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Hotel Les Campanules
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Les Houches
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 January 2011

This hotel is perfect for a trip to Chamonix, particularly if you have a car.

You can't really head there and expect 5 star luxury, cos you won't get it, but you will get pleasant service, a breathtaking view, free parking, and a decent hot breakfast for 9 euros pp to start the day with.

I will say that my room (a mountain view triple) had only average bedding which made for an average night's sleep, and that the toilet/shower is ordinary (shower not really enough space to turn around - you knock the tap either making water very hot, or freezing!), but it still does enough for what you need.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel highly for an alps holiday, it is nice to save some money on the hotel when everything else in the region is fairly expensive.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2010

Enjoyed a fantastic stay in the Chamonix Valley end of August 2010 with 6 nights at Les Campanules.
Chose this hotel as a "no frills" option. i.e. We just wanted a reasonable price, good location and a good base to sleep.
It ticked all the boxes with the surprise of a hotel view that probably can be beat.

Good Bits

Our room - 3rd floor, clean, Mont Blanc views from balcony , seperate bathroom and seperate toilet. Certainly enough room for us.

Restaturant- great breakfast, very good start to the day. Evening meal was €23 for a 3 course meal of the day or a choice from the a la care menu. Have to say that the 2 main meals we went for were OK but nothing special.

Language- We found that all staff could speak reasonable English.

Free trains & buses - Trains departing 5 minutes to the hour every hour throughout the day. Ticket covers stations St Gervais to Vallorcine which takes about 90 mins. Try 1 resort hang around for 1 hour and then take the next train. Prisitine clean trains.
Train station is 5-10 minutes down the hill and 10 - 15 minutes coming back up to the hotel.

Bad bits

Trains & Buses - Fantastic service but the last train back in the evening is 19:40 from Chamonix.

Taxi from Chamonix- 30 -40 Euros for a 10 minute journey.

Hotel distance from Les Houche - About a 20 minute walk which was fine in the day but in the evening the thought of walking back and up the final hill was not very exciting.

Service - We found the service very cold which was strange as we saw the same staff (5 or 6) every day for nearly a week, whilst bars, restaurants,shop owners in the surrounding area were extremely pleasant.

1 receptionist was unaware of 1 of the major train stops in Chamonix.
When asked if they knew a guide price for a taxis from the hotel to Chamonix, simply said "no". We were then forced to ask "well ,can you find out?".

The free bus/train tickets were not handed over on our arrival but came about because we started to ask questions regarding prices and schedules.

**** If we had stayed a few days I feel 4 stars/ very good were an appropriate rating but the lack of smiles, rapor and general feeling of coldness with the staff really began to grate on us.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2010

Excellent. Comfortable. Great launch spot for climbers, trekkers, and adventurers of all ages. Dog friendly too.

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Reviewed 30 March 2010

Myself and a friend stayed here for four nights whilst on a boarding holiday! Firstly I would like to say what a beautiful setting the hotel is in, very peaceful and a great view of the mountains!! Although it's a little out of the way from après ski there is free train service ( train station a 5 min walk from hotel) to nearby resorts such as chamonix!

The service in the hotel was outstanding, nothing was too much trouble and the owners were really lovely people. The shuttle service they have running down the the slopes was really handy and all free of charge!

We ate in the hotel and the food was fabulous!! Really lovely area just to be able to have a drink after a long day on the slopes too! Nice open fire and comfy chairs :)

If I had to say anything negative about the hotel it would be that the rooms were pretty small and it would be nice to have a more private shower area! Also a kettle would have been handy! But other than that a great stay, definitely recommend and would visit again!

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2010

This hotel has a lovely location - in the middle of the forest with deer surrounding. Amazing views of the surrounding mountains and area. The hotel has a smart lobby with good decor and lovely log fire. Big games/relaxing room on the first floor with a pool table and tonnes of comfy chairs. The food was a nice surprise - generous self service breakfast including hot bacon and eggs. 3 course dinner on the set menu was a real treat. The rooms were very disppointing. VERY small with no separate bathroom but a sink/shower/toilet all built into the room. Due to the location, the hotel also puts on a free shuttle service to and from the slopes each day. This service is very limited (between 9 am ish until they decide to stop and around 5pm in the afternoon). So it is not possible to go for apres ski or have a late lie in one morning. It is very difficult to organise taxis in Les Houches so you are quite limited if you miss these services. The distance is not walkable! Good value if you don't mind very small rooms and being restricted on travel to and from slopes.

Stayed: March 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 March 2010

Having read a few reviews on this hotel I was preparing for something a little more down at heel than I discovered. The communal areas in the hotel are stylish and comfortable. We loved the open fire and cosy sofas, great for pre dinner drinks or whiling away a whole evening. There's a lovely bar serving vin chaud and crepes which is ideal after a hard day on the slopes. Staff were really friendly and hardworking. Our room was small but perfectly formed. We had twin beds and a double sofa type bed - OK for 3, but would have been a push for four, however that's pretty typical for the French Alps. The bathroom was clean, would have loved a bath, but we only had a shower. Still, there was plenty of piping hot water and towels provided. Yes, the corridoors are a bit plain as someone mentioned, but who cares?! All in all, I would definitely recommend this place, we ate in the restaurant and had a delicious meal. Breakfast buffet was also good, plenty on offer and a good variety. Also tried La Delice in town for a meal - another good find. You can reach it with a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We had a car which was probably the best option for reaching the slopes. The hotel will shuttle you to the train or bus stop but I think having a car is much easier from what I could see.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

I booked this hotel via Hotels.com, and got a pretty good deal. Went to Les Houches for a ski weekend so stayed for a very short amount of time. The lobby in the hotel was very nice and cosy. The rooms were not bad at all, great value I would say. More importantly the room was clean and tidy. The hotel offered complimentary shuttle service to and from the slopes. The only draw back is that it is quite far out from shops/restaurants so you will need to catch a taxi in the evenings. Taxi's in that part of the world are not cheap.
Staff were friendly, breakfast was very good. Overall good value for your Euro.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: 450 route de Coupeau, 74310 Les Houches, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Les Houches
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Les Houches
Price Range: £56 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Les Campanules 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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