Concierge.com's insider take:
This four-star hotel in the hamlet of Le Lavancher, between Chamonix and Argentière, has 23 wood-clad rooms decorated in chalet style, each with a balcony. They come in three types: the Balme rooms have views of the Argentière Valley, the Aiguilles look out onto the distinctive Aiguilles Rouges peaks, but best are the Balneo rooms, which are more spacious and have bathrooms with hot tubs. Chalet Emmanuelle is a separate quaint building that sleeps six in three bedrooms. It has its own private garden and full access to all hotel facilities. The hotel's Rosebud restaurant serves regional, classic, and "world" dishes, ranging from freshwater Lake Leman crayfish in tomato confit to king prawns in Chinese spices, crunchy veg and beetroot millefeuille.
Open early June through early May.