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Chamonix is right at the foot of Mont-Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe. It is a great place for relaxing in the alps or setting out on any number of adventure sports. The town is quite small and may leave you hard pressed with things to do if you are not one to get out and explore nature. If you enjoy hiking or sightseeing, you will find yourself with enough to keep busy for weeks.
The town lies in a line of villages nestled in the valley between the mountains. There is a train line connecting all the towns, so if you find yourself in trouble finding a Chamonix hostel, it's quite easy to get in and out from a neighboring town. There are more campsites than hostels, and many are very laid back and nearly the same as a hostel (electricity, wifi, toilets) with the exception of sleeping outside instead of in a bed.
It can get quite cold in Chamonix due to its location, so make sure you have a good sweater. Don't miss the town itself in your rush to explore the Alps, it is quite a pleasant town with a very Swiss feel. Live music and outdoor bars are quite common and not overly expensive. Look for a hostel in Chamonix close to the old town so you can spend as much time there as possible. If you are looking for nightlife you will find some bars open late, but not much in the way or clubs. You will find the odd group of mountaineers celebrating their recent ascent of Mont Blanc and will be happy to stay out and share a beer.
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"Very nice and comfortable, close to Chamonix center, excellent rates! - A good bed, hot showers and clean toilette at the floor, a rich breakfast, happy hour with discounted drinks, mega-screen in the bar-room, a nice staff, view on the Mont Blanc from the balcony, a few steps from Chamonix center -- all at a very convenient price. what more can you ask?!" … "Great - Nice place, bathrooms well cleaned, nice heating system in the rooms,...
Hostel-Chalet-Gite The Chamoniard Volant
"Great place! - The staff is great, location is great. 10min walking distance to downtown and 10min walking distance to La Praz, where you can take the cable car to flegere and index. For me it's a good thing, because if you stay in downtown you're too far from flegere and index, although close to midi station and brevent. It's also a very good place to get in touch with climbers, if you're on our own maybe you can find a climbing partner...
Mountain Highs Chamonix
"Mountain Highs Chamonix is a little far from the centre of town but is definitely worth the walk out. With amazing views of the ranges and great facilities, it is a great choice! The Location It is about a twenty-minute walk from the main train station, which is located in the centre of town, but it is a shorter walk (about ten-minutes) to the Augille du Midi. Being further out of town means it is located in a neighbourhood area and...
"'Inora the Goddess of Glaciers' resigns in the cold glaciers of the mountain peaks, occasionally coming down to cover the lands with snow and frost. The Chalet has wonderful open plan architecture combined with antique chalet interior decor and furnishings, meaning that this chalet oozes character" … "From Chamonix, France 1. Head north on Rue Joseph Vallot toward Imp. de l'Androsace 850 m 2. Continue onto Route des Praz 950 m 3....
"… your own room you may use the bathroom, the guest toilet, the living room and the garden. Room cleaning, bath towels and bed linen The rooms are cleaned and bath towels are changed at the end of your stay. Please inform us if you need new towels or bed linen in the meantime. It is not allowed to take our towels out of the house. Smoking Please take note that you are staying in a non-smoking house. You may only smoke in...
Chalet Ski Station
"Chalet Ski Station is located right across the street from the Brevent ski lift. It is about a five-minute walk to the town centre and ten-minute walk back to the hostel. The walk back to the hostel from the city centre is pretty steep but there is a bus available until around 6:30. It is just over an hour from Geneva and the least expensive transfer service is alpybus. The atmosphere of the hostel could be best compared to going back to...
Les Ecrins de Soulane
"In Chamonix Mont Blanc, 7 LUXURY APARTMENTS RENTALS WITH SERVICES Facing Mont Blanc, in the heart of Chamonix, rent a luxurious apartment from 50m2 for two persons, to 160m2 in the prestigious Ecrins of Soulane. Exceptionals benefits: chimney, spa, sauna, terrace ... spend a dream holiday in the ski valley." … 73, avenue Ravanel Le Rouge
Le Globe Apartment
"… off-piste skiing. The ski school meeting point and the sunny nursery slopes are adjacent to the lift station. For those who do not wish to walk, or for access to the other 5 ski areas in the valley, the ski-bus stops outside the building and the train station is opposite. We can arrange a chalet girl for you, but if you choose to be self-catering then everything is set up to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible from...
AWA Chamonix Chalet Hideaway
"… Luxury Chalet has been built to a very high standard and is beautifully finished. It has 5 Bedrooms, for your perfect, relaxing getaway in Chamonix. Luxury accommodations include the following amenities. *Private indoor Swimming Pool *Private Hot Tub *Massage Room *Sauna *Fully equipped kitchen *Private Ensuites in every room *Home entertainment system with flat screen TV *wood burning stove Cots, cribs/baby beds and feeding...
