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James Bond and Mont Blanc. Chamonix is likely to make you think of one or the other. They go together - the thrills of climbing the icy ravines of Mont Blanc, hurtling down La Vallée Blanche, or sipping your drink with an epic backdrop are all very Bond. If you're serious about skiing Chamonix go straight to our Guru's list of the best places to stay in Chamonix.

If you still need convincing that Chamonix is the perfect destination for you, here are some good reasons to visit.

Bond's Chamonix - Dramatic Winter Sports Playground with Added Après-ski

Beloved by winter sports enthusiasts from Olympic standard downwards, the best places to stay in Chamonix provide the opportunity to enjoy some of the world's most dramatic, and scarcely believable, challenges. You've seen 007's stunt-tastic descent in 'The World Is Not Enough' - that's what it's like. And if you prefer to take your ski chase off piste there are plenty of really thrilling rides, though for some of them you'll need to get yourself a guide (read local agent), as there's a real threat of crevasses.

As far as the après-ski is concerned, like Bond, you'll need to know where to go. But this is where your local 'contact' will be able to point you in the right direction. And there are plenty of Brits and Scandis here to cast as agents of your megalomaniac nemesis.

Chamonix for Mont Blanc

For many people the highlight of a visit to Chamonix is the view from the Aiguille du Midi cable car, as you head towards perpendicular cliffs. For some it's the view from the top of Mont Blanc, a breathtaking vista of Alps. Another favourite is the chocolate box view of Mont Blanc as it towers above… as you sip hot chocolate in a cosy Chamonix cafe? The highest mountain in the Alps she, and her attendant glaciers, both crown and dwarf Chamonix.

From the best places to stay in Chamonix you can find the more active end of the Blanc fan club as Chamonix is the 'home' of Apline climbing. Mont Blanc takes two to three days to climb. It's snowy but not steep, but you do need crampon experience. Nights are spent in huts and it's pretty busy in summer. There's also plenty of rock climbing and mountain biking.

The Best Places to Stay in Chamonix

The Best Places to Stay in Chamonix for Mont Blanc

  • Le Jeu de Paume has a traditional alpine lodge feel, with woody decor, lots of big open fires and generous leather armchairs. This hotel also has its own mini après-ski scene, and a restaurant with a reputation for being one of the best in the Chamonix valley.
  • Hotel Oustalet is another charmingly traditional feeling hotel with a chalet feel. Just a few steps from the Aiguille du Midi cable car, this hotel also has lovely, sunny terraces.
  • L' Hermitage is centrally located, but the views - from your private terrace - will astound.
  • The Hotel Eden is ideal if you're looking for a home way from home - but with spectacular views. Only 100ms from the Flegere cable car, this hotel has rooms, family suites or self catering options.
  • Le Labrador's balconies open right onto the golf course - and behind it Mont Blanc - so it's a good choice for a summer visit. Its 35 rooms and three suites are comfortable and affordable.
  • If you're here to ski and you don't want frills and fuss, Les Lanchers is perfect for you. Simple and contemporary, this hotel has private balconies and mountain views.

The Best Places to Stay in Chamonix for Bond

  • Five stars worth of grand 19th Century hotel renovation, the Hotel Mont Blanc is a luxuriously chic option with a ver Bond-esque bar.
  • If you're looking for a hideout, you need the Auberge du Bois Prin. There are only 10 rooms, it's traditional and owner managed. Also great for summer walking trips, it's easy to imagine making a quick getaway towards Mont Blanc via the Brevent-Flegere piste, only 300ms away.
  • If you want to be in the thick of things, Le Hameau Albert 1er is just 2mins from the pedestrianised centre of town. Its restaurant has two Michelin stars, and it has a bar and spa you can imagine Bond unwinding in after a day dodging bullets on the slopes.

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  • Hotel Eden

    Les Praz de Chamonix

    Simple modern bedrooms and family suites plus six self catering apartments just 100m from the Flegere cable car. Michelin recommended restaurant offering contemporary and classic french cuisine. A great choice for families.

