Chamonix / Megève

Chamonix and Megève straddle Mont Blanc’s north and south faces. For three millennia Megève’s populus was besieged by war, plague and fire. In medieval times, Chamonix’s peasants cowered under towering needle peaks. Today Megève, with its preserved historic center, attracts tourists coming for its serene beauty, sophistication and sports. Chamonix, with its imposing mountains, draws the hard core to ski and attack those rugged Haute Savoie spires. Megève became a ski resort after WWI when the Baroness de Rothschild wanted to create the French equivalent to St Moritz. Then Chamonix hosted the first winter Olympics in 1924. The affluent and influential come to both sides of Mont Blanc to pursue their resorts with equal frenzied adoration.

The skiing is equally different. Megève has 275 miles of pistes with 107 lifts, with sun sparkling off them, like vintage champagne: civilized, leisurely challenging, long and ego boosting. It also has France’s best cross country skiing and 32 palate-tempting mountain restaurants. If champagne-equated runs read too tame, Chamonix, with Europe’s highest number of double black diamonds, is not for the faint-hearted. Attack Grands Montets or, after descending l’Aguille du Midi’s tremulous staircase-on-ice, test your stamina on the Valleé Blanche’s 11 mile, 9,300 foot vertical.

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Special rates on Chamonix ski passes throughout the season. Book by November 30th & get further ski pass reductions during Jan. 4 / Feb. 7 & Mar. 7 / April 3, 2020

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Gateway City: Geneva
Transfer Time: 1.5 hours
Via: Motorcoach

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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
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Hotels in Chamonix / Megève

Chamonix
GRAND HOTEL DES ALPES

The Grand Hôtel des Alpes is a historic hotel going back to 1840. Abandoned for many years, it was an eyesore in the center of Chamonix. All that changed when the hotel was totally renovated and restored in the late 1990s. Today its beaux-arts beauty graces the town’s main pedestrian street. It has 30 rooms with wood-paneled marquetry, eiderdowns and marble baths, half with Mont-Blanc views. It offers just breakfast and afternoon tea; has a pool, Jacuzzi, spa, sauna/steam bath, and masseuse. Drinks are in the cozy bar or library, both with views of Europe’s highest peak. Katia and Jerôme enjoy sharing their Chamonix paradise; perhaps that’s why it’s 3rd on Trip Advisor.

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  • Exterior of Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er in Chamonix.
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Chamonix
HAMEAU ALBERT 1er

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The Albert 1er is unique. It is truly a small luxe farm with: the original 21-room hotel, the 12-suite la Ferme, two independent chalets and two large duplex apartments for families all within a park-like setting. It may be the only farm known to man with all the fixings: Damien Levau’s two-star Michelin gourmet restaurant, inviting bedrooms and a spa with an indoor/outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, masseuse, and a climbing wall. The Carrier family’s fifth generation surely knows how to pamper guests in their park complete with the contemporary Quartz Bar and a second more traditional restaurant. The Albert 1er is truly a sanctuary of comfort and cuisine, and always raising the bar for Chamonix!     

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Megève
Hôtel Alpaga

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The Alpaga, French for alpaca, opened in 2009. Was it a hotel or group of châlets? Turns out it’s both with 27 rooms and suite plus six interconnected chalets and two restaurants, one with a Michelin star, all clustered in their own little hamlet just above beautiful Megève. The eco-nouveau Savoyarde châlets’ simple interiors are designed with natural materials. Sun streams in large balconied bedrooms onto paneled walls, faux fur, rich fabrics of beige, white and charcoal, slate floors, and granite baths. All have views of Mont Blanc. They also have: a spa with a large pool, Nordic bath, sauna, and gym; in-house ski service; a kids’ club; ski shuttle and, yes, if you’re too tired to walk to town, the car awaits. The Alpaga is modern cool, but as the doors open friendly smiles and floral bouquets await ~ a perfect start to any holiday ~

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Book early for certain dates at Hotel Alpaga and save 15%-25%

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