"… PM you get to enjoy the open fire place. Additional services available at additional cost winter & summer (mid-December – mid April & Start of June to mid-September): Evening Dinner; Set menu starting at 7 PM (summer) 7:30 PM (winter) Adult €17 (summer) €22.50 (winter) 3 courses Child (< 12 yrs) €8.50 (summer) €10 (winter) 2 courses Packed Lunch @ €8.50 (Baguette sandwich, apple, crisps, cake, chocolate bar, drink) Additional...
"… modern appliances. The apartment is in a lovely building of the Astoria in the center of Chamonix and walking distance from restaurants, bars and shops. The apartment has been designed to make the most of space enjoyable, the open plan living space is focused on a good lounge space to relax and enjoy the view. Sleeps : 2 + sofa bed if needed Full prepayment at the reservation. Cancellation up to 45 days before arrival, 50 percent...
AWA Ski In Ski Out Chalet Prarion
"… rooms and 1 bathroom) * Twin or double rooms The chalet is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens. Sit out on the sunny decking to enjoy the views of the Mont Blanc Massif and enjoy alfresco dining. This is the perfect get away for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors. Positioned right next to the blue piste, above the Prarion Gondola and ESF ski school, it offers a great location for mixed ability groups and families. Walk...
Arno Studio Apartment
"… comfortable double bed and has a large built in wardrobe and numerous drawers. The bathroom has unlimited hot water, consists of a very powerful overhead shower. Please note: Please note: Cancellation Policy: 1 day before arrival Please contact the property to arrange an arrival time! Method of Payment upon the arrival: Cash Only! Breakfast is not included. Taxes are included. The only extra costs, which...
Chalet Les Frênes
"… spot. With an unbeatable south facing panorama, the balcony looks up at the Les Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers, the Aiguille du Midi and the entire Chamonix massif. Ski room entrance is on the ground floor. Ski room leads through a door into a corridor off which are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bedrooms are roomy twins and 2 are south facing. The Ski room has stairs leading up to the first floor where we have 2 bedrooms, the...
AWA Chamonix Chalet Pele
"… which is now used as a cosy dining area which comfortably seats up to 10 people. Our lounge is a cosy space located in the old cellar with an arched, stone ceiling and if fitted with a flat screen TV with DVD player and satellite. All bedrooms are ensuite and can be doubles or twins, and the chalet also has a sauna where you can relax and unwind after a hard day challenging the formidable Mont Blanc. We look forward to giving you an...
The Guest House
"… the wonderful tastes & delights of Helen's Kitchen. Cancellation Policy This policy defines how to handle cancellations If cancelled or modified up to 42 days before date of arrival, 30 percent of total price of the reservation will be charged. If cancelled or modified up to 16 days before date of arrival, 40 percent of total price of the reservation will be charged. If cancelled or modified up to 2 days before date...
Bellevue Alpine Lodge
"… of 15 guests in 5 rooms. Guests can choose between B&B and half-board pension. The atmosphere is genuine, the food hearty and prices modest. Our rooms are clean and spacious and are found on the first and second floor of the lodge. We have twin, double and family suites 3-4 persons . Linen, towels and quality duvets are provided. All of the rooms have nice views of the surrounding mountains. All have balconies. Our guests enjoy the...
Les Rives d'Argentière
"… views of the ski slope of Les Grands Montets, Argentière Glacier, Aiguille Verte, and of course Mont Blanc. Les Rives d'Argentière, boasts, a swimming pool, a fitness centre with sauna, hot tubs, a wonderful cinema room with games table, wine cellar and its own pub. The large secure underground parking means you arrive and depart, safe and dry no matter what the weather. Les Rives d'Argentière, boasts, a swimming pool, a fitness...
Chalet Haute Boheme B&B
"Nice experience! - Extremely comfortable place!" … "… and the garden. The rooms are cleaned and bath towels are changed at the end of your stay. Please inform us if you need new towels or bed linen in the meantime. It is not allowed to take our towels out of the house. If you have to leave later we can store your luggage no extra charge Wifi and Safety Deposit Boxes the Kitchen and BBQ are free to use. Please...
AWA Chamonix Chalet Whymper
"… luxury at an affordable price. Breakfast is included in the price, along with free WIFI and all the modern luxuries you could ask for. With it's large balcony offering you breathtaking views of Mont Blanc during the day and it's cosy fire place keeping you warm and snug during the night, it is the perfect place for those wanting to enjoy the magic of the Chamonix in style without going over budget. We have a choice of single, 2...
