Not what we expected, it is basically a B&B. This was a summer rental and we thought we were renting the whole chalet, there were 7 adults in our group but it turned out the owners lived in the chalet. The original description of the property did not say anything about the owners living in the chalet, but the day before we left we read a recent review that said the owners were always in the chalet. This concerned us a little, the description then changed on the website to say the owners live in a separate apartment downstairs, THIS IS NOT CORRECT, they live in the chalet and sleep in the apartment. After our arrival we spoke to the owner and explained that their description of the property was not clear and they did their best to accommodate our needs, but it was still not the same as we expected. Having just checked their description, they have changed it once again, it still says they `'live in a separate apartment downstairs`'FALSE" their son lives in one of the bedrooms in the chalet next to our room. If you know it is just a B&B before going then the chalet was nice and the views amazing, but very expensive for just a room and breakfast.
Breakfast was very poor, nothing was fresh. With all the local products available, the owners would rather serve cheap supermarket products. One morning we were given a 2 day old baguette, which we could not eat, as for the croissants they were again from a supermarket and heated in the oven. We expected fresh pastries and bread purchased in the morning, this is normal in France to go get fresh breakfast every morning. Other members of our party said the coffee was very bad and not drinkable. On our last morning, we were due to leave at 7am, the owner left a note saying he would not be up until 8am or 8:30 and would leave fresh bread (one day old) and yogurts out for our breakfast. I have never known a B&B to say they are not getting up that early.
Disappointing for the price we paid, we could have rented a full chalet for less than this and had a nice fresh breakfast in the mornings. Even if you know it is a B&B it is not worth the price, you can get much nicer places for less.
Just returned from a fantastic four days at Chalet Margaritka with two friends. The Chalet is lovely and we were made to feel very welcome - the soup, cheese and wine which Rita greeted us with upon our late arrival were particularly welcome. Skis and passes were all ready for us early on the first day and we were taken to the slopes and advised on good places to go - Glyn accompanied us a couple of times as well, which made getting to know the skiing areas much easier. Tea and cake were on hand when we returned tired at the end of the day and after a sauna and a little rest in the lovely bedrooms we were able to enjoy great evenings with three course dinners and very generous supplies of beer and wine. The music collection provided fine entertainment and we were lucky enough to be sharing the chalet with four other people who were also very good company. An extremely relaxing weekend, I would recommend the Chalet without hesitation and I very much hope that we will get the opportunity to go again. Thank you Rita and Glyn (and Alex and Harry) for a fabulous trip.
I have just returned from my 3rd visit to Chalet Margaritka and have to say it was fantastic. The service was excellent, Rita's cooking superb and Glyns guiding on the slopes was as always interesting and informative. The chalet is modern, clean and very cosy, nice touches include a sauna, ski/boot room and quality wine with dinner, not your usual €2/bottle rubbish! Everything is done to suit the guests, from what time you want breakfast to when and where you want to ski within the Portes Du Soleil area. If you want a really nice ski weekend then you won't go wrong with Chalet Margaritka. I am already booking for next season, enough said!!
Whilst the chalet was lovely - clean, spacious, nice views - and the food was good, I'm afraid that we were disappointed by the service we received. Although we knew prior to booking that the chalet was family run, we did not expect to be literally 'living' with the family - i.e. sharing the living room, meal times, etc. I think this needs to be made clearer on the website as I certainly did not expect a situation where we were unable to put the TV on because the host's son was doing his homework, or sharing the table with the host whilst he was working on his laptop. Also, to be told that 'theoretically we should have a night off' when we first arrived, was a little contrary to what is advertised on the website: 'Ski weekend or short break prices are based on per person per night, fully catered'. Although we were provided with a meal on this 'night off', it was only 2 courses and we had to serve ourselves dessert! We also saw no aperitifs or cheeses, despite this statement on the website: 'Aperitifs will be served before a delicious three-course home-cooked dinner accompanied with fine wine from our exclusive supplier followed by a selection of local cheeses'. The other main issue was the inflexibility with dropping off and picking up from the slopes; we were told which bar to meet the host in at the end of the day (it would have been nice to experience some of the other apres ski bars in the resort). This, despite the fact that we had paid 100 euros each for airport transfers and to be escorted around the resort.
We're slightly reluctant to write a review as our secret might get out! This Chalet is a gem. We first stayed here in 2008, returned the following year and have booked again for 2010! Chalet Margarita is new, spacious and spotlessly clean, situated in a quiet village 5-10 minutes from Morzine and Les Gets.
We stay in the self-catering apartment, giving us quiet family time together. The apartment has a large comfortable lounge/kitchen-dining area, two bedrooms to sleep a family of five, bathroom, shower room and washing machine. The view is stunning. Morzine has excellent family skiing and a fantastic English Ski School - BASS.
Glyn and Rita, who live in the main chalet upstairs, are extremely welcoming and always on hand should you need them. On a practical note, there is a large hypermarket and petrol station nearby and the snowploughs keep the road clear so no worries about getting snowed in - even if you’re leaving early for your flight home. We've skied for over 20 years and this chalet is by far the best we've stayed in. Hence we keep coming back!