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Reasonably Priced places to stay in Chamonix, France

Taking train from Lyon France to Chamonix. Would like a hotel easy to get to from train station. Noticed there is more than one train station stop for Chamonix. Would like to get hotel close to main lift up to top of Mont Blanc. When leave Chamonix, we are taking bus through Mont Blanc Tunnel into Italy. Will rent car in Aosta. Any recommendations on what company to rent car from in Aosta. PS, we are only taking the tunnel into Italy because was advised the cable lift from Chamonix to Italy will be closed. If any one has update on if lift will be closed , please let me know. Traveling to Chamonix on June 19, 2014. Thanks all.

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The Gare Chamonix SNCF is the main station in the center of town. The other station nearby is the Montenvers Mer de Glace, which is a narrow gauge cog train that goes up to the restaurant overlooking the end of the Mer de Glace glacier. The bus to Aosta leaves from the main train station. There is a circulating town bus that will drop you by the Aiguille du Midi cable car station about 800 meters away. Lots of hotels in town, but I don't have any particular recommendation.

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Keith, lots of hotels a short walk from the main train station in Chamonix. We have stayed at the Hotel L'Oustralet. It's not in the center of Chamonix but it is 2 blocks from the lift. Wonderful place to stay. http://www.hotel-oustalet.com/anglais.htm Easy walk to the center of Chamonix via a underpass to the train track about 2 blocks away. For restaurants, I recommend Le Caleche (great food, lots of people and hanging knick-knacks) and Atmosphere (nice quiet upscale dining).

I can't find the website but I believe I read that the gondola from Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner may be out of service this year. Hopefully, others can comment.

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Anything in central Chamonix will be a reasonable, easy walk from the Aguille du Midi lift which is just across the river from the main part of town. 5 minute walk at most from the main pedestrian shopping street.

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I agree with Larry about L'Oustalet . t's a charming place run by two sisters , Agnes and Veronique . Unfortunately , we were unable to stay there when we returned this past October due to renovation work ongoing at that time. As a result we stayed at the Mercure hotel next to the Chamonix main station ( there is another station just up the street from the Aiguille du Midi lift ). It was lovely as well , and the staff there is extremely pleasant . I must admit , though ,that I'm kind of hooked on L'Oustalet ,so that would be my first choice. Also , consider having dinner at " Le Bivouac " on the Rue du Docteur Paccard . Chris ,the owner is a wonderful chef and very friendly .

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We liked Hotel L'Aarve in Chamonix. Our room had a nice little balcony that overlooked the river. Hotel has an elevator and is an easy walk from train station with luggage--no need for a taxi but they will approach you and insist it is not walkable. The entire town is walkable( and hotel is just a few blocks from ADM) and there are small grocery stores and a laundry facility. We found the restaurants to be a bit pricey. The cog train to the glacier is a must and the walk along the river is nice.

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We liked Hotel L'Aarve in Chamonix. Our room had a nice little balcony that overlooked the river. Hotel has an elevator and is an easy walk from train station with luggage--no need for a taxi but they will approach you and insist it is not walkable. The entire town is walkable( and hotel is just a few blocks from ADM) and there are small grocery stores and a laundry facility. We found the restaurants to be a bit pricey. The cog train to the glacier is a must and the walk along the river is nice.

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We liked Hotel L'Aarve in Chamonix. Our room had a nice little balcony that overlooked the river. Hotel has an elevator and is an easy walk from train station with luggage--no need for a taxi but they will approach you and insist it is not walkable. The entire town is walkable( and hotel is just a few blocks from ADM) and there are small grocery stores and a laundry facility. We found the restaurants to be a bit pricey. The cog train to the glacier is a must and the walk along the river is nice.