This was my first ski trip with my sister, brother and niece, when we arrived to check in the reception area was very busy, after about an hours rate we were able to get into the apartment. The apartment itself was very clean but basic, it has everything you need for a comfortable stay at a bargain price! If people want 5 star luxury then i would suggest booking somewhere else and paying a higher price. The location was fantastic - a 3 minute walk to the chairlift/gondola/ski school, apartment was very very warm and in fact too warm at night that we had to open the window a little! We all had such a great time we are booking shortly for next year, i would recommend it unless you are total party animals as others say there is not much partying going on at night although we were there for the sking so it suited us fine
Large hotel. Rear of hotel backs onto the piste - approx 25m walk to gondola and 2 chair lifts.
We stayed half-board. Evening meal & breakfast are full buffet which creates frantic action at peak times.
Breakfast coffee is served by machines which are not up to the task of the many guests, and also serve appalling coffee to Italian standards let alone UK ! They often breakdown too.
That said, generally the food is of very good standard. If you hope for a boiled egg in the morning- good luck. Its again self service egg boiler of 10 eggs for several hundred guests.
If you find yourself back at the hotel at lunch time, the bar offers snacks at a reasonable price and tends to be quiet compared to the snack areas in the outside concourse.
Rooms are small but adequate and dated. As with other reviews I've read, it is desperately in need of a refurb but I realise that this will cost more than can be re-cooped easily. For example the sinks, toilets etc are so worn that the enamel has lost resistance to dirt and the chrome on taps has clearly been worn away. That said, it is all clean.
We stayed in ski season. The ski/boot room is adequate and you pay a deposit for a lockable locker that will take 2 pairs of skis and boots. The room is strangely located meaning a lift is usually reqd to exit or climb 2 floors in your boots. There is no heated boot facility.
Other reviews have criticised the wifi stating that’s its only available in the reception area. I think they have made improvements here as we could get a good signal in the restaurant, bar and our room on floor 4. Although the signal was good, connection wasn’t always possible in peak times and could be slow at other times. We found that it was mostly adequate for general use. Wifi keys are obtained at reception.
For those wishing to ski, the pistes are mainly quiet and well groomed. Chair lifts are outdated with no bubbles and very susceptible to wind. It’s a windy area. Try the slopes on the left-most side - they seemed very quiet :)
10m from the rear entrance is aa small supermarket selling most things that you will need.
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This is possibly the most awful place I have ever stayed.
Loud music every night and noisy hallways with people walking up and down them talking loudly and slamming doors.
Absolutely dreadful standard of apartment too, the door latch was half broken so the door barely closed properly, there were practically no kitchen utensils either, and I question the hygiene of the whole place too. Unfortunately this is just a shoddy place to stay really.
Please avoid this accommodation at all cost!
We have just returned from a week in La Thuile. We stayed in a C1 apartment which was advertised as refurbished and near the lift. The situation was excellent and was the closest available to the lifts. We were less than 2 minutes walk from the gondola and chair lifts and 1 minute from the supermarket and could see the information board with lights showing the lift status from our dining table.
On the refurbishment side there was a new TV with a good number of channels including several English language news programmes and lots of American detective shows. There were 2 thick toweling dressing gowns and disposable slippers and a room safe
The apartment was warm and the beds comfortable. The bedroom had an ensuite bathroom with overbath shower, bidet, WC, basin and plenty of storage. There was a separate shower room with WC, basin and storage. Just inside the door was an alcove with bench and shelf for ski gear. The apartment had a large balcony overlooking the square.
The wooden units were a bit scratched, the two hot plates slow for cooking and the kettle didn't fit the plug sockets. However we were there to ski and not look at the furniture so this was not a problem for us.
Unfortunately our weather was not particularly good with strong winds which meant that for 4 of our 6 days there was no link to France. We found the red runs steeper than elsewhere (52% drop on one) and the skiing was less extensive for our ability than other places we have skiied (eg Val Thorens, Madonna di Campiglio.)
We booked the smallest type of apartment as it was just the 2 of us but actually ended up in a 1 bedroom with a balcony which was great for us. We were also lucky that we were in a fairly quiet block, although if you are a light sleeper take earplugs as you may be woken by the piste bashers even with the window closed. I did find that the apartment was very hot at night and, as most reviews state the kitchin equipment is limited. We had odd numbers of some cutlery, suggesting things were missing, and there was no kitchin knife at all. Take washing up liquid and a dish cloth but a teatowel was provided (in ours). Room was very clean. Be aware that they don't have standard european sockets but 3 pins in a straight line, you can buy adapters in the supermarket or just take them off of the microwave and kettle plugs overnight to charge other things (do still take euro adapters to use with these though). Location is very good, I hate carrying skis but it was fine here. We found it easier to keep our skis in our room, so didn't use the ski store, a lot of others in the apartments seemed to do the same. The supermarket was very limited in what it stocked, but this changed throughout the week & midweek was actually quite good for variety & stock levels compared to other times. It is worth taking the little walk to Lo Tata for an evening meal, much better than eating in La Cage Aux Folles, not much different in price if you choose well and consider the size of the portions and still not too far. Another thing to be aware of if you travel with Crystal ski is that they don't tell you that check-in isn't until 4pm until just as you are arriving at the hotel so you may have to wait for several hours for your room. The hotel is very good and will give you your room earlier if it's ready but most people had a long wait (2 or 3 hours), at a time of day when the supermarket is closed. Take/wear appropriate clothes or be prepared to sit in a cafe or pub for hours. There was a safe in our room, basic toiletries, towels & a hairdryer.