Review written by Sophie Couard, September 12, 2016.
The town of Brides-les-Bains is well-known for their thermal springs and its the perfect location in the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area. The town invites you to discover many interesting sites and various tourist attractions, and in addition to religious and cultural sights, such as the Saint-Etienne church from 1837, it also has an exceptional thermal mountain spa that specialises in wellness and slimming treatments.
The Casino of Brides-les-Bains is located in the heart of the 3 Valleys, just a few steps from the thermal baths. It is one of the places you should not miss when travelling in the Vosges department in the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region. It is the perfect place to visit, especially after you have had a treatment in the thermal spa or after you have been skiing. The establishment offers a good a range of services, ranging from Casino games, such as slot machines and traditional table games, including Blackjack, English Roulette and Texas Hold'em Poker, to events and dining services.
The games you will like
The Casino in Brides-les-Bains is one of the main meeting places for fans of gambling in the Vosges department. The establishment offers a selection of 50 slot machines of all types, that also include progressive jackpot machines, and they also offer a room for table games, including a Blackjack table, an English Roulette table and a table for Texas Hold'em No Limit Poker cash games.
The slot machines
Although the slot machine selection seems a little small, the Casino in Brides-les-Bains offers games for every taste. The establishment offers a total of 50 machines of different types. Aans of more traditional games can find 18 machines with mechanical reels, those players who prefer modern games can play at around 22 video slot machines with digital screens, and fans of solitaire poker can play video poker at 10 devices.
Regarding the denominations, the slot machines at the Casino allow you to control how much you spend, and they have relatively low bet sizes that allow you to manage your playing time better. The 18 mechanical slot machines accept bets from €0.02 to €1, the 22 video slot machines accept bets from €0.01 to €0.05 and the 10 video poker devices accept bets from €0.50 to €2.
The Casino in Brides-les-Bains also offers various progressive jackpots on many of the slot machines that allow the customers to try their luck at winning a large jackpot. Playing the jackpots games costs €1 at the slots Tower of Power Sevens, Black & White Double Jackpot or Silver & Gold, and you can also find many other games.
The slot machine room is open every from 10 am to 2 am.
The table games
The Casino in Brides-les-Bains also offers some fantastic options for fans of traditional table games. The establishment has a Blackjack table, an English Roulette table and a Texas Hold'em Poker table.
If you are passionate about traditional table games or card games, you will probably be happy at the Casino in Brides-les-Bains. The establishment allows you to play Blackjack, one of the most popular games in the casinos around the world.
The room with the great games is equipped with one table for Blackjack. This game derived from the game 21, and it consists of obtaining a better hand than that of the dealer at the table. There is no direct competition between the players, Blackjack is only played against the dealer. This, and the simplicity of the game rules make this game interesting for many players.
Regarding the bets, both beginners and experienced players who would like to spend a little more will be happy at the table. You can play a game for a minimum bet of €2 during the week and €5 on the weekends, and a maximum bet of €100 during the week and €250 on the weekends. Beginners also have the opportunity to learn the rules of the game with the help of the dealers at the table.
The Blackjack table at the Casino is open every day from 7.30 pm to 2 am.
English Roulette is part of the game selection at the Casino in Brides-les-Bains. The Casino offers you the opportunity to play this fantastic game at a table that consists of a cylinder with 37 numbers and 10 spaces for players to place their bets. Possible bets are full numbers, single odds, corners, streets, columns, and many others. Depending on the odds of the bet type you can win either less or more.
The minimum bet at the table is low enough to accommodate most players and allow you to play a longer time. You can increase your bet up to a maximum of €20 on a single number.
The traditional Roulette table at the Casino is open every day from 7.30 pm to 2 am.
Texas Hold’em Poker
The Casino is also a popular meeting place for poker fans in the Vosges department. The Casino has a Poker Room that organises both cash games and different tournaments for big players, but also for beginners.
The Casino has a Texas Hold'em Poker No Limit table for cash games. If you want to play the game you will have to pay a buy-in of €50. The small blinds are €2 and the big blinds €4.
The Cash Game table is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 7.30 pm to 2 am in the morning, and it can also serve as a good opportunity to practice the game before participating in one of the tournaments at the Casino.
