This apartment suited us fine. It was cute, with a bit of a wooden chalet kind of feel, and had pretty much everything we needed (although could have maybe done with a coffee table). All utensils were there, loads of crockery and cutlery; except the corkscrew didn't work, so had to buy another from the supermarket (which I left there!). The place was nice and clean, especially the bathroom, with a lovely hot shower. We used the dishwasher once (tip: bring a couple of your own dishwasher tabs to save having to buy a packet!) We didn't pay for the cleaning, instead we did this ourselves, which was fine.
The sofa bed wasn't the comfiest to sit on, but we could see exactly what it was like from the photos before we got there, so this was fine. Photos pretty much represent exactly what you get.
The balcony is great: it goes all the way around the living room, and there's another one off the bedroom too, which is brilliant for the scenery and snow watching! You can even see people skiing down the bottom of the slopes!
The bed was comfy enough, however the towels and bed linen weren't great, especially considering we paid an extra 20 euros to rent these (more on this later!). The pillows were awful. Really flat and lumpy. I had to improvise with towels and clothes!!
The location really is the best thing about this place. Les Houches is a very nice little town/village, and this apartment is in the best location right in the middle of the nicest part. Several nice bars and restaurants just downstairs, and a fairly short walk into the rest of the town where you'll find a Carrefour supermarket, as well as a tourist info centre and, if you keep walking, a free outdoor ice rink!
The views from the apartment, on a clear day, are incredible. The mountains are just spectacular. Unfortunately we had mostly rain, and a bit of snow when we were there in January, but when the clouds did briefly clear for an hour or two, we were out on the balcony, mesmerised.....and freezing!! :-D
My main issue with this place has regrettably been communication. Before we left I had to prompt the owner to let me know how to check in. She did reply to tell me the name and French phone number of a friend who would greet me with the key. I managed to get the email address for this lady and through texting and email managed to meet her. She didn't speak English so we had to manage with Google Translate! She told me I had to give her 20 euros for the bed linen, even though my tripadvisor receipt breakdown showed I'd already paid for this. I was unable to argue this in French, and I wasn't getting the bed linen unless I paid her, so I did! I have since sent the owner several messages via tripadvisor to query this double payment, but alas I have received no response :-(
In summary: despite lack of communication, and bad pillows, I would probably stay here again - for the price, the location...... and those views!
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