We stayed at La Sapiniere for a family holiday at the start of January.
The hotel is ideally situated looking out over the nursery slopes of Le Savoy and with amazing views of the mountains. It is only a few minutes walk into the centre of Chamonix.
The fabric of the hotel is quite tired. The carpets on the stairs are well worn and not all the doors fit that well.The bar is also too small for everyone to gather in.
However the staff of the hotel more than made up for any shortfalls elsewhere.As previous reviewers have said all the staff are young but unlike other tour staff and reps that we have encountered on previous holidays, they really work hard, are cheerful, chatty and helpful. Tommy and Helen , the managers, both deserve a special mention. They were courteous, professional and helpful, but also with a relaxed friendly attitude. As everyone else has said the food is excellent.
We had our two boys with us aged nine and eleven and did not book the ski school through Inghams as when we booked we had been told that the ski school Inghams were going to use was based in a different part of the resort. We used ESF- ecole de ski Francais which had a base on the Savoy slopes opposite the hotel. The instructors were excellent, all spoke English. There were only two nursery slopes so there may have been more practice areas over at Les Houches ( where the other kids with Inghams went) but as our kids were beginners this worked for us. It was also a cheaper option, although of course you have to sort this out yourselves. However for convenience and a slightly later start in the morning we were glad we chose it for our kids.
On a final note Chamonix was not perfect for us as there was not that many easy access green slopes for our kids to try out, but in fairness Chamonix does not market itself for our type of skier!
PS we had room nine which was on the top floor and had two separate spacious bedrooms and a bathroom which worked for us as a family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arguably the best located hotel in Chamonix. The Savoy nursery slopes are literally just over the road from the hotel, from where the Savoy téléski lift whisks you up to the Brévent gondola, to access one of the best intermediate areas in the resort.Alternatively, the ski-bus to Chamonix's other ski areas stops just 50m away. The hotel's attractive dining room has semi-circular bay windows with stunning views of Mont Blanc. Here you will enjoy Inghams great choice of menus and complimentary quality wines for dinner. Inghams offer the conviviality of larger tables for chalet-style dining with your fellow guests, or the opportunity to dine à deux should you wish. The atmospheric lounge/bar welcomes you for your pre-dinner apéritif and canapés, or to relax after dinner over coffee and a night-cap ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Sapiniere Chamonix
- La Sapiniere Hotel Chamonix