We booked La Fontaine on the spur of the moment. The price was economical, and the hotel is close to Chamonix. Our first impression was that it was a little difficult to find even though a sign is visible from the main highway. The exterior is a little kitschy but still homey. I speak basic French so I could communicate with the hostess; at first, she seemed stand offish, but she was friendlier by the time we checked out two days later. Room and bath were very clean and comfortable, but the furnishings are dated and the carpet is worn. The pool was very clean and well maintained. Showering before using the pool is mandatory--good policy. We didn't try the sauna. The self-service breakfast was basic but plentiful--eggs, bread, meats, yogurt, juice, and cereals. Noise from the highway is audible if the doors are open. Their website claims they have air conditioning, but no control or vents were visible; our room may not have been equipped, but it was okay as it was not needed. Small indoor games area and a fireplace are near the dining area. Not a bad place for the money, and I imagine that it is a great location for skiing in the winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the valley of Chamonix (74) in front of Mont Blanc and the Fiz, Hotel La Fontaine is pleased to welcome you in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The Fontaine has an indoor pool heated all year, with free access for all hotel guests, as well as sauna and hammam.L'hotel has a large parking area that is being available. The rooms are spacious, soundproofed rooms with bath and separate toilet, Wifi, telephone, flat screen TV. Enjoy the ski slopes of the Chamonix valley with over 108 km of track. From the summit of the Aiguille du Midi, 3842 m, in Chamonix, the famous descent of the Vallee Blanche 20 km is a unique course in glacial mountain. This is an opportunity for skiers to experience the wonderful world of high mountains, in the heart of the largest glaciers of Mont Blanc. Access to La Fontaine access Management has taken: THE A40 motorway exit FAYET top of the viaduct TUNNEL "THE CHATELARD" Second exit right after the tunnel Chatelard LA FONTAINE - Vaudagne ALWAYS FOLLOW THE FOUNTAIN (we are 4 km before the center of Les Houches) SITUATION GPS - N45 '54.993 "(Min) - E6 46.047' (Min) ... more less
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