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Planibel Residence

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This was my first ski trip with my sister, brother and niece, when we arrived to check in the reception area was very busy, after about an hours rate we were able to get into the apartment. The apartment itself was very clean but basic, it has everything you need for a comfortable stay at a bargain price! If people want 5 star luxury then i would suggest booking somewhere else and paying a higher price. The location was fantastic - a 3 minute walk to the chairlift/gondola/ski school, apartment was very very warm and in fact too warm at night that we had to open the window a little! We all had such a great time we are booking shortly for next year, i would recommend it unless you are total party animals as others say there is not much partying going on at night although we were there for the sking so it suited us fine

Large hotel. Rear of hotel backs onto the piste - approx 25m walk to gondola and 2 chair lifts. We stayed half-board. Evening meal & breakfast are full buffet which creates frantic action at peak times. Breakfast coffee is served by machines which are not up to the task of the many guests, and also serve appalling coffee to Italian standards let alone UK ! They often breakdown too. That said, generally the food is of very good standard. If you hope for a boiled egg in the morning- good luck. Its again self service egg boiler of 10 eggs for several hundred guests. If you find yourself back at the hotel at lunch time, the bar offers snacks at a reasonable price and tends to be quiet compared to the snack areas in the outside concourse. Rooms are small but adequate and dated. As with other reviews I've read, it is desperately in need of a refurb but I realise that this will cost more than can be re-cooped easily. For example the sinks, toilets etc are so worn that the enamel has lost resistance to dirt and the chrome on taps has clearly been worn away. That said, it is all clean. We stayed in ski season. The ski/boot room is adequate and you pay a deposit for a lockable locker that will take 2 pairs of skis and boots. The room is strangely located meaning a lift is usually reqd to exit or climb 2 floors in your boots. There is no heated boot facility. Other reviews have criticised the wifi stating that’s its only available in the reception area. I think they have made improvements here as we could get a good signal in the restaurant, bar and our room on floor 4. Although the signal was good, connection wasn’t always possible in peak times and could be slow at other times. We found that it was mostly adequate for general use. Wifi keys are obtained at reception. For those wishing to ski, the pistes are mainly quiet and well groomed. Chair lifts are outdated with no bubbles and very susceptible to wind. It’s a windy area. Try the slopes on the left-most side - they seemed very quiet :) 10m from the rear entrance is aa small supermarket selling most things that you will need. If you have found this review useful, please use the 'helpful' voting button. Thank you.

This is possibly the most awful place I have ever stayed. Loud music every night and noisy hallways with people walking up and down them talking loudly and slamming doors. Absolutely dreadful standard of apartment too, the door latch was half broken so the door barely closed properly, there were practically no kitchen utensils either, and I question the hygiene of the whole place too. Unfortunately this is just a shoddy place to stay really. Please avoid this accommodation at all cost!

We have just returned from a week in La Thuile. We stayed in a C1 apartment which was advertised as refurbished and near the lift. The situation was excellent and was the closest available to the lifts. We were less than 2 minutes walk from the gondola and chair lifts and 1 minute from the supermarket and could see the information board with lights showing the lift status from our dining table. On the refurbishment side there was a new TV with a good number of channels including several English language news programmes and lots of American detective shows. There were 2 thick toweling dressing gowns and disposable slippers and a room safe The apartment was warm and the beds comfortable. The bedroom had an ensuite bathroom with overbath shower, bidet, WC, basin and plenty of storage. There was a separate shower room with WC, basin and storage. Just inside the door was an alcove with bench and shelf for ski gear. The apartment had a large balcony overlooking the square. The wooden units were a bit scratched, the two hot plates slow for cooking and the kettle didn't fit the plug sockets. However we were there to ski and not look at the furniture so this was not a problem for us. Unfortunately our weather was not particularly good with strong winds which meant that for 4 of our 6 days there was no link to France. We found the red runs steeper than elsewhere (52% drop on one) and the skiing was less extensive for our ability than other places we have skiied (eg Val Thorens, Madonna di Campiglio.)

We booked the smallest type of apartment as it was just the 2 of us but actually ended up in a 1 bedroom with a balcony which was great for us. We were also lucky that we were in a fairly quiet block, although if you are a light sleeper take earplugs as you may be woken by the piste bashers even with the window closed. I did find that the apartment was very hot at night and, as most reviews state the kitchin equipment is limited. We had odd numbers of some cutlery, suggesting things were missing, and there was no kitchin knife at all. Take washing up liquid and a dish cloth but a teatowel was provided (in ours). Room was very clean. Be aware that they don't have standard european sockets but 3 pins in a straight line, you can buy adapters in the supermarket or just take them off of the microwave and kettle plugs overnight to charge other things (do still take euro adapters to use with these though). Location is very good, I hate carrying skis but it was fine here. We found it easier to keep our skis in our room, so didn't use the ski store, a lot of others in the apartments seemed to do the same. The supermarket was very limited in what it stocked, but this changed throughout the week & midweek was actually quite good for variety & stock levels compared to other times. It is worth taking the little walk to Lo Tata for an evening meal, much better than eating in La Cage Aux Folles, not much different in price if you choose well and consider the size of the portions and still not too far. Another thing to be aware of if you travel with Crystal ski is that they don't tell you that check-in isn't until 4pm until just as you are arriving at the hotel so you may have to wait for several hours for your room. The hotel is very good and will give you your room earlier if it's ready but most people had a long wait (2 or 3 hours), at a time of day when the supermarket is closed. Take/wear appropriate clothes or be prepared to sit in a cafe or pub for hours. There was a safe in our room, basic toiletries, towels & a hairdryer.

