This was our first time vacationing chalet-style. Apparently it is more of vacation style of Europeans, but seeing as we were going to Europe for a ski holiday we thought we'd do it the European way! Upon arrival, David, one of the two chalet owners, showed us around and offered to drive us into town (Chamonix). We ended up walking into town (it took us about 30 minutes, probably faster in the summer when the path is free of snow and ice). It was a beautiful walk along a protected pathway adjacent to a cute stream.
We spend the next two days skiing. David offered to drive us each morning to whatever ski area we wanted to visit. (He even drove us to the ski rental shop the night we arrived and helped us choose our equipment.) The chalet is closest to the Flegere ski lifts, but accessible by car to all the other areas in just a few minutes. The buses are also quite efficient, and there is a bus stop for the 2 and 11 lines right outside the chalet.
The highlight of our stay was the food we ate at the chalet and the social atmosphere in the evenings. David recently hired a new chef who made outstanding food. We indicated by email ahead of time that one of us was a vegetarian, and although I don't believe the message made it to the chef, he was extremely flexible when we told him in person, and cooked outstanding food for both the general group and the vegetarian.
After a long day of skiing, it was wonderful to come home to tea and freshly made baked goodies, lounge around in the hot tub or in front of the fire place, and then sit down to a delicious multi-course meal. Everyone staying there was friendly, and we thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of the guests and the fun we had getting to know them all.
The rooms are cozy and perfect for falling into bed. While the internet wasn't so strong on the second and third floors, we found that it worked well enough in the common space.
All in all, we had a terrific weekend and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Vert et Blanc is owned and operated by Jackie & David and has been open since 2004. Operated as a catered chalet during the winter ski season and bed and breakfast during the summer months. The chalet is a real home from home. Guests have use of the spacious sitting room dining room 8 en- suite bedrooms sauna & outside hot tub. The winter catered package includes, breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and dinner 6 nights a week. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Vert Et Blanc Hotel Chamonix