24.11
2017 Lifestyle

Connected, community-focused and bang on trend, hostels have truly arrived in resorts. Dusting off the image of youth hostels with wooden beds and frayed curtains, they’re shaking up the accommodation offer with their urban style, cool atmosphere and low prices. Focus on a growing trend in resorts.

A food truck for a kitchen, an eclectic but harmonious collection of mismatched sofas, yoga classes before breakfast, veggie, gluten-free and often organic dishes... concepts that speak volumes to a young and connected clientele, whose budget is often as tight as their skinny jeans. That’s on offer at the hostels abounding in the trendy neighbourhoods of major cities, and now also in the mountains. See for yourself with these 4 resort establishments.

In the heart of Les Houches, facing Mont Blanc, it's impossible to miss the bright and illuminated façade of the Rocky Pop Hotel. As soon as you walk through the door, it's feels like walking onto a movie set, or into a grown-up teenager’s bedroom. Some guests lounge on the stylish sofas, others play table football, while others enjoy the “Banquise” quiet zone, a relaxation area, for checking emails or reading a book in a Japanese atmosphere. Whether with friends or alone, happy hour at the Cocktail Bar is an opportunity to get to know your roommate and sip a mojito while gazing over the views of Mont Blanc.

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From outside, Le 1861 in Châtel looks like a huge wooden chalet on the edge of a small mountain road. A fairly classic, basic Alpine hostel... until you’re blown away by an explosion of colour the moment you step inside. Everything has been renovated to pep up the place, which is surrounded by fir trees and snow-capped peaks. Lemon yellow in the kitchen, electric blue or fuchsia pink in the rooms, bright red in the bar... Open your eyes wide and melt into this colourful, relaxed atmosphere. Large fur-covered sofas in the relaxation area guarantee an enjoyable afternoon snack before rounding off the evening over a shared raclette or a Mario Kart tournament.

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Hostel – Rejuvenated youth hostels? Low-cost hotels? Marketing stunt?
Low prices, dormitories, à la carte services, a young clientele... What is the key attraction of hostels in the rental accommodation market? Above all, it’s atmosphere. Convivial, community-focused and connected through a fun events programme that promotes socialising and sharing. Next, it’s decor. Resolutely modern, trendy and urban thanks to its adaptable, multi-purpose areas with a mix of materials, colours and excellent interior design. Finally, they offer accessible comfort at low prices. The dormitories’ clever layouts protect guests’ privacy, food to suit your dietary needs is available almost around the clock and quiet spaces have been designed for work sessions.
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Located in Oz en Oisans, at the heart of the Alpe d’Huez large ski area, the Moontain Hostel brings together travellers driven by a taste for meeting new people, action and the great outdoors. Clad in plywood with big numbers on the doors, the dormitory-style bedrooms for 2 to 12 people maintain everybody’s privacy using black separating curtains, while industrial lockers make it easy to store personal belongings. Each week, activities and events are organised to make it simple to discover the local area and get your fill of adventures!
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The concept is already a hit in Lyon, where HO36 establishments have been installed on the Guillotière side since 2016 and in Opéra since September 2017. This winter, the newest addition to the family will arrive in Les Ménuires, right in the heart of Les 3 Vallées. Just like its two big brothers, this little newcomer won’t break with the house style: urban decor, cosy atmosphere and guaranteed low prices, with homemade dishes and fresh produce on the restaurant menu, as well as cool evenings sipping cocktails and beers in the relaxation room. A trendy, connected hostel for all ages.
 
 
Photos : Rocky Pop Hotel, 1861 Châtel, Moontain Hostel, HO36
 
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