GOOD VALUE HOTEL, LES HOUCHES, CHAMONIX
by Sarah Scaddan
The RockyPop Hotel is a new addition to the Chamonix hospitality scene, positioned on the main road running through Les Houches. With a bus stop right outside the hotel, it is minutes to the centre of Les Houches and only a little further to Chamonix. I visited the RockyPop Hotel off season and the atmosphere was one of adults and kids let loose in a giant playground with a bar. I can only imagine the vibe in the height of the ski season.
Firstly, the RockyPop is very reasonable in price, wildly reasonable even. Our stay cost us 30€ a night each.
A stay in the Rockypop does not cost much more than a grande latte and a blueberry muffin in Starbucks…
For 30€ I’d expect a bunk in a shared dormitory, but rooms at the RockyPop are much more fun. Our room was set out on three levels with a double bed on the mezzanine, two singles on the lower level and the bathroom in the middle. Beds are comfortable, the shower had power, it was clean and there was a lot of storage (ingeniously built high and reached by ladder). If I was part of a family or group of four people and staying there for the week, it might be a bit short on space but the rest of the hotel does makes up for it.
On the ground floor on the hotel guests can enjoy table football, games consoles, table tennis and various lounging areas. There is live music, a large bar (serving great cocktails), and two large comfortable fire-warmed terraces. The bistro serves delicious French and Asian dishes, as well as a food truck style counter serving pizza and gourmet burgers. Seating is on long benches or sunken tables, and there is colour everywhere you look. Oh so much colour. It is such a refreshing change from gingham table cloths and mounted antlers.
If the adults are reluctant to share their toys, children can use the outdoor and indoor play area. Of course you can see the play areas from the bar, the architect must have been a parent.
If you really need to leave the hotel, you could enjoy the fabulous views, ski the slopes of Les Houches or hike and enjoy the mountain air. I personally would rather spend more time embracing my inner child and eating an enormous burger whilst playing space invaders.
For further information visit www.rockypop-chamonix.com.
by Sarah Scaddan, travel planner at www.inspiremytravel.com.