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.
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.
Two new hostels to open in December 2018
In December 2018, two new hostels are opening in the French Alps. In Les 2 Alpes, France Hostel is to open "The People Hostel", which will offer 364 beds. And this winter in La Plagne, HO36 will open its second high-altitude establishment. Located in the centre of Plagne and carefully decorated with flair and individuality, this unique place will offer its guests a relaxed atmosphere thanks to a spacious lounge, a bar and a restaurant.