The location is great with incredible views once you get higher up. Two chair lifts and a gondola go from just across a very quiet road. There are very few queues, other than when they first open and all the lifts where open while we were there. The best option is to go up in the gondola where there are plenty of reds and blues to choose from. The are a few negatives. It's common to have strong wind, particularly in the afternoon. The apartments are very dated and verging on shabby. The kitchenettes wouldn't pass build Regs in the U.K. with an integrated sink and electric hob with an electric outlet directly above the sink. We were also taken aback by the cost of visiting the pool; it was €9 each to enter but we also had to buy a mandatory hat, flip-flops and you're not allowed to use your room towel, so you need to rent theirs. The total cost for 4 people was going to be €70, but soon dropped to €34 when we said that it was unreasonable. Still a lot to pay for an hour in a very basic, chilly pool and sauna. The people in the shops, cafes and medical center were lovely and full of character but the complex itself was overly functional and lacked atmosphere. All that said, we were there for the skiing - which was great and we are likely to return.

Planibel is located at the foot of the slopes and within 50m of both the gondola and chair lift. There are lots of floors with slow lifts. The ski locker is in the basement and you either take the worlds slowest lift to get your ski gear up or you walk up two flights of stairs! We found the food good but the restaurant layout was terrible. We had our own table for the duration of our stay and the waiting on staff we fine. There was lots of choice for food but you had to go to different parts of the restaurant to get meat then another for vegetables with only bottled water, soft drinks or wine available at the table. The rooms are a good size, cleaned daily with lots if storage but they are old, dated and in desperate need of renovation. With a little care and investment this hotel could be amazing but it was just too old, too big and too noisy for us. There were about 300 children in school groups visiting at the same time so it was often complete chaos.

We stayed in the planibel apartments in February. They were clean but basic as expected in a ski apartment. The beds were comfy, the one bedroom apartment was quite spacious (2 adults and 2 children - 9 and 7) and had 2 bathrooms which was great. We had no more than a 3 minute walk to the slopes which was great when you have little ones and the adults carry all the skis. Only downside was the cooking facilities - 2 small electric hob rings. Not sufficient to cook for a family of 4 unless you only eat pasta and the crockery was very limited - 2 very small tea cups, 2 glasses, 4 bowls and 4 plates. It was also quite noisy when people were in the corridor but this wasn't too bad. The ski area is fantastic for all levels, lifts were pretty quite with little queuing. Some open runs and some scenic tree lined ones. Couple of bars in the area. We had apres ski drinks in the one at the bottom of the main gondola which seemed to be lively, busy and reasonably priced - kids loved the hot chocolate which you could have as pure melted chocolate or mixed with milk. Kings bar at about 6pm most nights seemed quiet until Friday and Saturday but I would highly recommend the pizza to eat in or take away. 7 euros for a pepperoni which filled both me and hubby and made to order - fresher than the takeaway place by the supermarket. Having mentioned the takeaway though, they do great chips if you want to add them to some meats and have that as a meal in the apartment instead on pasta. The supermarket was limited and quite low on stock by Wednesday until refilled Thursday. Beer about 1 euro a can but you could get some really nice red wine for 3 euros. Overall a great resort, one as a family we will be happy to return to.

These apartments are good value for the amount we paid and the location, at the base of the slopes could not have been better, no buses/coaches to catch to reach the slopes. The telecom in was 2 minutes from our apartment. The apartment is very clean but a little tired and as we were on ground floor quite noisy with guests above. We only had a 2 ring hob and a microwave and every time we made breakfast we received a call from reception to say smoke alarm going off and we had to open windows and doors and when it's -4 degrees, it's rather cold eating ones breakfast. We could of done with a toaster aswell, but all in all good value and would return. Slopes are nice easy cruising and even the reds are not too bad.the resort is fairly quite and not a lot to do and even in the centre of La Thuiile, that was very quite but nice restaurants are to be had. I would recommend this resort for the location and skiing. Transfer from Verona is about 2.5 hours and a pleasant journey.

We stayed in a studio apartment for 2 people. The accommodation is a little dated and although not luxurious it is warm, comfortable and equipped with all the basics. We did have some minor equipment/maintenance issues but they were dealt with promptly and efficiently. The supermarket is well-stocked and reasonably priced. The location of the Planibel Residences really could not be better. The main ski hire shop and all the lifts/gondola from the base of the mountain are within a couple of minutes' walk. All in all a very good option for a reasonably priced ski holiday.

Frazione Entreues 158 La Thuile AO

Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining
  • Ski-in/ski-out access
  • Nightclub
  • Indoor pool

Planibel Residence places you next to Les Suches Cable Car and Bosco Express Ski Lift. This 237-room, 4-star residence welcomes guests with a restaurant, ski-in/ski-out access, and an indoor pool. It's in the mountains and also near Fourclaz Express Ski Lift and Arpy Lake.


Dining

Explore the residence and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Rooms

The 237 rooms feature kitchenettes. For entertainment, guests can expect to find cable TV. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bidets. Other standard amenities include minibars and safes. Weekly housekeeping is available.


Property features

At Planibel Residence, guests enjoy ski-in/ski-out access, a nightclub, and an indoor pool. Self parking is available for EUR 9 per day. Multilingual staff is on hand to answer questions. Other amenities at this ski residence include a children's pool, a fitness center, and a sauna.

Room options

Classic Studio

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Superior Studio

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Classic Apartment, 2 Bedrooms

Full 2 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 305 reviews