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Grand Hotel des Alpes, Chamonix

A traditional stylish hotel in the centre of Chamonix with spa facilities

"Excellent" 290 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Service 96 / 100 World class service.
Location 95 / 100 Terrific location.
Cleanliness 88 / 100 Generally very clean.
Room 72 / 100 Nice rooms.
Breakfast 71 / 100 Good breakfast.
Comfort 48 / 100 Not very comfortable.
WiFi 11 / 100 Disappointing internet connection.

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"AC needs updating"
"Friendly service"
"Professional service"
"Great reception"
"Excellent" 290 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Service 96 / 100 World class service.
Location 95 / 100 Terrific location.
Vibe 82 / 100 Vibe was good.
Amenities 76 / 100 Good amenities.
Room 70 / 100 Nice rooms.
Breakfast 66 / 100 Breakfast is mediocre.
Value for money 59 / 100 Average value.
Comfort 46 / 100 Not very comfortable.
WiFi 15 / 100 Disappointing internet connection.

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"Nice building"
"Tasty breakfast"
"Great room"
"Great location"
"Excellent" 290 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Service 97 / 100 World class service.
Location 93 / 100 Terrific location.
Room 69 / 100 Rooms are ok.

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"Friendly service"
"Fantastic service"
"More comfort would be nice"
"Great location"

This luxury boutique hotel is situated right in the heart of Chamonix, which dates back to 1840. It has been painstakingly restored in recent years and the hotel is once again at the forefront of luxury Alpine tourism in the heart of the resort.

The Grand Hotel des Alpes offers 30 finely refurbished rooms in the circular tower offering views of either the Mont Blanc or Brevent. Double rooms and suites are both available, equipped with all the conveniences to help you unwind, including TV, DVD player and free WiFi access.

Upon your arrival you will be greeted in the elegant, terraced lounge and bar, with views of Mont Blanc, where you may relax in the warmth of their real log fire or peruse the library which is rich in antique literature.

Every morning, in the breakfast room a rich buffet awaits all guests which includes eggs cooked to order in just about anyway you can imagine and a selection of home-made marmalade, jams and patisseries.  You can enjoy you meal ouside on the terrace by the river, taking in the stunning mountain views. 

The relaxation centre, for those who wish to wind down in style, offers a wave swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and personalised masseuse service.

The hotel is located within walking distance of the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace train which are both open year round.

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The Bar

During the winter months, in their spacious lounger area with comfortable sofas and armchairs, guests are offered afternoon tea from 16.00 and an aperitif buffet in the evening before you go out and discover one of the excellent restaurants in Chamonix.

The Restaurant

The hotel does not include a restaurant but breakfast is provided as part of your stay. Reception are happy to make restaurant reservations on your behalf.

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.

Also see: Childcare in Chamonix - Centre, France

Transfers

Your transfers to and from Chamonix can be organised through the hotel's concierge.

Also see: Transfers to Chamonix, France

Cycle Hire

You’ll need to organise your own bike hire when staying here. Things to consider are the type of bike you want to rent such as road, mountain, hard trail and/or an electric bike; and whether you’ll need helmets and protective clothing with your rental. You’re best off choosing a shop that is close to your accommodation for ease of access, and making it quicker to return the bike and pay at the end. Some companies may also deliver so it’s worth looking at all the options. 

Also see: Cycle Hire in Chamonix - Centre, France

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. 

Also see: Ski Hire in Chamonix - Centre, France

Lifts & Passes

You are able to purchase all your lift passes through the hotel as part of your package.

Also see: Ski Pass Options in Chamonix, France

Instructors & Lessons

The hotel are happy to organise all your ski and snowboard lessons as part of their concierge service.

Also see: Ski Schools in Chamonix - Centre, France

Guides & Tours

If your looking for a bit of adventure whilst on your holiday in Chamonix, the hotel are happy to organise high mountain guides on your behalf.

Also see: Guides & Tours in Chamonix - Centre, France

Reviews

  • "We were a group of couples staying at Grand Hotel des Alpes for one week. While the rooms were not super large and the lift was a bit slow, the staff could not have been better! Nothing was too much trouble for them, from organising restaurants, to arranging onward bus trips, every request was first met with an attempt to fulfill. The hotel itself is perfectly located on the pedestrian "mall", within easy walk of many great restaurants. The hotel ski bus is readily available to drop off and pick up guests. The bedrooms have wonderfully comfortable beds and pillows, and spacious bathrooms. The Brevent rooms face the pedestrian mall and can sometimes be a bit noisier than the rooms overlooking the river. The afternoon tea is magnificent - a wonderful selection of sweet and savoury delights." - Trip Advisor
  • "My wife and I stayed 4 nights and could not ask for a better place. The staff was always extremely nice and took time to assist in any way possible. I would classify this hotel as luxury. Their shuttle will take you to the surrounding bases and pick you up promptly. The view from our 5th floor room was spectacular." - Trip Advisor
  • "We would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for luxury, comfort, a fantastic location and really superb staff. We cannot wait to get back!" - Trip Advisor
  • "Fantastic hotel in the heart of Chamonix. Staff the most friendly of any French hotel we've stayed in. Breakfast is quality. Delicious afternoon tea. We will return." - Trip Advisor
  • "Elegant and cosy and very clean. The location is perfect and there is nothing too much for the staff! The hotel pictures on their website do not do it justice as the decor has been updated substantially." -Trip Advisor 

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.

Also see: Restaurants in Chamonix - Centre, France

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.

Also see: Sights in Chamonix - Centre, France

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. 

Also see: Things To Do in Chamonix - Centre, France

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.

Also see: Golf Courses in Chamonix - Centre, France

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.

Also see: Bars in Chamonix - Centre, France


Location: Chamonix - Centre


Style

Star Rating: 4 Star

Property Style: Hotel

Special Breaks: Spa Breaks


Services

Activities: Tours / Excursions

Bookings For: Concierge | Guides | Lift Passes | Ski / Snowboard Lessons | Transfers

Catering: Breakfast

Event Services: Conference Facilities | Multilingual staff

Cleaning: Daily housekeeping | Laundry Service


Facilities

Access: Disabled access | Pets welcome

Room: Air-conditioning | Balcony | Hair dryer | Open fire | Safe / Secure box | Ski / Boot Room | Telephone

Car-parking: Parking on property

Entertainment: CD player | Drinks bar | DVD Player | Free WiFi | Library | TV

Kitchen/Laundry: Tea / Coffee Maker

Outdoor: Terrace

Spa & Fitness: Hammam / Steam-room | Hot-Tub / Jacuzzi | Massage / Relaxation | Sauna | Pool (indoor)

View: River view | Mountain view


Contact

Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

Address: 75 Rue du Docteur Paccard | Chamonix - Centre | 74400

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