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Vallorcine Apartment Residence & Spa, Vallorcine

Fully equipped apartments with modern furnishings and includes a spa

"Excellent" 734 Verified Reviews trust you logo
Amenities 90 / 100 Excellent amenities.
Service 82 / 100 Great service.
Location 79 / 100 Good location.
Wellness Area 77 / 100 Wellness & sports facilities were pleasant enough.
Pool 70 / 100 Good pool.
Room 66 / 100 Rooms are ok.
WiFi 50 / 100 Internet is average.
Food 42 / 100 Disappointing food.
Breakfast 36 / 100 Breakfast is below average.

Good to know

"Beds need improvement"
"Pleasant hotel grounds"
"Nice building"
"Clean rooms"

Residence Vallorcine is a five star mountain eco-resort providing some of the best apartment rentals within the Chamonix valley. Just 15KM from Chamonix Centre this complex provides multiple services and facilities to cater for all your holiday needs.

One of the many services on offer at the residence is the Spa which includes a large indoor swimming pool, two saunas, a hammam (steam room) and various treatments offered by Cinq Mondes. There is also an outdoor ice-skating rink during the winter months and a mini golf course on the terrace during the summer.

The Residence has 49 spacious apartments. There are 6 apartment types:

All apartments have either a balcony or sun terrace. They are fully furnished with fully equipped kitchens, unlimited internet access, flat screen Satellite TV and a pack of films! Other services include:

  • Pre-order your shopping through Super U which will be delivered directly on your arrival
  • Free travel into Chamonix and the whole of the valley with your guest card
  • Beds are made up on arrival and towels are provided
  • Ski rental shop inside the residence
  • Individual ski lockers and boot driers
  • Ski-passes can be bought at reception
  • Games, fondue and raclette sets are available for your use
  • One indoor parking space per apartment free of charge
  • Children’s play area

Close to the apartment is the gondola leading to the Vallorcine ski area which links directly to Le Tour. The gondola is also open in the summer months to take hikers directly up the mountain where you can access various hiking trails. There also regular bus / train services that run to other ski areas in Chamonix valley (Grands Montets, Brevent, Flegere and Les Houches).

For a supplementary fee guests can have continental breakfast provided in the lounge or your apartment each day, you can bring pets, organise baby-sitting services in advance, use the launderette services or reserve extra bed linen.

This residence really does have everything on offer, whether you are seeking a relaxing comfortable holiday or an active one, there is plenty to keep everyone busy!

What's the place like?

The Pool

The pool is large and part of a spa complex where various treatments are available. Children are welcome so during the day there can be young swimmer or two about. The pool is open between 09:00 - 20:00.  

What's nearby?

Towns nearby

Vallorcine is a quiet picturesque village on the French/Swiss border, with regular bus and train links to Chamonix and the rest of the valley. It has a handful of restaurants, which tend to be friendly and traditional rather than overly-touristy, and a couple of small shops. It is perfect for a quiet family holiday or for a sports-based break, but if you're looking for lively apres-ski and vibrant nightlife then look elsewhere.

Restaurants nearby

Dining options in Vallorcine are limited but those that exist are very good. Les Trois Ours (The Three Bears) is an old favourite that has evolved from cowshed to cosy restaurant over the years; they have a large terrace beside the river that is wonderful on sunny days. The railway station café has been packing in the locals for years and there's always a few mountain guides and pisteurs propping up the bar in there; the food is simple but satisfying and not too expensive. Café Comptoir is tucked away at the other side of the lift station at the end of the Vallorcine homerun, it is a charming wood cabin serving lunch and evening meals with daily specials.

Also see: Book My Restaurant

Sights nearby

Being right on the Swiss border, Vallorcine is ideally placed for sightseeing in both France and Switzerland. Just a few stops on the train and you can catch the incredibly steep funicular up to the Emosson Dam, a huge hydroelectric dam surrounded by hiking trails and the famous dinosaur footprints. If you continue your train journey to Martigny you can also visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda art gallery and the Roman amphitheatre. Vallorcine itself has a small museum of local history, which is fairly interesting but not what you might call a major attraction!

