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“Great location - OK value - OK hotel - beware the dogs!”

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Hotel Gourmets et Italy
Ranked #30 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

This is in a great location just down the road from Casino in Chamonix centre. They have 4 parking spaces but the hotel owners will move your car around in parked there.
The dogs are annoying. The annoying black and white one left a "present" in the corridor one day! Not the end of the world but if you are screamish it will be a problem. The dogs are annoying as one of the staff walks around with a toy poodle at ALL times; in the restaurant and all very French and chi chi but alarmed some Americans.
The bedroom was warm and roomy. The bathroom clean, fresh and tidy and up to 4 star standard with gels and good towels.
Bed was solid and despite being thin [see pics] gave a good sleep.
The food at breakfast was adequate but repetitive - again same as most French hotels. Not a full hot breakfast but I didnt expect one either.
The boot room is OK. Beware the hung over guest putting your boots on and not theirs! It is small and gloomy [arent they all] but not an excuse for skiing in someone elses boots all day - poor show!
Good for a skiing break and so close to town but with none of the noise and aggro of drunks outside the door.
Sauna is 7 euro. Beer is 5 or 6 euro a pint - the same as any bar in town.
Reasonable bar with TV. Lounge is for the owner and dog!
No smoking hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

Booked a 5 night stay at hotel gourmets et Italy, chamonis, france for sking holiday january 2010.......packed up and left after 3 nights....the room was classed as double superior but was dark and depressing and not big enouigh for single person let alone 2 persons......ski storage was advertised has heated,,,,,,but was in basement area and very cold.....was charged for 5 nights breakfast...even though i did not book breakfast and left aftre 3 nights....

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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1  Thank scott037
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Reviewed 19 November 2009

We were booked in to two rooms but the family could not stand the smell of the dogs.
We have three dogs ourselves but the dogs here were dirty and peeed everywhere and worse. Had to blame DOGS for bad asthma to get a refund.
Hear it has been refurbisehed but I bet the owners dogs are still in situ.
Would never set foot in place again till owner leaves with his dogs!
Good location and skiing ace - as is night life.

Stayed: January 2008, travelled with friends
1  Thank RichieTrentham
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

This review is a little later but I use this site all the time to help me book holidays so thought it was important that I returned the favour. Bear with me as it is a little detailed.

A group of 4 of us booked to stay at this place for Christmas/ New Years last year, 2008/ 2009. Some of our group came from Australia and some from the US and we had been planning this trip for a long time and had spent considerable time choosing our accommodation. However when we arrived we found the hotel literally under renovation/ construction. Walking into the hotel we had to step over rolled up carpets, furniture, beds, mattresses tools and the like along with tradesman and the constant sound of construction going on. When we checked in the receptionist did not even apologise or comment on the state of the hotel but rather just offered to show us to our rooms. At this stage we thought that maybe they would finish the work that day so we would see how we went. As we were showed to our rooms the hotel got worse. Upstairs it was a shambles. We originally couldn't even get into the lift with our bags because of furniture being moved about. When they showed us to our rooms some of them didn't even have handles on the doors and there were sawdust and wood shavings on the carpet and building material everywhere.

Needless to say we returned to reception and complained and asked to speak with the manager. He initially refused to speak with us but after some time he came down to reception. He advised that we had arrived on the first day the hotel was re opened and that they had been delayed in their building and that it would take a few more days. We queried as to why we had not been contacted about this so as to allow us the opportunity to review our accommodation choice. No real response was given. We advised that we were not happy with the state of the hotel and that we were intending to look for somewhere else to stay. We then spent the first day of our cherished holiday searching the town of Chamonix for some alternative accommodation - which was not easy at this time of year!! Bottom line we found available places however on returning to the hotel he advised us that he would not refund us the full amount of our stay because the hotel is essentially ready for visitors and that it would definately be fully completed in 2 days. After many heated discussions he agreed to allowing us a refund of the first 4 nights away from the hotel and then we would have to return for the last 5 nights. We obviously would have preferred to stay in the 1 place for the whole holiday but he refused to allow us the full refund and because he had our credit card details we had no choice in the matter.

