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Le Refuge des Aiglons
Ranked #11 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
London
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Winter review”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

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.

Room Tip: If you can get a room on the Mont Blanc side, the views are breath-taking. Most of the other sides g...
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

Our first time skiing in Chamonix and couldn't have chosen a better base - I absolutely agree with other reviewers that 3 stars does it no justice at all. Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, clean, super big room with loads of storage, good secure ski locker, next to the bus stop, excellent breakfast, couldn't fault in any way. Outdoor pool and hot tub great fun and 10 min walk to the very centre of Chamonix. Friends who stayed in a super hotel in the resort centre loved their hotel but between revellers and snow machines were awake all night every night - we heard nothing. For those new to Chamonix I would definitely recommend a car as there's lots of different areas to ski within a short drive.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2012

For the price, quality, location and facilities this hotel would be very difficult to rival anywhere. The hotel itself is very modern and clean with a great on site restaurant and pool and spa facilities.

Its also within 10 minutes walking distance of the town centre, restaurants and tourist info. The rooms were fresh, clean and felt cosy and inviting.

A recommended excursion to do while you are in town is the Mer de Glace its amazing! just ask at the tourist info.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

This is an excellent hotel by ski resort standards. The location in Chamonix Sud is about a 5-10min walk to the town centre. However there are several good bars and restaurants close by. Chamonix is not a ski in - ski out resort and you need a car or to take the ski bus to reach the ski areas anyway so the location is not an issue. Rooms were on the small side but decor and bathrooms were nice and modern and it was well sound-proofed. The best things about the hotel are the communal areas. There is a comfortable bar with open fire, outside heated pool and hot tub and sauna and steam room. It was wonderful to sit in the hot tub and look out at the mountains beyond. Breakfast was plentiful although the buffet did get a bit chaotic and things were running out after 8.30am in the morning.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

We have stayed at this hotel several times already during winter season. It is located close to Aiguille du Midi cable car and approximately 5 minutes from the centre of Chamonix. Just across the street you can park your car, and there you will also find ski bus stop. The rooms were clean, but not very big (I'd say a typical French standard). The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool, which could be bigger. It gets crowded especially during the apres ski period. It also has sauna in a small building next to the swimming pool. It is usually not very hot, but after sauna you can cool down right next to it in the snow (if there's any).

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tokioska
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for business for 3 nights. It is a Best Western hotel, but you wouldn't think so if you walked in. I think it overclasses a regular best Western hotel. The netrance is warm and cozy due to the fireplace which is located in the bar. The staff is very nice and friendly. Rooms are a bit small, but when staying there, you mostly need the room for sleeping (you will be skiing or working all day anyway). Room and bathroom are clean and the rooms all have a balcony. The rooms facing the street are smaller than the ones facing the mountains (the other side of the hotel).
Breakfast is good and plenty of choice. If you have skis, they give you a key to the locker room in the basement and every room has its own locker!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

We stayed for the New Year vacation and really enjoyed it. The most pleasant thing for us was the friendly staff. They really made our trip very enjoyable addressing our numerous questions with smile and diligence. Thanks to Aza, Miguel, Ramina, Marjerie, Zara, Alona, Marlene, Antoine and others (sorry if I forgot anybody or misspelled) who were always happy to assist.

The hotel booked us a taxi for a lengthy trip and when they later discovered we were not happy with the service provided they took initiative to complain to the taxi company and negotiated a partial refund. We travel a lot but do not meet such devotion to services too often. Well done and keep up the standard!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Julia Z
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Property: Le Refuge des Aiglons
Address: 270 avenue de Courmayeur, 74400, Chamonix, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Chamonix
#5 Business Hotel in Chamonix
#7 Spa Hotel in Chamonix
#14 Family Hotel in Chamonix
#17 Romantic Hotel in Chamonix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Refuge des Aiglons 4*
Number of rooms: 107
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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