The laid-back, relaxed culture stems from hands-on owner Peter, who hails from Plymouth but is based in Les Gets – and whose genuine pleasure seems to be for everyone to have a really fun time. This is his first hotel, and hopefully there will be others. As for Les Gets itself, this charming French village sits on the fringes of Portes du Soleil, a vast 650km of slopes. Skiing heaven in winter; cycling heaven in summer.
- The designer interiors – a welcome alternative to all the traditional Alpine-chintz hotels nearby
- Cocktails in the bar – don’t miss the extremely potent Margaritas!
- Guests get reduced rates to access the basement spa, a charming offering with 2 treatment rooms, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna
- A good range of room types: romantic doubles, Triples/Quads and a self-catering Penthouse sleeping 8-10
- The service is enthusiastic rather than faultlessly professional, but that adds to its charm
- The restaurant is under new management since our visit, it's still open daily for dinner, but we haven't personally tasted the food
- You need to book ahead for access to the spa
- If you don’t like purple, this isn’t the hotel for you - it's Chamois d'Or's themed colour and features everywhere
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 26 rooms and a 4-bed penthouse
- Restaurant and bar
- Best for older kids
- Open all year
- Indoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Beach Nearby
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Car not necessary
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 26 bedrooms and the 4-bed self-catering Penthouse are spread across the original building and an extension added in 2019. The new rooms have a slightly different look, the original areas have antique furniture and artwork. Bedrooms are all ensuite, with lots of handy hooks and ample wardrobe space for ski clobber. Walls are wood-lined, bed linen snow white, and each bedroom door is appropriately Alpine, covered with cow skin. Many rooms have balconies, with big views out across the pretty slopes of Les Gets.
There are various categories to choose from. Double/twin options are Classic and Classic Plus – the latter is a bit larger and can take an extra bed, as can the Prestige Rooms which have super-kingsize beds. Room 25 is an especially lovely Classic with a bathtub and wraparound balcony. Triple Rooms can be either a double and a single, or three singles; state your preference when booking.
For families or friends travelling together, the Quadruple, Family and Family Plus rooms have kingsize beds and adult-size built-in bunkbeds. Some have balconies, the bathrooms have either a bath or shower.
We stayed in the huge Penthouse, which sleeps 8 people in 4 bedrooms and has a spectacular balcony with sun-drenched, south-facing views, plus a big living space (complete with purple chairs) and kitchen facilities.
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The on-site restaurant has been reinvented since our visit; where once there was modern British and French cuisine, there is now Indian restaurant, Baaji, offering a change to the usual Alpine fare in the village. As with the rest of the hotel, the atmosphere is relaxed rather than stuffy or formal.
For Après ski nibbles and drinks, the residents' bar in the reception area serves nachos, wings and a fantastic ranges of cocktails (gin, whiskey, rum...)
There are lots of excellent restaurants on the slopes for lunch, serving up hearty Savoyard fare, and other options in town just a short walk away for dinners out.
Breakfasts are a Continental buffet, including homemade fruit compotes, fresh pastries and delicious hot chocolate. Cooked options are available, too: scrambled eggs and bacon or a daily-changing special.
- Coffee / tea making
- Kids' meals
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian options
- Skiing: lifts up to the Portes du Soleil's 650km of slopes are 5 minutes' walk from the hotel
- There are many alternative wintery activities for the non-skier, from ice skating on the little rink in town to husky sledding, snow-shoe walking and cross-country skiing
- Summertime activities range from hiking in the surrounding mountains to playing golf, white-water rafting and paragliding
- Les Gets is a big mountain biking and road cycling centre, with dozens of trails and several famous Tour de France passes close by
- There's lovely shopping in town: chi-chi Alpine interiors boutiques, clothes shops and a bustling food and flower market on Thursdays
- Relax in the Spa – which has two treatment rooms and sauna, hammam and Jacuzzi
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Ice skating
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
Families are welcome but there are no specific kids' activities/areas, so the hotel is best suited to older children and teenagers. Little ones are not allowed in the spa and there are lots of glass tables and concrete stairs that aren't toddler-friendly.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Triples are Classic rooms with space for a rollaway bed. Family Quads are Prestige rooms with a bunkbed for children.
Cots Available, Family Rooms
Professional babysitting/nanny services available
- Baby cots
- High chairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children's menu available
Kids Activities nearby:
- Skiing and snowboarding
- Ice skating
- Husky sledding
- Airport: 1 hour's drive (Geneva)
- Shop: 2 minutes' walk (Les Gets)
- Hospital: 35 minutes' drive (Thonon)
Chamois d'Or is in the charming village of Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil domain of the French Alps.
Geneva (85km) is the nearest airport and is less than an hour's drive away. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.
From the Airport
You won't need a car while you're here so we'd advise a transfer from the airport - there are numerous companies running private and shared transfers between Geneva and the Portes du Soleil, stopping off in Les Gets; ask for details when you book your stay. If you'd prefer to be independent, click here to see our recommendations for car rental. If arriving via Geneva airport, pick up your hire car on the Swiss side of the border (it has 2 exits), as you’ll find it easier - and probably cheaper. Note that you’ll need a vignette (annual permit) to drive on Swiss motorways.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to France and getting around
- Geneva 85.0 km
- Beach 62.0 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km