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Review of Le Hameau Albert 1er

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Le Hameau Albert 1er
Ranked #21 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
England
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98 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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“Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We had lunch in their restaurant with friends; four of us. We chose the set meal; €24 each.
The starter is buffet style - plenty of choice. Main course a la carte. Selection of desserts to die for; again buffet style, help yourself (as often as you like!) We then had coffee and petit fours in the garden. Beautiful flowers. It was July, very hot and we ate outside.
OK not cheap. €200 for the four of us incl. three (relatively small) carafes of wine, water and coffee, but as a one-off the service is excellent, views outstanding, and although in the centre of Chamonix, it was very quiet sat outside.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

The Hameau Albert 1er has an impressive view on the Mont Blanc mountains, as has every other house, hotel and restaurant in Chamonix. It adds to that spacious and well equiped suites (at least if you book a room in La Ferme) around an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants, one of which even having two Michelin stars, although it's not even worth one, alas. Definitely stay in this hotel, but look for food in the center of Chamonix, were a brasserie as L'Atmosphère has a lot more flavour to offer, right above the wild mountain river Arve that intersects the city.

Other minuses are the limited breakfasts, the lack of airconditioning (hot days are scarce over there, but when they come, they are REALLY hot), and a small welcome attention (some fresh fruit, a glass of champagne,...), as you have in other five star hotels, would have been appreciated.

On the plus side is the friendly service, the free underground parking (hardly used by most of the guests, strangely enough), the astonishing views on the snowy mountains from your balcony at La Ferme (be sure to book a room over there, NOT in the main building!), the central location at walking distance from most of Chamonix and its must-see sites (the carfree shopping area, the cableway to the 3800 m high Aiguille du Midi, the funicular railway to the Montenvers glacier, the parapente landing area,...).

Room Tip: Ask for a room in La Ferme! And prefer 1st or 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

Spent 5 nights away skiing and stayed here. This was the best choice... Incredible place, great room..( we stayed in the small room) and was perfect..good size with great bathroom and brilliant views of the mountains. Service is brilliant, spa really really good. Best spot for a jacuzzi looking up to the snow capped mountains !
I would reommend this and will be going back.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Phil C
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

Stayed in La Ferme room this January during the high season. The rooms are very nicely decorated and quite fresh. La Ferme building is convenient for going to the spa/pool (part of the pool is outdoor which is a nice plus) and feel a bit more special and cosy. The only con to my taste is very low ceiling in the room.
Location of the hotel is very good. A 2-3 min walking distance to the main village "promenade" and most of the cafes/restaurants.
The nearest ski lift is Brevan which is a 3 minute drive from the hotel and guest can use the shuttle bus which would also take you to the other ski lifts but drop-off and pick-up times needs to be agreed as there is only one shuttle bus.
Breakfast is fairly good (especially for a french hotel). We opted for Nespresso machine which was in free self service use rather than the much worse coffee from the bar.
Had a dinner both at the traditional restaurant and the 2* fine cuisine place (twice).
The traditional restaurant was a complete disappointment with very rude Metr/sommelier and mediocre food at unjustified high prices. The strangest thing was the wine list with quite a nice selection of "value" wines with.... up to 400% margin on them. In France. Hm.....
Albert 1er restaurant is one of my favorite places in France. Great bar with live music for an aperitif before dinner. Good food. Good service and a wine list with prices sometimes rivaling London high street shops. Not bad for a 2* Michelin restaurant.
Overall - a fair 5* experience in one of the most challenging skiing areas in Alps.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

We spent a weekend here to celebrate our 20yr Anniversary. We definitely chose the right place. For Skiing was amazing. The service in the hotel was the best Ive ever had. As soon as you arrive the service begins they took our car keys parked the car in the garage unloaded all our bags and ski gear and dekivered it to our room. There was a free shuttle to go skiing. The michelin starred restaurant they have is out of this world such fantastic service and staff and the food amazing .... highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

Hi again, my wife, daughter and I have stayed in this hotel for a week in January , 2013. We have booked a Luxury room with fireplace we have not been disappointed. The room is large enough or a family of 3 or even 4 . It has a large bathroom, separate area for an extra bad (for kids) with their own plasma TV. The balcony is small but the view of Mont Blanc and mountains around you is breathtaking!!! I would give this hotel a solid 4 star rating, just because they missing out on a small things :)) (one waiter at the breakfast, they forget to restock themini bar with water, etc.), but like I sad overall experiences very pleasant and I would definatly come back!

