Just a few steps from the centre of town, bordering the Arve River, this relaxing hotel has been run by the same family for over 100 years. With an outdoor pool and a patio that boasts Mont Blanc views.
Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning which can be enjoyed on the sunny terrace whilst gazing up at Mont Blanc. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a sauna.
This 3-star property offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Complimentary guest parking is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional property amenities include a rooftop terrace, a library, and multilingual staff. A total renovation of this property was completed in 2010.
The 36 guestrooms feature minibars and safes. Balconies offer river or mountain views. Bathrooms feature slippers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks, guestrooms offer direct-dial phones. LCD televisions have satellite channels. Housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request in-room massages.
There is an outdoor pool overlooking the river which is accessible in the summer time.
The cosy bar is a lovely place to relax in the evening on their comfy leather arm chairs and sofas. They offer a range of wines, spirit and beers as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee so you are bound to find your favourite apres ski tipple.
There is no restaurant within the hotel but a sumptuous breakfast is provided for guests each morning.
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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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.
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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- "We stayed here on the first and last night of our Mont Blanc challenge. The hotel was clean and tidy if not a little quaint. The rooms were ample and well apportioned even with all our climbing gear. Breakfasts were plentiful, nourishing and tasty - the packed meals we received were also very good. Friendly staff, good location. A good place to stay." - Trip Advisor
- "This hotel is in a great location, and is a very good value, considering the prices in Chamonix, but breakfast isn't the greatest. Right in the middle of town. The staff is very friendly, including the little dog who lives in the lobby. Recommended." - Trip Advisor
- "I had a lovely stay the staff were very pleasant, helpful and happy to help with recommending places to ski, where to catch the bus, where to eat etc. Lovely clean, comfy modern hotel that's tastefully decorated in a great location." - Trip Advisor
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.
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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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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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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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
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
Star Rating: 3 Star
Property Style: Boutique / Designer | Hotel
Vibe / Atmosphere: Traditional
Event Services: Conference Facilities | Internet/Wifi | Multilingual staff | Presentation Equipment
Cleaning: Daily housekeeping
Access: Lift / Elevator | Pets welcome
Room: Air-conditioning | Balcony | Hair dryer | Safe / Secure box | Ski / Boot Room | Telephone
Car-parking: Free parking | Parking on property
Families & Kids: Childcare
Entertainment: Room Service | Drinks bar | Free WiFi | Library | TV | Satellite TV
Spa & Fitness: Massage / Relaxation | Sauna | Pool (outdoor)
View: Mountain view | River view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 96 rue du Lyret | Chamonix - Centre | 74400