Chamonix caters best for travellers with budgets somewhere between 'middle of the road' and 'no expense spared'. There's an enviable spread of boutique and spa hotels, flamboyantly decorated chalets, and a few acceptable hostel and no-frills choices. Ski storage comes as standard.

Winter rates are highest, price tags get trimmed in July and August, and they get lower still in spring and autumn, when many places close.

Outside of Town

Outlying villages often have cheaper accommodation than central Chamonix and they're easily reached by rail and road.

Les Bossons Connected to central Chamonix, 3.5km to the northeast, by frequent trains and buses. View-laden Hôtel Aiguille du Midi is a welcoming midrange option.

Les Houches Situated 7km southwest of Chamonix, Les Houches is linked by bus and train to the centre. It's one of the traditional starting points of the Tour de Mont-Blanc long-distance walk.

Vallorcine-Le Buet About 14km northeast of Chamonix, over Col des Montets (1461m), and 4km from the Swiss border, Vallorcine is linked to Chamonix by the Mont Blanc Express train. Historic Hôtel du Buet is great value.

Les Bossons

Linked to central Chamonix, 3.5km to the northeast, by frequent trains and buses.

Vallorcine

Vallorcine-Le Buet is about 14km northeast of Chamonix, over Col des Montets (1461m), and 4km from the Swiss border. It is linked to Chamonix by the Mont Blanc Express train.

Les Houches

Situated 7km southwest of Chamonix, Les Houches is linked by bus and train to the centre. It's one of the traditional starting points of the Tour de Mont-Blanc long-distance walk.

Mountain Refuges

For details on staying in a refuge (mountain hut with bunk beds) high on the Mont Blanc massif, contact the Club Alpin Français. Expect to pay around €25 for a dorm bed and €40 to €50 for half-board. Meals are simple, hearty and prepared by the hut-keeper.