Family history

Hotel pension du Chemin de fer
Clothilde & Joseph

F. Joseph et Lydie
Lydie & F.-Joseph


 Marcel et Andrée
Andrée & Marcel

Pierre et Martine
Martine & Pierre

Perrine & Pierre


Joseph Carrier, grocer and stagecoach director, saw the arrival of the railway in Chamonix in 1901. In view of this development, he decided, in 1903, to build a hotel, which he baptized La Pension du Chemin de fer (The railway Hotel), which was small, simple and open only in the summer.

Whilst Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924, the Pension du Chemin de Fer had heating installed to gain from the tourist development of the mountain.

Albert 1er, the King of Belgium and an experienced alpinist, became a regular visitor to Chamonix. After his death in 1934, and following the brief lease of the hotel to an Italian from Milan during the Moroccan war, François-Joseph, Joseph's son, renamed the hotel « Albert 1er et de Milan ».

One generation later, Marcel and Andrée took over the reins of the hotel. Marcel succeeded his mother, Clothilde, in the kitchen and obtained his first star in the Michelin Guide in 1967.

In 1979, Pierre took over in the kitchen. In 1997, with Martine, they built three connecting farmhouses out of old wood, consisting of twelve rooms, a fitness centre with swimming pool and spa, and La Maison Carrier, a traditional restaurant. A real hamlet....

This same year, Pierre Maillet joined the Albert 1er kitchen as Commis chef.

In 1999, Pierre Carrier obtained his second star in the Michelin Guide and the Hameau Albert 1er became part of the prestigious Relais et Chateaux chain. Pierre Carrier's daughter, Perrine went on to marry Pierre Maillet, who worked his way up to becoming head chef of the Albert 1er.

Today the Hameau Albert 1er is run as a solid three-way family team. Perrine is the smiling host, Pierre Maillet is head chef of the 2-starred Michelin restaurant and Pierre Carrier looks after the general running of the establishment.  


Some dates :

At the end of the 19th century, Joseph CARRIER started up a grocery trade and transported travellers by stage coach from Geneva to Chamonix and Martigny.

1901 Arrival of the railway in Chamonix.

1902 Construction of the 'railway' hotel « Pension du Chemin de Fer » by Joseph, Pierre Carrier's great grandfather.

1924 The first Winter Olympic games in Chamonix necessitate the installation of heating in the rooms. From this point, the hotel would remain open in the winter.
The hotel is renamed 'Hôtel de Milan' by Milanese manager Monsieur Arno, after Pierre Carrier's grandfather, François Joseph had to go and fight in the Moroccan war.

1925 The Hotel de Milan's first appearance in the Michelin guide.

1934 Death of King Albert 1st of Belgium, an alpinist who had often come to climb in Chamonix.

1935 As a mark of respect, François Joseph gives the name of King Albert 1st to the hotel, which then becomes "Hotel Albert 1er et de Milan".

1962 For the occasion of the Alpine Ski World Championships, Marcel, Pierre Carrier's father, expands the hotel, increasing it to 50 rooms.

1967 Head chef, Marcel Carrier obtains his first Michelin star. He will go on to keep it for another 17 years.

1976 Opening of Marcel Carrier's second hotel, the 'Auberge du Bois Prin'.

1979 Having taken his classes with other chefs in Megève, Bordeaux and the French Riviera, Pierre Carrier returns to the Albert 1er, accompanied by his wife, Martine Carrier.

1987 Pierre Carrier is awarded his first Michelin star.

1988 Pierre and Martine Carrier obtain 'la clé d'Or' (the golden key) in the Gault Millau guide.

1991 The gastronomic restaurant Albert 1er obtains 17/20 with three 'toques rouges' (red chef hats) in the Gault Millau guide.

1996 Work commences on the extension of the hotel with the construction of three Savoyard farmhouses, which will home twelve deluxe and modern rooms. An indoor and outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a large, sunny terrace will complete the renovation project.

1997 Opening of La Maison Carrier restaurant and spa « Le Bachal ».
Pierre Maillet, having left the Louis XV restaurant in Monaco, is employed as commis chef in the Albert 1er kitchen.

1999 Pierre Carrier obtains his second star in the Michelin guide and is awarded 18/20 in the Gault Millau guide.
The Hameau Albert 1er joins the prestigious 'Relais et Châteaux', 'Relais Gourmands' chain.

2001 Perrine Carrier and Pierre Maillet get married. Pierre Maillet progressively takes over as head chef of the Albert 1er restaurant.

2008 Opening of the QuartzBar in the Albert 1er salons.










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