10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Went there in April this year. Chamoix town itself is very small. You can walk from one end to another with ease. This hotel is tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the town centre yet it's really near everything else. Us 4 gals loved our room. It's on the second floor and has a superb view of Mont Blanc. Newly renovated and really cosy. Our room was split into two levels. The bottom level had one queen bed with a skylight showing a snowcapped mountain. A narrow staircase led to the second level which had 2 beds a window overlooking the town (and of course the mountains).
The whole hotel has a very homely feel to it, especially the lounge area. Nice, comfy, armchairs to relax in as you wait for your late guy friends... Decorated with knick knacks from everywhere. The ski room is in the basement.
To top it off, it's affordable (this coming from a fresh graduate)
For breakfast, it is a good idea to grab some of your own from the bakery nearby. Yummy.
Other food recomendations: Poco loco for their burgers and the ice-cream joint opposite. Don't forget the fondue. On a budget? Buy groceries from SuperU.
Chamonix is a beautiful town with a 360 degree view of snowcapped mountains. Do pay it a visit."
- Travel date: Sat 11th of June 2005
"This hotel is excellent and here's why: The price! The Faucigny is only 69 euros (plus tax) per night. Compare this price to 150+ euros per night for other hotels in Chamonix, and it's a steal. The price difference is obviously huge and you can take your extra 80+ euros you save each night and buy dinner and drinks instead!! The hotel is rated as a two star but could probably pass as a three star. It's clean, smells really good in the lobby and rooms for some reason, is authentic and nicely decorated, has a warm sense of antiquity about it without appearing shabby at all, is centrally located in town (with some guest parking right out front), and even has a hi-speed internet terminal in the lobby for a fair price. The rooms on the second floor are all new and the bathrooms clean and modern (by the way our bathroom had a hair dryer built into the wall so Miss New Zealand and her lousy review of this hotel can shove it!). We peaked in on the rooms on the first floor as well when they were being cleaned and they looked just as nice. Now, if I had to nit-pic, I would only say that the bed sagged a little toward the center and for some reason there was never a fire in the fire-place in the lobby, except for the day we arrived...although, I'm sure the owners would light up a fire if requested. And, breakfast is 7 euros per person if you want it...which is a great convenience...though the price would be a little more fitting if some cold cuts of meat (e.g. ham or salami) were offered in addition to the abundant cheese and jams set out to go with the bread that is served. You do, though, get all the coffee and OJ you want. And here are some added tips to do Chamonix right: TIP #1 - Shop around for restaurants to get the best price. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in town and they all seem to offer pretty much the same items and the same quality of ingredients and preparation (which is excellent btw)...but they vary in price. An easy way to shop around is to check the price for cheese fondue. This is offered everywhere and is a benchmark price for all the other items offered on a menu. An average price for cheese fondue is about 17 euros, with about 13 euros being the toward the lowest and maybe around 21 euros being toward the highest. TIP #2 - Split each item you order into two servings as the servings at every restaurant are HUGE! My girlfriend and I did this quite often and we always had plenty to eat without wasting food. For example, you can order one salad and split it, one entree and split it, and one dessert and split it, and you'll have plenty, you won't waste any food, and best of all you'll save money! Caveat: Certain items such as the fondues and "raclette" must be ordered for two persons minimum...so you'll have to spend a lot to get these traditional items...but you'll end up with way too much food...unless of course you have 3 or 4 people in your group! TIP #3 - Check the net, or ask Guy or Jacqueline who run the hotel, about the weather each day before you go skiing (if it's winter and that's what you are there for). If the weather is going to be lousy, you may want to avoid buying a ski pass for that day. When we were in Chamonix, the weather fluctuated a lot within one week, yet we bought 3 day ski passes and didn't get full use out of them because the weather was too windy and cold on one of the days. TIP # 4 - Don't bother with the public sauna facility in town. It's a big sports facility with a pool, saunas, and jacuzzi, but it was more than 20 euros each just to use the place and absolutey was not worth it. The saunas and steam rooms were nothing special and a bit crowded, the jacuzzi at the facility was tiny and the water wasn't even hot on the ocassion we were there, and to top it off for some reason you are required to wear speedos (for the men) at the facility...no surfer shorts allowed...and they will rent you a pair of speedos but for 3 euros which adds insult to the outrageous price just to use the facility as mentioned. Better to take a hot shower at the hotel. TIP # 5 - Reconsider travelling to Italy through the famous Mont Blanc tunnel. It's a fun day trip but costs 37 euros toll just to use the tunnel for a roundtrip...making the day-trip to Italy questionably worth it. TIP # 6 - Do take the tram to the Aguille de Midi...It is simply awesome!"
