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Alpina Hotel, Chamonix

Large spacious hotel that is popular with groups. Great views over town.

"Fair" 1144 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 92 / 100 Terrific location.
Service 63 / 100 Service is ok.
Breakfast 58 / 100 Breakfast is mediocre.
Room 45 / 100 Rooms are not good.
Value for money 37 / 100 Value below average.
Cleanliness 33 / 100 Not very clean.
Vibe 28 / 100 Horrible vibe.
WiFi 25 / 100 Disappointing internet connection.
Wellness Area 11 / 100 Disappointing wellness & sports facilities.

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"Rooms in need of an update"
"Hotel could use some updating"
"Rooms need regular maintenance"
"Furniture needs more attention"
"Poor" 1144 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 92 / 100 Terrific location.
Service 62 / 100 Service is ok.
Breakfast 59 / 100 Breakfast is mediocre.
Comfort 44 / 100 Not very comfortable.
Room 39 / 100 Rooms are not good.
Value for money 36 / 100 Value below average.
Cleanliness 31 / 100 Generally quite dirty.
WiFi 24 / 100 Disappointing internet connection.
Vibe 23 / 100 Horrible vibe.
Wellness Area 12 / 100 Disappointing wellness & sports facilities.

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"Friendly atmosphere"
"Dining experience could be nicer"
"Facilities in need of refurbishment"
"Near city centre"
"Fair" 1144 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 91 / 100 Terrific location.
Breakfast 61 / 100 Breakfast is mediocre.
Service 60 / 100 Service is ok.
Room 50 / 100 Rooms are ok.
Value for money 35 / 100 Value below average.
Cleanliness 33 / 100 Not very clean.
Vibe 26 / 100 Horrible vibe.
WiFi 25 / 100 Disappointing internet connection.

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"Parking should be cheaper"
"Nice balcony"
"Parking is rare"
"Complaints about WiFi"
"Poor" 1144 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 91 / 100 Terrific location.
Service 64 / 100 Service is ok.
Breakfast 56 / 100 Breakfast is mediocre.
Amenities 47 / 100 Bad amenities.
Room 45 / 100 Rooms are not good.
Value for money 34 / 100 Value below average.
Cleanliness 30 / 100 Generally quite dirty.
Vibe 28 / 100 Horrible vibe.

Good to know

"High priced breakfast"
"Rooms need regular maintenance"
"Hotel buildings could use some improvement"
"Vibe is not too good"

This hotel is right in the heart of resort, just across from the central ski bus stop which runs to all locations along the valley, making it easy for you to get around in both winter and summer. 

The Hotel has  been fully renovated for the 2017/18 winter season. You have the choice of a room facing either: the rugged, steep slopes of the Brevent or the snow-covered slopes of Mont-Blanc, which you can admire directly from your balcony. 

The reception will be happy to carry out services to make your stay more enjoyable, such as buying your lift passes, organising ski/snowboard lessons, booking mountain guides, providing vouchers for restaurants and so on. Please visit the information desk in the hotel for more details.

The hotel is a great place for larger groups, for wedding and corporate stays, incentive trips and more.

The Bar

For your entertainment, there is a spacious louge / bar area where you can relax as well as a panoramique bar in the main restaurant on the 7th floor of the building. 

The Restaurant

The restaurant 'Le Vista' offers wonderful views of Chamonix and the Mont Blanc. The restaurant offers bistro cuisine, which is a creative, healthy version of traditional French dishes. The key feature in the preparation is the use of fresh local produce.

Families & Kids

You’ll need to book your own childcare, when staying here. There is a great choice of childcare options in Chamonix from full-time nanny services to the odd night of babysitting. In addition, during the winter season, many of the ski-schools operate creche services. Booking in advance is always recommended and strongly advised for the school holiday periods.

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Transfers

You’ll need to book your own transfers when staying here. Your main options are shared or private transfers, but consider whether you would prefer a door-to-door service or a (generally cheaper) “communal” drop-off point at your destination.

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Ski Hire

You’ll need to book your own ski hire, when staying here. The hotel has it's own ski shop accessible directly from the inside. There are also many other choices for hiring equipment. Generally, you’re best off choosing somewhere close for ease of access, & less far to carry your kit, easier to make changes, and quicker to return and pay at the end. Nevertheless, many suppliers will deliver and some snow-front rental stores offer ski lockers, so it’s worth checking out all the options.

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Lifts & Passes

You’ll need to buy your own lift pass, when staying here. Lift passes can be booked online or bought in resort on arrival. There are many types of pass available, suited to different levels, length of stay and budget. It’s worth reading up on the options to get the most from your lift pass in summer & winter.

Also see: Ski Pass Options in Chamonix, France

Instructors & Lessons

When staying here, you’ll need to book your own ski or snowboard lessons. Tuition is strongly recommended for complete beginners and is always a good idea whatever your level to perfect your technique. Group lessons are a great way for children to learn with their peers whilst giving you some free time on the slopes. Groups are also a generally cheaper option for adults, however, with a private instructor you’ll have undivided attention and be able to progress at your own pace.

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Guides & Tours

When staying here, you’ll need to book your own Guides & Tours, which are a great way to discover Chamonix whilst doing a number of fun activities. During the winter, if you are keen to go off-piste, booking a High Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. Not only do they know the best local spots, these highly trained and experienced individuals are very familiar with the surroundings and can provide loads of insights you won’t get by yourself, as well as helping to ensure your safety.

