Hotel La Folie Douce

  • France, Chamonix

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The Hotel La Folie Douce continues to offer its eclectic mix of hospitality and entertainment. The central location beats many in Chamonix, sitting on the edge of the Savoy meadow, with fabulous views. Relax in the large spa with sauna and steam room, plus the heated outdoor pool with terrace and fabulous views of Mont Blanc. Or take a moment for yourself and join a yoga class (additional cost).

With a free Kids Club for 4-12 year olds (during school holidays), this hotel is also perfect for families wishing to have a mountain adventure, along with some downtime for parents!

Added value

Free daily packed lunches 

Free upgrade from standard to superior room (for guests staying between 1 May - 21 June & 29 August6 - 30 Sept)

Rooms
  • No. of hotel rooms: 250
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5

Reception

  • Check in time 5pm
  • Check out time 10am 
  • Official rating: 3

Local Fees and Taxes

  • Resort tax €2.30 per person, per night (under 18s Free of charge) paid locally

Rooms

Rooms in the Folie Douce Hotel are split between 3* Access rooms and 4* Premium rooms. All rooms have twin or double beds (please specify preference when booking), bath with shower head attachment and WC, flat screen cable/satellite TV with English speaking channels, hair dryer, WiFi access and all rooms have mountain views.

3* Access rooms are more simply furnished (18m²).

  • Twin/Double bedrooms: sleep 1-2 people and can take a cot
  • Quad rooms : the same size and have a single sofa bed and triple bunks

4* Premium rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated. These rooms have additional luxuries including a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, bath robes, slippers, mini fridge and safe.

  • Double/twin rooms: sleep 1-2 people (18m²). Also available for sole occupancy (additional supplement)
  • Larger Superior rooms: sleep 2-3 people and includes a pull out sofa bed (26m²)
  • Family rooms: twin/double bedroom with bunk beds (suitable for children up to 11 years) in the entrance (26m²)

Interconnecting rooms are available on request.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes
Chamonix

The dazzling snow cap of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain, is a magnificent backdrop to the colourful resort of Chamonix and its smaller, but very attractive neighbour, Les Houches. From relaxing strolls to challenging hikes, this ideal walking country offers something for everyone.

The huge choice of outdoor activities (see our excursions tab) includes rafting, parapenting, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and summer tobogganing. In Chamonix, there is also a superb adventure park, a sports centre and a wonderful 18 hole golf course in Le Praz and mini-golf. 

Offering a wide range of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, Chamonix also has a cinema, casino and nightclubs. Take a trip up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi, one of Europe’s highest cable-cars, or a ride on the famous rack railway to 6,200ft to admire the stunning Mer de Glace glacier. For those looking to beat the crowds, spend an unforgettable night in the Refuge du Montenvers, sitting on the top of the Mer de Glace.

The Chamonix Valley Card is provided by your hotel upon arrival and offers FREE bus and train travel in the Chamonix Valley and reductions on many other services. The Mont Blanc Multipass is also available and provides a great value option for those wanting to explore numerous peaks using the in resort lift system.

Things to Do

Resort Card - Free to all guests

The free "Chamonix Valley Card" is provided by your hotel/apartment upon arrival and offers free bus and train travel in the Chamonix Valley and reductions on many other services.

Sample itinerary:

  • Day 1 | Bus to Argentiere and brisk walk back on the Petit Balcon Sud via Chalet la Floria for tea.
  • Day 2 | Train to leBuet or Vallorcine for walk to Refuge du Bérard or the Aiguille Rouge Nature Reserve.
  • Day 3 | Train towards Servoz, admiring the Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers. Visit the spectacular Gorges de la Diosaz (entrance €6.50, payable locally).
  • Day 4 | From Chamonix, bus to les Houches then the cable-car (pay locally) to the Col de Voza and the train to Eagle's Nest.

 

Other things to do in and around Chamonix

  • Excellent walking and climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Glacier walks
  • E-Bikes (book locally)
  • Mountain biking
  • Hydrospeed
  • Canyoning
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountaineering - Via ferrata
  • Merlet wildlife park
  • Adventure park
  • Sports centre
  • Golf course
  • Wide range of shops
  • Superb choice of restaurants
  • Cinema
  • Summer tobogganing
  • White-water rafting
  • Bowling
  • Crazy golf
  • Alpine Museum
  • Casino
  • Numerous festivals including Cosmo Jazz Festival and Fête des Guides with a sound and music show
  • Climbing World Cup and fireworks, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Excursions

Excursions

Annecy £55, full day

The Venice of the Alps. Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Annecy (pay locally €15), then browse through the colourful market, relax on a café terrace and visit the fascinating château.

