We loved this wonderful hotel. Stayed 7 nights the first week of September in the warm and inviting Hermitage Paccard Hotel in Chamonix. The purpose of our trip was to do some leisurely hiking in the beautiful Chamonix Valley. We arrived by shuttle ( booked ahead on ChamExpress - which was fine) from the Geneva airport. We could not have chosen a better hotel or a better location for hiking. At check-in the hotel gives you a tourist pass for unlimited bus or train travel during your stay in the Valley itself (from Vallorcine to Servoz). The hotel is approximately a 5 minute walk from the train station and a 10 minute walk from the center of town. Chamonix is a very tourist-friendly town with many excellent and reasonable restaurants of all types and price ranges. You can buy a Mont Blanc Multi-Pass which gives access to the ski lifts, gondolas, etc. Great for hiking access. Ride up and walk down, walk up and ride down, or whatever.
The hotel main building is a chalet-type with incredible views of Mont Blanc. Many rooms have balconies. We stayed in one of the two Mont Blanc suites in the main building. It had a wrap-around balcony with seating and small table. The views were astounding and indescribably beautiful. The suite had a living room, bedroom, bath (large tub and separate shower, double sinks, separate toilet room, hair dryer, bath toiletry amenities, heated towel rack, window that opened, lots of under-counter storage), two separate closet areas with hanging space and shelves, a safe, a hall entry. It was really more like a small one bedroom apartment - very comfortable and inviting with flat screen TV, table, several comfortable chairs, light, airy, and charmingly decorated - otherwise, everything you needed. Drapes which you could close to completely shut out the light for sleeping.
Room was immaculate and cleaned daily unobtrusively. We slept very late the first two mornings and were never awakened or bothered by staff trying to clean. Each afternoon when we returned, the room was cleaned perfectly. They get an A+ for service.
The hotel is family-owned with the owners there on-site daily. The staff is helpful and makes you feel welcome. There are several lovely common rooms for relaxation and bar service. They also serve light snacks upon demand. Dinner is available nightly (except Wednesdays) for 24 euros per person. It is a set 3 course menu which changes daily. Upon check-in, you are provided with a two week menu so that you can determine if you want to eat in the restaurant on a particular night. You inform the front desk in the morning if you want to eat that evening (we were also able to eat there on our first night after a late afternoon arrival.) The gourmet French food is excellent, beautifully prepared and presented, and the dining room is lovely and quiet.
They have a laptop in the one of the common rooms where you can check your e-mail. We were not charged for this.
Breakfast is 14 euros per person. It has the usual European fare - excellent selection of good breads and jellies, cold meats and cheeses, fruit assortment, juices, hot bacon, beverages of all sorts, and eggs upon request. This is all buffet style except for the eggs. A very good breakfast.
The hotel has free ample convenient parking, a beautiful garden with tables, lounge chairs, trees. It is an extremely welcoming beauty spot in which to read, eat or just sit and relax.
The hotel gave a substantial discount for the 7 night stay. We felt it was one of the best hotel values in Europe we had received. Stay here in beautiful Chamonix. You will have a wonderful time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a magnificent landscaped garden at the foot of the cross-country ski trails, the HERMITAGE provides an ever-stunning view of the Brévent, the Aiguilles de Chamonix and Mont-Blanc. Just steps from the town centre, all the charms of a family guest establishment with that special Chamonix spirit, a blend of warm traditions and attractive modernity. Summer and winter alike, the joys of skiing, hiking and activities nearby with the sports complex located opposite the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chalet Hotel Chamonix