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Hotel La Savoyarde Hotel 3 star
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Val d'Isère - 73150 VAL D'ISÈRE Val D'Isere, France -
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Hotel La Savoyarde combines the comfort and warmth of a traditional ski hotel with a handful of modern touches usually reserved for more 'high-end' hospitality. The family-run property, which is located just a stone's throw from Val D'Isère's famous slopes, boasts 50 spacious rooms and suites, a cosy lounge and bar area, and a newly-renovated underground spa. If that's not enough to satisfy guests, though, the a la carte restaurant serves a delicious and creative menu, with an emphasis on the juicy red meats and nutty cheeses that France is famed for. With its attentive staff and central location, La Savoyarde can accommodate anyone, from families to couples and even stag dos. No matter who the traveller and no matter what the trip, La Savoyarde is the hotel for you.

This hotel provides perfectly combines comfort and relaxation with an unbeatable location: right on the doorstep of Val D'Isère's lively bars and restaurants.

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    Location 9.71 /10

    One of La Savoyarde's main selling points has to be its unbeatable location. Situated on the buzzing Rue Noël Machet, the hotel sits comfortably between Avenue Olympique, Val D'Isère's main shopping street, and the resort's exquisite pistes. It takes just a few minutes' (in ski boots) to reach the slopes, and there are any number of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops right on the doorstep. The nearest airport to Val D'Isère is Chambery, which takes approximately three and a half hours (130km) by car or bus. Alternatively, there are frequent trains to Bourg St Maurice, which is 45 minutes from the resort in a car or taxi. Eurostar, Thalys and TGV all operate services to the train station.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The rooms at La Savoyarde vary in size but all maintain a quaint and traditional style. There are 50 in total: the lowest band is a standard south-facing double, followed by north-facing rooms and junior suites. There is also one family-sized apartment available. All rooms are well equipped with the usual amenities - phone, TV, hanging space for ski gear - and there is a private terrace in each which, if you're lucky, offers stunning views of the mountains. The bathroom, which is stocked with especially indulgent L'Occitane-branded toiletries, has a bath or shower (or both, for north-facing rooms only), as well as a large, well-lit mirror. The best part about the room, though, and indeed the best part of any hotel visit, is the fresh, cosy bathrobes and disposable slippers! We can hardly find any faults with the accommodation, save for a minor problem with the room's door handle upon arrival, which was quickly repaired. In fact, if anything it served as further proof of the attentiveness of the staff.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    The entrance to La Savoyarde is particularly welcoming; guests arriving after a long day of winding mountain roads will certainly feel a weight lifted as they're greeted by friendly faces and a lively atmosphere. The bar and lounge area is situated to the left as you walk in, decorated in reds and oranges for an extra burst of warmth, with comfy sofas, a grand piano and a plasma screen TV. The décor is traditional of a ski hotel; interiors are mostly wooden and stone to encourage that 'chalet in the snow' feeling. There is free Wi-Fi available, although each guest receives a different code per each electronic device. Not especially problematic unless the technological wizards among you have brought a laptop, phone, iPad, and so on. The lower-ground floor spa is a particular highlight, offering total relaxation after a long day's skiing. The space is not very well advertised to the hotel guests - which may not be the worst thing as it remains relatively empty - but we almost went the whole trip not knowing of its existence. Recently renovated, the area is now a haven of tranquillity featuring a sauna and jacuzzi, as well as all the usual spa treatments: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Although marked as the 'fitness' floor on the lift, the exercise machines are somewhat underwhelming - there were only two - so those who are looking for an après-ski workout may be disappointed. Luckily for us, we had no interest in anything other than kicking back after a tiring day and for this, the spa is perfect.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    The restaurant, situated to the right of the entrance, serves exquisite French cuisine at very affordable prices. The layout is spacious and light but 'homey' at the same time, and the lively atmosphere carries over from the neighbouring lounge. Guests who opt for half board will find their stay great value for money. The buffet breakfast is a feast, with every imaginable pastry, cereal, yoghurt and fruit on offer, as well as hot teas and coffees available on request. When it comes to dinner, the hotel delivers an appropriately hearty 5-course menu for its guests who have worked up an appetite on the slopes. There is a soup or salad starter, followed by a delicious meat or fish dish with seasonal vegetables, a cheese board (of course) and an impressive selection of desserts. There is also an excellent choice of wine on offer at a range of prices. As is to be expected of La Savoyarde, the waiters are friendly and helpful and, importantly, knowledgeable about the food they are serving.

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    Run by a family which boasts four generations of hoteliers, La Savoyarde is certainly experienced in the art of hospitality. Now managed by Jean-François and his sister Dominique-Marie, the hotel offers exceptional service and a friendly staff, whilst maintaining the traditional family values on which it was founded, creating a 'home away from home' for its guests. Even the bar snacks embrace their ideals, offering a delicious selection of homemade aperitifs after a hard day on the slopes. Over the course of our stay we sampled pear tart, vanilla sponge cake and, our personal favourite, homemade potato crisps.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      sauna, spa, hammam, Turkish bath, keep fit, massage, wellness

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Ski zone
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Friendly, welcoming atmosphere
    • Fantastic location
    • Attentive staff
    • Delicious gastronomic restaurant

    disadvantages

    • Not all rooms offer mountain views
    • Disappointing number of fitness machines

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