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Hotel Les Grands Montets
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

There is not much about this little cozy hotel on its website or on tripadvisor so I decide to give some full description to help others make their travel decisions and arrangements.

HLGM is located in the town of Argentiere (Grands Montets) about 10-15 minutes from Chamonix Mt Blanc. Grands Montets is a very challenging mountain and it is one of the must visit if you are a keen skier or snowboarder. The Aigulle Verte is a exhilarating run and you will find people come here to experience the mountain. The town of Argentiere is appx 15 minutes by walking and it is charming and rustic. It does not have loud bars or discos. There are a few local restaurants offering charming savoyard food.

Back to HLGM, they have been upgrading the hotel for the past 3 years. We have stayed there in 2009 and also this past Jan. They have done a lot of work to the decoration so that it is a lot more modern alpine versus 1970's ski chalet decor (except that the TV is still tiny and hanging from the ceiling, we give up watching after a while) The front desk, Emilie, was very helpful from when we first started booking. She is also very kind to make dinner reservations or other inquiries on our behalf. The breakfast buffet (the only meal that is served at the hotel) was decent. They have over 15 varieties of jam. There are also good selection of bread, ham, and cheese so you can load up before hitting the slopes. HLGM is located closest to the ski lifts and it takes about 5 minutes to walk there with your gear. If you stay in other hotels you will need to cross a foot bridge (think ski boots and metal steps!)

The thing that made the most impression on us was that the owner, Alain. helped us with our snow chain when the snow didnt stop over night. We had to drive to Maison Carriere near Chamonix for dinner and it was necessary to have snow chains to drive. Alain did not mind getting dirty and he helped us with loading the heavy chains on the front wheel. We really appreciate his assistance.

Overall we enjoy our stay. We really wish that there is dinner service so we dont have to move after we finish a day of good skiing. Or maybe food delivery service?

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

I stayed here with a group of friends for a weekend of skiing, and this was the best choice possible. It is a 3 minute walk from the Grands Montets télécabine, it has a haamam, sauna, pool, and outdoor jacuzzi, and a giant breakfast buffet for a reasonable price to get your tank filled before a full day of skiing. The rooms are very cute and decorated in a classic French chalet style--very comfortable beds. There is also a very nice bar/lounging area with a fire all day long. Non-downhill skiers will love the XC ski trail that is 2 minutes away, as well as the snowshoe trails nearby. We looked into staying here again this season but it is all booked up! We will certainly be coming back.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

I can't really draw fault on this hotel,for a three star it really offers a service that is pushing 4star. Superb spa facilities, (15m pool, sauna, steam, jacuzzi), a large lounge area with open fire, bar, pool table.

What did it for me was the attention to detail in all the fixtures and fittings, from tables made from old sleds to carved marmotts peeping out of holes ;-) the hotel oozes warmth and a feeling of a chalet rather than a hotel.

The hotel is in Argentiere, not Chamonix, but this is why we booked it. It is a hotel placed for those that want to ski (lifts and bus network on doorstep), and that may prefer entertainment from quality food and wines rather than clubs and pubs (that said there are a couple of bars that in the village for a late night bevvie)

Breakfast as others have said is continental, but then you are in afterall in France, and the selection offered and quality of the food was excellent.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone, but if you are after a lively resort hotel, then this is not for you, head to the main town.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

I've ski'd the chamnonix area for the last 6 years and this is the first time we've stayed outside chamonix itself and can't believe we havn't done it sooner. It's excellent location means you feel you are tucked away in a quiet corner of Argentiere and yet you are literally 3/4 mins walk from the Grand Montet cable car. There was so much snow when we were there we managed to ski (up and down hill) from the hotel to the lift.

The hotel itself was reasonably priced, had comfortable, clean rooms, an excellent health spa (pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor jacuzzi), very nice lounge area with roaring open fire for having an apre ski beer, bar, ski room with a free locker with a built in boot warmer for 4 pairs of boots and skis. On the last day they allowed us to store bags in the store room and use a shower in the laundry room - which was very handy.

The staff were generally very nice, in particular the guy who lit the fire every night and served behind the bar. We did have a minor "challenge" with a lady on reception when we asked for directions to a local restaurant.

Breakfast was good, no egg and bacon or waffles with cream but you're in France! so it's charcuterie and cheeses, baguettes, great coffee, fruit, pastries, cereals, fruit juice etc. Restaurant doesn't do evening meals so you need to venture outside.

The hotel does ski passes but you can also get them from the cable car station at grand montet where you can also hire skis.

On restauarants we did the circuit of restaurants recommended by a multitude of people. First up and arguably the best was "La Cremerie" - fantastic fondue - it's primarily a cheese based restaurant, finding it though isn't easy, it took us over an hour! Once you know where it is I reckon it's a 15-20min walk but well worth it. From the hotel you walk up to the cable car station, swing behind it onto the finish area of the piste and then walk up the left side of the piste, you should hit a road and see the tunnel that the piste goes over, follow the road to your left for another 5mins. You'll be in the pitch black, in the middle of a forest and feel you're about to be attacked by a weirwolf but be brave, stick with it and eventually you'll pass upon the warm glow of La Cremerie.

The great thing about Argentiere is it's about a third cheaper than being in Chamonix and yet you can still ski the same area. The Grand Montet is literally outside the hotel and Le Tour etc is only 5mins away. If you want to ski the Brevent area, best bet is to go to Flegere, uplift from there and traverse down the valley to Brevent. Advantage is free parking (if you are in a car) less transport time and more ski time. Parking in cham costs 8 euros roughly for abut 6 hrs.

If you're 21 and want pink vodka served on a bed of techno music, you might be better off in cham because Argentiere is at the quieter end of the scale but it's a brilliant base for ski-ing the cham area.

Hope this helps

Phil

PS: A tip for the hotel - 1) offer packed lunches and 2) ditch the pink plastic chairs in the bar

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

Just back from a short break at this hotel. Really enjoyed the Hotel. Very welcoming and helpful staff. Nice quiet location close to the lifts. Short walk to a choice of restaurants. Lovely breakfast good coffee, juice, breads, cereals, cheese and hams. Cosy bar area. Great sauna, steam, hot tub. All the right ingredients for a fabulous stay. I hope to return.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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