Accommodation in Chamonix

Chamonix, Argentiere, Les Houches, Le Tour, Vallorcine and Les Praz have luxury hotels, chalets, plenty of mid-priced hotel accommodations and endless apartments, ranging from small and basic to luxury condominiums with indoor pools, saunas and spas.

Where to stay in the Chamonix Valley

Chamonix and Les Praz

 Chamonix at 1035m above sea level, is a mountain town rather than a ski resort. Surrounded by steep-sided mountains, it has attracted tourists in summer and winter for more than a hundred years. Its pretty centre is thronged with bars, clubs and restaurants that draw in visitors from the rest of the valley at night. It has two major lift stations: Plan Praz which accesses the Brevent end of the Flegere-Brevent ski area, and the Aiguille du Midi which is the starting point for the Vallee Blanche. There are also frequent busses and trains to the other ski areas. On the outskirts of Chamonix, about 3km (2 miles) from the centre, is the village of Les Praz, La Flegere, which accesses the other end of the Brevent-Flegere ski area. Les Praz gets bigger every year but it still feels more like a suburb of Chamonix than a separate resort.


About 6km up the valley from Les Praz, is Argentiere, home of the fearsome Grands Montets ski area, connected by as well as frequent bus services to Chamonix, but it is much more self-contained than Les Praz and has its own identity. There are enough remnants of the old mountain village to give it some character; the mountains and glaciers above it are stunningly beautiful, and the woods surrounding it are lovely to stroll around, but the high-rise apartment blocks near the lift are definite eyesores, and the road running through the village is surprisingly busy. 

Le Tour and Vallorcine

3km from Argentiere (and therefore about 12 km from Chamonix) is Le Tour. Situated at 1462m, Le Tour is the highest ‘resort’ in the valley, although it’s just a collection of chalets and apartments clustered around the bus stop and lift station which gives access to the Domaine de Balme ski area. At the other end of this ski area is Vallorcine, a remote pretty village close to the Swiss border with its own lift and railway station, some rather grand old buildings (and a few modern residences sensitively developed alongside them) and lots of old-fashioned small wooden chalets. The railway station has trains both to Chamonix and to Martigny in Switzerland. It’s easy to ski between Le Tour and Vallorcine but they are 9km apart by road and separated by a high mountain pass.

Les Houches

Les Houches at an altitude of 1000m is the lowest resort in the valley and the closest to Geneva Airport. The ski area only reaches up to 1900m but it has the best tree-skiing. The village has expanded considerably and now includes L’Essert, Le Fouilly and La Cote, as well as countless chalets stretching up the mountain, so it lacks an obvious centre. Much of the accommodation is in attractive low-rise buildings surrounded by trees and sufficiently far away from the N205 motorway to be untroubled by it, but it can be a long walk (or a short bus/car ride) to the two main lift stations at Prarion and Bellevue, which are nearly a kilometre apart. 

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Hotels and Apartments in Chamonix and Les Praz

Hotels in or near the centre of Chamonix with very high previous guest ratings include Hotel Mont Blanc (5 stars), Le Hameau Albert 1er (5 stars), Auberge du Bois Prin (5 stars), Heliopic Hotel and Spa (4 stars), Grand Hotel des Alpes (4 stars), Chalet-Hôtel Hermitage (4 stars), Le Faucigny (3 stars), Oustalet (3 stars), Auberge du Manoir (3 stars), Hôtel de l’Arve (3 stars), Hotel le Chamonix (2 stars) and Hotel Du Louvre (2 stars). There are plenty of apartments too. At the top end,  Le Paradis 24, Le Ginabelle, Les Balcons du Savoy and La Riviere apartment complexes regularly get high ratings. In Les Praz, hotels highly rated by guests include Hotel Le Labrador (3 stars), Hotel Eden (2 stars) and Hotel Le Castel (no stars). The self-catering apartment Maya is also consistently popular.

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Hotels and Apartments in Argentiere

Les Grands Montets (4 stars) is at the bottom of the Grands Montets ski area, has all the 4-star luxuries you would expect (swimming pool, sauna etc) and regularly gets good reviews from previous guests.  Hotel Le Montana & Spa (4 stars), is similar.  La Couronne (3 stars) and Le Dahu (2 stars) are next door to one another on the road from Chamonix. There is a ski bus stop within 100m of them, but if you want to walk to/from the Grands Montets lift station and home piste, it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. La Couronne is in an attractive and atmospheric old building, and its walls are lined with old photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century showing what Argentiere looked like in that era, as well as 3D maps of the surrounding mountains. It’s family-run and has excellent service. The more modern Dahu has a restaurant which is a cut above what you would expect from a 2-star hotel. Both hotels are close to Argentiere’s most popular bars – The Office and The Savoy. Argentiere also has plenty of self-catered apartments; the most popular complexes include Residence Le Cristal, Residence Grand Roc, Residence de Lognan and Residence Grands Montets.

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Hotels and Apartments in Le Tour and Vallorcine

Vallorcine and Le Tour are very apartment-dominated. Two of the best complexes are the Aparthotel Résidence & Spa Vallorcine Mont-Blanc (Vallorcine) and  Chalet Victoire (Le Tour). But these are just the tip of a very large iceberg which includes plenty of budget options, so use the accommodation finder below to search for more.

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Hotels and Apartments in Les Houches

Hotels which regularly get high ratings from previous guests include Auberge le Montagny (3 stars), RockyPop Hotel (3 stars) and Les Campanules (2 stars). None of them have the luxury of the CGH Hameau de Pierre Blanche which is an apartment complex but is graded as an ApartHotel because of the services and facilities on offer.

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Chalet Holidays in the Chamonix Valley

UK travel agent Alpine Answers offers a good selection of chalet holidays in the Chamonix Valley and they are offering Ultimate-Ski readers a £20 discount per group booking so make sure you mention Ultimate-Ski on their enquiry form if you want to claim this.  Search Alpine Answers for chalets in Chamonix and nearby >




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