The night before and the night after your Tour du Mont Blanc trek, whether you're participating in an organised Tour du Mont Blanc through an organisation like Adventure Abroad or you just showed up wanting to do it on your own, you'll need to reserve some lodging in Chamonix.
Your options include a basic gîte in Les Houches, the largest village at the southern end of the Chamonix Valley, where the trek begins, or a nicer hotel in Chamonix . The majority of hikers choose to reserve a more luxurious hotel for their post-hike relaxation and recuperation so they can avoid roughing it in mountain huts! Many hotels have saunas or steam rooms, and some even have swimming pools; all of these are excellent ways to soothe your sore muscles after a hike. Below are a variety of suggestions for every price range.
Many hikers decide to stay in Chamonix for a few days before their trek in order to go on day hikes, explore this stunning Alpine town, and get over any jet lag. Even the most experienced trekker will be worn out when they return from the TMB, so you won't want to do much after your trek aside from relaxing. The additional benefit of day hikes in Chamonix prior to TMB is that they allow your body to adjust to the altitude before you set out.
There are a variety of lodging options in Chamonix, ranging from extremely basic lodging and campgrounds to ultra-luxurious lodging (like our style). Below are some of our favourite picks.
For something a bit different: Refuge Montenvers
Our picks for each budget level:
Basic: Hotel Richemond
Mid level: Pointe Isabella
Luxury: Hameau Albert Premiere (highly recommended)