Initially I was a bit disappointed by the room on arrival, as I'd paid for an upgrade to a superior room. After a few days, I accepted I was being a bit picky as it is basically a three star hotel and maybe I've just been spoilt in the past. The fixings on some things could do with being looked at. Having said that, the view of Mont Blanc is magnificent and more than makes up for the basic decor.
I have to say, the bed in fact was very comfortable and the walls must be quite thick, as I'm a light sleeper and didn't hear a peep from anyone at night.
What makes this hotel a real pleasure to stay in, are the staff. From beginning to end, we received nothing but a warm welcome and professional service from them all. Anthony, Anna, and Monika (to name a few) are a real credit to the hotel.
They have a nice spa area on the lower ground, where there is a nice hot tub, outdoor heated pool, sauna and steam rooms to chill out in after a hard day on the slopes.
The massage we had was so good, I could have quite easily drifted off in the relaxation room afterwards, but had to go to dinner instead.
The dinner (we paid for half board) was superb. I was a bit surprised to find that we still had to pay supplements if we wanted some of the items, but with drinks, this amounted to about an extra £150 for the two of us over the week, so not too bad and meant we had a greater choice of food.
The breakfast spread was sufficient. A good choice of what I'd call "continental" items, along with some eggs, bacon, sausages and hash browns if you wanted them.
We came here in January for the skiing and were pretty lucky with the snow, as it had dumped about two feet of the stuff a few days before we'd arrived.
The hotel provides your own locker in the ski room downstairs, which is heated and plenty big enough to accommodate two snowboards, boots, helmets and gloves. I prefer this over some places where everything is just left on a rack in a room, where so many people have access.
The position of the hotel to the ski resorts is good in a way, as all the free shuttle buses stop right outside. If for example, you chose to visit the Le Tour ski area (my favourite), it takes 25 mins to get there by bus numbers 1 or 12. I think the buses are about every 10 mins on most days, but the hotel provides a timetable which shows all the routes available.
If you do visit, take a trip into town (less than ten min walk) and stop in "PIE" for lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed a hot chocolate, quiche and pastry here, which is justifiably known as the best in town. Also the Green Soft Bar right next door for some quality Italian styled food!
Be aware that most places close for lunch from 12:00 until 14:30 but the Green Soft Bar is open during this time.
To sum up. I'd certainly stay here again, but feel the room rates are quite high for this type of hotel.
When booking this trip, I chose to go through Direct Ski to get a much lower rate and then paid the hotel directly for an upgrade to a superior room (£25 per night).
I then used Chamonix Express for the transfers to and from Geneva (about £70 each) and flights from London to Geneva with British airways (about £90 each). I chose Business Class on the outbound only, so we had the extra ski carriage free and use of the Terraces Bar at Gatwick, which you can only use if travelling Business or First.
I also bought our lift passes directly via the Chamonix.net local website, which posts them out to you, so you're all set when you arrive.
The plus points of doing it that way, is that you can pick and choose your own convenient travel times, but still get to join in on the "package holiday" excursions they lay on.
Whilst the others were up and out early waiting for the coach, we could have a nice lay in, relaxing breakfast, check out at noon, take a leisurely lunch in town and wander back to get the mini van outside the hotel, for a fast transfer back to Geneva.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Refuge des Aiglons with its 107 rooms attracts mountain-lovers and families, both in the summer and winter and a clientele more studious during the mid-season thanks to its spacious seminars rooms. As well as the restaurant and the bar, the hotel offers the services of a genuine mountain SPA, outside swimming pool, steam room and sauna in the garden of the hotel, body care centre and fitness area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Les Aiglons Resort And Spa
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