Chamonix: famous for that rare mix of breathtaking scenery and vibrant, traditional town, for its perfect location in the shadow of Mont Blanc and under an hour from Geneva, and perhaps even more importantly, for its unbeatable ski area.
Having long held the number one spot for off-piste and freeriding, whilst also appealing to families, couples and simply those looking for an exciting escape to somewhere unique, it’s no suprise Chamonix is still frequently described as the Capital of the Alps.
The extraordinary mix of ski areas means that whether you’re looking for a serious challenge or just a chance to improve your skills, the legendary Grands Montets, and the Balme, La Tour, Brevent and Flegère areas will be more than enough to keep you busy.
But even without the spectacular ski area, regular Chamonix-goers are well-aware that the town that awaits beneath the mountain is far from ordinary. Much more than just great shopping and an amazing selection of bars and restaurants, the resort has a one-of-a-kind vibe – during the day and into the night. But if you're not a regular, why not check out our Video Guide to Chamonix?
It also has some pretty fantastic accommodation. We’ve expanded our accommodation in Chamonix recently, meaning we can now offer an incredible variety of fresh, contemporary hotels - as well as great value apartments and some very cosy retreats.
The beautiful La Ginabelle provides luxurious chalet-style apartments and fantastic modern facilities including a stunning pool, spa and gym.
A great alternative is the 4* Mercure Chamonix Centre. It boasts cosy but modern rooms and is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the train station. A careful blend of traditional features and fresh twists helps to create the hotel's welcoming atmosphere. It's worth fitting in a visit to the alpine-inspired restaurant, La Cordée, and maybe a drink or two at the fashionable 4810 bar.
The polished Le Morgane, is another great option, with a fabulous blend of contemporary and unique, rustic features, as well as pool and spa - all just a couple of minutes from the town centre.
The funky, modern La Chaumiere Mountain Lodge has a Nordic feel to it. Situated close to the train station in a quiet spot 10 minutes from the resort centre, this hotel makes a perfect choice for those looking for a comfy, relaxing base in bustling Chamonix.
The traditionally designed Les Balcons du Savoy is a highly-rated residence with wood-clad interiors and a warm, cosy ambience, as well as a high quality spa.
The smart Hotel Les Aiglons provides a unique take on alpine accommodation, with well-designed rooms and an excellent spa, right next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car.
Posted on Thursday 06 Dec 2012