samedi, 6 mars 2021
History of the hotel

The first part of the hotel was built in the 1930's, on the Hollande et Suisse (Mont Blanc) side. Then, the hotel was managed by Berthe, wife of  Pépé Luc, mountain guide, who only came to replenish the wine cellar, and for breakfast when he would frequently arrive with a lamb which he would feed from a baby's bottle!
In the 1960's, after the death of his mother, Jeannot Tournier took charge of the hôtel, the restaurant la Calèche, and the populart «Toboggan» nightclub. Managed by his wife Nicole, the panoramic roof pool was added, together with the building extension facing the Tourist Office. At that time the terrace area was in fact an ice rink (in winter) and summer terrace. Jeannot Tournier was a well known individual in town, exponent of the ski patinette and the first to  practice «clown skiing» mastering the skill of skiing on stilts! Subsequently discovered by Walt Disney, with whom he spent 2 years filming in America, he met many famous actors - including Sean Connery.

Link to the National Audiovisual Institute Video of Pepe Luc, "the snow acrobat" : http://www.ina.fr/video/CPF04007122

  
In 1985, Jean Luc Claret Tournier, the current owner, took the reins of the family business. In 1994, Kathya became manager and oversaw a programme of major renovations - conducted between the summer and winter seasons:
2002 : restyled the reception and 2 lounges to incorporate a fireplace
2004 : makeover of the restaurant and breakfast room.
2006 : creation of the 'superior' rooms and 2 suites.
2010 : creation of the 'luxury' rooms.
2011 : creation of the meeting rooms and start of the construction of the 6th floor Spa.
2012 : updated the reception and lounge areas, completed construction of the spa, incorporated 2 massage rooms, 2 saunas, hammam and rooftop Jacuzzi.
2012 -2013 : renovation of the 2 suites.
In 2013 the hotel was awarded its 4th star.

Park Hotel Suisse et Spa - Chamonix