Two of us stayed in one of the self catering studios during the first week of March and we found it to be a good base for our skiing holiday. The accomodation was nicely decorated, warm and had powerful hot showers for after a day on the slopes. The kitchen area was relatively small but had all the equipment for basic hob and microwave meals (no oven though). A baker visited reception every morning so you can easily get bread and croissants etc for you day. While perfect for two it would probably be a squeeze with four adults and all their luggage. The reception area is only open at certain times in the morning and evening so make sure you arrive within these times or make arrangements for a different arrival time in advance otherwise you could come unstuck.
We drove from Geneva and parked for free in the surface courtyard area, although I think you can pay to park in the underground car park. Each room gets a lockable ski locker in the basement area and you can hire skis from the intersport which is part of the complex. The pool isn't massive and I found it a little cold, the jacuzzi was out of order when we visited and you have to pay extra for the sauna (the one free session adveristed is only between 10am and 3,15pm so not much use to skiers). This didn't affect our trip but if you have high expectations of luxury spa facilities you may be a bit disappointed.
As has been said previously the apartments are a 5-10min walk from the gondola, we walked a couple of times but tended to use the free mini bus that runs too and from the lift in the mornings and afternoons. On sunny days there was a queue to get on the lift, after queuing it then does take 20-25min and at the top you have to walk a few mins to reach the Meribel lifts. We were aware of this before booking and it didn't affect our holiday. Most days we were at Meribel by 9.15am and as the last lift back to Brides was 5.30pm you can get in a full day skiing (the lift time might be different throughout the season though). It obviously isn't as good as ski in/out accomodation and you need to factor this into the holiday and the price you pay. I expect similar self catering can be found in one of the main three valleys resorts but if you pay the right price and won't find the journey to and from the slopes frustrating the Cybele accomodation will suit you find. As we drove we found Brides was ideal as there is limited snow to negoicate at this alitude and it is a lot more accessible than the other mountain resorts. If you do drive stop at the Super U just outside Moutiers and on the road to Brides as food etc is cheaper than the Spar in town. Brides itself isn't massive but if you wanted too you could just about eat out at a different place every night, there seemed to be a few pubs and the casino but if apres ski and clubbing are important part of you holiday Brides didn't seem that buzzing. Prices to eat out varied and there were some fancier looking places, we ate pizza and pasta for between 10-15 euros and meat based dishes seemed to be around 20 euros. However we also cooked some night to reduce costs.
Overall I felt it was a good standard for self catering accomodation that suited us well as a base for skiing, particularly as we drove, however do your research and make sure Brides will suit the kind of holiday that you want.
- Also Known As:
- Residence Cybele Lagrange Classic Hotel Brides-Les-Bains