We wanted a reasonably priced hotel close to the excellent skiing area of Les Grand Montets in Argentiere with a family room that would comfortably accommodate a family of 4. La Couronne is a traditional hotel with a lovely old-fashioned feel to it. Our family room (No. 1) was a decent size - 2 single beds pushed together with a quite large annexe containing bunks for the children. The bathroom is a little awkward in its layout (a bidet placed next to the bath means you have to climb in over the end of the bath - we could happily have done without the bidet!), but nothing that inconvenienced us too greatly. There was always plenty of hot water, the beds were reasonably comfortable, although the mattresses could benefit from being updated (the bunks were more comfortable). It was nice to be able to open the window to allow in some fresh air, although this did mean there was traffic noise early in the morning. There is a small balcony beyond the annexe with room for 2 chairs - we had poor weather, so didn't really make use of this, but it really is just for sitting out rather than eating. There was a fridge (extremely useful) and a table so it would be possible to buy food and eat in the room, should you choose not to go out all the time to eat. We had breakfast each morning for 9 euros each and we thought this was reasonable value. It is an eat as much as you like breakfast buffet with ham, cheese, cereals, eggs, breads, fresh fruit, excellent pastries and cakes. There seemd to be adequate seating and on one morning when there were no tables left, one of the staff instantly made up a table for us in the salon next door to the dining room. The salon is a nice place to sit in the evenings, to have a drink (bring your own - there's no bar at La Couronne), read, or play one of the many board or card games that are on offer. The staff were very helpful and friendly and all spoke excellent English. If you are skiing, there is a bit of a walk (about 15mins) to the Grands Montets lift. Not so bad on the way down, but a bit strenuous coming back up the hill! There are buses up the hill to the left of the hotel (a 3 minute walk) going to Chamonix itself or La Tour in the other direction, but buses to Grands Montets were less frequent in April (I think they run more often up until the end of March) and they are free with your lift pass or with a Carte d'Hote which the hotel will give you. It is possible to ski back to close to the church square opposite the hotel by taking a route off the final red run back to Les Grands Montets, then taking a track to the right through trees (signed for La Cremerie). It's a Langlauf trail and when we were there, did not have much snow left on it - but earlier in the season it may even be possible to avoid walking at all. Argentiere is basically one long road, so the hotel is within easy reach of a range of restaurants catering for different tastes and they're not too expenisve by ski resort standards. There are also several shops including a supermarket, tobacconist and pharmacy very close by.
We were very happy overall with our stay - the hotel suited our needs and budget. It is not luxurious, but it has a pleasant atmosphere and all the basics that we needed.
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