With a convenient setting in the heart of Chamonix, at an altitude of 1,035m and the foot of Aiguille du Midi cable car the four star Hotel Heliopic is welcoming in its approach and has a creative 'retro-mountain-chic' design. Formed of 2 interconnecting chalets, there are 102 rooms, a spectacular 500m2 spa, restaurant, bar, ski shop and grocery shop.
The hotel is designed to make guests feel at home as soon as they set foot in the lobby with the area being a very social place with lots of different alcoves to relax and enjoy a drink in. There is even a dedicated children's' area with giant beanbags, complimentary sweets and popcorn dispensers and an 'all you can drink' smoothie bar to enjoy whilst kicking back and playing games or watching a movie. The lobby also has a self service library with mountain-related books, board games and DVDs and a music room.
The hotel's signature restaurant serves locally inspired dishes and a daily buffet breakfast, whilst the Epicerie du Midi is a mini grocery store with a retro 50s American diner feel, where guests can enjoy homemade dishes based on traditional recipes which can either be eaten in or enjoyed as a take away.
The Nuxe spa offers a haven of relaxation to return to after a day skiing with a 15m x 6m indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and three treatment rooms offering a range of treatments and massages.
The hotel also has a ski rental shop with equipment from the leading brands for all levels, clothing and accessories. Equipment hire can be booked in advance.
When it comes to skiing in Chamonix, it has a reputation that precedes it as one of the oldest and most famous ski resorts in the world; having played host to the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924. There is a vast array of skiing available as well as the famous 20 km long Vallée Blanche - a rite of passage for skiers looking to tick off one of the most legendary runs in the world. The ski area covers five different mountains and reaches the village of Argentière which is the access point for Les Grand Montets. With a few beginner areas this terrain is more suited to intermediate and advanced skiiers.