I arrived home yesterday with my partner after a great weeks stay at the Hotel Richemond and feel I need to recommend the hotel to anyone looking to stay in the Chamonix resort.
This was my first time skiing, but my boyfriend is a an advanced skier. I had searched for months trying to find a good location and eventually decided on Hotel Richemond, Chamonix.
Yes the hotel is old fashioned but that really didn't matter as everything else was great. The staff were brilliant. They work long hours but always greeted us with a big smile and made us feel very welcome. Whenever we needed to know anything the staff were more than happy to offer there knowledge and advice and would ring around places for us if we needed to know a bit more.
Breakfast was a self serve buffet served between half seven and ten each morning. Lots of fresh baguettes, bread, jams, boiled eggs, ham, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, croissants and pain au chocolate. There was also juice drinks, water, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The breakfast room looked out over Mount Blanc and was just a lovely way to enjoy breakfast each morning.
The hotel itself was clean and warm and the bed was nice and comfortable. I had a shower every morning and evening and the water was always hot. Clean towels were put in our bathroom each day and the room cleaned whilst we were out.
Hotel Richemond is a family run hotel and has been for three generations. The rumour of the hotel being the former Gestapo headquarters is true. We stayed on the fifth floor of the hotel which is where the prisoners were kept. The doors to the rooms on floor five are old wooden cell doors!
The Ski room is at the back of the hotel is an ideal place to leave your boots and skis for a ten euro refundable deposit. for the week. The ski room leads out to the back of the hotel which is opposite Chamonix Centre bus stop. So you can literally walk out the door with your skis and hop straight on a bus to pretty much any slope.
The location is perfect situated on the main pedestrian high street leading to every bar and restaurant in Chamonix.
I have read other reviews where people complained about the noise of The Pub which is opposite the hotel. I was only woken up once by the noise which was at kicking out time on a Friday night. This was really nothing to complain about.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and I woud definitely stay there again. Chamonix itself is a a very expensive resort so the bargain price of the hotel was great.
CHAMONIX BARS - All the bars are very student like and expensive. Expect to pay at least six euros a pint. The places I'd recommend;
The Pub is aptly named and is literally opposite the Hotel Richemond. Has a good crowd each night.
La Terrace occupies the best location in town and is just a five minute walk away from Hotel Richemond . Downstairs you can expect live music whereas upstairs has a more ‘cocktail’ bar-feel with comfy sofas.
The Jekyll Pub was my favourite place and about a ten minute walk away from the Hotel Richemond. A great spot to catch any sports event as large Tv screens. Comedy night on a Tuesday.
The Chambre Neuf, ten minute walk from the Hotel Richemond and is the busiest bar in town. Probably too busy for me but seemed to be very popular.
CHAMONIX RESTAURANTS - The Jekyll and Hyde is a great place to get some comfort food. My favourite place in Chamonix.
Le Petit Kitchen - awesome little cafe seating just 25 people. Went here for lunch one day and had very filling satisfying meal. Loved it.
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- Also Known As:
- Richemond Hotel Chamonix