With its charming town and year-round appeal to mountaineers and walkers as well as skiers, Chamonix has no shortage of hotel accommodation, but fewer chalets on offer. Since there’s so much competition, whether in search of luxurious heights of five-star accommodation like the longstanding Hameau Albert 1er, in situ since 1903, hip modernism like the four-star Morgane, or a simple B&B, hoteliers are likely to be flexible on dates rather than enforcing Saturday to Saturday.
The spread-out nature of Chamonix’s four main ski areas means that it’s important to think about which to be closest to before deciding on where to stay. Powderhounds may prefer to stay in quieter Argentière for easy access to the Grands Montets, for example, while staying in out-of-town Les Houches best suits intermediates.
The easier slopes of Brévent-Flégère, along with the spectacular heights of the Aiguille du Midi are most easily accessed from town, but whatever their skills, many visitors may decide that being here, with the majority of restaurants and bars, is most important. There are accommodation options for all budgets in the traffic-free and more lively resort centre and lift passes include public transport around the valley, including the Mont-Blanc Express Train which runs hourly between Servoz and Vallorcine, stopping at all the villages of the Chamonix valley.
For further Chamonix inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best restaurants and après ski.
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