- Travel date: Sun 20th of February 2005
An excellent Alpine hotel
"I would simply reiterate the other positive comments about this great little Chamonix hotel. Perfectly located in the heart of the town with superb views of the Mont Blanc range, this hotel has all the amenities you would expect - and more - for the price. But what truly sets it apart are the charming owners, Jacqueline and Guy Ecochard, who work tirelessly to make guests feel welcome and help facilitate a hassle free stay. Having recently enjoyed 8 nights in one of the newly refurbished top floor rooms, the only surprise is that this hotel has still only two stars. A gem of a hotel. But keep it quiet, as I'd like to return there without it being fully booked!"
- Travel date: Wed 26th of January 2005
Well located, cheap & cheerful - perfect for ski weekends
"We stayed here in March 2004 with for a four day ski-ing break. We paid about Â£40 per night.
The hotel is very centrally located, being two minutes from the main area of Chamonix town. It's close to the shops, bars and restaurants, though secluded enough to be peaceful.
It is possible to walk to the Brevant cable car from the hotel, though (as with any hotel in Chamonix) you would need a car or a bus pass to ski the full extent of Chamonix. The parking at the hotel is fairly limited, but there is a large public car-park nearby.
Guy & Jaqueline are very charming and friendly, though neither speak English fluently.
The rooms are fairly basic but they are warm and comfortable and have en-suite facilities. The rooms on the top floor of the hotel were refurbished recently and are consequently more modern. On the first floor there are two rooms with balconies (102 and 111, I think) that overlook Mt Blanc. All rooms have a mountain view of sorts.
There are several more luxurious hotels than this in Chamonix, but for the price, you will not find anywhere as comfortable or convenient as the Faucigny."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of December 2004
Great value, friendly, comfortable
"Just returned from a great week in Chamonix staying at the Faucigny. What a great, good value hotel.
Very very central, about 5 mins walk from the station, but down a quiet street. Lovely flowers in front garden/terrace. Monsieur and Madame are very welcoming and rooms are simple but comfortable. Two have balconies with views of the glacier du bossons. Most have window views.
We spent 3 nights here, then 3 nights in the mountains before returning for one night. Monsieur offered to store bags for us before I'd even had a chance to ask.
Breakfast was lovely fresh bread from the bakery opposite plus a range of jams, nice butter etc. Also juice and as much tea or coffee as you can drink, served in a pretty room with pleasant classical music.
Internet access available at 1 euro for 10 mins.
Cost: we paid 66 euros per night for the room, which works out at about Â£45 at current exchange rates (July 04). Breakfast is 7 euros each."
- Travel date: Sat 17th of July 2004
Perfect, Low Key Spot!
"We stayed at the Hotel Faucigny last summer (2003) and it could not have been a nicer place in a great location. Guy helped with all the information we needed to see things in town and to chase down the Tour de France. The service was just the right amount without being too intrusive. The rooms were perfect for the price. Comfortable, clean, great view of Mont Blanc!! Just very nice. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a low-key, authentic find in Chamonix. Anyone except folks from New Zealand, they seem to want something different. I will stay here each time I return to the valley.
Merci! Christian L."
- Travel date: Sat 10th of July 2004
Great Little Find
"I was a little pessimistic about this hotel but it turned out to be a true gem (provided you manage to get a room on the second floor). It was very reasonable and Monsieur and his wife could not do enough to help. I would definately go again and has a fantastic cetntral location."
- Travel date: Mon 29th of March 2004
Fantastic Hotel, Extremely friendly owners
"March 9th - 16th 2004 Beautiful Hotel, situated in the heart of Chamonix. Our week skiing was made all the more enjoyable through the friendliness of the owners, delightful continental breakfasts and the unintrusive nature of the staff. We have already recommended this hotel to so many of our friends. Miss New Zealand must have had a bit of a chip on her shoulder to post such a bad review!! Our advice - stay at this hotel! Its wonderful!"
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of March 2004
Great stay at the Hotel Faucigny
"Contrary to the review of the Hotel Faucigny, I stayed there recently and had a fantastic time, with incredibly pleasent hosts where nothing was too much trouble!! The hotel is in a great location, in the centre of Chamonix and having recently had the whole of the upper floor revamped it is spotless. Breakfast is of a traditional french style, and yes there is a big fireplace in the dining room however naturally it is only lit in the evenings, if you wanted to have a fire going in the morning it would suffice to ask. Maybe Miss New Zealand didn't realise that by stepping outside her corner of the globe that people do things differently such as when you go to France, the french traditionally eat "French bread" for breakfast. It certainly was not the hotel which could have caused such great dissatisfaction!!"
- Travel date: Thu 4th of March 2004
Do not stay at Hotel Faucigny!!!!
"?7 for only bread and jam for breakfast!! Dreadful service, rude staff, this is the worst place ever! I stayed here with my boyfriend last week and we did have a lovely time skiing at Chamonix, the town is gorgeous but I am sorry to say this hotel is not good value for money and the service was terrible. There was no log fire boohoo and even asking to borrow a hairdryer was like getting blood out of a stone. Take my advice, just don't go to this hotel!!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 12th of February 2004