Texas Hold’em Poker tournaments
The Casino des 3 Vallées is located at the foot of one of the largest ski areas in the world, and it features the Alpine Poker Room. The Casino regularly organises the tournaments '3 Vallées Poker Games'. Poker fans can visit the Casino every week and work on their skills to play against other players.
The tournaments of the '3 Vallées Poker Games' give you the opportunity to play against all the poker fans of the region. There are two types of tournaments taking place every Saturday. You can either participate in the weekly tournament that has a buy-in of €50 and a registration fee of €5, or you can participate in the monthly tournament that has a buy-in of €70 and a registration fee of €7. If you manage to be in the top five you can win great prizes, including a prize of €1000 cash for the first place, tickets for other tournaments and €200 cash for the second place and tickets for other tournaments for the others places.
The restaurant and the bar at the Casino in Brides-les-Bains
The Casino in Brides-les-Bains also lets you try gastronomic highlights of the region, and have a good time while enjoying your favourite drink. The restaurant and the bar of the Casino are available, and you can take a break from the games and enjoy a meal either alone, with your partner, family or friends.
The restaurant L’Héliantis
L'Héliantis is the lounge bar restaurant at the Casino des 3 Vallées. You can enjoy traditional cuisine that is authentic and rich in flavour. When it is the season for the thermal spa, the chef and his team also offer a special diet menu, which is certified by the thermal centre of Brides-les-Bains.
The team at the restaurant prepares dishes inspired by local and regional gastronomy. Fans of the Savoy cuisine can find a traditional menu that uses fresh local and seasonal products.
When you come to dine at the restaurant "L'Héliantis", you can enjoy a large selection of dishes. The chef and his team will offer various set menus and also an a la carte menu that regularly changes with the seasons. Among the set menus available are the children's menu for €12, as well as different for €12, €14, €16 and €18, that are only available for lunchtime.
You can discover the extensive menu and find many interesting dishes on their. The menu offers five main categories that include starters, such as warm goat salad in Aumonière for €9, seasonal vegetable soup for €6, fish soup for €6, a charcuterie platter for €10 , Savoyarde salad for €9, the Italian salad for €9, the Niçoise salad for €9 and a Greek salad for €9. The "Les Spécialités de nos Montagnes" category includes a Savoyarde Fondue and a charcuterie platter for €17.50, Savoyarde Fondue Forestière and a charcuterie platter for €18.50, a traditional Raclette with a charcuterie platter for €16, a Boite chaude and a charcuterie platter for €18.50, Ravioles au Beaufort and raw ham gratinés for €14 and the Biquette Fondue and charcuterie platter for €18. The "Les Plats" category includes pan-fried or grilled entrecôte with pepper sauce for €18, beef tartare for €15, duck breast with honey sauce for €15, steak haché pan-fried or grilled for €9, a hamburger for €10, the Mac Casino for €12, tagliatelle carbonara for €7.50, sliced poultry with mushrooms for €12, the Biquette burger for €10 and frog legs à la Persillade for €15. The fish category includes salmon with lemon sauce for €12 and oven-roasted sea bream fillet for €13.50. The desserts include a gourmet coffee for €7, a Faisselle of your choice of either cream, coulis or natural for €3.90, Moelleux with chocolate and English caramel cream for €7, Tarte Tatin for €6.50 or with vanilla ice cream for €7, home made crème brûlée with vanilla for €4.50, mousse au chocolat for €4.50, ice cream or sorbet 2 scoops of your choice for €4, fresh fruit for €4 and l’Ile Flottante à la Praline for €4.
In order to fully enjoy your meal, the chef and his team also offer many different choices of wines. You can find many different wines from the French wine regions, including white wines from the Alsace, such as Riesling Domaine Rentz order the Pinot Gris Domaine Rentz, wines from Burgundy, such as Chablis du Domaine du Colombier and also Bordeaux from Bordeaux du Château Gravelines. You can also find rosé wines on the menu, such as Gris de Gris du Domaine du Trésor – Vin de pays d’OC from Languedoc-Roussillon by bottle of 75 cl and « Soleil d’enfer » - Coteaux d’Aix de Pigoudet from the Provence region. The red wine selection includes Pinot Noir du Domaine Rentz and the Alsace region, Coteaux bourguignons from the region of Sandar in Burgundy, the « Carrat » ABC Bordeaux du Château Gravelines, La Grivelière ACRC from them Brotte region in a Côtes du Rhône and the ACC Chinon du Domaine Raffault from the Loire. You can also order champagne AOC Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut.
