Chamois d'Or

Les Gets, French Alps, France Book from

Super-friendly, contemporary hotel and spa in the heart of popular Les Gets
Stroll up to the stylish entrance of this 15-room boutique hotel, located plum on the main street of Les Gets, and you might think an ice-cool haven awaits within. But as soon as you step over the threshold into the velvet-sofa’d reception area, you're greeted by hugely friendly and informal staff who make the place unforgettably welcoming. Chamois d’Or does, in fact, feel more like a big shared chalet than a hotel. Mostly British guests - including honeymoon couples, groups of friends and families with teenage children - mingle and chat everywhere; from the reception area, which doubles as a lounge, to the smart, minimalist restaurant and neon-lit Indigo Bar.

The laid-back, relaxed culture stems from hands-on owner Peter, who hails from Plymouth but is based in Les Gets through the winter - 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 to suit all abilities. Skiing heaven.

Highs

  • The designer interiors - a welcome alternative to all the traditional Alpine-chintz hotels nearby
  • Cocktails in the rocking Indigo Bar - don’t miss the extremely potent Margaritas!
  • The Little Mountain Spa, a charming offering with 2 treatment rooms, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna
  • The Scottish chef’s superb food; Roddy previously worked at The Pompadour in Edinburgh (rates are half-board)
  • A good range of room types: romantic doubles, Triples/Quads and a self-catering Penthouse sleeping 8-10

Lows

  • The service is enthusiastic rather than faultlessly professional, but that adds to its charm
  • New in 2014 and feels a little raw in places: the staircase is uncarpeted and echoey, like a multi-storey car park
  • If you don’t like purple, this isn’t the hotel for you - it's Chamois d'Or's themed colour and features everywhere

Best time to go

Chamois d’Or is open from mid December-April. The best time for skiing is January when it is quieter, and the end of March/beginning of April when it is warmer and sunny. Rock the Pistes is a live music festival on the slopes, which runs for a week in March each year and features local talent as well as big Euro pop acts.

Our top tips

Don’t miss skiing Mont Chèry, the quiet, uncrowded locals’ mountain, with a good combination of red and blue runs and one gnarly black. Stop for a decadent lunch at La Grande Ourse, with socking great views of the Portes du Soleil across to Mont Blanc. Try the lobster lasagne, washed down by house rosé. Just perfect.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15
  • Half-board (restaurants nearby)
  • Best for older kids
  • Closed: 24 May 2016 - 12 Jun 2016...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

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 Prestige; Room 12 is an especially lovely Classic with a bathtub and wraparound balcony. 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. There are also Triples and Family rooms.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Rates are half-board: breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner (except on Wednesdays, which is the chef's night off, so you'll need to eat out). The style of the food is gimmick-free, modern British and French cuisine, presented decoratively and featuring huge flavours. Talented chef Roddy previously worked at The Pompadour, one of Edinburgh's Michelin-starred restaurants, and his experience shows. We had a faultless smoked salmon tartare with avocado puree and radish salad to start, followed by a meltingly delicious pan-roast monkfish tail with fine herb risotto and cockles. Despite the top food, as with the rest of the hotel, the atmosphere is relaxed rather than stuffy or formal.

There are lots of excellent restaurants on the slopes for lunch, serving up hearty Savoyard fare, and other options in town for chef's night off.

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Half-board or full-board
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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
  • There's lovely shopping in town: chi-chi Alpine interiors boutiques, clothes shops and a bustling food and flower market on Thursdays

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Husky sledding
  • Ice skating
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing

Kids

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.

Best for:

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.

Babysitting:

Professional babysitting/nanny services available

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Children's menu available

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Ice skating
  • Husky sledding

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour's drive (Geneva)
  • Shop: 2 minutes' walk (Les Gets)
  • Hospital: 35 minutes' drive (Thonon)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
10/
Food
9/
Service
10/
Value
10/
Overall

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