The state of the hotel and the behaviour of this manager was absolutely appalling and I would honestly suggest people do not visit this hotel as clearly looking after their customers is not high on their priority.

Even if the hotel was fully working when we arrived I still would not recommend it. The rooms are really small and stuffy and during the stay one of our rooms had a major water heater leak which made the room smell musty. The storage rooms for skis etc was entered via the side of the hotel where the cars parked. There is hardly any room to get between the cars let alone when you are walking in ski boots holding skis and stocks. It is also a fair walk to the bus stop which takes you to the ski fields.

Stay here at your peril.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank puppas
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Reviewed 13 March 2009

This hotel is in a great central location and just 5min walk to the ski bus.
The lobby areas are quite pleasant but seem to have that old fashioned smell to them (i do have a keen sense of smell ) and was worried the rooms would be the same.
We booked a superior room which was ok but quite small - the bathroom was really nice clean and quite modern which didnt really match the room as it was more dated.
We asked to be upgraded and they showed us the top floor rooms - they are really VERY nice and would not look out of place in a trendy 4* and were only e20 extra per night.
The upgrade is a must here.
We booked B&B but the dining area is absolutley awful - really dated tired and just not nice - the breakfast is shocking - coffee from a machine, dry bread, jam, few paks of cereal, out of date yogurts all just plonked on a table - no waiters just the cleaning lady in her overalls to re-set the table. To top the whole thing off they have 2 dogs (which I dont really mind) but one of them is really old and has the most digusting growths on its legs which I could'nt really stomach looking at whilst trying to force any food down. - sorry Im a dog lover but...
The ski room is just a cold damp cellar with a bench.
We generally liked the hotel - mainly because the room was so nice - but be VERY VERY careful as when we tried to check out they tried to overcharge us by e260.
We booked through a reputable web site and was quoted for B&B but the hotel tried to charge us the normal tarrif and e29 per day for breakfast.
As we left at 8am the manager was not there but had left it for the night watchman to do who could not speak any english . I refused to pay the full amount especially as he had our file out which clearly showed our booking price but agreed to pay some which was still e70 more but our transport had arrived by then

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank casealwayspacked
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Reviewed 25 January 2009

Clean, tidy and good location.

2* quality.

A bit pricey, but it is central Chamonix.

It was handy to have car parking on site.

The main gripe was that breakfast was foisted upon us and was not optional. At €14, this was steep for the usual eggs, jam, bread, ham and cheese continental thingy. For that price, I want eggs benedict or something a bit more special - even a mcmuffin!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank VespaBoy
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

Despite the hotel looked lovely at the start, the 2nd day money (200 euro) was stolen from our hotel room. (Ofcourse we should have known better and never leave valuables in your room, but we where trust giving (and dumb) and where going to ski Vallee Blanche so didn't want to carry all around.)
For so far no major issue, these things happen.
The bad thing was the reaction of the management, being extremely defensive.
1. "If you travel around the world, you know this happens"
2. "You should have left it at reception" (they happen to have a safe)
3. "I trust my staff"
4. "We have so many people claiming stuff, you could tell me you had one million euro's in your room...."

I was absolutely astonished... Being told off where I at least would have expected some sympathy and some sort of feeling responsible what happens in your own hotel (I talked to the owner Mr Eric Pantalacci). I didn't ask the money back, I just reported a theft in his hotel...
He even walked away from our (absolutely decent) discussion. I asked him what I should do if he didn't want to take it up seriously, go to the police? He told me to do so, so that's what we did.
(Police, who were extremely friendly, did go along to talk to the staff).
He talked to his staff next day (after asking him several times), the result was that it couldn't have been the staff since they where not allowed to look in drawers. Right.
If you need to go here, really do watch your belongings.... Especially reaction no. 4 gave us the feeling more goes missing in this place (the manager said himself that you even have to leave your camera at the reception, for so far trusting your own staff).

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 96 rue du Lyret, 7400, Chamonix, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #30 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Price Range: £98 - £314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gourmets et Italy 3*
Number of rooms: 37
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