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Hotel La Chaumière Hotel 2 star
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322 Route Des Gaillands Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

It may be setback from the centre of Chamonix and have very simple guest rooms, but La Chaumière still has plenty of selling points. The communal areas, renovated in 2012 by the new owner, are delightful and the welcome here is one of the warmest around. A great hotel for fans of the mountains who aren't too demanding when it comes to room comfort.

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    Location 5.0 /10

    La Chaumière is located in the village of Les Pècles, about a mile southeast of Chamonix' centre (a 15 minute walk). However, the bus stop 100m from the hotel and the Les Moussoux train station (the train only stops if there are passengers) 150m away provide easy access to town. It is also easy to find parking near the hotel in summer, which is certainly not the case in Chamonix.

    Accommodation 5.80 /10

    The 23 guest rooms at La Chaumière divided among two floors (with no lift) offer simple comfort. Single, double, triple and quadruple rooms are all available. The decor and furniture are minimalist and the room size varies, but overall they are very pleasant. No two rooms are alike, and some are loft rooms. The big shortcoming is the bathrooms; in five of the rooms the bathroom is a 1m² plastic shower/toilet/wash basin unit, while the others are small bathrooms with showers. The rooms on one side (the road side) have a view of Mont Blanc and the Bossons Glacier, while the rooms on the garden side look out over the Brévent and the Aiguilles Rouges. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, but there is no television in the guest rooms. There is also a free safe at reception.

    Overview 7.10 /10

    The La Chaumière hotel, located in a long building on the roadside, was taken over by a Finnish couple in spring 2012. While the outside might not be very attractive, there is a pleasant surprise awaiting inside the hotel. The new owners have entirely redecorated the ground floor (lobby, bar, lounge and restaurant), and we have to say we like it. Red, white and grey are now the predominant colours in a Scandinavian-inspired setting. The mix between soft fabrics, antique objects hung on the walls - including several pairs of skis -, and modern furniture gives it a cosy feel that makes you want to settle down for a chat after a long day of hiking.

    Food and drink 6.90 /10

    The dining room is equally as charming as the lounge bar. The room is bright, comfortable and carefully decorated, with a large fireplace. Breakfast and dinner are served here as a buffet. The wide variety of dishes are made from fresh products from the market. La Chaumière proposes half-board packages.

    To know

    In both summer and winter, La Chaumière's main clientèle base is hikers. The hotel's previous owner was a mountain guide who built up a network of colleagues and clients.

    The hotel works with tour operators specialised in hiking, particularly with guests from Germany and New Zealander in the summer.

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    • Internet access

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