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“A hotel with character. Loved it.”

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Chalet Hotel Gai Soleil
Certificate of Excellence
Preston, United Kingdom
1 review
“A hotel with character. Loved it.”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We stayed here for 4 days hiking in the Alps. We enjoyed it so much that we stayed for another 2 days.
This is the total opposite of the "chain" hotels I stay in for business trips. No false smiles and "have a nice day". This is very much a family hotel with the character of the owners stamped across it. Quirky but fun. We stayed "demi pension" which meant breakfast and evening meal. The breakfast was plentiful and fueled us up for the day. After a hard day's hiking I thoroughly enjoyed the evening 5 course set meal. Very much a "menu du jour" in the French tradition. The staff were great, most spoke very good English and they were happy to let me improve my French with them.
There was excellent local knowledge with the weather forecast posted on the notice board every morning and advice on which passes were snowy or dangerous.
We met a lot of interesting people of various nationalities doing everything from walking the TMB, day hiking, mountain biking, 4-WD driving and a Belgian couple who had been going to the hotel every year for the last 40 years.
We will be going back next year.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We received a warm welcome and enjoyed our evening meal in the pleasant dining room. The choice may be limited but the food is tasty and good value, as is the wine. The lounge and gardens are excellent for relaxing after a day on the mountains. Nothing was too much trouble and we had our washing tumble dried, which was a real bonus.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I was here on my way around the Tour of Monte Blanc. I arrived soaked to the skin. The two little old ladies manning reception didn't bat an eyelid, but insisted I head upstairs, get changed and bring my wet clothes down so they could tumble dry them. What a joy!

Dinner was rather traditional, and with limited choice, but beautifully done. (pea and ham soup or smoked salmon, beef stew with prunes, apricot mousse or fromage frais).

My room wasn't huge, but the bed, if smaller than a double, was bigger than a single.

They have wifi.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Auburn, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

I stayed here with my husband during our Tour du Mont Blanc hike. The hotel was a bit disorganized--it took us awhile to check in, our room did not have any bath towels at first, and we needed to go back to get the right internet password--all of which was a bit frustrating after a long day of hiking, made worse by a lack of English amongst the staff. Our room was a bit cramped, and the layout was odd, with the toilet in its own little room, and the sink and shower in a separate room across from it. Otherwise, the hotel was quite charming both inside and out, especially the garden area and the dining room. For dinner, we had a delightful mushroom soup, followed by a salad, followed by beef and potatoes served homestyle, then cheese, and finally tiramisu for dessert. Overall, was an enjoyable stay, and I would consider returning again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Enjoyed two nights at the Hotel . Great find, Freindly welcome, clean rooms and public areas. Good food and would certainly return. Ideal for those walking the GR5 or Round Mont Blanc so probably bext to book ahead

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here during an MTb tour of Mont Blanc, even faced with four filthy fellows, the owners/staff bent over backwards to accommodate. The evening meal was excellent in quality and value and the rooms were good. Nice lounge and public areas. Compared with all of the other places that we stayed, this was head and shoulders above the others for quality, service and value.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Haifa, Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2012

This is a small traditional hotel, with a nice warm atmosphere, but somewhat old. We stopped there for one night while walking the Tour of Mont-Blanc and felt ourselves very young comparing to other guests… (we are not young). Nevertheless, we were welcomed nicely, the rooms were nice, dinner was excellent - we are vegetarians and the cook overwhelmed us with so many vegetarian dishes we could not overcome all.
The Wi-Fi signal is somewhat weak; we had to stand in the corridor as it didn't reach the room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Chalet Hotel Gai Soleil
Address: 288 Chemin des Loyers, 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie, France
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Les Contamines-Montjoie
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Les Contamines-Montjoie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming Hotel Gai Soleil was once a farm in the mountains. Dating from 1829, this farm has been renoved with care and furnished with an aim to preserve all its rustic character and warmth. You can relax in among the various flowering trees and you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Montjoie Valley. The Gai Soleil is exceptionally located in the heart of the resort and five minutes from the ski lifts. ... more   less 
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