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... into a copper moon shaped plate that is slowly heated by a electric bar element. The cheese slowly melts and as it does it runs and drips from the wedge. You use a knife type scraper to then transfer the melted cheese to your plate where you eat it with the meats, potatoes and pickles of your condiment tray. It was a fun meal to have on a cool wet evening. Our return bus ride proved too hard for us as we failed to locate the bus stop, walking round and round, getting ...
Got up and had breakfast in hotel. Bread toast orange coffee. Lovely breakfast. Drove through beautiful mountains to Grenoble and then onto Annecy. Got hotel Best Western. Lovely room. Bought milk in Spar and food in garage. . Went for walk to old town. Had creeps. Cold Walked and sat by lake. Back to hotel. Lovely ...
... but it was a worrying few minutes. Bit of an adrenaline rush. It cannot possibly have been the way I was meant to go given the fuss made of yesterday's innocuous effort. The height gain today was from 892m to 2,479m ie significantly more than climbing Ben Nevis but with a good gradient so didn't seem too bad. Really needed my quota of 2 mars bars to get me to the top though, even with a good ...
... there of people day tripping from the Scenic Boat Cruises so it was a busy little place but looked like it could be very quiet at times. Onto the Annecy, we drove through valleys and wound high up into the mountains where we found the Swiss alps already capped in snow. We hadn't expected it to be such a big place and found ourselves caught in quite a bit of traffic around 6pm as computers moved between Geneve and Annecy. Our host, Karine, arrived in the car park just as we did ...
... about 10 miles from Verbier, a well-known skiing area. As usual it took a ridiculously large amount of effort to get somewhere to sleep. No surprise that there was no-one in the religious house. No campsite here so I went berserk and booked into the only B and B. There something about being soaked and cold that just puts me off wild camping. Nice dinner was a bonus. Could sort of justify both by the big climb tomorrow up to the Italian border at the Great St Bernard's ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Hotel le Totem Flaine
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.