2011 Ski holiday
Excellent location in terms of accessing slopes, ski school, very good supermarket, ski hire shop.
One thing that was not communicated to us pre-arrival was the nature of the hot water system. This is not the apartment for you if you like soaking in a hot bath after a hard day's skiing! On arrival, we were advised that the hot water tank is extremely small ('if you take a 15-minute shower, no-one else will have any hot water') and takes up to 5 hours to re-fill! In practice, this meant that we just managed to get 4 short showers in succession.
Apartment was clean and very well-equipped. It's is at the rear of the residence - the balcony overlooks the car park, a section of one rarely-used piste and one mountainside, as shown in the picture (view from balcony). It doesn't have views over the mountain range, chairlifts etc. The double bedroom is very small - it's only possible to access one side of the bed.
La Plagne is an excellent ski area for teenagers - good range of runs and also easy to access Les Arcs via Vanoise Express. Approx 2-3 hrs drive from Grenoble.
Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: My agents in La Plagne inform me that hot water was an issue with these clients as soon as the family arrived and obviously had baths or showers and used all the hot water in the tank ! The immersion volume is standard for the size of apartment, but cannot provide the capacity that visitors from the UK are used to at home. It is clearly unreasonable to expect to enjoy the extravagance of a 15 minute shower !
This client was made fully aware of the size of the apartment before booking but clearly did not appreciate that the area rented is proportional to the rental that one is prepared to pay .
This client complimented the apartment for its excellent location, cleanliness and being well equipped - key factors for a convenient skiing holiday.
As regards being at the rear of the block overlooking one mountainside, a piste and three floors above a small free car park (where you can unload and load your car ) it is important to realise that the front side of this block faces onto the front of Le Cervin apartment block. I know which view I prefer when I am in the Alps on a skiing holiday !
The piste referred to incidentally, is no more than 50 yds away and conveniently skis straight down to the start of La Bergerie express chairlift linking to Bellecote, Belleplagne, Champagny or into Plagne Centre for access to the Grande Rochette cablecar & Montalbert.
Overall the vast majority of my clients appreciate the qualities of my apartment and as one can see by viewing the availability for winter 2011/12, my apartment is already 45% booked for next winter season, many of which are rebookings. Need I say more.
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