Also see: Book My Sightseeing

Things to Do nearby

Vallorcine's rugged terrain and beautiful scenery make it an excellent hiking base in the summer months, there is a multitude of trails criss-crossing the valley and venturing over the border into Switzerland. Downhill mountain biking is very popular, with the Domaine de Balme trails dropping down into Le Tour and Switzerland; gondola and chair lifts are equipped to carry bikes and there are a number of dedicated bike tracks. For something a bit different from the usual mountain sports, Vallorcine also offers canyoning; splashing your way through icy rivers, sliding over waterfalls and cannon-balling into crystal clear plunge pools amongst the pine forests. Winter is obviously all about the skiing and snowboarding, but it's not just the usual piste-cruising (although there's plenty of that in the Domaine de Balme). The gullies and couloirs of Vallorcine and the nearby villages of Le Buet and Trient make for wonderful ski touring, just be sure to book a mountain guide as avalanches happen all too often. Cross-country ski trails run from Vallorcine to Le Buet alongside the river, or you can tramp through the powder in snowshoes - you can rent equipment for both sports fairly cheaply from most ski hire shops.

Also see: Book My Things To Do

Golf-clubs nearby

The nearest golf course to Vallorcine 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: Book My Round

Lifts/Pistes nearby

Vallorcine has a high-speed gondola running directly from the train station up to the Domaine de Balme ski area. The ski area links Vallorcine to Le Tour, so you can ski the whole area and access both villages via the lift system. Domaine de Balme is known for its wonderfully cruisy pistes and easily accessible off-piste. There is a large beginners area at the bottom of the Le Tour side of the mountain and plenty of blues and reds to keep intermediate skiers and snowboarders happy. The Le Tour facing side is bathed in sunshine on clear days, while the forested Vallorcine side is great for poor visibility days. Both sides have a multitude of off-piste options that don't require a whole lot of trekking to get to; be aware though that certain parts of this area are notorious for avalanches, book a guide before venturing anywhere unknown.

Nightlife nearby

Vallorcine is not known for its apres-ski scene, it is far too quiet for rowdy bars and loud parties, but the café at the railway station is a popular place to call in for a drink at the end of the afternoon. They have a small sunny terrace and a cosy dining room that gets packed out with locals and tourists alike, it's particularly busy at lunchtime for its simple but hearty local dishes. Café Comptoir at the end of the homerun is also getting a name for itself for great food and a welcoming atmosphere, they often have live music of an evening.

Also see: Find My Bar

What to book?

Families & Kids

  • The residence has a special play area for children between 0-5 years.
  • Baby cots and highchairs can be provided in your apartment free of charge for children between 0-2 years.
  • Babysitting services are available on request from reception
  • There are a number of family activities available for example ice skating on their private rink in the winter or husky dog rides and there is a mini golf course in the summer.

Also see: Book My Childcare


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.

Also see: Book My Transfers

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: Book My Cycle Hire

Ski Hire

You can hire equipment for all ages through the Sanglard Sports shop which is located within the residence.

Also see: Book My Ski Hire

Lifts & Passes

LIft passes are bookable through their website.

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.  

Also see: Book My Ski School

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.

Also see: Book My Guide/Tour

Booking Arrangements

Child policy

Children of all ages are welcome in the residence.
  • The residence has a special play area for children between 0-5 years.
  • Baby cots and highchairs can be provided in your apartment free of charge for children between 0-2 years.
  • Babysitting services are available on request from reception
  • There are a number of family activities available for example ice skating on their private rink in the winter or husky dog rides. 


  • Property Style
  • Aparthotel / Residence
  • Apartment
  • Hotel
  • Special Breaks
  • Spa Breaks
  • Vibe / Atmosphere
  • Family-friendly


  • Spa / Fitness / Beauty
  • Gym / Fitness area
  • Hammam / Steam-room
  • Sauna
  • Pool (indoor)


  • Bookings for
  • Childcare / Babysitting
  • Lift Passes
  • Ski / Snowboard Hire


  • Open Seasons
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • Address
  • Chef Lieu
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