With no previous experience with mountain resorts in the Alps, I cannot say if this hotel is actually called a "chalet", but it certainly is suggestive of one. It boasts lots of wood and large balconies overlooking the village street. And Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is a mountain resort village. In winter such resorts cater to skiers, and in summer, to hikers; fall is a slow season and some resort hotels and even entire communities basically close down for a few months. But Le Monal still seemed quite active. A large group of guests left together in the early morning, perhaps for a hike. The staff in the dining room seemed quite busy and sometimes almost distracted. When we came down for breakfast, they were cleaning up and setting tables for lunch already. (Perhaps they were used to people having breakfast very early, while we wandered down around 8:30 or 9). As we arrived at the hotel after dark (around 8 pm), we found a note on the front desk with our room key and instructions as to where to go. This was reassuring and we were also able to search out staff in the bar or restaurant to deal with questions. We had a good (though not spectacular) dinner in the restaurant, and breakfast was satisfying, with interesting local cheeses. The room was comfortable and adequately large. We enjoyed the novelty of having the toilet in one room and the shower/ sink in another. With free parking on the street, the car was not a worry. We only wished we could have stayed a bit longer!
Helen from Toronto
Within easy reach of skiing facilities, this Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise hotel is located in the mountains, convenient to Varet …More
A really wonderful hotel with fantastic views. Our only gripe was that it was a 5 minute walk up a hill to the ski slopes and with 2 young children we had to use the car to carry all the equipment the short distance every day.
Also, the website advertised a hairdryer and dvd player in the apartment. We had to request the loan of a hairdryer from reception since it was not in the apartment and to use the advertised dvd player we had to collect one from reception and pay 8 euros to hire it. This was not made clear on the website prior to our stay.
However, the rooms were a good size, facilities were excellent and rooms furnished to a great standard. Beds comfy too. Would stay there again if it was a little closer to the slopes.
Anne from Devon, UK
Conveniently located near the slopes, this Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise residence is in the mountains, within the vicinity of Varet …More