Hotel Review: Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine, France

Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine, Avoriaz, France
My pic of the superb Hotel le Petit Dru, an idyllic French Chalet in Morzine.

A review of the hotel I stayed in on our skiing trip to Morzine in France

This blog is typically about hiking and other outdoor adventures. But as I do a lot of travelling, often staying over in a variety of accommodation types, whether camping in the wilds or on campsites, or in b&b's and more luxurious hotels at a variety of budgets - I am now going to start sharing info about the places I stay in that I would recommend to others - as I know making a choice for places to stay can be a tough one!

Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine


I was really impressed by the hotel we stayed in on a recent skiing trip to Morzine, so much so that I wanted to share a bit of info about it.

If you are looking to plan a trip to Morzine, either in the winter skiing, or even in the summer months when hiking or mountain biking, then I would highly recommend Hotel le Petit Dru, and I'd happily stay here again (which is how I judge a good hotel). In February 2016 we booked 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis,  one of the few hotels you can stay at less than a week. The hotel caters well for larger groups, but equally there were couples and families who stayed here too, with a good mix of Brits & French I would say. A couple of people I spoke too had stayed here before which I guess says a lot too. 

Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine, Avoriaz, France
A pic of our superb hotel from the road on the last day before we head home - flanked by blue skies and perfect snow - I was gutted to leave! It was a little out of the centre - maybe 15 mins walk to the lifts of Morzine - but with the useful regular bus service this wasn't a problem at all. It was also only a 5 min walk to the first bars/restaurants at the start of the Rue du Bourg street.

Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine, Avoriaz, France, the alps, Ski resort, review,

This is the view from our balcony - pretty special eh! You can just about see the start of the Rue du Bourg street in the centre of the pic where the red shop front is. Dixies Irish bar (great for Apres Ski) was next door to this place. You can also make out the wobbly bridge spanning the gorge to the left of the church clock.



Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine, Avoriaz, France, the alps, Ski resort, review,

These pictures give you a good idea of how the hotel looks on the inside - which follows a warm, inviting wooden alpine lodge aesthetic. The hotel lobby & bar area is quite large - with lots of comfy seats for different groups - which are spread out so you do have your own space. The rooms have balconies and are warm and comfortable with ample storage and TV's with French and all the popular English TV channels. The bathrooms have power showers and baths. Breakfast is continental buffet style with lots of choice including cereals, breads, fresh & dried fruit, cured meats, bacon, egg and tea/coffee. We all got well fuelled up on the mornings, and because of this I personally didn't eat much after until tea time. All the french hotel staff we encountered spoke good English and where very helpful & friendly too which helps.


Hotel le Petit Dru, Morzine, Avoriaz, France, the alps, Ski resort, review,

The Hotel le Petit Dru bonus facilities - which added to the quality of our stay included an indoor jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and indoor/outdoor pool - perfect for chilling out after a heavy day on the slopes. There was also a pool and fussball table which was good for unwinding, along with a well stocked bar (drinks a little pricier than in Morzine centre). We'd often just meet on an evening in the lobby - have a drink then head into town for a meal and a few more drinks.



Also worth mentioning is the ski facilities at the hotel, which where spot on and beyond our expectations. Before arriving we thought the hotel might be able to arrange renting ski's and boots - but didn't realise how good the facilities where. You can actually rent, fit and pick up your ski's directly from the small Intersport shop within the hotel which is open for an hour in the morning and at 6pm. Another great touch is access to your own free locker in the hotel for your holiday duration, which is ideally situated amongst changing rooms and near to the big drying room. The hotel is definitely set up for winter sport enthusiasts! All in all - the hotel was perfect for our needs and we couldn't have asked for more really.

Verdict

I judge places based on would I stay here again?  And the answer is most definitely yes - I couldn't ask for more from a hotel on a skiing holiday.

More info

To find out more on the hotel, including rates, you can visit the hotel website over at www.lepetitdru.com/en/ - or you can also book online on booking.com (which is what we done with a small deposit) or I guess through other popular travel booking sites.




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Blog Post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer'


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