Hôtel Hameau Albert 1er
38 Route du Bouchet, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Photo courtesy of Office de Tourisme de Chamonix
Hôtel Hameau Albert 1erSince 1903, five generations of the Carrier-Maillet family have owned and operated this five-star resort, named after a Belgian king who loved to ski in the area. Located near the center of town, the hotel boasts first-rate accommodations and a two-star Michelin restaurant with an acclaimed wine cellar overseen by chef Pierre Maillet (a second restaurant serves hearty local cuisine). Hameau Albert 1er manages a feat that can be a tricky one to pull off: offering luxury and style to couples looking for a romantic stay, as well as comfort, space, and ease to vacationing families. The original hotel building houses 21 rooms, from small but comfortable basic rooms to luxury rooms with fireplaces. La Ferme, on the edge of the property, was built using reclaimed wood from chalets in the region; the 12 rooms marry rustic Alpine with modern touches, and include a fireplace, whirlpool tub, and balconies with views of the mountains. In addition, there are two chalets (one with a private sauna) that accommodate four to six, and two suites—one that sleeps six and a new one that opened in July 2017 that sleeps four. And the heated indoor/outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, adjacent to the spa, are a lovely retreat year-round.