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“Sublime surroundings; terrific staff and the FOOD!!!!! Incredible”

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Les Chalets de Philippe
Ranked #3 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 March 2016

I stayed in two different Chalets over a 4 day period. A friend had recommended the place because it was unique and beautiful; the owner was charming and accommodating and the food was excellent. This all proved to be vaste understatement.
One of the chalets was intimate in the style of a mountain chalet wirth period antiques and all the modern conveniences...and it had a steam bath and a jacuzzi! The second was modern and all glass, decorated in beautiful eclectic taste. It was on three levels and you awaken surrounded by spectacular views of the mountains.
The service was excellent and the staff cooperative but informal.
The killer was the food:
Over 4 nights I had three of the best dishes that I have ever had and I have been to and worked in many three star restaurants. There are two great chefs and they are worth 2-3 Michelin stars and attracted to the place because ti is small in a beautiful place and they can concentrate on their art...and it is that!! It is a modern but thoroughly French eclectic cuisine with the freshest of ingredients and it si not heavy at all. Really fantastic.

Room Tip: Get their suggestions according to your needs. The rooms and suites are all different.
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

My husband and I loved everything about Philippe's Chalets. The windy paths with a sweet delight around every corner, the petite chalet that was, no doubt, tiny but more than comfortable and incredibley charming and cozy. The outdoor hot tub as snowflakes fall on your tongue. Champagne before dinner on the comfy couches in the communal area. Insanely delicious food. The croissant is a revelation. I would come back here just for a hot morning croissant! It's romantic and beautiful with great service and attention to details. Love this property! Go!

Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

This is probably the hardest review that I have had to write. Chalet Phillipe is not a conventional skiing retreat and will not be for everyone.
It is beautiful as a hamlet of 500 year old cottages that ooze character. The location is delightful and with good snow allows a ski to the door experience.
My first impressions were mixed, the typical cottage comprises of three rooms at around twelve foot by ten in size. The rooms are connected by very narrow stairways which are more reminiscent of bunk bed access than accessing another floor.
The main hotel is small with no bar, spa or major recreation area and the dining is provided through two large tables that can perhaps sit 36 people at one sitting.
However, Phillipe is a legend and has filled every nook and cranny with such incredible art works and touches of Mountain history that you are constantly studying new artifacts and amazed by the little touches that make this location standout.
In the main hotel and the individual cottages you are surrounded by log burners, crystals from Mont Blanc holding Champaign flutes, ,dressing gowns and fluffy slippers. The compact (and I mean compact) bathrooms are equipped with nice top end toiletries and the views of the mountains are superb.
Now, what about the food:
This is not about Skiing fondues, fast food and poor wine. This is top end gastronomic dining with Amuse Bouche and 6/7 other courses. Not necessarily what you want with young children or after a hard day's skiing but for a special birthday, celebration or similar, this is as good as any restaurant in Paris. It is a shame that communal dining means that some of the romance is lost, but Phillipe is planning a major expansion that will address space issues and continue to build on his market leading position.
Now here is the rub; to provide 7 star dining, in a fairytale hamlet with a staff of 25 is not cheap. This resort is not for those on a budget with prices for B&B at 500-1000 Euros per night per cottage and dinning from 100-200 per person without wine, this needs to be for a special occasion or a top demographic.
For those who do visit, the experience is incredible and Phillipe is a wonderful host.
We will be back as soon as we saved up!

Room Tip: Talk to Phillipe about the size of the party and how quaint you want your experience to be.
  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

These chalets are truly a work of art and a labor of love. Philippe hand designs all of his chalets and each one is unique. I have never been anywhere in my life where so many details were considered. Not only do you have all the amenities of a five star hotel, you have beautiful antiques and hand crafted details everywhere you look. Philippe collects old Alpine antiques from the area and litters them throughout the property. The old hutch filled with Philippes precious collection of wine and spirits, the baskets of acorns and old maps in the reception area, the velvety couches in the sitting toom, the soft lighting of the dining room, and the intimacy of each chalet all combine for one blissfully cozy experience. This place really does capture all the charm and romance of the mountains. Its a dream to say the least. I think the only complaint could be the small amount of room in each chalet, but if you are concerned about that then you really are missing out on a once in a lifetime experience. The smaller spaces are also what adds to the experience. We loved everything and felt spoiled the entire time we were there. From the jacuzzi and balcony with views of Mont Blanc, to the softest coziest beds, to the sauna decorated with huge quartz and amethyst crystals found on the mountain, to the hearts on the dishware... we never wanted to leave. It was a splurge for us to stay here but I highly recommend it and think it was worth every penny!

The food was also top notch. We were able to watch top chefs cook our meal through a glass window which was fun. You have the option to take starters outside overlooking Mont Blanc or in the sitting room. The dining room is beautifully decorated and Philippe will even sometimes sit and eat with you as he did with us. He is so welcoming and great to converse with. You can also have food served at your chalet for an even more intimate experience. Happy Travels!

Room Tip: We loved our room for a couple - it was Chalet Clarines.
  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Katy H
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

We were told how great this restaurant was and had to try it. Wonderful food. Adequate (not big, not small portions) of haute cuisine. We had to ask for our wine as did another couple at the communal table where you are seated with the other guests of the evening. The service was not very attentive. We were told the grand cru which we ordered was not available and we opted for the normal cru of the same wine; but, when the bill came we were charged for the more expensive cru. We didn't realize until after we left and paid the bill and never mentioned it. While the food is excellent if you are looking for a private romantic evening the communal setting can be a bit cramped and certainly not a setting for an intimate dinner. Very nice atmosphere. Be prepared to pay
200€+ for two. Wine is on the pricey side. Cute setting; but, in winter you better have four wheel drive and snow tires.

Room Tip: Live here so didn't stay only ate. Hotel(chalets) are very cute. Owner is very friendly.
  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

We arrived road weary and needing rest. What a fantastic place to do so. Though the weather was cold and damp in mid-May, the staff made sure our needs were taken care of. Dinner was an exquisite experience...we were the only guests that first day and we felt well taken care of. Delectable food carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Worth every centime...and breakfast was left at our door at the precise time we requested. Kudos to the staff. The view from our cozy little room was breathtaking.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank Jeannie C
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Reviewed 4 May 2015

This was my 4th time in Chamonix and probably the best hotel experience I've had there so far. My wife and I stayed in one of their beautiful luxury chalets and it was a unique experience. Everything was clean and spotless. We had our own private hot tub. The food at the hotel was great and staff was pleasant and attentive. I'll definitely choose this hotel again next time I visit Chamonix.

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: 718 route du Chapeau | Le Lavancher, 74400, Chamonix, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Chamonix
#7 Romantic Hotel in Chamonix
#13 Family Hotel in Chamonix
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The totally unique south-facing position of "The balcon du Lavancher" ensures its day-long year-round sunshine, and from this exceptional location at a place called the "Alpage des Esserts", Philippe's 9 chalets look down on the beautiful Chamonix valley. ... more   less 
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