My boyfriend and I (ages 21 and 20) had a fantastic holiday here. We were looking for cheaper all inclusive ski holidays, and frankly we were very pleasantly surprised!
First off, the food was brilliant. Cooked breakfast every morning, delicious soups and cakes served every day at 3/4pm (just what you fancy after a tiring day on the slopes), and 5 course meals every evening of your choice (apart from the staff's day off on Wednesday). It was all seriously good quality and beautifully presented - you soon learnt the importance of pacing yourself! The head chef, Mark (who we got to know quite well) previously worked in a Michelin star restaurant and was extremely talented. What's more, the wine is all included as an extra perk.
The staff were the other highlight of our trip. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful, with a good knowledge of the area. As soon as we stepped off the plane we were met by smiling Inghams reps who systematically directed us to the bus for a stress free transfer. The team leader when we were there was a lovely man called Gaz who bent over backwards to make sure we had everything we needed. They even took us on a bar crawl around Chamonix with discounted drinks all the way! You will see how much they need their day off as they work so hard.
The location isn't the best sadly and the lifts require a bit of walking to, but it wasn't really a problem once you got to know where the bus stops are.
The rooms are pretty basic, but they were cleaned daily and ours had a view of Mont Blanc so no complaints there really! The ski boot room was also a bit shabby and not completely secure.
Our trip was made in early December, so the 'early snow' discount prices applied. However this was not the best move as I'd say three quarters of the lifts were closed - either because there wasn't enough snow to cover the runs, or they couldn't be bothered to piste the runs until peak season which was a shame and meant we got bored of repeating the same areas. Fortunately we had a late flight home on Saturday 21st (when the peak season started) so had a morning of skiing down all the untouched, newly pisted, empty runs as it was transfer day!
We booked through a company called Igluski, who get the business for Inghams. The website looks a bit dodgy and there have been some bad reviews about them, but my experience was flawless! I first rang up and spoke to a lovely woman called Emily and she sorted everything for me. Also, if I had a query I rang her personal line and she remembered who I was and sorted it quickly. I was a little worried something would go wrong as it wasn't like other flights I've booked (e.g. we couldn't self check in online) but it all went exactly to plan. I personally think being completely free of stress plays a big part in a successful holiday, and it was exactly that.
I'd recommend Inghams to any kind of party who likes good food, not too bothered about the rough edges, and generally wants to have a fun and relaxing holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arguably the best located hotel in Chamonix. The Savoy nursery slopes are literally just over the road from the hotel, from where the Savoy téléski lift whisks you up to the Brévent gondola, to access one of the best intermediate areas in the resort.Alternatively, the ski-bus to Chamonix's other ski areas stops just 50m away. The hotel's attractive dining room has semi-circular bay windows with stunning views of Mont Blanc. Here you will enjoy Inghams great choice of menus and complimentary quality wines for dinner. Inghams offer the conviviality of larger tables for chalet-style dining with your fellow guests, or the opportunity to dine à deux should you wish. The atmospheric lounge/bar welcomes you for your pre-dinner apéritif and canapés, or to relax after dinner over coffee and a night-cap ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Sapiniere Chamonix
- La Sapiniere Hotel Chamonix