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.
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 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
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
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
- "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
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.
Also see: Restaurants in Chamonix - Centre, France
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
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
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.
Also see: Bars in Chamonix - Centre, France
Location: Chamonix - Centre
Star Rating: 4 Star
Property Style: Hotel
Special Breaks: Spa Breaks
Activities: Tours / Excursions
Bookings For: Concierge | Guides | Lift Passes | Ski / Snowboard Lessons | Transfers
Event Services: Conference Facilities | Multilingual staff
Cleaning: Daily housekeeping | Laundry Service
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
Spa & Fitness: Hammam / Steam-room | Hot-Tub / Jacuzzi | Massage / Relaxation | Sauna | Pool (indoor)
View: River view | Mountain view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 75 Rue du Docteur Paccard | Chamonix - Centre | 74400