The one thing you are likely to be not told about regarding hotels in Chamonix is their proximity (or lack thereof) to the slopes and free transport. This is the one key factor that will give you the best value for a trouble free vacation.
You'll need to factor in the convenience or otherwise of proximity to your preferred slopes and/or the location of the bus and train stops.
While there's no question the prime location in Chamonix and the most conveniently located hotels and apartments are right in the center of Chamonix Mont Blanc, you may want the charm of a hamlet, a fully serviced chalet, or on-snow accommodation.
Ski Regions | Not Interconnected
The issue of location of hotels in Chamonix is important because NONE of the extensive groomed regions of Chamonix are interconnected and the resort is so enormous, skiers will need to commute to any of the 5 regions by road or rail.
In our simplified orientation map of the resort of Chamonix France. The vast groomed regions are serviced by local villages and charming hamlets, but the travel time is about an hour from one end of the Valley to the regions at the other end. Chamonix hotels away from the main center are likely to be better value but do ask about getting to/from the lifts and access to the activities in town.
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Chamonix hotels and apartments at the center are without question, the most desirably located. Even expatriate workers choose to live in or within 5 minutes of "downtown" as this is where "it" all happens. This is the most attractive part of the entire resort and where you'll see the beautiful people strolling, shopping, enjoying the restaurants, coffee shops and partying.
Getting around Chamonix Ski Resort is efficient and free to those on a valid pass and I'd recommend selecting well located hotels in Cham's extensive valley.
Fact is, you'll need to be a fan of the Chamonix ski bus. irrespective where you're staying.
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For non-skiers, you too are entitled to free transport in the Valley with the Carte d'hote obtainable from hotels and hosts. You'll use this to the fullest as there's just loads to do for non-skiers on a Chamonix winter vacation.
So, the first step in reviewing Chamonix hotels and apartments is to review the pistes and ski regions to decide where you'd have the most fun.
If partying is on the agenda for your winter vacation, decide where is closest for access to clubs, bars and restaurants. Free public transport, as you can understand is limited at night with night buses operating with reduced frequency. Remembering the resort is vast, taxi fares will be likewise pricey.
Note too, many Chamonix hotels do not serve dinner.
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