Club Hotel le Totem
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... perfectly safe for many years now.
The canons - that's what they're called - were very kind to me. I attended the evening mass at which a local choir performed beautifully. I dined with them in the evening, and joined them again for sung morning prayers and breakfast.There was a charge for staying there, but at no time did I feel anything other than a pilgrim being given the best of spiritual and temporal hospitality as I ...
... next adventure, a cog railway up to a glacier. One that used to be so big it was known as the La Mer de Glacé (Sea of ice). Unfortunately those days were long gone. There were markers along the walk down to the glacier that showed its size in years gone by. It has really shrunk in the last decade, which was quite saddening. The route to the glacier involved the cog railway, then a cable car, then 200 steps. Inside the ...
... the room had a completely new aroma, that of strong cleaning products. That evening, inspired by the cleaners less than subtle hint that we smell bad, we found a nearby coin laundry. We were looking for a place for dinner and it just so happened to be near a Thai place. I'd been day dreaming of pad Thai for a while now, but we haven't come across any Thai places. But not only did we find one, but it was called "Pad Thai". Dinner was ...
We just finished the tour du Mont Blanc - 180km, 3 countries, 9 days! Also some sore feet by the end...
actually it was probably some of the nicest hiking we have ever done - stayed in some lovely hotels and mountain refuges, ate amazing food each day, good wine each night!
Think Andy was a bit de estates to be in Chamonix in summer rather than winter, but ...
... would help me. She kept saying that I should feel as though I was in my brother or sister's house. I'm not sure how to make sure they know how grateful I am for their support and kindness. Jorge made a lunch reservation at a restaurant right on the lake for Sunday lunch. The table was right next to the water on this beautiful terrace shaded by big trees. Almost all of us had perch, and the white wine was divine alongside it. A special dessert with a ...
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I've never posted on a review forum before but felt I should after reading the poor reviews before going to Hotel Totem last week and worrying (unnecessarily) about our trip.
Just returned from Flaine. We purposely booked outside school holidays, we thought this would reduce the number of children in the hotel, how wrong we were. Both my wife and I work with children and like a break for our holidays. Obviously the parents who take their children out of school for trips also like a break from them because there was no discipline and we had children running throughout the hotel at all hours. This included the restaurant and bar area thus making a relaxing time impossible after a days skiing.
The hotel was large and in a good location for the main gondola - about 100 yards away. The evening meal is good and there is enough to fill you up. There is a choice of meat or fish. Veggies have a choice too, but it looked to me like slightly less effort went into it than the meat dishes - pasta and sauce one night. The restaurant is tightly managed and the staff are pretty good and you may be able to influence your veggie meal. There was free, limited table wine too, which is best described as drinkable.
Crystal need to get some proffessional management in quick
On the surface everything appeared fine but there are problems , half the clients and staffs had food poisoning of some form during our week,thank heavens we are old hands,but the young staff treat you like "kids" which they are,you feel you are an inconvience to their "fun" compared to the extremily hard working local French restuarant and ski instructors who are really good.Bar price were the highest in the resort.Room cleaning was flaky.Our transfer was a complete screw up being abandoned at Geneva airport with the Terminal light s being turned off because of the late hour was not good.Thank heavens the "skiing" which we came for was good,It could be so much better
Ideally located. Rooms OK. Some staff great.
Our group arrived on 20th January for 7 days, and found nothing but kindness and pleasant service. Perhaps, unlike others, we did not expect 5 star service at 3 star prices. However we were well received and the staff very helpful. There was always plenty of waiters(M and F)in attendance at breakfast and dinner. There was always plenty of food, though at breakfast there was some delay at times in a continual supply of cooked food, but in fairness about 200 people wanted their breakfast at the same time. The Chef was excellent and the menu varied, anything from frog's legs to Guinea fowl and plenty more "normal" food. There was usually a choice of 3 options with the main course. The comment on the price of alcohol is unfair as the prices seemed to be at this level everywhere in the town and on the slopes. I would recommend this hotel to anybody. I felt your other reviews were unfair.
Stayed at Le Totem from 16/12/06 for one week with my family.
We booked a family ski trip here during Christmas week. The location is great and you can ski in and out of the hotel. What really lets the place down is the poor standard of service, the bolshie attitude of the staff (especially Reception) and the dreadful food. It is run by Crystal Holidays.
This was my first ski holiday so was not sure what to expect but had a fantastic time. Thought the hotel was superb and the evening meals were fantastic, much better than I expected for the money we paid!!! It may not be the most luxurious hotel in the world but found it to be very clean and very comfortable. Being a beginner it was great having the ski school, lifts, etc practically on the door step. Would definitely go back again some time. Did not have children with us but the childcare facilities on offer looked great so, now that we are travelling with a child, did not hesitate to book our next ski holiday through Crystal again, just trying a different resort this time!!!!!
Good Location but cleanliness standard of hotel low
Le Totem hotel in Flaine has an excellent location on the piste but because its run by Crystal Ski, you wont get the kind of service & cleanliness expected at a 3 star hotel.
Our room was very small, the carpet was really dirty and housekeeping never once vacummed or cleaned the bathroom during our stay (1 week)
The evening meals generally pretty good, altough it was hard to find basics, like teaspoons, sugar, clean glasses at meal times, especially breakfast.
The hotel is extremely kid friendly, lots of kids so if you prefer adult company at all times I recommend you go elsewhere.