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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Les Chalets De Philippe Hotel Chamonix