Le Privilège restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11.45 am to 2.30 pm, and from 6.45 pm to 10.30 pm.
The Lounge Bar
The Casino Brides-les-Bains also offers an area where you can relax with your partner, your friends or other players, and you can take a nice and relaxing break with a drink. You can find many different types of drinks with or without alcohol on the menu. You can for example choose from a selection of aperitifs, such as white wine kir, Pastis - Ricard, red Martini or Bourbon Four Roses, liquor, such as gin, white rum, vodka and Ballantine's whiskey, beer on tap and bottled, digestives, such as Bailey's, Cointreau, cognac, tequila or Irish coffee, fruit juices and sodas, mineral waters and all kinds of hot drinks.
Even though the lounge bar is an integral part of the restaurant L'Héliantis, it is open every day of the year from 11 am until the Casino closes.
Events at the Casino in Brides-les-Bains
The Casino in Brides-les-Bains also offers a variety of events and special occasions. You can for example enjoy games and contests, music and gastronomy events, and many others.
Some of the events at the casinos are for example the Show Michel Sardou : Les plus belles années interprété par Hervé Michel, the Mega Hitalia, a show in tribute to Dalida, karaoke evenings every Thursday and Saturday from 9 pm, live music every Wednesday and Friday at the Héliantis restaurant, the 3 Vallées Poker Games tournaments, various themed evenings, and many more.
The nightclub Le Blue Night
The Casino also offers a fantastic place in the town where night owls and party fans can let off steam and dance. If you want to take a break from the Blackjack or English Roulette games you can also visit the nightclub Le Blue Night and enjoy the dance music in the club.
The Blue Night club is also the venue of the Casino where other events are hosted. If you like to sing, but you are not a professional, you can show off your talent at one of the karaoke evenings that take place every Thursday and Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am.
Around the Casino in Brides-les-Bains
If you are visiting Brides-les-Bains for a holiday, business trip or for any other stay, you can enjoy many different services and attractions in the town, in winter and summer.
There are many hotels for different budgets and requirements available in the vicinity of the Casino. These include the Golf Hotel for €92 per night, the Hotel Atena from €120 per night, the Logis Amelie from €117 per night, the Hôtel des Sources from €77 per night, the Mercure Brides les Bains Thermes from 91 €, Hotel Les Bains from €116 per night, the Hotel Les Gourmets from €59 per night, and many others.
The city is also the perfect destination to enjoy some fun activities and wellness treatments. You can indulge in thermal baths at the Brides-les-Bains Spa. You can also find two thermal spas that offer slimming treatments, rheumatism and arthroses treatments, including the Thermes de Salins-les-Thermes, the Thermes de Brides-les-Bains and the Grand Spa Thermal.
If you are very active you can also find many things to do in and around the town. In addition to the spa, that is open all year round, you can visit the Parc de la Vanoise, the cycling routes, the 3 Vallées golf course in summer and the low cost ski resort of the 3 Valleys in winter.
Motorway A430, then the road N90 and from there the department road 6 km in direction of Vallée de Bozel.
By bus and train
Bus terminal of Moûtiers / Transdev Station Savoie / Train station of Moûtiers.
Aeroski Bus (coach between the airport of Geneva Cointrin and Brides-les-Bains) / Satobus Alpes (coach between the airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry and Brides-les-Bains).
Airport of Cointrin is 120 km away, airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry is 150 km away, airport of Chambery / Aix-les-Bains is 90 km away, airport of Annecy is 85 km away.
112 km from Grenoble, 181 km from Lyon, 381 km from Dijon, 412 km from Montpellier, 426 km from Marseille, 739 km from Bordeaux and 650 km from Paris.
Slot machines : every day from 10 am to 2 am.
Blackjack table : every day from 7.30 pm to 2 am.
Traditional English Roulette table : every day from 7.30 pm to 2 am.
Texas Hold’em Poker : Wednesday to Saturday from 7:30 pm to 2 am in the morning.
Restaurant L’Héliantis : Tuesday to Sunday from 11.45 am to 2.30 pm, and from 6.45 pm to 10.30 pm.
The Lounge Bar : every day of the year from 11 am.