Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Arc 1950 Le Village
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just come back from HMC Les arcs lovely place to stay rooms good size great skiing as well,down side no-where to cash travellers cheques we had to get on bus to arc 1600 then another bus to arc 1800 then find bank knightmare asking in les arcs 1950 to cash traveller cheque they look at you gone out,good safes in HMC so take cash and cash card cash machine in square apart from my moan great place will be going back for xmas and new year,Also good for kids"
- Travel date: Sat 12th of January 2008
Nice resort, shame about the ski school
"Accomodation-wise, great resort - good quality accomodation but expensive.
Restaurants in the village at 1950 are poor overall. The best two in my humble opinion were the Pizzeria and East (Chinese / Indian) and were booked up every night. The rest were poor quality and overpriced.
Skiiing is great and varied (we had reasonable snow cover even as late as Easter '07) but not much cop for total beginners! There are no green runs or nursery slopes up at 1950!
The kids ski school (for total beginners of 3 and 6) was a shambles. Too many kids, not enough staff, half the kids screaming and hating it. Virtually all my two learned in a week was how to stand and walk with skiis on. Tought them to snowplough myself in the end around the village (no cars so at least it's child-friendly in that respect)."
- Travel date: Thu 19th of April 2007
amazing area, great accommodation
"Stayed at Hameau du Glacier in Arc 1950 end of Jan 2007. Very good apartment, spacious by French standards, comfortable and well-appointed. Most accommodating and helpful staff. Self-catered but we did eat 1 breakfast in their dining room--awful, probably the worst breakfast we've encounterd in Europe so we're happy that we made our own after that in our own well-equipped kitchen. Ski in/out was really convenient. Restaurants in this pretty , purpose-built village are limited but we enjoyed Luigi's and Valentino. The Paradiski area is awsome, with a wonderful lift system. Even though we needed more snow there was plenty of great skiing at the higher elevations, with long runs, absolutely beautiful vistas and some good off-piste. We had the reds and blacks pretty much to ourselves. Wonderful on-mountain restaurants for lunch- every one we tried was excellent. Having skiied all over Europe ,Canada and U.S. we found this area to be one of the best we've been to in Europe. And, especially nice to note how much friendlier and gracious the French have become in the last few years."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of February 2007
Fantastic place to spend New Year
"Stayed in these luxury apartments over New Year 2006
Apartments great but one bedroom apartment for 4 is just too small! Facilities in apartments fantastic! Village is full of Character too! Events organised every evening for all members of the family.
resturants ok but could do with a hot deli or something in the village itself ,when you have eaten in the resturants 2/3 nights in a row , the food becomes a little bit tiring.Some times it would be nice just to make something in the apartment, but with a microwave you are limited.So somewhere you could buy fresh cooked meats would be good,cos you dont have to do the dishes as there is a diswasher!
Definately would come again as Skiing is brilliant."
- Travel date: Sun 28th of January 2007
Great little village and equally good accommodation
"The resort village of 1950 is a great place for families. The layout of this faux-village and the quality of architecture is well thought-out and much, much nicer than the average French apartment block village (such as Les Arcs 2000).
The HMC residence is just as good, benefiting from being almost brand new whilst retaining an old-world feel. You can tell it was planned and built by Americans. You can ski straight into the comlex, although beginners need to take a very short walk to a cable car that takes you to Les Arcs 2000 and the easier runs.
We booked the two-room (with double bed and sofa bed) apartment and it was ideal for a family of 3. Only (small) grumble was there wasn't a microwave. The furnishings and decoration exceeded our expectations (maybe we're just too used to the Pierre et Vacances mediocre standards) and it was just the right size for the three of us.
Pool and other facilities are OK (but packed - hey, this is the Alps!) Car parking for the week was about Â£60 - not bad for underground, secure parking.
I'd recommend this place fully above the other average resorts in the French Alps. The only downside is you DO pay a premium - and not just for the accommodation - our ski and boot hire for 3 people (6 days) came to Â£350!!! You're better off hiring in the valley before you get here (it also took over an hour to hire them - we were unlucky enough to be a customer during a French lunchtime - no one interferes with French lunch!)
Having said that, it is still worth it, overall and the village/hotels are definitely above average."
- Travel date: Thu 4th of January 2007
"We have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Prince De Cimes, although we had originally booked at another building. We were moved due to a error in their room description, originally we had booked a 2 piece Espace for a family of four, on the description it stated that we would get 2 bedrooms and a lounge, this was not the case and we moved the following night into what i can only describe as a mini chalet! Two floors with the bedrooms on the bottom with stairs leading up to lounge and kitchen and a log burning fire. Little tip! Logs are cheaper at the Spar compared to the hotel price. Skiing was ok, this was due to a previuos lack of snow, which did arrive towards the end of the week, wanyone going this week will have a ball. Being half term the place was mobbed, i imagine on other weeks the slopes would be far better. Bad points - the resort is fairly expensive especially if self catering, resturants are also pricey, an average meal for four was app 100 Euro's. If weather is poor most won't except your credit cards which can cause an issue. the swimming pool, sauna etc can be used by most of the apartments so at times is very busy. All in all a picturesque resort with everything to hand..."
- Travel date: Mon 20th of February 2006
Arc 1950... top class for families
"We stayed at ther prince de cimes resort in arc1950 in January. There were two families in our group of 4 adults and 5 children and we stayed in a 4 bedroomed apartment. It was fantastic, spacious, warm and so convenient to the slopes that we had lunch in the apartment each day, very handy for fussy eating children as we could prepare their favourite food. It was unfortunate that the apartment is not in their main hotel but we found out that they will not guarantee in which of the 4 blocks you will be put when booking.The pool was too cold to be comfortable.The resort is compact.Eating out was a hit and miss affair, East the oriental restuarant was awful, the pizza house was good. and with young children we did not get to sample the apres ski much. Ski school for kids was great,superb skiing..recommended highly, especially for families."
- Travel date: Sun 29th of January 2006
The best for confort in les Arcs
"I stayed with my familly of 5 in "Le Prince des Cimes" in February 2005.
Les Arcs is a very good ski resort with a load of ski slopes for every taste, and if you consider Paradiski as a whole (Les Arcs + La Plagne), you can stay two weeks never going on the same slope twice.
At Arcs 1950 they've chosen to build a resort where all flats and hotel are 4*.
As a result, flats are really big when compared to the average ski resort flat in France. The furniture and the design are also very nice.
The hotel "Le Prince des Cimes" has a nice indoor/oudoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and Sauna.
As for the food, if you have booked on half board or full board, you will eat good food at "Hemingway's Cafe".
You can arrive and leave the hotel with your skis on.
We all loved it and will return in next February."
- Travel date: Wed 4th of January 2006
Excelled well above expectations
"I like Les Arcs for the quality of its skiing - there is a good variety of runs for all abilities and the scenery is amazing. Now that Paradiski has arrived you could never get bored, the extent of the runs is massive.
Until now, the one let down to Les Arcs has been the quality of the accommodation - typical 60s concrete.
However, this has now changed with the building of Arc1950 - it is scheduled to be complete by 2008.
I stayed at 1950 in the summer, and wish I had stayed there in the prior winter. I didn't because I thought it would be a building site (which it was).
My stay was fantastic, the service a1, the food great and the facilities second to none. I extended my stay by 3 days and then didn't want to leave.
This winter Prince Des Cimes opens and I'll definitely be back. The whole place has a real good feel.
Not like what I am used to at all, and the rooms are not like the usual French priest holes. You can actually walk around and get comfortable!
I would recommend it to anyone! 10 out of 10"
- Travel date: Sat 21st of August 2004