- Reviews: 35
La cote des chavants: Chalets
We rented a chalet through the british ski company Barelliski. It was fabulous! There was a fantastic view of Mont Blanc. If you are going as a group you will need transport as the chalet is a bit remote. It takes about 5 minutes to drive to the nearest village. I like the idea of a chalet that is away from the main town/village but it would not suit people who want to go to the local pubs every night. There was room for 6 of us to stay. I liked the decor in the house and the warm fires that we drank plenty of french wine in front of.
Outdoor hot tub! Had to get the wood chopping skills going for this. I would set the fire in the morning and the water was always piping hot when we got home in the evening after a hard days skiing. There were some stunning photographs in the chalet, I hope to make my way back there again.
- Reviews: 29
Mont Blanc HI hostel: The backpackers way to go
Well, prior to getting to Chamonix we had been to many HI hostels and were really looking forward to this one, when we got there we had just been on the road for a really really long time, longing for a shower and some food was the only thing that got us up the hill to the hostel. When we get there we realize that the reception is closed and will be for another 5 hours! So we decided to search for food if we couldnt get the shower. Well, the entire town was closed ...SIESTA...it took tons of patience that was well rewarded.
I highly recomend this HI hostel, it has a good breakfast, really cheap prices, excellent clean accomodations, a bar, pool, fooze ball, dinner, indoor and outdoor games, provides a free bus pass for the length of your stay and is located at the foot of Mont Blanc, incredible view
- Reviews: 177
Self-Catered Apartments: Privacy and Savings in Summer and Off-Season
Many of the Immobiliers (estate agents) in town offer self-catered apartments which can be rented by the week or by the month. The internet also offers many private parties who rent their apartments (many are residents of the UK who maintain a vacation apartment in Chamonix and let it out during the times they are not in town). For a week especially in off-season you should be able to find accomodations for around $250 US per week. In winter season this is more difficult to find, so book early if you want to try this for skiing and expect to pay much more ($800 or more per week).
We rented an apartment for 2 weeks when we first arrived here and it was great.
These can be cheaper than hotels and more interesting to stay in. You have more privacy and can save some money by having meals at home, having a refridgerator to store those hiking snacks and drinks etc..
Some individuals leave helpful guide books and magaizines in their apartments, which is a good bonus.
A couple of 'gotchas' to watch out for:
Be sure to check if linens are provided in the price (normally they are not). If arriving late or on a Sunday in low season, bring essentails (including toilet paper) that you will need if shops are shut.
Ask for the location of the apartment (area of town) before agreeing to rent. I suggest you avoid the 'Cham Sud' neighborhood at all costs. It is ugly as sin (1960s block style high-rise flats). Most of the apartments in this area are run-down, tiny (starting at 18m square!!) and lacking good views and are built around central courtyards of cement (with their accompanying echos of noise). It is close to the Aiguille du Midi lift station, so that is the only nice thing I can say about the area - in general it lacks charm of any sort.
The center of town is safe and close to all necessities, but will be pricier. Also if the bedrooms have street views, expect to be woken up at 1am by drunken revellers getting out of bars in high season.
Les Pecles, Les Bossons, Les Praz, Les Tines and Les Bois areas are all very nice and quiet neighborhoods in Chamonix. Argentiere, Le Tour, Montroc, Le Planet and Vallorcine are all towns further up the valley (higher altitude) with their own smaller village scene and charm. Bus service connects them to Chamonix (free service in high season). Les Houches is the next town down the valley and there is bus and train service to Chamonix, though the train station is not at all central to the town..
And many others!! (use Google search)
- Reviews: 4274
Vallée Blanche: a nice cosy hotel
Lovely, in a pink building right in the centre of Chamonix - by the river - and off the main square. Right in the heart of everything: bars, shops, restaurant..and within minutes walking distance of ski-lifts and the train station.
a cool irish pub on the premises. What more would one want ?
- Reviews: 1100
There are plenty of campgrounds in Chamonix. The one I stayed in was just 10 minutes walk from the city centre and you could see the glacier when peeping out of your tent.
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