"… call Bellevue in les Houches, with free shuttle buses to and from Chamonix. Out side you can enjoy paragliding, moutain biking, running, walking, skiing ... any sport you can practice in the mountain but here in the Alpine Capital : Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Les Houches is linked up with the Mont-Blanc (4810m) footpath. Chris-Tal provides excellent value accommodation in the Les Houches Chamonix area. You will be assured of a warm...
"… dishwasher, MW+grill oven, induction hob ; Full appliances coffee machine, raclette, fondue, toaster, etc. ; Wide LCD TV with DVB-T DivX + MP3 player integrated through USB + DVD Blu-ray; Bedroom 8m2 + wardrobe unit; Bathroom with spacious shower + all seasons heated towel rail; Washing machine dryer; Comfortable convertible sofa bed; Fifth-sleeper on air bed available; Large hanging locker, numerous storage compartments; Deckchairs...
AWA La Source Chamonix
"… nucleus of Chamonix. Our quaint & rustic en suite rooms come with free WIFI and cable TV and offer breathtaking views. Our charming downstairs restaurant makes you feel cozy while looking out to the winter magic of Chamonix. We also have a terrace which offers incredible views of Mont Blanc. We also include Free Parking (parking can be difficult and expensive in Chamonix) to save you money. We offer a range of: Single rooms,...
Hotel du Bois
"… and mountain view. Some rooms can accommodate up to 4 people. Enjoy a calm and relaxing environment 5km from the famous ski-resort town of Chamonix, close to Italy and Switzerland. Savour some traditional French cuisine in our restaurant 'Le Caprice' or enjoy a drink in the Bar. After a long day guests can relax in the sauna or simply dive into an indoor heated swimming pool! Please Note: September-October 2010 Our...
AWA Hotel Louvre
"… 24/12 to 15/04 and from 25/06 to 15/09) 7 30 - 12 30 then 13 30 - 23 00 Low season (from 16/04 to 24/06) and from 16/09 to 23/12 7 45 - 12 00 then 14 00 - 20 00 A very simple procedure for late arrivals is sent to the client at their request (for security reasons, a maximum of 48 hours before arrival) Your credit card data is not transfered in full to the hotel you have booked. The hotel MAY however email you directly and request...
Chamonix Travel Tips & Suggestions
Alpybus is the number one transporter for those with a limited budget. 23.50 euros for a ticket is pretty good in comparison to the other companies out there.
There is lots of off-piste from the Brevent and Flegere lifts, great powder to be had. Getting there, use Chamexpress.
Do not use Alpybus. They will stand you up and you will miss your flight!
If you are a good skier and love offpiste, then Chamonix and Verbier are one of the best places in Europe. No argument about it.
Chamonix is off piste-skiing. If you want the piste go elsewhere. There aren't really any pistes. It's about ski touring with easy access, it's about mountaineering type stuff. And don't come if you're not fit on crevasse and avalanche rescue, the weather, or want to learn that. Unless you want to skip the skiing and get into the nightlife -- fine!
If it is on-piste boarding/skiing you are after, Chamonix may not be the place for you. I am halfway through a season here and am just beginning to discover that it is all about the off-piste. That is the big deal with Chamonix.
Went there in January 05 and had a good time. It was a little thin on the snow, but that would be expected at this time of the year. We had a good first day and second day because there were freshies. It has steep and rugged terrain and I am looking forward to going next year, but probably in feb or march. Excellent new years with people in the square, fire, fireworks, and drunks pushing each other in shopping carts. Not a police officer in site, they would have had the cops in force if this was in America.
After two seasons of Chamonix I can never imagine being bored by its varied and steep terrain. After a week in Tignes I felt like I had covered almost every inch of the mountain even though it is obviously more interconnected.
It is spread out but that's because it's not a purpose built resort, it's an old town with an atmosphere you wouldn't find in any other. Oh, and the off piste is amazing...
I'm half way through my first season in Cham and it's a great place to in terms of snow and apres ski... it's got the best places to eat at 2 am - Midnight Express and Poco Loco!!
I have no idea what this person is talking about. Maybe they were in a different resort. Chamonix is the only place to go, when it comes steep extreem of peist boarding, it also hosts a huge range of awesome slopes for all abilities. With its rad of piest and laid back atmosphere it's the only place to be...
Everything in Chamonix, is truely remote from any skiing. I wouldn't go back, mostly because Chamonix as a ski area is over-rated. It's lots of small ski areas spread out. Lifts are slow, crowded, and you have to take a lift up above the tree line before you can take another lift to begin skiing. Go to Tignes instead...
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