Residence Maeva Les Melezes Alpe d'Huez
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Residence Maeva Les Melezes Alpe d'Huez Reviews
Residence Maeva Les Melezes Apartements in L'Alpes d'Huez Dec 14, 2013
Every December my mountaineering club goes a week skiing. It's low budget in pre-season, staying in apartments for up to 6 people and cooking ourselves. But that's ok. So far, we would get nice accommodation, despite of the low price. And so far, the "Les Melezes" was the worse.
The apartments aren't much bigger than usually (about 28 m2), but I guess, due to a not so good layout it's really tiny. Two people can hardly pass by each other. The furniture and equipment are not so well maintained, and I doubt they clean the apartments after the guests have left. There were thick layers of dust on surfaces, and the microwave needed a thorough cleaning as well. The kitchen is well supplied, but if you want to cook a proper meal for 6 persons you need to bring at least one more pot, a non-stick pan, a mixer, wooden spoon, and a sharp knife. There's no oven, just the microwave, and an electric stove. There's a coffee maker, a small fridge and a dishwasher. Some apartments have an old-style TV, others a flat screen TV. We were lucky to get a flat screen, so we could play music from a USB-stick.
The apartments are very warm, and you can adjust the room temperature yourself. Outside the apartments the halls and staircases are open-air, which is not so convenient. There are two elevators, of which one seems to get regularly out of order.
In the basement is a storage room for skis and ski boots, which is great since there's no room for them in the apartment anyway.
The apartments are not that bad really, if you don't have high expectations. What actually makes them bad for me, is the unprofessional service the travel agency provided. The "Alpe Agence" agency didn't seem to bother much about their guests. When we arrived, we were sent from one office to another to collect our room keys and ski passes. I think it's very unprofessional to let your guests do the whole work about check-in. We waited for more than 2 hours (!) to get into our apartments. In the building itself there actually is a reception, but it is responsible for only 13 apartments, as the lady behind the counter was very eager to tell me. Ours were not among those 13.
Furthermore, the agency unexpectedly requested a 350 € deposit for each apartment by charging our credit cards. Before, just one deposit was requested for the whole group, but now they wanted a deposit for each apartment. And we had already paid for all the apartments in advance! When we handed over the credit cards, only 3 of 30 cards got accepted, and they explained that there is a "special" charging system that just doesn't work on all cards. They refused to take cash instead. I don't know how they worked things out in the end, and I don't really care because the "Alpe Agence" agency are so out of my list of reliable travel agencies! We had paid for our accommodation weeks in advance, we traveled for 20 hours, and when we arrived there was no glimpse of welcoming or professionalism. Just do the whole work yourself and pay for it!
Also, nobody from the agency bothered to check on the apartments before we left. We had reported some broken stuff, like not working lights, broken toilet flushes and broken dishwasher handles. Their reply was "Yes, we know about that.", but nobody came to repair them or maybe change the light bulbs. Maybe we were expected to do that ourselves as well?!
Alpes d'Huez the town is a great ski resort. Lots of slopes and ropeways, restaurants and cafes on mountain tops, shops and bars in town, a big sports center with different amenities and venues. It's mostly expensive (Pizza min. 10 €, coffee 3 €), but you can also find some averagely priced stuff. The people are very nice, and many of them even speak English.
Part of the My first skiing trip, and more to come travel blog
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