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De l'Arve Hotel, Chamonix

A charming hotel with river views close to the Place du Mont Blanc

"Excellent" 1398 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 97 / 100 Terrific location.
Service 96 / 100 World class service.
Breakfast 87 / 100 Breakfast is good.
Food 82 / 100 Food is delicious.
WiFi 74 / 100 Internet works.
Room 62 / 100 Rooms are ok.

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"Accessible parking"
"Great view"
"Near city centre"
"Rooms could be larger"
"Excellent" 1398 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 98 / 100 Terrific location.
Service 96 / 100 World class service.
Breakfast 88 / 100 Breakfast is good.
Food 81 / 100 Food is delicious.
Value for money 77 / 100 High value.
WiFi 72 / 100 Internet works.
Room 59 / 100 Rooms are ok.

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"Great shopping"
"Clean rooms"
"Near city centre"
"Affordable parking"
"Excellent" 1398 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Location 98 / 100 Terrific location.
Service 97 / 100 World class service.
Room 59 / 100 Rooms are ok.
Comfort 55 / 100 Average comfort.

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"Friendly service"
"Fantastic service"
"Great location"
"Very Good" 1398 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Service 97 / 100 World class service.
Location 97 / 100 Terrific location.
Breakfast 89 / 100 Breakfast is good.
Room 57 / 100 Rooms are ok.

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"Shower can be a problem"
"Great reception"
"Tasty breakfast"
"Great view"

This is a cosy and welcoming traditional Savoyard hotel in the heart of Chamonix, on the banks of the river and close to the Savoy and Brevent ski areas, making it ideal for those that want both easy access to the resort as well as the mountain.

All their charming rooms are decorated in the established mountain style and there is a warm and cosy sitting room downstairs with an open fire place.  The hotel also has its own pool table to keep you entertained on quiet nights in.

During the summer months you can enjoy their charmingly French terrace on the river where you can watch those enjoying the Chamonix rafting experience whiz by.

You can also take advantage of their wellbeing area, which includes a indoor climbing wall, fitness area and sauna. So you can stay active no matter what the weather outside.

For further information or to make a reservation with the hotel, please enquire directly or visit their website using the links on this page.

What's the place like?

The Restaurant

The hotel does not include a restaurant but breakfast is provided, often as part of your package.

What's nearby?

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.

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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What to book?

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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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. There are many 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.

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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There is free exterior parking available at front of the hotel.


Visitor comments

  • "Walked in and immediately felt at home. The front desk staff was consistently kind and helpful. Everyone of them. Great breakfast in the morning and a wonderful little bar and plenty of cozy seating areas on the main floor. Beautiful views from the rooms and this hotel is also located along the river. Nicely located 2 minutes from the busy hub, which makes it even nicer. Fancy it isn't but welcoming and comfortable it is. Look forward to coming back." - Trip Advisor
  • "In Chamonix, one of the things you want is a good location, this hotel is great, very central but not in a noisy location. The staff were lovely, always helpful. Breakfast choice was good and free afternoon tea/coffee with biscuits is a nice touch too. Our room was good size, bed comfy. The hotel has 6 pedal cycles, you can borrow them at no cost (they book them to your room with a 100 Euro deposit if you fail to return them). They come with a frame lock, a security chain and a helmet. We cycled around the area for a couple of hours and thoroughly enjoyed it. If we return to Chamonix again, we will definitely stay here. I would have no hesitation in recommending this place. What you get is a nice hotel, where you feel comfortable walking in dressed in your boots and walking kit after a full day in the mountain. This is NOT a boutique hotel, it is not 5* luxury, it is a really nice, clean and friendly establishment for people looking for somewhere central in the lovely town of Chamonix." - Trip Advisor
  • "Booked on line last minute and was so pleased we picked this hotel. Easy to find and very affordable. They so very kindly gave us an upgrade and we had a terrific room with a sensational view. The bedroom extremely comfortable and the breakfast was delicious and not expensive. Secure on site parking which is a bonus for us. Right in the town and not far to the cable car." - Trip Advisor

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Children of all ages are welcome at this hotel.


  • Star Rating
  • 3 Star
  • Catering Basis
  • Self-catered
  • Property Style
  • Hotel
  • Vibe / Atmosphere
  • Traditional


  • Outdoors
  • Balcony
  • Garden - Shared
  • Mountain views
  • Terrace
  • Families & Kids
  • Children welcome
  • Family rooms
  • Spa / Fitness / Beauty
  • Gym / Fitness area
  • Sauna
  • Entertainment
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool table
  • Creature Comforts
  • Open fire
  • Ski / Boot room
  • Parking
  • Parking on property


  • Catering
  • Breakfast


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • Address
  • 60 Impasse des Anémones
  • 74400
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