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"Brilliant holiday - Esprit could not do enough…"
The chalet hotel Mariandre is getting a refurb next year which is good as the rooms are little tired looking. And that's pretty much as negative as it gets. Our room (Family suite) was big enough for the four of us (children in bunkbeds in corridor, us in two twins in good sized room, a bath - which was actually a broken jacuzzi but who cares? a separate shower and separate loo and large balcony).
First time with Esprit after so many recommendations from friends and we are so glad we found them - I can't imagine skiing with children with anyone else now. Our DC (6&7)had a fantastic time - ski school in the morning, snow club lunch then skiing with us in the afternoon - and somehow they still found energy for the Cocoa Club in the big playroom upstairs.
We made loads of friends in the bar/lounge and supper was decent if not Michelin dining.
Easy access to the slopes via the Yoghurt pot lift (about 50 feet away) or the chair (about 100 feet away) and ski in ski out which is worth it's weight in gold.
Some of the other Esprit chalets do look a bit more glamourous - there's no sauna, spa, pool but in terms of warm, welcoming, friendly and convenient with the added bonus of being in one of our favourite resorts for family skiing- it's hard to beat. Would definitely go backRead moreLess
"Comments from other Mumsnetters: There was much praise for the…"
Comments from other Mumsnetters: There was much praise for the "fantastic staff - very friendly and nothing was too much trouble." Childcare was "first rate" and although "the creche was small" the nannies "doted on our five month old baby and we could ski knowing she was being well looked after." There's also a kitchen open 24 hours for parents, with steriliser, fridge etc. Bedrooms are "small when you include a cot" but the food was "pretty good overall with great home-made soups at high tea." Not cheap but worth it was the consensus.Read moreLess
"Cosy chalet hotel in desperate need of an update, everything…"
Cosy chalet hotel in desperate need of an update, everything is a bit tired. However, and it's a big however, the staff were truly FANTASTIC - the best we've had on our many Esprit holidays. They couldn't do enough for you and really made you feel welcome. Our flight was diverted to Milan (7 hours on the bus because Geneva, Chambery, Lyons, Grenoble airports were all shut due to bad weather), but on arrival at 2am there was a buffet and wine and the staff brought our bags up for us. We hired skis independently from Ze Shop, which is next door - again, perfect service and the most relaxed ski hire we've achieved. Night sleding on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays on the slope opposite the hotel - they open up the chair lift for you. The afternoon cakes were delicious and they had little cups of soup too. There's a small supermarket less than 2 minutes' walk away so great for topping up supplies. The hotel catered for two vegetarians pretty well (we didn't have stew every night). Oh, and the skiing wasn't bad either... plenty of greens and blues for children/beginners but loads to keep the advanced skier happy. Loved it.Read moreLess
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"Very good hotel with enthusiastic staff. Basic rooms but comfortable…"
Very good hotel with enthusiastic staff. Basic rooms but comfortable (slight lack of storage). Great location near 'yogurt pot' lifts. Good resort for children with plenty of nursery and green slopes. Food in hotel good and choice for kids teas. Baby listening in evening v. attentive.Read moreLess