You'll need to consider more than just the budget for hotels
Chamonix, you see, is massive and commuting is a must here. There's no way around this - it takes an hour to travel from one end of the valley at the groomed slopes of Les Houches to the other end at Domaine de Balme.
Ski-in, ski-out accommodation is limited and they're generally located next to nursery slopes which are on gentle inclines close to the valley floor.
Chamonix is about skiing high and sleeping low.
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If you're looking for ski-in, ski-out type of lodging, Chamonix is not the place for you. The reason this resort is in the first grade for the ski experience is because the pistes are located at altitude, so snow conditions hold better than terrain at low levels.
The villages and all accommodation are on the valley floor at approximately 1000m, while the groomed pistes mostly start at mid level, about 2000m.
The prime location for Chamonix hotels are ones closest to the center.
A major bus hub is conveniently located just behind the stores along the elegant Rue du Docteur Paccard, where the overhead road crosses over Alee Recteur Payot. It’s just meters to get to the ski buses…there’s none of this trudging for ages with all the ski gear to get to the bus stop.
There’s even a train stop “Chamonix Sud” at the corner of Rue du Docteur Paccard and Ave d’ Aiguille du Midi. This stop is steps away from the center of town, and much closer than the Main Train station which is about a 10 - 15 minute hike away.
The eco-bus, the “mulet” services this area – the closest stop is at the corner of Ave d’ Aiguille du Midi and Rue du Docteur Paccard, and there’s another stop at the Casino at Place Balmat.
If partying is your "thing", it's useful to know that the clubs are located close to the center on the back street between Rue Joseph Vallot and the river, L'Arve.
Because the resort is well spread out, commuting is essential and while I'm happy to accept that, what I don't want is to spend my vacation riding the buses.
The free buses run frequently during peak times and take skiers directly to the cable car terminals. Trains too are free to those with valid ski passes. The cute little eco-bus is a free shuttle that runs around just the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc.
Here is the link to the official bus route.
Cham Ski Resort : Read more about Getting Around By Public Transport.
The Ski Regions : Read more about how to get to the ski regions.
If your budget does not lend to staying at the Center of town, it would be advantageous to stay close to ski regions you'd have most fun at.
Besides considering the budget for Chamonix hotels and the quality of service consider as well:
Is there an in-house food service? Many hotels do not serve dinner.
Is your ski vacation only about skiing the most challenging slopes? If so, there's no point paying a premium to be in the middle of the heart of things.
Or are you looking for a vacation with relaxed skiing and with varied activities?
Perhaps a party time at Cham?
A luxury experience with high end shopping, fine restaurants amongst beautiful people and beautiful stores?
Extensive and varied skiing?
All of the above?
We all only have a limited time on our vacation, so choose hotels Chamonix close to what it is you think you'll enjoy most of all.
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