The Clubhouse – Chamonix, France
Rooms are a good size, nicely decorated and the Black and Red rooms both have double showers.
Owned by Jonathan Downey (London’s The Player, Milk & Honey), the bar and lounge area is naturally the hub of the chalet with a roaring fire and beautiful lighting & furnishings echoing its 1920s origins. The location is great – just a five-minute walk into Chamonix’s lively town centre and virtually across the road from the nursery slopes yet set back enough from the main road to ensure a good night’s sleep.
- Largely British couples, groups, families and Geneva-based ex-pats of all age ranges.
- Restaurant – Breakfast and dinner are served in the lounge every day (8-10am and 7.30-9pm respectively). As well as cereals, toast, freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade bread, cheeses and meats, eggs and porridge are cooked to order to help kick-start the day. A three-course dinner is included in the rate and this, apart from Sandie & her wonderful team, is perhaps The Clubhouse’s secret weapon. The chef is ex-La Trompette & Chez Bruce, and it shows. The menu is thoughtful, seasonal, a perfect blend of international cuisine with an emphasis on British and French dishes (Oysters & Roast Beef; Tarte Tatin & Lemon Posset), and for the foodie skier, it’s an absolute winner.
- Bar – A beautifully mirrored bar sits at one end of the lounge and is usually manned by an expert cocktail maker brought in from one of the London clubs.
- Massage – Locally-based Kiwi, Hattie, from Pure-Fix Massage, can be called upon to ease any post-ski aches and pains in the Clubhouse’s spa room.
- The Clubhouse – 74 Promende des Sonnailles, 74400 Chamonix, Mont Blanc, France (+33 (0)4 50 90 96 56 / +33 (0)8 CLUBHOUSE / Sandie@clubhouse.fr / www.clubhouse.fr)
- 4 – 8 January 2012
- Between -1 and -4 degrees celsius – non-stop snow apart from some rain; no sunshine.
- Geneva airport and train station (3-hours by TGV from Paris) is around an hour away by road; there are plenty of companies who operate shuttle buses.
- Tall people might not be suited to the low beams in the Myla Suite; the Black and Red rooms are perfect for couples; groups of friends can take over the entire Clubhouse; the bunk rooms are very nicely decorated, warm & cosy with two sets of bunk-beds and plenty of space for a family.
THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:
- The Good – The hospitality and beautiful décor; incredible food; great location; a beautiful bolt-hole in the mountains; sense of home-from-home with no door keys and a chilled, relaxed atmosphere.
- The Bad – The towels have seen better days!
- OOOO ¾