The warmth of wood, a chalet’s charm, and the exhilarating feeling of being on top of the world... there’s something magical about the mountains in Les Contamines-Montjoie. Welcome to Pascale and François Gauthier's hotel.
“First and foremost, our hotel is a family chalet. Our clients feel at home, so their experience here is one of a kind” .
Although Pascale and François are hoteliers, first and foremost they are family. And this hotel is their chalet. An honest living space which oozes happiness and the simple pleasures of life: for this couple, who were looking for “human connections” and “independence”, found their happy place in Les Contamines-Montjoie in Haute Savoie, and they love sharing this happiness with their guests at the Hotel Chalet-Hôtel La Chemenaz, The Originals Relais. Faced with the majesty of the mountains, everlasting snow and Mont Blanc, a visit to this 4-star hotel is a dream to be shared, and an experience unlike any other. Its 40 rooms are little havens of cosiness with a Savoyard charm, with wonderful views of the landscape. Pascale and François made their dream come true; now, they want to do the same for their guests.
Classic Savoyard décor in natural, heat-treated wood combines ultimate comfort with charm: the 36 rooms and 4 suites at this 4-star hotel are all fully-equipped little havens of cosiness. They also feature a few touches of modernity in the form of creature comforts. Most of the rooms have large windows or bay windows looking out over the glaciers of Mont Blanc or Val Joly. Pascale and François have created proper living spaces for their guests; some with a hint of romance, and others a heartwarming simplicity.
- Non smoking room
For a more inviting atmosphere, Pascale and François chose to open a restaurant of their own. This perfectly complements a typical Savoyard bar. A majestic fireplace makes this a wonderfully cosy place for you to relax. And to get your day on or around Mont Blanc off to the right start, Pascale and François offer a hearty breakfast of local and homemade food. The cheese from the Coopérative du Val d’Arly is definitely one to try...
The Hotel Chalet-Hôtel La Chemenaz, The Originals Relais sits at the heart of a region that is full of surprises: the Haute Savoie. The Mont Blanc massif guarantees wonderful adventures, full of feeling and emotion.
Les Contamines-Montjoie is a beautiful place from which to get out and about in the Mont Blanc massif all year round. A walk to the Joly pass offers some fantastic scenery. At an altitude of 1989m, the view over the Mont Blanc massif, the Beaufortain valley, the Girotte lake and the Aravis mountain range will take your breath away. It’s even more beautiful from the Aiguille Croche, but to get here you need to be a seasoned hiker.
RELAXATION AND WELLBEINGHere, Pascale and François have created a cosy little world of relaxation: the perfect place to recharge your batteries in a little slice of heaven. During the summer, guests can unwind and enjoy the fresh mountain air in the south-facing garden and heated pool. A wellness area with a sauna and jacuzzi is open for guests to enjoy all year round, before heading out to conquer a new day of mountain exploration.
ALL YOU NEED TO SKIPerched up at 1164m, skiers will love the slopes at the Les Contamines-Montjoie ski resort, which stretch for hundreds of kilometres and go up to 2,500m. The village is also part of the Évasion Mont Blanc ski area, which offers 445km of slopes across 6 resorts in the Mont Blanc massif including Saint-Gervais, Megève, Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, Combloux and La Giettaz.
SPORTS AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES
During the summer, Les Contamines-Montjoie is heaven on earth for lovers of the mountains and the great outdoors. There are over 50 different sports on offer here, right on the doorstep of the Hotel The Originals La Chemenaz. Les Contamines nature reserve is also nearby. Pascale and François particularly recommend a hike to the Notre Dame de La Gorge chapel along the GR5, which passes right by the hotel. The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is also an option. Mountain bikes are available from the hotel. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing day at the Pontet leisure centre, 5 minutes from the chalet.
What our customers say
"Lovely place, great people"
Our rooms were clean and comfy, quite charming. Meals were wonderful and portions good. The staff were friendly and accommodating (and very patient with our stumbling French. Their English was FAR better!). The setting is very pretty, lots of green, yet we could walk easily to most places. (Important since we were hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc and had no car.). We’d definitely go back.
The Hotel Chalet-Hôtel La Chemenaz, The Originals Relais offers 7 beautiful and welcoming meeting rooms against a magnificent backdrop. They are equipped with everything you need to run a professional event.
CLAIR OBSCUR ROOM
This is a very pleasant meeting room, which is also fitted out in a style typical of the Savoy region. It has a floorspace of 50m2 and can accommodate 50 people in a U-shape layout.
The superb setting of the La Trabla restaurant also makes a wonderful place to hold business meetings. This 40m2 room can accommodate up to 50 people. It can be set up in a U-shape, banquet, classroom, theatre or cocktail style to suit user requirements. It also enjoys plenty of natural light.
Also in the elegant La Trabla dining room, this 80m2 space - complete with fireplace - can accommodate up to 100 people for a reception, but can also be arranged in a U-shape, classroom, banquet or theatre layout. It also enjoys plenty of natural light.
The La Trabla restaurant is a delightful setting for this 60m2 room, which can accommodate up to 80 people in a reception-style layout. U-shape, classroom, banquet and theatre-style layouts can also be arranged. It enjoys plenty of natural light and access to the garden.
Where between 150 and 250 guests are expected, the whole of the La Trabla restaurant can be set up as a superb 180m2 conference room. It can be arranged in a U-shape, banquet, classroom, theatre or reception-style layout.
This more intimate - but no less welcoming - room can accommodate up to 20 people. It has a floorspace of 20m2 and can be arranged in a U-shape, banquet, classroom, theatre or reception-style layout.