My stay at the hotel started off auspiciously when I entered my room and looked out of the large windows onto the balcony and Mont Blanc. It was then that I noticed a group of snowboarders snaking down the mountainside, and what I would later learn to be the Vallee Blanche. Awesome start to a great snowboarding holiday. If you can get a room on the Mont Blanc side, the views are breath-taking. Most of the other sides give you built up views of the town.
The hotel is warm and inviting, with extremely friendly and helpful staff. I stayed on the top floor, and the final room on the corridor, facing the mountain. The room was large, well lit, very clean and had balcony access with a mountain view. There was a well provisioned gym/fitness centre on the next half floor up, although I never had the energy to go after a day out snowboarding.
We ate in the hotel restaurant several times, and the chef always had a different special ready for us each night - The food was well made, well presented and delicious - international dishes plus local fare typical of the Haute-Savoie cuisine of the area - I was/am addicted to the fondue!
The hotel is situated in a corner of the town, with a bus stop nearby, which is great for getting round to the various skiing areas around the valley, and if you have a valid skipass, it is free! A regular bus service makes sure that you can be on the piste within minutes of leaving the hotel, although it can take a while in the morning rush. Chamonix is not like your typical resorts, in that it is a town in the mountains with 5 local skiing areas. A 5-10 minute walk will get you from one side of the town to the other. The hotel offers secure storage for your gear, although I always took my board with me up to my room.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, speaking English well (not typical of French establishments, in my experience, even today!) and they made us feel at home. I particularly enjoyed relaxing by the open fire, near the bar for a late nightcap. For those more adventurous, there are many bars, clubs and restaurants within a few minutes walk. Being situated near the edge of town mean the hotel area was quiet, undisturbed by late-night revelers - but close enough to keep it accessible if you fancied a night out.
On the more expensive side than most hotels in the area, it is definitely worth the extra spend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Les Aiglons Resort & Spa with its 107 rooms attracts mountain-lovers and families, both in the summer and winter and a clientele more studious during the mid-season thanks to its spacious seminars rooms. As well as the restaurant and the bar, the hotel offers the services of a genuine mountain SPA, outside swimming pool, steam room and sauna in the garden of the hotel, body care centre and fitness area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Les Aiglons Resort And Spa
- Hotel Les Aiglons Chamonix
- Best Western Chamonix