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“Great Location & Value with Super Friendly and helpful staff !”
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Hotel Richemond
Ranked #14 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
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2 reviews
“Great Location & Value with Super Friendly and helpful staff !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2010

I booked Richmond hotel last minute as i had a mishap with a friend that could not join in Courchevel so decided to take a solo trip to Chamonix instead
The hotel is old but it so central that you are literally 5 mins walk away from everything in the town !!! They gave me a double room so as i was on my own so i cant complain about the space.. The reception is extremely helpful , on the night of my arrival they kept me for about 20 mins to explain how everything works in town , buses , trains , ski hire , lifts .. and it goes on..,,

the room was clean but basic , clean towels everyday ,,plenty of hot water for Apres ski baths ... the breakfast buffet was basic but plenty of food to stuff yourself before you hit the slopes

In the minus side the rooms could be a bit warmer as the radiators are very very old and he WI-FI connection (3 Euros for 8 days )works only in the reception, lounge- breakfast room (depends where you sitting) which is a bit annoying as you have to carry your laptop/ iphone and enter the username and code everytime you use it...

In a nutshell i will be going back as its GREAT value and you cant beat its location ...

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2010

Since so many of the accommodations in ski destinations are booked by the week due to package holidays, it makes it difficult to go just for the weekend or even for the night. We live just over an hour from Chamonix and could easily make a daytrip out of it, but wanted to experience apres-ski and a bit more of the town. I wasn't expecting to find anything when I checked a few days ago for a room, and I definitely wasn't expecting to pay less than 100€/nt to stay in such a central location. I was thrilled when I came across this hotel and the great reviews.
We arrived midday and we were given our room immediately. The woman at the front desk was wonderful, so friendly and helpful and really took the initiative to make sure we knew where to keep our skis, how to use the local bus, where to ski, etc. I've stayed at other ski hotels for just one night and found the service to be terrible, likely because we would be there only one night anyway. I was really impressed with the service we received despite our short stay.
The location is excellent, right in the centre of Chamonix, restaurants, pubs, etc are right out the door. We did not take the ski bus but instead drove to Le Tour to ski, but the bus pick up was right outside. There was storage for skis downstairs at the hotel, plus the hotel had parking.
The room boasts incredible views and was generally clean and well-kept and if you're expecting a 3-star hotel (which we were), then that's exactly what you'll get. The bathroom had the basics, but the towels were disappointing (rather thin, almost like a kitchen towel used for a hand towel). There was a bath, and then a shower-hose-nozzle thing, but no shower curtain, etc. Only hand soup and packets of body wash, no other amenities in the bathroom, which again, I guess I wouldn't expect for this level hotel. The beds looked like the covers were thin, but once in them, they were fine and we stayed warm. The closet was pretty small, but that was no problem for us as we were only staying the one night. Otherwise the room was a good size with a desk, vanity table and a chair in addition to the 2 twin beds.
We paid extra to have breakfast at the hotel, €7.50 each, and it was convenient and had all the basics as far as yogurt, fruit, croissants, baguette, hard-boiled eggs, juice, coffee, tea. Definitely nothing extravagant and would probably get old after a few days, but everything was pretty good quality.
Overall, we would definitely choose this hotel for another stay in Chamonix in the future. It's amazing value for being ski season, especially for the location and the quality. They could easily charge more (although I wouldn't necessarily pay it). I'm not sure I'd be up for spending a week in that room/bathroom, but given a budget, it would be an excellent choice. Plus, you're not in the room much anyway.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2009

Staff was very helpful in directing us to good hiking. Spoke English well. Room size was very generous for two. No air conditioning, but we didn't feel we needed it --even on hot days of July the town cooled off enough in the evening to wear a light jacket. I noticed some reviewers talked about how they only had a shower, while others only had a tub, in their BRs. Ours just had a tub, with a hand-held attachment that one could use to rinse hair with. Without a shower curtain or mount for the attachment, you couldn't really use it to shower. Speaking of curtains, the only ones in the bath were sheers that barely covered the windows; this made us reluctant to turn on the bathroom lights at night. And this was the first hotel I've stayed at in years that didn't have a hair dryer in the room (we searched the room, though didn't ask for one). It was ok to go out in the summer with wet hair, but seems like this would be pretty essential in the winter.