Room Tip: Try to get higher floor in a main building ( 3rd or at least 2nd)
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GAN50
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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2012

We selected the Hotel Albert 1er for its exclusiveness, world-class restaurant, and amazing La Ferme rooms. We were not disappointed on any of these levels. We had a memorable Christmas Eve dinner at their 2-Michelin starred restaurant and the food was absolutely incredible. The sommelier assisted with our selection of wines for the duration of our 6-day trip and was both friendly, approachable, and flawless in his suggestions. The other restaurant staff was also top of class. As I said, our room was amazing with its views over Chamonix towards Mont Blanc. The amenities are too are extensive from fitness to sauna, to steam room and massage, along with indoor pool. One of the other amenities was the free shuttle service to and form the slopes. We enjoyed this for the first few days, until a trip to the Le Tour ski area. The weather was inclement with snow/rain mix. At the top of the hill the driver stopped to let us out, but failed to set the parking break. He exited the van to retrieve our snowboards, then I exited the van and only to see it start rolling down the incline with my wife hanging inside. For anyone that knows, the parking lot at Le Tour is long and at a decent incline. The van quickly gathered speed and I grabbed the open side door and dug in to slow its acceleration. For the next 5-10 seconds I pulled on the sliding door, digging my boots into the snow and ice and was able to keep the van from picking more speed. My drag on the van's motion eventually pulled the vehicle to the right towards me and was fortunate to hit a nearby truck that stopped the van, at which point the driver caught up to the vehicle and was able to climb in. My wife, clearly shaken, exited the vehicle and to my relief with no complications from the impact. The van door was damaged and showed difficulty closing. The driver was clearly upset about the incident, but motioned us to go ski, so we did. As mentioned, the poor weather caused the mountain to close by noon, so we took the bus back to the hotel. As the day wore on we realized how lucky we had been and that the family with two girls dropped off before us wasn't involved in the incident. We also heard nothing from the hotel asking us about how we were. Around 5p I went to complain to the hotel about the incident and the lack of care, the seriousness of the situation and the fortunate face that the van did not go all the way down the hill and gather more speed. I also expressed disappointment in this 5-star hotel for not having a note or message waiting for us in our room regarding the incident asking to follow up. We felt it our responsibility to point out the significance of the events. After several minutes, the lady at reception assured me that it was the manager's intention to contact me after 6p, which I found to be convenient. She assured me as the manager did later they were busy with the damage to the van all day. Not what a guest who was in harm's way wants to hear. Around 6:15p I received a call from the manager and we discussed it and she offered a free drink in their Quartz Bar as recompense for our frailed nerves. We should not have had to contact the hotel to discuss this matter, they should have been up and down all over this matter. Still not satisfied with their response, I am now making this post so that safety may be improved and such incidents avoided. This could have ended much worse.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Le Hameau Albert 1er
Address: 38 route du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Chamonix
#9 Luxury Hotel in Chamonix
#11 Spa Hotel in Chamonix
#17 Family Hotel in Chamonix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Hameau Albert 1er 5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the foot of mont Blanc, Pierre Carrier, Perrine and Grand Chef Pierre Maillet have taken over this hotel, devoted to exceptional cuisine and local delicacies, founded in 1903 by 'great grandfather Carrier'. The rooms in the main hotel or the chalets in the garden offer both modern and warm comfort. On the one hand, there is the superb menu at the Albert 1er with its elaborate recipes influenced by the Piedmont and Liguria and, on the other, the Maison Carrier restaurant with its specilaities to be enjoyed in the atmosphere of an old farmhouse or on the terrace while gazing out at the majestic beauty of mont Blanc. The indoor/outdoor swimming pool also boasts views of the eternal snows on the roof of Europe. An equally stunning and delicious address for winter or summer stay. ... more   less 
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