    31 rooms from $90
    Skiing  -  100m from the cable car. Ski back to the village.
    Active Holiday
    Views  -  Views of the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc
  • Les Lanchers


    Recently renovated ski hotel just a few steps from the Flégère cable car offering exceptional hospitality at a reasonable price. Choose between 15 cosy renovated rooms and 8 superior rooms in the modern extension. Service is outstanding, the vibe informal and the food local and excellent.

    19 rooms from $99
    Skiing  -  Great location near the Flegere cable car
    Value chic
  • Hotel Slalom


    A simple hotel in a great location. Contemporary and comfortable rooms with TVs and wifi. Cosy bar and lounge. Great for those who want to spend all day on the slopes.

    10 rooms from $111
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Le Morgane


    A contemporary hotel with an excellent Michelin starred restaurant and spa. All rooms and suites have private terraces with wonderful views. The rooms are cosy with light wood and subtle lighting. An understated ski hotel with delicious food.

    56 rooms from $111
    Foodies  -  Michelin starred dining
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
  • Le Labrador

    Les Praz de Chamonix

    Located right on the golf course, the Labrador works for both summer and winter stays. The wooden building is an attractive mix of alpine and Scandanavian with ample spa facilities for the less energetic.

    35 rooms from $112
    Golf  -  Right on Chamonix's golf course.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Hotel Oustalet


    A charmingly traditional hotel. Rooms and suites with a mountain chalet feel - all wooden walls and beds with lovely sunny terraces. A cosy sitting room bar with fireplace, outdoor swimming pool for the summer, and during the winter a sauna and hot tub.

    15 rooms from $129
    Skiing  -  Stone's throw from the Aiguille du Midi cable car
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Le Jeu de Paume

    Chamonix (Le Lavancher)

    Traditionnally decorated with wood galore yet all modern comforts plus extras including swimming pool, sauna and hammam. Great views both up to Argentiere and down to Chamonix and ideally situated for skiers being midway between the two. Well respected "Le Rosebud" restaurant.

    29 rooms from $157
    Views  -  Great views up to Argentiere and over the Chamonix peaks
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • L' Hermitage


    A gorgeous hotel with two separate chalets in an excellent location. Breathtaking views just steps from the town centre. Luxurious chalet rooms with wooden beams, elegant furniture, sumptuous bedding, and huge private terraces. Great for families or groups of friends.

    25 rooms from $167
    Views  -  Stunning views of the surrounding mountains
  • Auberge du Bois Prin


    Unpretentious traditional hotel in a hillside position overlooking Chamonix with outstanding views from each of the 10 bedrooms over Mont Blanc. Michelin starred dining specialising in organic produce from the garden. Only 300m from the Brevent-Flegere pistes.

    10 rooms from $220
    Skiing  -  Huge range of skiing including the famous Vallee Blanche
    Restaurant  -  Michelin starred dining
    Great walks  -  350km of waymarked trails in the surrounding area.
  • Le Faucigny

    Chamonix (118 Place de l'Église)

    Chic and cosy interiors create a unique balance between a traditional home and a modern guest house. Rooms feature stylish furniture, comfortable beds and are designed to be super functional even in a small space. A duplex room, bunk beds and board games make it an ideal choice for families.

    28 rooms from $241
    Local exploring  -  In the heart of Chamonix, close to churches, traditional farms and old-style chalets, with wonderful views of the mountains.
    Active Holiday  -  Being in a popular ski resort area, there are lots of outdoor activities for guests to indulge in.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Le Hameau Albert 1er


    The ultimate hotel for mountain mad foodies! Two Michelin starred dining, along with both contemporary and classic style accommodation in the centre of Chamonix. In addition top notch spa facilities to ease those aching muscles after a day on the slopes.

    33 rooms from $252
    Spa  -  Offering full range of massages and body treatments.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/Outdoor pool facing Mont Blanc
    Views  -  Superb views of Mont Blanc
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, I Escape
  • Hotel Mont Blanc


    A grand 19th century hotel renovation with Five Stars, a gourmet restaurant, and luxurious spa. Traditional elements - black and white chequered floors, and high ceilings with huge windows - blend with contemporary design for classic chic effect. A spoiling hotel for a ski holiday.

    40 rooms from $269
    Skiing  -  The hotel operates a free shutttle bus to the slopes
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Active Holiday

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