L’Heliopic Hotel Sweet & Spa in Chamonix- a hotel’s review
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L’Héliopic Hotel Sweet & Spa is a four stars hotel next to the Aiguille du Midi lift in Chamonix. Very well located in Chamonix; it is ideal if you are going up to the Aiguille du Midi and 10 minutes from Chamonix centre.
We have been twice at the hotel with my kids and husband in the summer in our way to Italy. My kids called it ‘the best hotel in the world’ – mostly because it has a dedicated kids’ area with free sweets, juices and a virtual reality machine and computer…. No brainer! The only thing is that while you are having breakfast suddenly your kids -maybe yours are very well educated and don’t do that, but I can say I educated mine, but they still disappear from the breakfast room and suddenly are – where? – obviously in the kids’ area having more sweets than their little bellies can bear!
My kids would also say that the spa area is really good, which it is indeed! With a nice large pool, a jacuzzi, an ice grotto, an ice dive standing pool, a sauna and hammam, plus a lovely relaxation area with hanging cocoons, it is a very nice place where to finish your day. It can get busy, so choose your time during the early afternoon or a bit late, just before it closes in the evening.
The hotel style is modern chic, a bit of rustic exposed brick with modern net décor. An open plan reception with a bar and a couple of community tables, where coffee and tea are left for you to serve ‘a piacere’ all day long. Same with a big retro fridge, where you can serve yourself to bottled water.
The bar invites you to lounge around. The aperitivos are good, they do not serve much to eat alongside, but hey, you are not in Italy (just pretty near though!)
The Épicerie du Midi is a dinner/deli that is next to the hotel where you can have a quick bite and a takeaway Starbucks coffee. It has some tables outside to lounge and have some sun while watching the Aiguile du Midi funicular going up and down.
Rooms are nicely decorated in terracotta colours, with balconies. If you are lucky, you can see towards the Aiguille du Midi side. Rooms have electric kettle with coffee and teas, but they do not have minibars, which I would have expected for a hotel of this category. Maybe the community fridge replaces the need to put one minibar in each room.
The main restaurant offers breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is a buffet with cold and hot options and a very good spread. The hotel is buzzing at that hour, but it can cope with lots of people. The Akashon restaurant serves a menu designed by Julien Binet. The setting is inspired in the region’s industrial past where raw and soft materials combine with handcrafted fireplaces.
The hotel is approximately EUR 300 per night in the summer for a family room, so a bit in the pricey side, but along with rates you would find in such a renown ski resort like Chamonix. My kids are already asking me to go next year for a whole week to Chamonix and stay at the hotel, so I better start saving!
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You can see our day up to Montenvers this summer and when we went to visit the Terminal Neige-Refuge in Montenvers, Chamonix.
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Featured Image: Going back to L’Héliopic after a day out in the mountains. Review of L’Héliopic Hotel Sweet & Spa in Chamonix.
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