My husband and I had the pleasure of being able to stay at Chalet Blanche in early June 2011.
After reading all of the positive reviews on TripAdvisor I was very happy that Debbie could accommodate us… from my first email to Debbie, I found her pleasant and welcoming. She patiently answered my questions and (when asked) made suggestions.
Chalet Blanche was our first stop on our vacation to the Alps… on our way in to Chamonix we encountered a bit of a problem with the Mt. Blanc Express train and Alastair literally came to our rescue! We are now life-long fans of Al! Debbie and Alastair continued to go out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful vacation. These owners are professionals who really understand hospitality…. All we had to do was ask, and they did their best to please us.
Chalet Blanche’s accommodations are impressive. The chalet is large; besides the many bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms; there is a TV room, a living room with fireplace and a guest kitchenette. There is also a large dining area and a full sized kitchen downstairs. There is a nice garden/yard with outside seating and a hot tub. All this with incredible views of a glacier and even the peak of the Aiguille du Midi! There is a washer/dryer at the guest’s disposal and a computer for guest use. Another huge plus is the free wifi!
I found the chalet very clean and well appointed. I also liked the calmness of the chalet as the rooms are well insulated… when you are in your room you really don’t hear the other people in the chalet. Our corner-room on the second floor (first floor in Europe) opened up to an outside balcony and we had two wonderful, yet different, views from our windows; one of the Glacier des Bossons from our balcony and from our window a view facing the Le Brévent lift. The location of the chalet is good, located in a quiet neighborhood that is just a 10-minute, sauntering walk outside the town center. Even though the train station is close, if you arrive by train Al picks you up and/or drops you off at the Gare when you leave… what a treat!
We stayed at Chalet Blanche in the summer time, so our accommodations were bed and breakfast. The breakfast was generous with choices of cereals, juices, yogurt, fruit, bread/pastries and meats. Debbie and/or Al will also cook you eggs to your liking. They provided us with sandwich makings and encouraged us to take some fruit to go with our pack lunch. Our hosts especially took this opportunity to spend time conversing with their guests; I found them both sincere and engaging… and their suggestions (when asked) for daily activities and places to eat were very good and most appreciated. They really helped us get the most out of our days with them in Chamonix!
Things we did in Chamonix:
· The train du Montenvers to the Mer de Glace
· Telepherique de l'Aiguille du Midi and then on to Hellbronner Point by Gondola
· Walking the river trail to Argentière (beautiful!)
· Shopped around town
· Serendipitously happening upon our own private organ “concert” by the organist at St. Michel’s church while he was practicing for Sunday Mass.
Restaurants we liked in Chamonix:
· L’Impossible (Italian)
· Jekyl and Hyde
· La Potiniere (local food)
· (Note) Petit Casino is the local grocery store chain – there are quite a few in town.
The only disappointment of our stay in Chamonix had nothing to do with the Chalet… Chamonix was in a down-time (in between seasons). The lifts to Mt. Blanc were operating, but the Brévent lift and the other lifts on the other side of the valley were not running (they opened a week later). We like to hike and this issue cut back our ability to easily gain elevation for some great hikes on that side of the valley. We encountered the same closure problem with Chamonix’s Crystal Museum. We also felt the off-season slump when we visited the Tourist Information Center and found the clerk there less than helpful. Thank goodness we had Debbie and Al for suggestions!
In closing, Chalet Blanche was a great place to stay while we experienced Chamonix… we really enjoyed our stay there and will gladly return as soon as we can!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Blanche is a traditional chalet that has been refurbished to a very high standard with 8 en-suite bedrooms, sleeping up to 20 people. It is located in a quite area but is just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Chamonix. Offering B&B accommodation in the summer and fully catered in the winter we offer something for everyone in the magnificent Chamonix valley. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Blanche Hotel Chamonix