Whether you’re skiing or just sightseeing, it’ll take you a few days to see all that Chamonix has to offer. Luckily, the area is filled with cute hotels, hostels and guest houses. So whether you’re after chalet-chic of contemporary mountain style, we’ve got it covered in our pick of the top 10 hotels in Chamonix.
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Hotel L'Heliopic | Image courtesy of Hotel L'Heliopic
A modern, trendy chalet, at the base of l’Aiguille du Midi, this hotel prides itself on its spa, which is unsurprising given its quality. An indoor pool, a steam room, and an ice grotto are all available for use, and guests are likely to want to use them once they see the facilities. Rooms offer large beds in a modern, grey-and-white colour scheme, and décor is consistent across room types, with the main difference being in size.
A former farm, this alpine chalet-hotel is run by a husband-and-wife team. A relaxed, warm hotel, it feels somewhat similar to staying with friends, and the fact that Frédéric and Muriel both act as pseudo-concierges adds to this vibe. The rooms are decorated in light wood panelling, and are surprisingly spacious for Chamonix, especially once you move up from the Standard room. Some of the Superior rooms have balconies, which are a nice way to see the area.
Les Balcons du Savoy is a casual hotel split into rooms of various sizes, from studio rooms to three-bedroom suites. Notably, every room includes a sizeable private balcony (hence the name). The apartments are simply, cleanly decorated, and feature individual kitchens. With the spa, steam room, and indoor pool, there are plenty of amenities to contrast the simplicity of the rooms.
In the centre of the town, and a few minutes walk from everything, there is an elegent, upscale hotel. Over a century old, it combines traditional Alpine style with modern touches and atmosphere. The bar and restaurant here are as good as could be expected, with the relaxed bar-lounge complementing a quiet drink with friends, and the restaurant Le Matafan providing a more organised experience to chat over a meal.
This hotel has been a Chamonix fixture since 1840, and it’s no wonder that it’s lasted so long. Its 30 rooms have been recently renovated, and are beautifully and tastefully decorated with individual styles. Riverside rooms provide views of mountain, river, and garden, and are a good choice for romantic breaks. The relaxation and wellness centre is the perfect way to relax your muscles after a hard day’s skiing or hiking.
Planted at the foot of L’Aiguille du Midi, Hotel Oustalet is a pleasant, family-run Savoyard hotel. With only 15 rooms and suites, it’s a small hotel, but this also means that they can afford to pay attention to individual guests. Rooms are simple and cosy, and some of the family rooms have bunk-beds that kids are sure to enjoy. This one is particularly good for people who will be visiting l’Aiguille du Midi more than once, as it’s situated just a stone’s throw from the cable car.
Settled in its own landscaped garden, Hotel Hermitage Paccard really can feel like a hermitage, tucked away in a quiet area. However, whilst the ambience can be quiet, it doesn’t have to be. A few steps from the town centre, it’s well-located for shopping and dining. As an addendum to the skiing and hiking, the Chamonix sports centre is just opposite the hotel, so there are a host of additional activities on offer.
Sadly, and a little ironically, this hotel is not green in colour. Instead, it is in fact a small sports hotel offering boutique accommodation for sports enthusiasts. The bar and restaurant are a great place to meet like-minded extreme sports fans. Rooms are simple and reasonably spacious, but the active clientèle at this hotel are unlikely to be spending much time there. The hotel runs free buses to the ski areas from outside the hotel, and can also organise skiing, snowboarding, and even paraponting.
Situated by Argentiere, a small village, and its ski slopes, this mountainside hotel is outside the hustle and bustle of Chamonix town itself. Rooms are warm and rustic, and the lounge reflects this aesthetic, with a fireplace and pool table giving it a living-room feeling. The hotel also offers theme deals, offering a choice of a “romantic, atypical or sporty stay”. The hotel faces Mont Blanc itself, so if you can get the right room, there are some truly spectacular views on offer.
This riverside hotel in the town centre has a pretty unique theme: It’s a converted mill from the 18th century. The attached pub offers some lovely views of the river, a breakfast buffet, and occasional live music, so it’s a popular spot for the guests to relax. The mill has managed to keep a lot of its antique charm, whilst the interior is modern and comfortable. This hotel is one of the most iconic buildings in Chamonix, and you’ll almost certainly recognise it from the tourist guides.