“The staff here really care about where they are working, and the hotel has such a warm and friendly atmosphere. The food and service really makes this hotel stand out – it’s a little gem just waiting to be discovered.”
If I had to describe Au Coeur Du Village in just three words, it would be friendly, cosy and hospitable; I’d even go as far as to say the hotel was the friendliest I have ever stayed in. All the staff we met seemed so proud to be working there, which gave the whole property a truly welcoming and relaxed vibe.
The hotel is in a brilliant location, right in the heart of La Clusaz in the centre of the Annecy-Geneva-Chamonix triangle. Offering a traditional French village experience and retaining its small-town charm, La Clusaz still manages to entertain and delight. There is an undercover ice rink right next to the hotel, as well as a bowling alley, a number of lively pubs and some excellent restaurants. The beautiful lakeside village of Annecy is also only 30 minutes away by car, and with many of the locals from there visiting, La Clusaz always feels very French and more authentic than some of the other Alpine resorts.
Aside from skiing, there are lots of other exciting activities to do here, which makes it very popular for non-skiers. Guests at Au Coeur Du Village can indulge in the Cristal Spa with its hammam, sauna and pool, or venture out to the local heated outdoor pool. Sledging and tobogganing are also available, and the hotel’s ski room will even leave childrens' sleds out for mini guests to use.
The highlight of my stay here was the twizy car experience. Yes – you read that right, twizy cars. Unique to La Clusaz and specifically designed for ice driving, these mini Renault electric cars allow you to drive in the mountains and have some fun trying your hand at numerous turns and skids on the snow. I was advised that you don’t need a driving licence for them, although I definitely wouldn’t recommend for younger children as you do end up on some roads! Without a doubt, one of the funnest moments of my trip to the Alps.