The view from the breakfast room is incredible (as was the view from our room). Really good croissants, but the fruit salad was pretty tasteless.

Internet service is available (in lobby only) at a low cost if you've brought your own computer. We just used the free wireless available outside the tourist info center (using the TICham connection). It's available even after TI is closed if you have a computer.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2009

The location for this is great, on the main pedestrian street. As others have mentioned the place is like a retirement home, once the leave the lobby the place is just stark white. It could be really improved by some pictures on the wall. Hotel rooms are not as bad with nice wallpaper and comfortable beds.

Place did not have A/C so during the summer you will probably want to open the windows at night. The problem with this were all the birds waking you up, also come 0700-0730 the city starts to come alive and with the hotel located between a major street and the pedestrian area will have vehicles and street cleaners. If the birds did not wake you the trucks probably will.

Breakfast was your basic French two star fare(bread, drinks, yogurt, etc) however the bay windows in the breakfast room give you a great view of Mont Blanc. Plenty of local restaurants for at night just a few mins away. Turn right from the entrance to get away from the main crowds and get a few places that have a view of the mountains.

The owners were very nice, quick to provided any help and were able to provide answers and recommendations on what to do.

Hotel has one of the few open area in the front of the hotel with a garden and tables and seats; with the many grocery stores near the hotel it is easy and nice to go get some cold drinks and sit outside at the end of the day.

Hotel has free parking but can only fit smaller cars, there is also a free public parking space across the street, a paid public area next door and an underground public area down the street. There is a reserved spot in at the hotel for arrivals and if you do want to park in the underground area the hotel visitor card provides a discount.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2009

Just got back from the hotel and enjoyed my stay - yes the hotel could do with a lick of paint here and there but you also feel if they did it might ruin the style, the quirks are what make it - vintage lights in rooms, chandeliers, antique mirrors and tiles floors in reception + a genuine Rene Pierre foosball table and they keep everything very clean. The staff were faultless, always very polite and friendly, didn't ever see the waiter that hassles people - maybe he has left or somebody has had a word? Great location - on main street near bars and restaurants, buses to all Ski resorts outside back of hotel - very handy. Room was large with plenty of wardrobe space, large bathroom and lots of space - great for a ski trip...

Stayed March 2009, travelled with friends
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2009

First of all, let's get one thing straight. This is a 2 star hotel, and is priced accordingly. So gripes about the thinness of walls, and the odd bit of scuffed paint need to be tempered against the fact that it's pretty much the cheapest place to stay in Chamonix. And you really do get value for your money.

The staff are lovely and so helpful. They wil give you any info on the surrounding area you can ask for. They also really kindly made us breakfast at half three in the morning because we had an early transfer!

The location is brilliant. You are a stone's throw from every bar and restaurant in Chamonix. The Ski room is at the back of the hotel which is opposite the central bus stop, so you can literally walk out the door with your skis and hop straight on a bus to pretty much any slope.

Breakfast is well stocked and you get a lovely view from the dining room. The hotel itself is a brilliant old building, which aparently is an ex Gestapo headquarters, but I couldn't get anyone to confirm that! They also have a comfy lounge and a games room for guests to make use of.

Rooms are warm, and the twins are spacious. Lots of hotwater in the bathroom too.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in central Chamonix on a budget. My friends and I would definitely go back again and again.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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In a Cheese Shop
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2009

Set on the main pedestrianised street, the Richmond is well located with the slopes bus stop at the rear of the hotel.

The hotel does have something of retro feel about it but that works for it with the open fire in reception vey cosy.

The staff are wonderful but the walls really are paper thin.
Our room was located near the lift, which was in regular use during the night, and was crying out for a refurb,together with the space capsule shower, it proved an interesting experieince.

Althougth the toilet flushes are Niagara like, and you can hear the people next door change their minds, this hotel has a lot of charm.

There is boot/ski room in the basement which you must use as we couldn't find any lockers on the slopes to leave your boots or skis.This requires a 10Euro refundable deposit for a lock.

If you can resist "saying zis only once" during your stay you will enjoy the Richemond.

  • Liked — The staff and location
  • Disliked — badly in need of a refurb.
  • Stayed February 2009
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Property: Hotel Richemond
Address: 228 rue du Docteur Paccard, 74400, Chamonix, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Chamonix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Richemond 2*
Number of rooms: 53
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