Centrally located in Chamonix, Hameau Albert 1er is an indulgent Alpine retreat that prides itself on its rich history, fine dining and comfortable rooms. Guests also benefit from a large pool and easy access to all the town’s attractions.
Set at the foot of Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix is Hôtel l’Héliopic, an elegantly modern property right next to the cable car station. The open layout of the hotel is sleek, modern and stylish with pared-back decor, designer furniture and a muted palette of greys and neutrals that runs throughout.
The open-plan lobby runs the length of the main building with lounge and games areas, and a children’s corner with large-screen TV and play room. The simple, modern style of the public areas continues in the 102 spacious rooms which are spread over two buildings and are decorated in tones of light grey and beige, with wooden floors, modern bathrooms and private balconies with mountain views.
A continental buffet breakfast is served in the large restaurant, while in the evening the menu features traditional French fare served in a contemporary style. The lobby bar also serves small meals and bar bites.
Aprés-ski options include the Spa by Nuxe which has three treatment rooms, a basement swimming pool, ice grotto and Jacuzzi overlooking Mont Blanc.
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The 102 rooms are spread across two buildings. Size and layout differs with room category but all are similar in style with a palette of muted greys and beiges complemented by white accents. Large, soft blankets, textured lamps and heavy curtains give a sense of designer comfort, while complimentary Wi-Fi, modern bathrooms and a private balcony with mountain views top off the standard facilities. There is no air conditioning at Héliopic but you can request a fan for your room, though the temperatures generally stay mild through the summer months.
Chamonix in the French Alps is one of the country’s most fashionable mountain resorts and the hotel is set at its heart within a short walk of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The town’s shops, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of the property, as are Chamonix’s other ski lifts.
Food and drink
A wide-ranging continental breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning and during the day the Épicerie du Midi, a stylish cafe-cum-grocery store, serves a selection of snacks, soups and salads. The restaurant, Akashon, opens again every evening and serves a menu of traditional Savoyard fare as well as classic French dishes.
Facilities and activities
The large Spa by Nuxe at Héliopic is a great place to unwind with treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi overlooking Mont Blanc, a steam room and sauna, and an ice grotto where you can brave an ice bath.
We love Héliopic Hotel & Spa for the convenient location near some of Chamonix’s most renowned attractions as well as for its large, comfortable rooms and proximity to restaurants and bars.
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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 favorite 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.