Belambra Clubs - L'Aiguille Rouge
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Perfect hotel for families, not the young adults! Jan 03, 2015
So we came across a deal for this place through IgluSki while trying to find a cheap deal. We got a fantastic deal on a great place last year so we were trying to recreate that. Sadly it wasn't the case. We were a group of 26-29 year olds so this really wasn't the place for us. This hotel had more of a Butlins feel to it. But if you're a family this could be the perfect hotel for you.
The bar and bar staff were fantastic. Happy hour was a great chance to get some cheap beer (although they only offered 2 different beers). But the cocktails were really good and the bar staff were helpful at selecting good ones!
The location of the hotel is excellent. You are right on the slopes. And the locker room is easy to get to once you're done for the day. Only downside is the size of the lockers. The place doesn't really seem to accommodate snowboards. We had 2 people in the room so had to struggle to get both snowboards in. The boys had 3 in a room so they had to leave one snowboard on the balcony.
The reception staff i found less helpful. There was one French woman who seemed to use the language barrier to cover up her laziness. And the place could have done with more cleaning staff. Several times the cleaners got to our room so late that we had already got back from snowboarding so had to turn them away. This meant we kept running out of toilet paper! And the slow service meant we had to wait for our rooms to be ready when we arrived, even though a delayed flight meant we were already a few hours late getting there!
The wifi was a big problem in this place. They brag about offering free wifi but you only get it in the lobby and they limit the amount of people who can use it at once so at peak times you can spend half an hour trying to log in. I heard a rumour that only 20 people can get on at once but i don't know how true that is. Can't be much more than 20 though!
The room itself wasn't too bad. We had 3 beds in the room for 2 people so one got used as a place to hold suitcases. I'm glad we didn't have to use it as a bed because there was a shelf right about the pillow. If i was sleeping there i would definitely hit my head! When we arrived we were concerned about how hard the mattresses were but they were more comfortable than we thought.
The thing that bugged me most about the room was the bathroom, or more accurately the bath tub. It was about half the size of a normal tub! If you wanted a bath you either had to sit in the foetal position or lay down with your legs up the wall! This is probably the only thing i couldn't forgive them for. It's a place people stay at for snow holidays. A nice relaxing bath to rest your legs is essential, especially for snowboarders! And the lack of a hair dryer bugged one of the guys but as it was a 2 star hotel you can't really expect one. So if you like dry hair bring your own hair dryer!
Another annoying thing about our room was the fact that we were right next to the service lift so i constantly got woken up early by people starting their shifts or coming home from a night out. I've had better nights sleep in hostels!
The dinner (which was included) was a buffet. They offered a selection of different things every night which kept most people happy. But the vegan and me (the fake veggie) didn't get a huge selection to choose from. But because i am not a real veggie, just eat like one 90% of the time i was able to give up with being veggie for the week (not that i was happy about this!) but it was the easier option. The vegan, obviously, didn't have the same option as me so mainly ate chips and salad all week.
The funniest (in an annoying way) thing about the buffet arrangement was the fact that things that go together were at separate ends of the restaurant. If you wanted bread you had to go to the other end for the butter and if you wanted cereal you had to go to the other end for milk. Not the best layout!
Overall i may have nitpicked about a lot but if you are a family i'm sure you will like this hotel. For 2 stars you really can't expect too much anyway! But i would recommend booking through Crystal rather than IgluSki. The Crystal rep seemed so much more organised than ours!
Part of the Snowboarding 2015 travel blog
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Belambra Clubs - L'Aiguille Rouge Overview
L'Aiguille Rouge Belambra Club Arc 2000 invites you to stay at Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Northern Alps, France, and enjoy great skiing and snow-fun from a smart modern apartment. Offering half or full board or an All Inclusive package, and great family-friendly facilities, L'Aiguille Rouge Belambra Club Arc 2000 resort offers 218 "New Generation" rooms with scenic balcony set in a 9-storey building on the mountainside. Situated on the mountainside overlooking Mont Blanc, the L'Aiguille Rouge Belambra Club Arc 2000 at Bourg-Saint-Maurice is a terrific resort for singles, couples and all the family, offering great facilities, nearby shopping and entertainment venues and access to fabulous skiing and winter sports fun from smart accommodation and a professional team focused on your pure enjoyment.
Getting to the hotel: Chambery (CMF) Airport 112 Km; Grenoble (GNB) Airport 178 Km. Bourg St-Maurice station (high speed train) 26km.
Local tips: Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry ski area: 200km of pistes & 68 ski lifts; Paradiski ski area: 425km of downhill pistes & 171 ski lifts; 15km of cross-country skiing routers; snowshoe excursions; ice rinks, an Ice Cave attraction and Waterslide in Paradiski ski area. And so much more available in the area.......
Food, drink and entertainment: Panoramic restaurant with terrace overlooking pistes caters for half and full board; buffet service with theme and regional evenings; hosted evening entertainment for all the family.
Sport, games and activities : Skiing; winter sports fun and activities, hiking trails, excursions, and full animation team supervises activities daily. Full skiing services available at preferential rates including ski schools.
For the kids: Kids' clubs for children aged 3-5 throughout the season and from the age of 6 during the French school holidays - New: kids' clubs for children aged 6 to 10 and entertainment for teenagers aged 11 to 17 during the first week in January; Kids' clubs for 3-10 years in full days. Children can be accompanied to their ESF ski lessons (extra charge). Babysitting service for a charge.
Additional: Front Desk services, housekeeping, 3 lifts, activities information, information on optional extras available, standard reception services, free parking at foot of the resort.