drive the family up to the centre with the kit, return the car to the underground car park at Le Telemark and then the driver is the only one to walk up the hill. This is because the free bus service, which can stop at the bottom of the road where Le Telemark is situated, is either not scheduled to pick up in time to reach the centre of Le Lac (one french lady in my skiing group also staying in Le Telemark waited 45 mins for the bus, which failed to arrive, before walking up the hill with kit in order to be on time), or did not keep to its timetable. Likewise, the nearest chair (Chaudannes) does not start until 9am, so even if you did fancy taking the first lift and skiing down to the centre in time for your lesson, you can't be there until after 9am, which is when the lessons start. Given the generally well organised approach Tignes has, it does not seem to be beyond the wit of man for them to make these timings more sensible.

The ski-in ski-out is definitely not for beginners. The ski-out goes between two chalets to Chaudannes, and the ski-in involves hopping off the piste down a track made by the residents - would require a lot of confidence from a beginner to drop down the track. The methods of reaching the red run (Bleuets) for the ski-in are either to use the Chaudannes lift, or the short tow next to the Palafour lift in the centre and then traverse in-between the pistes to reach Bleuets. Again, not brilliant for beginners, but quite acceptable for intermediates upwards. Beware the closing time for Chaudannes too, 1630 hrs, which is earlier than most other lifts.

The staff were good - phoned us to ask if we wanted bread when we'd forgotten to order it, and spoke to the noisy occupants of adjoining rooms following complaints (not just from us) - it reduced the noise, but I suppose that the penalty of taking your children skiing during term time is that you ski at the same time as the groups of younger, childless adults.

They have different coffee machines at reception if you want to use something other than coffee pads. If you want something, ask at reception, where the staff are more than happy to help.

Room Tip: Rooms 1&2 are right next to some of the ski lockers, and some rooms are right opposite the lifts...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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7  Thank HEJS
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

We stayed here over NY and the first week of January where we were greeted with enormous amounts of snow. Overall we loved the apartments, with our group of 10 sharing 2 of the 6 person apartments that had a connecting door between them, allowing us to mingle and eat together easily, which was great.

Pros: very warm and cozy apartments that are well insulated (despite the snow storms we kept turning the heating off!); comfy warm beds; decent amount of storage for clothing/gear; well stocked kitchen for crockery and cooking utensils for easy self-catering; great and well-sized spa area (2 Jacuzzis, 2 saunas, steam room and pool); well positioned for lifts to both sides of the mountain and exploring the wider ski area; allocated ski locker of a good size.

Cons: if both showers were being used at the same time there wasn't enough hot water; a little annoying taking the rubbish down the road to the bins; a walk uphill in the morning to ski school point; not ski in/out for beginners only intermediates or better (but I don't know if this was due to the volume of snow we had).

Overall we really liked the apartments and would love to return. They're much nicer and more spacious that the vast majority of other self-catering apartments in the alps.

Room Tip: ask for connecting apartments if you're booking 2 for a bigger group.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank HelenandMark
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Utterly delighted with our apartment. We have been skiing for 20 odd years and had our fair share of "too-small-to swing-a-cat" apartments in France. This was refreshingly different. All styled in the local style, comfy beds, clean, lovely showers and bath, great kitchen facilities. We rented a dvd player and a Raclette, both free of charge. We felt that the location versus the cost versus the size of the apartment was all excellent.

A previous reviewer complained about the ski-in ski-out access. I will ski on whatever, rather than walk any distance in my ski boots. I skied out on excellent snow, skied onto the run and down to the Chaudernes lift without any problems whatsoever. My daughter, a new boarder, walked across the turning circle in front of the Apartments and joined the slope to the lifts via a lesser slope. My son, back to skiing again after a traumatic broken leg whilst skiing last season had no issue skiing out of the apartments or back in. All attitude me thinks.

The reception staff were lovely, english speaking and willing to help. Croissants ordered daily were delightful and a real treat at breakfast. We walked everywhere for apres ski although we could have caught the free bus but decided against it, and managed this despite the 2 metres odd of fresh snow. Dinner at the Les Cappuccines was excellent, coffee at the Hotel Levanna ridiculously expensive but there was a good view, so perhaps on balance good.

The swimming pool in Le telemark was loved by my children. I preferred the Turkish Bath and the Sauna. Husband loved the fact that there was underground parking and therefore space (warm) space to add snow-chains. All in all a very happy week. A peaceful location, quiet at night, and direct access onto the slopes. Perfect.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank rosiefutures
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

We stayed in Le Telemark during easter for a late ski trip with Family and Friends. Although there was a lack of snow and temperatures a balmy 14Degrees during the day ( unusual for this high resort), the Tignes Ski authorities kept the runs going all week. Went To val d'isere but didn't bother with 'Face' just too slushy so crossed the low areas on the Gondolas, Buses and Chairs as generally low down in Val was poor . Tignes on the other hand being that much higher coped well despite the usually warm weather and skiing was great.
In summary on the skiing - thoroughly enjoyable despite the abnormal conditions.

