You should definitely visit the starred restaurant. The food is excellent, and the service generally good.
The hotel however doesn't really deliver. We knew the location would not be great - as the hotel is sandwiched between a busy bypass road and railway line, overlooking the dreadful architecture of the national ski school. (But the walk to the centre is only 4 or 5 minutes).
But what was more unexpected was the failings in service. It's not that the staff are not good. They are in fact first class - particular compliments to Lisa on reception and the excellent Colin the driver. Rather it is a lack of management focus - from no one to take your bags on arrival, because he has to serve guests in the bar, to not enough towels in the rooms, to tables in the common parts frequently having empty glasses and not being cleared away. You need to request a turn down service - it is not automatic. And despite the hotel having 2 restaurants, we were told they were both closed when we arrived at 10 pm the first night.
The rooms are spacious, but with a far to complicated light system, which we never mastered in a 4 night stay. Similarly it took me 2 days to work out where the electronic control was to open the shutters in the bathroom. The spa is split between 2 buildings - and whilst the part in the 'farm' is very attractive, the sauna is cheap and ineffective, the hamam didn't work, nor the jets in the jacuzzi.
You pay on a room only basis generally. Breakfast is extra, at 25 euros a head, and whilst it's fine, I was expecting something rather more impressive at that price. I would say the same about the hotel generally.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Le Hameau Albert 1er Hotel Chamonix
- Le Hameau Albert 1er Chamonix