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Local Area

Situated right at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one of the most legendary ski resorts in Europe attracting skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, climbers and alpinists from all over the world. Within walking distance from the town centre you can access world-class ski areas including the famous Vallée Blanche. As busy in summer as in winter, Chamonix is unbeatable for its hiking trails, rock climbing routes and biking terrain. A lively town centre is at the heart of the resort, with plenty of attractions and activities all year round.

Towns Nearby

Chamonix is a bustling little hub in the centre of the valley that has everything you need within walking distance; you'll find shops, bars, restaurants and cafés dotted all around the pedestrianised heart of the resort. Lakes, forests and hiking trails surround the area making it easy to find tranquillity just a few minutes from the lively town centre. One of France's oldest ski resorts, Chamonix has plenty of character and traditional charm.

Restaurants Nearby

Chamonix's restaurants offer something for everyone, from Michelin starred gourmet cuisine to takeaway burgers. The central square is lined with fondue restaurants and pizzerias serving a good range of local and international dishes, as well as a couple of fast food shops. The bars and hotels on Avenue Michel Croz offer a good choice of tasty and well-priced food, whereas the Rue de Moulins is an excellent choice for a special night out. Venture in the opposite direction and you'll find more choices around the Aiguille du Midi/Chamonix Sud area, ranging from hearty pub grub to high class dining.

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Sights Nearby

No visit to Chamonix is complete without a trip up the famous Aiguille du Midi on the world's highest vertical ascent cable car. From its summit at 3842m you can enjoy spectacular 360 views of France, Italy and Switzerland whilst watching roped-up mountaineers embark on expeditions. Another must-do is a visit to the Mer de Glace glacier on the Montenvers train along a rack-and-pinion track that winds up the side of the mountain. Once there you can visit crystal caves and enter the glacier to see sculptures carved into the ice. Both attractions are open year-round, check our opening/closing page for details.

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Things to Do Nearby

Chamonix is all about outdoor activities and there is plenty to keep you busy on your holiday. Throughout the year you can visit the ice caves and the 'Mer de Glace' from the Montenvers train station. Take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to 3842 metres for spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the start of the famous off-piste run the Vallee Blanche. It is quite common to see paragliders exploring the valley from above and this is something you can do in tandem. During the winter there are 4 main ski areas (Brevent & Flegere, Les Planards, La Tour & Vallorcine and Grands Montets). If you have a Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass you'll also have access to the Les Houches ski area. In the summer some of the ski lifts open for downhill mountain biking and there are numerous climbing routes, hiking routes and refuges to discover. If you prefer to be indoors, Chamonix also has a cinema with films in English, a bowling alley and a sports centre. 

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Golf-clubs Nearby

The nearest golf course to Chamonix centre is the Golf Club de Chamonix, an 18 hole course in Chamonix Les Praz, near to the Flegere lift station. It has a driving range, club house and pro-shop where you can stock up on all the essentials. They hold regular competitions throughout the summer, the course is closed in winter.

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Lifts/Pistes Nearby

Chamonix has two lift stations that are directly accessible from the town centre - Brevent and Aiguille du Midi. The Brevent lift station is located behind the tourist office just a few minutes walk up a short hill, or you can catch a bus. The high-speed gondola takes you up to the main ski area at Plan Praz (2000m), where you can connect to a large cable car that goes all the way to the top at 2525m - the only route down from here is a black run but it's worth going up for the stunning views, you can get the cable car back down again if you're not confident enough to tackle the piste. Brevent is linked by another cable car to the nearby Flegere ski area, both are included on the same lift pass making it a great option for a full day on the slopes. Aiguille du Midi is one of the most popular tourist attractions in France and if you venture up, you'll see why. The cable is split into two sections and you change cars halfway at Plan de l'Aiguille, a popular hiking destination in the summer. The top of the second section sits at 3842m and is engulfed in snow all year round. Numerous viewing platforms look out on to breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, you can see France, Switzerland and Italy in one turn of the head. The Aiguille du Midi is also the start of the Vallée Blanche, one of the world's most famous off-piste runs. The ever-changing nature of glacial terrain makes it dangerous to attempt without local knowledge though, so be sure to book a qualified mountain guide before setting off.

Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France

Nightlife Nearby

Avenue Michel Croz is at the heart of the winter apres-ski scene, with live music and DJs playing at a variety of bars. If you prefer a more civilised drink that doesn't involve dancing on the tables, then head to the Rue des Moulins for chic wine bars and excellent restaurants. Chamonix Sud also has a cluster of bars that attract the younger crowd and seasonal workers. Chamonix has three nightclubs, one on the Rue des Moulins and another two in Chamonix Sud.

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Location: Chamonix - Centre


Style

Star Rating: 3 Star

Property Style: Hotel

Vibe / Atmosphere: Modern


Services

Bookings For: Ski / Snowboard Hire | Ski / Snowboard Lessons

Catering: Half-board

Event Services: Business Centre | Conference Facilities | Internet/Wifi | Meeting Room(s) | Multilingual staff


Facilities

Access: Disabled access | Family rooms | Lift / Elevator

Room: Balcony | Luggage storage | Safe / Secure box | Ski / Boot Room | Telephone

Car-parking: Paid Parking | Parking on property

Families & Kids: Baby Cots

Entertainment: Restaurant | Drinks bar | Satellite TV | WiFi / Internet

View: Mountain view


Contact

Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Address: 79 Avenue du Mont Blanc | Chamonix - Centre | 74400

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