Great Hotel, Great Location, Great Staff.
I have just come back from a week's skiing in Les Deux Alpes where I stayed at the Hotel Les Airelles. I think to sum it up, it's like being at home just up a mountain. I went with a group of 12 people, so we took the family room along with two triples, the family suite was spacious but only had one toilet and one bathroom with shower. The triple I stayed in was spacious, clean and although basic did the job, the balcony had a lovely view looking out over the mountains from Venosc.
The hotel is in a perfect location, being only a five minute walk from the Red Egg lift, which takes you up to the right side of the mountain, where it is easy to ski down to the Pano Bar and also the Jandari express lift taking you up towad the super diablo chairlift and on the glacier.
The hotel itself is basic and is definetly no frills, such as no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms. I would however say that this is counter acted by the fact the urn is always full of hot water and the coffee machine is almost always on in the lounge. The staff however are awesome and make the hotel seem like you are at home just up a mountain, they are all warm and friendly and are always there to help. They are led by Clare who I think is superwomen... she runs the hotel and also doubles as the chef.
This brings me nicely onto the food... Wow is all i am going to say. For breakfast there is a mixed platter of cheese and ham along with a choice of cereal, if this was not enough then there was always a full fry up — which can be ordered from one of the team.
Every day there was a different cake for afternoon tea, along with tea, coffee, bread and jams. This was brilliant especially if one had stopped at Pano on the way down and needed something to fill the stomach before an afternoon nap!
Dinner was a varied three course meal, which I would say in my opinion was as good as any restaurant. The meals were awesome and definitely filled you up after a long hard day skiing, especially when it was washed down with a beer from the hotel bar — which is very reasonable and cheaper than some of the local bars! Joe the barman will be quite happy to have a chat and give you some hints about the best runs, as well as also keeping you entertained with his own style of djing.
I think in short this hotel is awesome in every aspect of the word, from the food to the staff to the friendly homely atmosphere they promote. This is very true of the lounge where most people got together over a cuppa and cake, I have never found this before when I have stayed in a hotel.
Accommodation & Value 5/5