Grand Hotel des Alpes, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: 33 4 50 55 37 80
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Grand was built in 1840 and is located right in the centre of town, convenient for both the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the restaurants and nightlife. A 2004 renovation gave each of the 30 rooms and three suites a tasteful makeover (all have wood-paneled walls, traditional wallpaper and upholstery, and marble bathrooms). The relaxation center has a swimming pool with a wave machine, hot tub, steam room, and massage rooms.
Open mid-December through mid-April and early June through late September.