Located in fashionable Chamonix, Hôtel l’Héliopic is a comfortable, modern property with chic interiors and spacious rooms. With a convenient location and large spa and pool, it offers a great mountain base.
Hameau Albert 1er
Open since 1903, family-run Hameau Albert 1er has been welcoming visitors and adventurers for over a century. The hotel is made up of four traditional wooden chalets alongside a more modern building and has been run by the same family since its establishment. From humble beginnings, the Hameau Albert 1er has grown into a stylish Relais & Chateaux property with a focus on gastronomy and relaxation.
The 37 rooms and suites are divided between the modern Albert 1er building and the more rustic La Ferme. Rooms in Albert 1er have sleek lines and contemporary styling, while rooms in La Ferme have a more traditional mountain style with wooden beams and floors. All are extremely comfortable and offer all modern amenities.
There are two on-site restaurants: La Maison Carrier is the traditional bistro offering a wide array of typical Savoyard options, while Albert 1er has two Michelin stars and is the hotel’s highly-regarded gastronomic restaurant.
Along with easy access to the ski slopes or mountain hiking paths, the hotel has a large indoor-outdoor pool, a spa, gym and climbing wall.
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The rooms are spread across two buildings, each with its own distinct style. Those in the Albert 1er, the original building, are individually-styled in a contemporary manner with designer furniture and decor in blues, greys, and mauves. Rooms in La Ferme are more rustic and built with wood reclaimed from old chalets across the Alps. The traditional Alpine architecture is combined with modern furniture and amenities, private balconies with view of Mont Blanc, and large bathrooms with separate baths and showers.
For larger groups and honeymooners there are also a selection of family suites and independent chalets on the property.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Chamonix. Visitors will find many shops, bars and restaurants within a five-minute walk of the hotel and many of the town’s main attractions, like the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi, within a ten-minute walk.
Food and drink
The hotel’s La Maison Carriere is a popular choice even among locals for its wide variety of classic French cuisine as well as heartier Savoyard fare. The fine-dining restaurant, Albert 1er, has two Michelin stars and is acclaimed for its emphasis on simplicity but the big, bold dishes it still manages to produce. If guests don’t want a large meal, they can head to the Quartz Bar, a wine and cocktail bar that also serves gourmet tapas.
Facilities and activities
The hotel has an innovative half-indoor, half-outdoor swimming pool with a glass divider that comes down in the winter months and allows the pool to be accessible year round. Le Bachal spa offers a steam room, a Jacuzzi and massage treatments. There is also a small gym as well as a rock climbing wall.
We love Hameau Albert 1er for its refined chalet atmosphere, fine dining options and relaxing swimming pool.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Get out onto the trails and into the mountains around Chamonix on a full-day privately guided hike. You’ll ascend into the high meadows for panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks, and return via another route passing a quiet mountain lake.
The alpine scenery of Chamonix is unveiled on this tour of the mountains and glaciers with a local guide. You’ll take in the views from the summit of the Aiguille du Midi and visit the ice cave in the Mer de Glace, France’s largest glacier.