When you think about planning a ski holiday in the French Alps, it may come with the worry that as the region is quite luxurious, it’s also reasonably pricey. However, there are a few good budget options available that will keep you close to the slopes and ensure you have enough money left in your pocket for a lift ticket. Find them below with our selection of the best hostels in Chamonix.
Sport Hostel Chamonix
Guestroom at Sport Hostel Chamonix | Courtesy of Sport Hostel Chamonix/Hostelworld.com
Sport and outdoor adventure are what drive the team at the Sport Hostel in Chamonix. With some of the world’s best peaks found in this corner of France, it makes sense that this hostel ensures it has the best mountain equipment available for its guests to rent. In the company of one of their resident experts, you can sign up for lessons ranging from two to six days to practise your hiking, climbing and mountaineering skills. Shared rooms contain up to six beds with bathroom facilities on every floor, and the free breakfast ensures you’ll be fuelled for the day’s activities.
The Chamoniard Volant offers rooms that range from as little as four beds per room and up to 18. You can make sure your budget stays in check by preparing dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen or you can opt to splurge on a meal at the on-site restaurant (or any of the other great options nearby). Free parking for guests means you can take advantage of the five-minute drive to the closest ski station, which is a 25-minute walk otherwise.
Located eight kilometres from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the ski-station town of Les Houches, the unconventional RockyPop bears the official status of a three-star hotel with the cost and conviviality of a hostel. Totally fun and quirky, a stay at RockyPop is reminiscent of your childhood birthday parties with movie theatre motifs, arcade games and a rainbow of colour throughout its decor. Their ‘RockyShuttle’ ensures you’ll have easy access to the lifts in the morning and will pick you up at the end of the day. Nighttime socialising is made easy thanks to its hip cocktail bar, communal dining tables and live music events.
Conveniently situated a 10-minute walk from town, the Chamonix Lodge is changing the hostel experience with a sauna, an outdoor hot tub, and a spacious terrace with views of the Mont Blanc massif. Following its renovation in 2017, the hostel has been freshened up with tiled showers and wood-panelled walls that add warmth to the guestrooms. A log fireplace in the lounge and salon with a library and beanbag chairs add to the lodge’s homey feel.
The super centrally-located Le Vagabond operates like a bed and breakfast and provides only private rooms, yet the simplicity of the accommodation and bunk beds give it a hostel-like feel. Open the curtains to catch sight of the Mont Blanc massif from each one of its nine guestrooms. For apres ski, you can hang out at their terrace or warm up by the lounge fireplace. The amenities here are quite standard and while there is no kitchen or laundry facilities, breakfast is included in your stay.