The heated pool that is immensely inviting anytime of the day – and year – is only the tip of the iceberg here at this 40-room boutique hotel.
Mont Blanc is a name that needs to introduction to the world, regardless of whether you’ve stepped foot on it. The highest peak of Western Europe and the Alps has fascinated, drawn revere, humbled and stolen the breaths of generations of mountain lovers and cosmopolites alike.
Serving these generations and introducing the beauty of the mountain to them since 1849 is the Hotel Mont Blanc, a quiet and elegant boutique hotel located in the quiet heart of Chamonix. Like the rest of the town, it is quaint and unseeming; walk pass its glass doors however, and it will take your steal a gasp or two, stunning each and every guests with a quiet beauty like the mountain it calls home.
History in the heart of Mont Blanc
Debuted in 1849, the legendary hotel has since been redesigned by renowned French interior architect Sybille de Margerie to keep up with the times. Yet, the façade that makes it iconic – the white walls and blue shutters laced by intricate French thin rod balconies – is retained for a contemporary Chamonix Valley style meets refined high-mountain atmosphere.
It is located on a street deserving of its quiet grace in presence – just a few steps away from the main street in the heart of town.
Its true beauty lies inside where the design boasts the elegance of Chamonix palaces of the 19th century. Savoyard inspired woodwork walls meet black and white checkered marble floors in an expression of art while the tailor made furniture, the choice of materials and the clever punctuation of bright colours create a warm welcome full of joie de vivre.
Gilded fireplaces and glimmering chandeliers add a touch of opulence but without stealing away from the personable feeling of home.
Spectacularly personable and intimate
Anyone on vacation knows the price of true luxury – privacy.
Hotel Mont Blanc invests heavily into that with only 40 rooms in total, including 18 junior suites, each a subtle blend of space, luxury and comfort. The soft colour scheme and handpicked furniture specific to each room create an irresistable and relaxing combination, elevated with stunning panoramic mountain views outside each window and balcony. Each enchants with themes of its own too.
The Superior Room radiates warmth and a chic atmosphere that characterises the Hotel Mont Blanc in the summer. The Superior Plus Room is bright and comfortable, complete with a fully equipped large bathroom for those who love a good pampering sesh The Prestige Room is perfect for the businessman looking for a quiet corner for work in between play with functional spaces interspersed between comfort.
For a true taste of Alpine luxury, the Junior and Junior Mont Blanc Suites are each decorated in true French style to deliver a pure Alpine feel as you look out to uninterrupted views of Mont Blanc and its overflowing beauty.
The crème de la crème is the Suite Duplex 2 Rooms that not only come with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, but are also equipped with a private sauna and balcony.
A warm bite and even warmer dip
All the above is complemented by equally luxurious offerings for all the other senses.
Treat the tastebuds to fine French cuisine that goes back to basics and pays homage to local gastronomy at the Le Matafan Restaurant, helmed by Chef Mickey Bourdillat. Seasonal produce dictates the menu here that shines the spotlight on the quintessentially French, bolstered by a few spattering of Mediterranean for variety.
Ignite the senses further at the Bar Lounge where a fine selection of champagnes and wines await add an extra touch of merriment to any affair.
After a day on the mountains, soothe tired muscles and limbs with the hotel’s heated pool that is inviting anytime of the day – and year. For a truly indulgent time, pop by the Spa by Clarins where signature Clarins treatments, from therapeutic massages to beauty facials for both men and women, will pleasure the senses and ignite the fire of your wellbeing.
It’s a stay like no other here at the Hotel Mont Blanc, where service, amenities and features meet expectations as high as the mountain it calls home.
For more information or reservation enquiries, log on to the official website here.
Photography: Gan Yew Chin