Anybody that prefers a homely atmosphere and friendly welcome with their pampering will enjoy a stay at the Chalet les Mazots in Chamonix, France. I’ve had the opportunity to stay in a number of self catered chalets in several alpine resorts but have to admit a catered chalet has them beaten hands down.
This chalet is an attractive traditionally built wooden lodge, with roomy and comfortable rooms which provide an atmosphere of staying at home. There is a balcony which provides great views of the surrounding mountains on a clear day or moody scenery when the clouds roll in. There are also two attractive mazots on the grounds, providing flexible accommodation options. Full self-catering is available while many opt to enjoy breakfast in the main chalet and dine in the numerous restaurants of the town during the evening.
Returning to base after a day on the slopes or just exploring the town feels like returning home. Warm and comfortable furnishings combined with an open fire and a team keen to ensure any guest feels welcome is a great end to the day. There is always a bottle of wine available or the coffee machine to help yourself to and usually some freshly home baked cake. Failing to settle down on one of several sofas to relax seems almost rude. Chatting with the other guests or team members who always seem willing to talk appears the natural thing to do. Sharing each others adventures from the day can often continue well into the evening.
This provided me with a problem as I kept forgetting to give the hot-tub a try. By the time it usually dawned on me it was already too late. It did appear very tempting though.
Staying in a catered chalet in Chamonix seems particularly suited to families. The mountain town is not a ski in/out resort and getting around the town can prove a challenge when over loaded with equipment, especially for families with young children. The team at Chalet Les Mazots are especially friendly and keen to assist guests in ensuring they have a pleasant stay.
The chalet does not merely provide a place to sleep or food on the table. Everything is catered for; arranging transport to collect ski hire equipment, picking up lift passes, delivering and collecting guests from the slopes and even arranging transfers from the airport. The staff will recommend the best skiing areas and restaurants if dining out is preferred one evening.
Evening meal in the chalet should not be missed however, the four course dinners seem to extend into five courses without notice, a special treat is often slipped in somewhere. It is almost impossible to refuse any of the delicious courses offered, the chef is excellent, every meal is presented exquisitely and as enjoyable as any restaurant I’ve dined in.
In common with most chalets the team are temporary. They are usually employed for a single season but it is also apparent that a great deal of care is taken to ensure the right quality of individual and blend of team members is chosen.
The lodge is located a short walk from Chamonix town centre and the Brévent lift but also on a hill. Therefore returning late at night after a few rounds of drinks can be a precarious journey on icy paths. Those that have over indulged in the apres-ski would be wise catching a taxi. A team member would probably pick them up but maybe slightly unfair to expect them to do so late at night.
Single rooms are available for booking but it is also possible for larger groups of up to 12 people to book the entire chalet. Prices are variable depending on the season but Chamonix has a year round appeal so don’t expect too great a difference.
Prices include airport transfers, breakfast, afternoon tea with home baked cake/nibbles, evening meal and plentiful wine. There are often special offers however so check the website before booking.
It was with some regret I eventually checked out even though the next stop was a very pleasant town centre hotel. Finding top notch friendly accommodation is never easy and Chalet Les Mazots is thoroughly recommended to anybody considering a stay in Chamonix. Home from home in the shadow of Mont Blanc.
Booking early is wise however as it is a popular chalet and often sold out.
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