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Allée des Marmousets
Tel: 33 4 50 54 65 36
On the edge of a tony Alpine resort, the new 22-room Alpaga offers a fresh take on French chalet chic. The lodge is a majorand welcomechange from the folklore-heavy decors of heart motifs, plaids, and mounted stags that have long prevailed at such well-known local hotels as Les Fermes de Marie. With its pine exteriors and low-slung roofs, Alpaga's complex of Savoyard chalets may look traditional, but inside their ash-gray pine walls and oak plank floors you'll find bronze silk curtains, simple metal lamps with natural linen shades, black velvet armchairs, black-painted radiators, and built-in slate-topped desks that cop a sophisticated Zen look. Balconies offer stunning views over the surrounding mountains, and beds have oxblood-leather headboards and are made up with faux-fur throws. Baths are done up in slate and black granite and come with bathtubs and walk-in showers. A spa with picture window walls features a large indoor pool, steam room, and sauna, and in keeping with the hotel's quietly modish atmosphere, the hotel's restaurant skips fondue and tartiflette and instead serves delicious contemporary French bistro dishes like oeufs en meurette (poached eggs in bacon-and-redwine sauce) and roasted cod with black olive mashed potatoes.
Which room to book: Insist on a room with a full view of Mont Blanc.
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