When booking accommodation, we always look to TripAdvisor for reviews of the facility--particularly comments about the hosts--and specifics of the location since we generally do not rent a car.
The reviews proved to be true both of Chalet Blanche and its owners. Debbie and Alastair deserve the plaudits they have received: they were helpful with information about Chamonix/attractions/the weather forecast, reliable in getting us to/from the train station and preparing our breakfast, took an interest in their guests, and were generous. They genuinely care about their guests' experience.
The chalet was very comfortable with cozy sitting areas, a guest kitchen and room thermostats. We appreciated (and used!) the honesty bar and laundry facilities. And the location was very quiet. The views of Mont Blanc and the Bossons Glacier were wonderful, and enjoying a drink on the deck overlooking them was a lovely way to start our visit.
For those travelling without a car, Chamonix and Chalet Blanche are great choices. As mentionned, Alistair provided transportation to/from the train station, and the chalet is within easy walking distance of the town, the cable car to Aiguille du Midi and the train to Montenvers. But there is also a free town minibus which passes not far from the chalet and a valley bus which stops at the corner. Trains and buses in the valley are free with the Carte d'Hote pass provided by the Chalet.
We found that the ice train to Montenvers and the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (at 3800 meters) can each take up the greater part of a day if you want to take in the sights, do some walks and eat on site. The views are spectacular and not to be missed! At the Plan de l'Aiguille, there is a refuge at about 15 minutes' walk where you can buy food/drinks and eat at picnic tables with a superb view over the valley. And there are many other things to do in the valley. We particularly enjoyed the Alpine Museum which had a number of interesting permanent displays (with descriptions in English as well as French) and a temporary exhibit which also had a comprehensive English hand-out.
Because the weather was inclement for a couple of days, we ate in--no hardship in such a comfortable atmosphere and with take-out from Le Papillon. We can highly recommend both hot dishes and salads from this establishment (a good resource for the train, too). We can also recommend Patisserie Richard and restaurant Le Chaudron.
We spent six very enjoyable nights at Chalet Blanche and highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet Blanche is a traditional chalet that has been refurbished to a very high standard with 8 en-suite bedrooms, sleeping up to 20 people. It is located in a quite area but is just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Chamonix. Offering B&B accommodation in the summer and fully catered in the winter we offer something for everyone in the magnificent Chamonix valley. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Blanche Hotel Chamonix