Moving to the apartment , we found it was fine. A roomy lounge and kitchen and the Master bedroom and ensuite was luxury compared to other apartments we have stayed in. The location close to the Chaudanne and Pacquis chairlift made it an ideal base for exploring the resorts in the Espace Killy . The evening were spent in the 'in house' leisure area which is fabulous so rarely left the building . The local Satellite Spar supermarket just 5 minutes up the road which was much closer than the Main Spar Shop in the centre of Tignes Le Lac which kept a reasonable stock of provisions so no problem keeping everybody fed.
Ski lockers were spacious and the boot warmers/drier were again an excellent item to offer.
Access to the slope would have been by ski but the lack of snow prevented this so it was a 2 minute walk down on to the piste.
Le Telemark is in a small Cul- De -sac off the Main Road with regular free shuttle bus stopping at the bus stop by the junction.
Our party had 2 non skiers and they found the apartment very comfortable and it location quiet and away from active main tourist centre
We would highly recommend Le Telemark.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank Dave K
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

I read some of the reviews before making the reservation and I was afraid of what we would find. And I can say now that I don't get the point of some of the bad reviews.

Our apartment (number 41, room + cabine , that means 2 bedroom apartment) was great, perfect I would say. Ok, the views were not great, and the cabine is small, but that is not what we were looking for, living room and kitchen were spacious. We were a family of four, two adults and two children of 13 and 10 years. And the size of everything is what we needed, and what we were expecting. We know that it has to be two bedroom apartment. In case we choose a Studio (1 bedroom) it would be too small. So no complains.

First of all. This is not a hotel, it is an apartment, they provide two towels per person but don't change them, they don't change sheets either, you should know that. If you go looking for hotel services, you will not find them. Furniture is correct, not a luxury sofa, but is enough. Kitchen tools are more than ok, from dishwasher to glass ceramic hob. They provide a kitchen cleaning kit, with scouring pad, leaning cloth and products for the dishwasher machine and for the kitchen. So you don´t have to buy any cleaning product for the kitchen, unless you finish them. We didn't and had dinner every night at the apartment.

The pool, sauna, and hamman are great. If you don't mind 27º C temperature at the pool. For me that is not enough, not for our children. There are two jacuzzi with warner temperatures on them. Fitness room is very well fitted. Ski room is also more than fine, with heated place for boots. So our boots were always dry the next day.

You can order bakery for breakfast at the reception for the next day, which is available from 8 AM on. And that is a good value for an apartment.

The negative: Situation is at the bottom of Le Lac, just by the end of the red run Bleuets. Access is not difficult for intermediate skiers, unless there is little amount of snow. When there is not enough snow things can be difficult and that is what has happened when we arrived. There was not enough snow. We have been going to Tignes for more than 10 years and never have seen less snow than this year.

If you are a beginner or you don't know skiing this is not the place to be. The access would be really difficult or just too risky, and you would have to walk 300/400 meters (¼ of a mile) from the apartments to the Maison de Tignes

And one more thing rubish cans are not that far away, they are +/- 50 meters away from the garage door, just at the other side of Tignes main road.

Over all a very good apartment building, with one problem, situation is not good for everyone, but we had no problem because we knew the resort and our ski level is enough to handle the red run who gives access to the apartment building.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank GrosekoDonostiarra
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Reviewed 5 January 2011

Booked via Erna Low, expressly asked for ski to door with local restaurants and bars on site- was recommended this place, out on a limb in a quiet cul de sac with a treacherous path to cut across the last 100 metres of a full speed red run.

Management of the residence useless- didn't even know where we were on their map. Accommodation spartan. Cramped kitchen and bathroom/shower rooms, bath fit for a midget. Hopeless lighting, no views except of the cul de sac. Bring your own toilet paper. No change of linen or towels, no bath robes. Free wi fi, good storage, excellent steam room and sauna, sensibly priced underground car parking are the few good points.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Eldridge79
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Address: rue des Almes, 73320 Tignes, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Tignes
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Tignes
Price Range: $331 - $1,090 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Residence le Telemark 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the entrance to Tignes, close to its famous lake, the Telemark résidence has what it takes to delight you - mountain style architecture with chalets laid out in a star. Terraces and balconies overlooking the lake so you can travel without moving and take the sun unstintingly.Direct access to the Espace Killy via the Chaudanne drag lift just two steps from the front door, and a piste that will take you back to where you started at the end of the day. ... more   less 
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