This mountain lodge is in the ideal location, just meters from the ski bus stop, local train station and a short walk to the town centre. It has recently been refurbished and boasts a smart modern interior.
La Chaumiere's 25 rooms are comfortable, practical and really cater for you and all your equipment! All the rooms have fantastic views, either of Mont-Blanc and the Glacier des Bossons or towards Brevent, part of the Aiguilles Rouge range.
They offer spacious double and twin rooms as well as three or four bed rooms for families or other small groups and many have their own balconies. WiFi access is available throughout the hotel.
The local bus stop that runs to all the ski area is just 50 metres from the hotel as is the train station which has a regular service from St Gervais through to Martigny.
The relaxed bar area offers everything from après ski through to aperitifs and digestive tipples! It is a comfortable, welcoming room that also doubles as a living room. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the mountain. Here, you can share your stories, browse through their library of books and games, or simply sit back and enjoy the views over a well-earned drink.
Central to the hotel's concept is excellent food. Their menu offers international classics with a local Savoyard touch. Their half board package includes a generous breakfast buffet and three course dinners. During the high season they also serve à la carte and take away lunches.
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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The hotel staff are happy to organise your airport transfer for you on your behalf or send you directions if you are travelling by car.
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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 as a couple over a long weekend (Valentine's day - for our 3 year anniversary) and had everything we needed for a superb ski holiday. We arrived with low expectations due to its two stars, but were pleasantly surprised to be wowed by every part of our stay, beginning with swift plate of delicious cheese, salami and bread after our flight was delayed and we arrived near midnight having had no dinner. Amazing! The hotel got everything right that needed to be tip top: sparkling clean rooms, supremely hot showers, warm and toasty rooms, excellent beer at the bar, extremely helpful staff at the front desk who helped us decide where to ski & booked us a car service to Courmayeur, and a healthy, simple breakfast before each day on the slopes. Its location was great for our purposes - a 5 minute walk to the pedestrian zone, a 12 minute walk to the Aiguille du Midi station, and 50 meters from the No.1 bus station to get to one of the slopes." - Trip Advisor
- "We booked two nights and enjoyed our stay. Recommend dinner as it is a little out of town and the food was delicious. The rate with dinner and breakfast and dinner included was excellent. 20 minute walk into town. Train about 50m away, which ran every hour. We arranged for a day pass which included lifts, gondolas and trains and was well worth it. We travelled all over Chamonix and experience the beautiful views of this special place. The passes were arranged at reception. They spoke great English and were very friendly. We enjoyed our stay very much and will be happy to return." - Trip Advisor
- "Even though this hotel hasn't got all the facilities in your room as others it is a brilliant stay. Located about 600m from the centre of town and only about 50m from a train station it is ideal. The rooms are very comfortable, large, great bathroom and the views are to die for. We had room 109 with a view of Mont Blanc and other mountains & a glacier- who needs a TV when you have that. Great balcony to sit and drink champagne. If you want a TV there is one in the lounge. No fridge but staff were only too happy to put our champagne in the fridge down stairs. Staff were all extremely helpful, spoke great English and were a pleasure to deal with. We chose to have full board and I'd recommend it. The meals were delicious, plenty of it and even though there are no doubt great restaurants in town why bother when it is so good where you are staying. We will be back!" - 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: 2 Star
Property Style: Boutique / Designer | Hotel
Run By: Owner Directly
Bookings For: Transfers
Catering: Half-board | Breakfast
Access: Children welcome | Family rooms
Entertainment: Restaurant | Drinks bar | Games available | TV | WiFi / Internet
View: Mountain view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 332 Route des Gaillands | Chamonix - Centre | 74400