About staying in the Chamonix Valley
When it comes to booking accommodation in Chamonix for a holiday, it can be difficult to know where to base yourself.
Whether you are looking for a luxury chalet with views of Mont Blanc or a self-catering apartment close to the legendary bars and nightlife or a relaxing hotel to stay in, our guide to the different areas that make up the Chamonix valley should help point you in the right direction.
Central accommodation, close to lively apres ski and shopping
First and foremost there's Chamonix town. The heart of this famous valley and where you will find the largest choice of accommodation, bars, restaurants, shopping and entertainment. While you may have limited outdoor space and close neighbours, by basing yourself in the centre of the action you will really get the feel of this legendary Alpine town, its history, and of course the infamous Alpine après ski!
All types of ski holiday accommodation are on offer here, ranging from luxury hotels to simpler self-catering apartments and all are within easy reach of the Aiguille du Midi cable car required to access the infamous off piste Vallée Blanche descent. The north western edge of Chamonix leads you towards the Brevent-Flégère ski area and is known for receiving the most sunshine in Chamonix town, as well as being perfectly placed for wonderful views of Mont Blanc. The areas of Les Pélerins and Les Gaillands cover a kilometre stretch of parallel roads running down the valley and are a popular place to stay as they can be cheaper but are still only a short walk from Chamonix town centre.
Accommodation within walking distance of the famous Grand Montets ski area
Situated 8km further up the valley from Chamonix town and below the infamous Aiguille Verte and Drus, lies the picturesque village of Argentière. While Chamonix itself has a distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere, Argentière retains more of an Alpine village charm: the chalets and hotels here tend to be traditionally Savoyard in style and with more space and larger gardens than those in Chamonix town.
The main attraction of staying in Argentière however is its proximity to the Grands Montets ski area which is home to some of the most exciting skiing in the world - both on and off piste. Argentière may be a mountain lovers’ paradise with a laidback feel, but it still offers a good handful of shops, nice restaurants and après ski bars with live music.
Family accommodation in Chamonix Valley, close to relaxed skiing
With good amenities, restaurants and bars, and home to the valley’s easiest ski area, Les Houches is a good choice for those looking for a more relaxed Chamonix holiday experience. Understandably popular with families, Les Houches is also home to some of Chamonix’s few ski in / ski out chalets as well as a number of niche eco-chalets. The Les Houches skiing area may not be the most extreme in the valley but it is certainly challenging and the pistes are regularly used for international events in particular the ‘Kandahar’ run which features annually on the Men’s Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit.
Les Praz to Le Lavancher
Luxury accommodation in Chamonix Valley
If you're looking for high-end, large chalets and luxury accommodation with hot tubs, home cinemas, and enough space to build an army of snowmen in the garden, this is the area of the valley for you. Most of the hotels, apartments and chalets in this area have exceptional panoramic views of the whole Chamonix valley from Le Tour across to the Drus, the Aiguilles, Mont Blanc and down to Les Houches. Les Praz village itself is a tranquil spot located close to the Flégère ski lift and ski area, with an 18 hole golf course, a couple of small shops, bars and restaurants and in winter receives the most sun in the valley.
Beyond Les Praz is the beautiful area of Les Bois, running as far as Les Tines, with numerous extravagant holiday accommodation options in peaceful settings. Perched a couple of hundred metres up the south side of the valley above Les Bois is the hamlet of Le Lavancher where you will find some more luxury accommodation possibilities in a beautifully serene spot.
Vallorcine & Le Tour
Out of town accommodation options
Beyond Argentière are the small villages of Le Tour and Vallorcine which both access the Domaine de Balme ski area. The skiing on offer here is ideal for beginners as it is fun, gentle and generally sunny which makes it also a good choice for families. Combined with the spectacular views back down the Chamonix valley, this area is well worth a visit, just bear in mind that both villages are small, so basing yourself here means that accommodation and dining options are pretty limited.
Accommodation for those wanting to stay out a little bit out of the valley
Further down the valley is the small village of Servoz which has a scattered collection of accommodation options, including an eco-operator. With fantastic views back up the valley towards Mont Blanc, Servoz is a pretty and quiet village offering potentially cheaper accommodation options. Just be aware that if you have come to specifically ski in Chamonix, it's going to be a decent drive or train journey from Servoz to reach the main slopes.