Three Countries Tour £97, full day, Monday

Begin with a scenic drive up-valley to the Col de Forclaz for a superb view of the Rhone valley, then through Swiss vineyards, before arriving at the Grand St. Bernard Pass on the Swiss-Italian border. Time for a stroll around the lake, then to Aosta - 'Rome of the Alps'. An unforgettable day of varied landscapes, cultures and architecture!

Peaks of Perfection - £132

A great introduction to some of the exciting activities Chamonix has to offer including white water rafting, guided biking and gentle hiking.

  • River Rafting which starts and finishes in Chamonix on the river l’Arve, which runs through the centre of Chamonix – 45 minutes long.
  • Guided biking, a is cross-country through forests and rivers, not going on chair lifts, part of a group and bike included.
  • Guided Hike which is a half day hike with a guide around the Chamonix valley. It will be a gentle walk, not too strenuous.

All ½ days

Ice, Air & Rapids - £286

For the adrenaline seekers, experience big thrills white water rafting in Italy, land in front of the Chalet Hotel Sapinière as part of a tandem paraglide and take on the Mer de Glace glacier with a guide and all equipment included.

  • White Water Rafting in Italy at Dora Baltea. Guests are collected and taken to the start point, follow a 30km stretch of the Dora river. Active adrenaline adventure and intense thrills on big waves - You MUST be able to swim well. Half day adventure.
  • Parapenting from the Brevent. Take off from the top of the Brévent and enjoy fantastic views. You land in front of the Sapinière! Guests will fly in tandem with a qualified parapent pilot. Please note that a lift pass to start point is not included.
  • Full day glacier hike on the Mer de Glace (great day out for a taster of a glacier/ice walking). The Mer de Glace is one of the most well know glaciers in the Alps. Guests will be equipped with crampons, a harness and ice axes. The guide will lead you.

Peaks of Perfection & Ice,Air & Rapids are bookable for ages 12 and over. Date and times of each activity will be advised on arrival as the itinerary will be dictated by weather and groupings.

All excursions above will be available to book locally and prices shown are approximate, depending on availability. All excursions are subject to minimum numbers.

Facilities
  • 2 Bars
  • Musical entertainment in the garden and terrace (10 am - 8 pm)
  • Dinner dance & Live music (once per week) until 10 pm
  • Spa and wellness facilities including large outdoor heated pool, sauna and steam room (10 am - 8 pm)
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Car parking (€10 per day - pre book and pay locally)
Family Facilities
  • Baby cots are available (Free) for children under 1 year (on request)
  • Babysitting services available (book and pay locally)

Kids Palace

  • Outdoor & Indoor activities from 9am to 5pm (lunch included) for 4 - 12 year olds
  • Available from 1 July to 30 August (pre book to guarantee a space)
  • Day time activities include trampolining, climbing wall, ropes course (please note these activities are unsupervised)
  • Lunch and snacks provided 
  • Evening club for children is also available from 6 - 10 pm (including dinner)
  • Evening activities include painting, games, cinema or an evening show
  • Supplement of €45 per whole day (book in advance and pay locally). Half days are also available (€25 per day)
  • Cots & linen
  • Babysitting (day)
  • Babysitting (evening)
Meals
  • Continental buffet breakfast with additional hot options
  • Lunch box (ham or cheese roll, fruit and cake)
  • 'La Petit Cuisine' restaurant serving French and International food (where half board is taken) 
  • 3 Course evening meals with choice of menu for each course
  • Special dietary requirements are available (on request)

Board basis options available

  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 6.86835
  • Latitude: 45.9256196
  • Location Description:

     

    The location beats many in Chamonix, sitting on the edge of the Savoy meadow

    Good location in the centre of Chamonix with shops and cafes close by

    2 minutes' walk to the nearest bus stop

    The Brevent lift is only a 10 minute walk away

     

Reviews of Hotel La Folie Douce

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per person from £779
Includes £110pp discount
Hotel La Folie Douce
Chamonix, Half Board
14/05/2022 - 7 nights
2 adults
From Bristol
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