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Renting your accommodation in Chamonix: The Guide

None of the Chamonix Valley's ski areas are ski-in/ski-out, in contrast with many other Alpine resorts developed in the 1960s. Nonetheless, most of the villages in the valley have easy access to the pistes, all the more so thanks to an excellent ski bus service. In addition, much of the luxury accommodation offered by Cimalpes comes with private transport. When renting a chalet in Chamonix, you can be assured of authenticity, peace and quiet, and ready access to all amenities. 

Since the discovery of the priory of Chamouny and the Mer de Glace by two Englishmen in 1741, the British have always represented the largest number of foreign visitors to Chamonix. Like many resorts, Chamonix was primarily a summer destination, and even today, the summer season accounts for almost half the total number of annual visitors.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc offers not only sporting activities, but is also a place for fun and relaxation with numerous spas, bars, shops, nightclubs, and restaurants serving everything from traditional local fare to world cuisine. Some luxury chalets also offer a catering service, meal delivery, or even a private chef. 

Chamoniard Architecture Through the Years

Since the 18th century, architecture in Chamonix has been influenced by a number of different styles. Today, as a result, the town is a unique place steeped in history.

In the Alps, chalets were historically constructed in a pastoral "mazot" style. What we know as a "Savoyard chalet" was originally a simple traditional home built using larch wood and stone, topped with a hayloft which acted as thermal insulation. 

From the 19th century onwards, the boom in high mountain resorts, especially for the wealthy, saw the appearance of the first luxury hotels, recognisable by their white facades and stone balconies with cast iron railings. The first such establishment in Chamonix was the Hotel de l'Union. Famous among other things for its baths, it was destroyed by an avalanche in 1931. The present day casino building stands on the site of the former Hotel Royal, built in 1848.

In the 20th century, the opulent hotels typical of the Belle Époque began to appear, with their pleasure gardens, ballrooms and casinos. Chamonix's landmark Congress Centre was formerly the Majestic Hotel, built in 1913. 

The Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras, with their characteristic styles inspired by nature, left their architectural mark on the town, typified by the bar La Terrasse and the Payot bank, formerly the Grand Hotel Moderne and Victoria. 

On the outskirts of Chamonix, especially in Les Moussoux and Les Glières, around Les Tines, or in Les Bois and under Le Brévent, the "modern chalets" of the 1930s and 1940s, with their characteristic brightly painted shutters, are not to be missed. 

Photograph: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourism

Choosing a Rental Property for your Holiday in Chamonix

In the picturesque hamlet of Les Tines, you can experience true luxury and authenticity with a stay in a former mill, built and decorated by the valley's best craftsmen. As with all of Cimalpes' luxury chalets in the resort, the sunny terrace, with its outdoor hot tub, offers breathtaking views of Mont Blanc.

One of the area's oldest historic farms, completely renovated, is situated in Les Bois, one of the most sought-after parts of Chamonix and just three minutes' drive from Brévent/Flégère. For a more family atmosphere, opt for a rental near Les Houches, one of the areas well-suited to beginner and intermediate skiers. 

Photograph: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourism

Luxury Chalet Rental in Chamonix

Today, the high-end properties on offer from Cimalpes will allow you to immerse yourself in the prestige of the old style luxury hotels, combined with the privacy of an exclusive rental, for the duration of your stay in the mountains.

Some of our chalets are just a few minutes from Chamonix town centre. This means that you have easy access to Le Brévent, the closest ski area, and the cable car leading up to the Aiguille du Midi at 3,842m.

Private bathrooms, bedrooms with light wells, fully equipped kitchens, traditional or more modern fireplaces, WiFi - Chamonix's luxury serviced accommodation will guarantee you a stress-free holiday in an exceptional setting. 

Linen, towels and bathrobes are naturally provided, as well as end of stay or sometimes mid week or even daily cleaning. Additional services such as pre-arrival shopping, an in-house bar, massages, or catering in your chalet are available upon request. Cimalpes can also take care of purchasing your lift passes, booking ski lessons and organising equipment rental. 

After a day's skiing or hiking, you will definitely appreciate the opportunity to recharge your batteries in the wellness areas available in some of our luxury properties, with facilities such as hot tub, sauna, steam room, plunge pool or infinity pool with massage jets. 

Photograph: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourism

Cimalpes, Your Trusted Partner for Luxury Rentals in Chamonix

By choosing Cimalpes, you can be assured of an excellent service. Our team are all Chamonix Valley locals who are all passionate about what they do, and whose main aim is to find you the perfect luxury chalet for your dream holiday in the mountains. Each of our exclusive properties offer an impeccable standard of accommodation service and a unique charm.

Cimalpes offers a personalised concierge service available throughout your stay -  champagne, fresh flowers or a welcome fruit basket, cleaning, supply of linen and towels or firewood. Choosing a luxury accommodation specialist to organise your holiday means much more than just finding a rental in Chamonix, it means enjoying an unforgettable experience in an exceptional setting.  

Photograph: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourism
Cimalpes was born in the French Alps from the dream of two entrepreneurs passionate about their Alpine lifestyle. Today, Cimalpes’ mission is to share this passion with its guests by hosting them in the most charming chalets and apartments, and by accompanying them to organize a memorable holiday in our ski resorts. The Cimalpes teams will be delighted to meet your every need; let us treat you to the Cimalpes promise.


With more than 3,000 reservations per year, Cimalpes enables more than 25,000 holidaymakers to benefit from hotel comfort in their own accommodation each winter.