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“Excellent location, but the WiFi pretty worthless”
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Hotel de l'Arve
Ranked #6 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
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Victoria, Canada
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92 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent location, but the WiFi pretty worthless”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

We had a very pleasant stay. The hotel generally was excellent, we have a few minor complaints. They advertise free WiFi, to make it work I had to sit within 2 metres of the transmitter. The rooms on the river side have private balconies and a spectacular view, but the river can be noisy. Since there is no air conditioning, you have to choose between being too hot or listening to the river. The breakfast was very good, but sometimes they ran out of items, such as scrambled eggs. There is a laundromat within 2 minutes walk of the hotel. It was easy to see all of the sights of Chamonix from this hotel. The exercise room was small but remarkably well equipped, it even had a climbing wall.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

Excellent location in downtown Chamonix. Walking distance to all the restaurants and bars. Breakfast is adequate, but nothing special. I had lunch one day at the hotel restaurant and it was fantastic. Rooms were clean and of adequate size. Overall, this was an excellent value for a ski trip in Chamonix.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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New York, NY
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

I stayed here while I was in Chamonix for a friend's wedding, and compared to all the other rooms I saw or heard about I think we got the best deal in town. Rates were totally reasonable, our room was huge, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and there is a CLIMBING WALL in the hotel's fitness/spa area!

Highly recommend this place, you can't do better in terms of value for money in Chamonix.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Great hotel I go to Chamonix climbing and find this place home from home.
Really freindly peopel and laid back.
Nice breakfast and always warm on tidy after a day on the hills
Hidden little gem.
Have booked no problem via email and paid on departure they just take a card for a deposit.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel de L'Arve for eleven nights in August 2011. We picked the hotel based on the favorable reviews we found in TripAdvisor and we couldn't agree more. If you like sitting on your own private balcony with Mount Blanc towering above, the river running immediately beneath you, paragliders floating by in the distance, a public promendade immediately across the river that affords unlimited fun people watching, delicious breakfasts, and exceedingly helpful and lovely staff, then try this hotel like we did. We were delighted.

By the way, if you want the larger size room (two twin beds and a full sized sofa in the room together with a sitting area table), plus the advantage of a corner room with windows one one side and a sliding door to the balcony on the other, then ask for either room 39 (second floor, the one we had), or room 45 directly above on the third (and top) floor. There are also two other though smaller rooms on each floor adjacent to rooms 39 and 45 that otherwise have the same views and frontage to the river, if a smaller room suits your needs.

The location of the hotel is excellent. It is only a couple minutes walk from the center of town and yet it is tucked away nicely so that you feel a comfortable separation from the noise and faster pace of the central area.

We highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We stayed here for 1 night at the beginning and 1 night at the end of our TMB walking holiday
Great location very central for the town also right next to the River - hence its name
Friendly staff, lovely rooms and a great breakfast
Would love to return

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

To find a really good value hotel in Chamonix isn't easy. This summer we spent three nights at Hotel L'Arve. We booked a superior room with Mont Blanc view. The room (with wooden floor) was very nice and we loved the view and the river (L'Arve) which you will hear loud and clear when opening the windows. We also got a nice balcony. The hotel is centrally located and we got very good service. The breakfast is OK. For about 150 Euro in July this is a very good option.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel de l'Arve
Address: 60 impasse des Anemones, 74400, Chamonix, France
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Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Chamonix
#11 Romantic Hotel in Chamonix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de l'Arve 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of Chamonix, near the town's main thoroughfare and its shops, Hôtel de l'Arve enjoys a unique location in the Mont Blanc Valley. This charming three-star hotel has 37 rooms, a wellness area and a flower garden with a view of Mont Blanc. Although located in the centre of Chamonix, Hôtel de l'Arve offers a comfortable and quiet family atmosphere all year round with all the comforts to make your stay a memorable one. Its friendly staff is attentive to every detail and provide a range of personalized services. Complimentary tea time is served for guests every afternoon by the fire in the winter and along the banks of the Arve river in the summer. Looking to get a little fitness in during your stay? Take advantage of the weight machines, climbing wall and sauna in the hotel's wellness area. Hôtel de l'Arve also features six new apartments built using ecological materials and tech- nologies. Ranging in size from 53 to 100 m² (570 to 1,076 sq ft) and combining the comforts of home with all the services of a hotel, they are perfect for holidays with friends and family. ... more   less 
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