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“This is your mountain base”
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Hotel L'Oustalet
Ranked #23 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a top hotel in a top location.
Rooms are a little small, and no real space to leave your luggage without hurdling over it. However this small inconvenience is made up by charming hostesses and incredible views of the mountain ranges. For first timers to Chamonix, everyone writes about Mont Blanc... to be honest it doesn't matter what you look at, all the mountains are amazing and there are so many of them too! This hotel does look in the direction of Mont Blanc and is super close, however Mont Blanc is really high up and you may be looking at other mountains or ridges or glaciers, and it doesn't matter as it is gorgeous all the same.
In the evenings, one of my favourite events of the day was to sit outside on the balcony with a bottle of wine and a cigar and watch the sun set on the mountains, amazing and peaceful. And it is cold so the wine stayed crisp.
The town is amazing and close, aprox 500m. make sure you explore all the back streets as Chaonix town is more than just one street. The cable car that takes you up to the look out is less than 400 meters away. This will cost approx 40 euro from memory per person, but is well and truly worth it.
Take ALL your warm clothes, it is very cold up there, i wore 2 sets of gloves and my fingers were still cold.
Breakfast is quite nice at this Hotel and is lovingly prepared. 14 euro is possibly a little expensive for what is on offer, but it is nice and home made, you will not go hungry. The Hotel also offers a great cake and coffee shop... also with a wonderful view of the mountains. Do not come here if you do not have the time to sit and enjoy the view, the room will be wasted on you :)
The owners of this hotel speak excellent english, and there is reliable free internet available, and excellent information available at the check in desk. Additionally it has car parking and is walking distance from the train station.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed 2 nights here in October 2012 and totally enjoyed our stay. The hotel rooms and public areas are decorated like a ski lodge. The rooms are large and very clean. Chamonix is a quaint town and the view of Mont Blanc from Aiguille du Midi is awesome. We are so glad we came here and would recommend it highly.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We can only repeat what others have said. This is a lovely small hotel in a perfect location. Our room, number 15, had a beautiful view from the balcony, and was a good size with a very nice bathroom and separate toilet room. It was clean and well decorated in an alpine style. Staff was friendly, pool area very nice and parking was convenient. We could walk to several good restaurants and to town but were away from the more hectic center. Also located very near the Aguille du Midi which is a wonderful ride. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: Upper floor with view of Mt. Blanc
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karen C
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

The staff was exceptional friendly and our room was very clean although a bit small. We were only missing a minibar/fridge in the room as it was very warm during our stay. Also there are no king size beds available.
The mountain view from our room and balcony was fantastic!
Location was just perfect and the free parking for our car was a bonus.
There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance.
The pool area was also very nice with a lot of space.

Room Tip: Go for the mountain view room (higher floor)
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We would agree with the previous high ratings for location, staff helpfulness, cleanliness and comfortable (firm) beds. We were with another couple and we both had intermittent problems with the internet. This we would consider a small distraction unless you are one that cannot survive a couple of hours without WiFi connectivity. The only other minor concern is the posted note in the room that food is prohibited within the rooms. I have never had this request before. This may be a problem for prediabetic or diabetic patients and certainly makes it difficult finding a place to get a quick snack after hours when you would like to be dressed for bed. This is still a very nice and secure place to stay.

Room Tip: The rooms are rather equivalent and all face the same side. The rooms on the ground floor, however...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank uvsfrees
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Chalet like rooms with toilet separate from bath and sink, and very clean. Located less than 10 minutes from the rail station, and 5 minutes from restaurants. Only issue was the free Internet, it went off for almost 12 hours, and was off and on a few times. Hiking maps would have been nice to offer, but we purchased them from the Tourist center, a 10 minute walk. The water was very hot and instant, the shower as my other France review stated, had a glass enclosure which only covers half the shower, so turning the water on full speed makes a mess of the floor. Breakfast buffet for $14 Euro's was fine, cereal, juice eggs, yogurt, etc., coffee was not to good my wife said. Mcdonald's opens at 10:30, so no breakfast there. There was a good omelette place( La Poele) which served a nice omelette and green salad for $10 Euro, so there are options if you can't get down for breakfast on time. Our 1st floor room #3 looked out on the backyard and had a nice view of Mont Blanc. We opened the door at night (late September) and enjoyed the fresh air with very little traffic noise. The front desk was pleasant and very helpful, the $120 Euro fee from September 22-27 was well worth it. Our double bed with separate down blankets was very comfortable. There are stairs or a lift to get baggage up to the room. We went to the Casa Valerio Italian pizza restaurant 3 nights in a row, go out the front door, go left under the train track, it is only another minute after on your left. The house white wine was $3 Euro, the pizza excellent, and pasta good. (gnocchi's like homemade). I highly recommend this place for a great non French meal. Chamonix is a picturesque town with many nice shops and decent food. There do not seem to be many great walks for us couples who enjoy hiking 3 hours or more at a time. The best walk was after paying to go up the first part of the lift, then walking to the glacier. Better walks are found in Zermatt, longer, better marked with more trail places to eat at. That said Oustalet and Chamonix are nice places to visit and vacation in.

Room Tip: The mountain view is worth it
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed here one night at the beginning of a guided hiking tour. I can't speak to the value because we didn't pay for the room directly. Raves for the location, atmosphere and room. One small complaint - we had a bit of difficulty figuring out how to get someone's attention to order lunch on the patio but maybe that had to do with how hungry we were and the time of day (late afternoon when most people were enjoying ice cream rather than something more substantial). The lawn and pool area are very sweet and I could see spending time relaxing there if we ever got the opportunity to do so again. The views from the property are spectacular (is that all of Chamonix?) and you're very close to the Aiguille du Midi cable car.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel L'Oustalet

Address: 330 rue du Lyret, 74400, Chamonix, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Chamonix
#4 Family Hotel in Chamonix
Price Range: $155 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel L'Oustalet 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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