Chamonix: Let’s swing at the Rocky Pop Hotel
80s and pop culture fan, let’s head to Chamonix for a stay in the new Rocky Pop Hotel! A fun address full of winks to lovers of video games, music and cinema. A luminous sign like in Broadway, we have never seen this in the Alps! The Rocky Pop dares. As soon as we arrive, we are welcomed by R2D2 and C-3PO, the two droids stars of the Star Wars saga. The reception desk is decorated with Michael Jackson or Daft Punk vinyl sleeves. In the elevator and on the placemats, Pac-mans. On the carpet, Space Invaders. A Tetris tissues box in the bathrooms … In short, here is a hotel that is very different from the very “wood and fur » atmosphere of the mountains. The work of the interior architect Leslie Gauthier consists of breaking down the codes of the traditional alpine hut to design a place full of fantasy. The Rocky Pop Hotel is a creation of Romain Trollet, who already owns Heliopic in Chamonix. But here, the atmosphere is very different from this 4 star chic address, as the Rocky Pop is a cheap hotel for families and groups of friends looking for affordable accommodation and a festive atmosphere.
The 148 rooms are rather small and sober. No bathtub for example. Simply shower cubicles. But in return, a large free catalog of videos on demand to rest in bed in front of the TV. Anyway, the idea is not to spend too much time in your room but to go skiing (a ski shop is available on site) or to enjoy the atmosphere of the lobby where you can listen to musicians on live in the evening around a very long bar, the main room on the ground floor. A hairdresser’s chair also offers a small cut on request. And in the two outdoor patios you can play petanque or table tennis, watch movies in the open air, dance, laugh, have fun … The Rocky Pop wants to be a friendly hostel where you can come and go according to your desires. The restaurant serves food-truck cuisine in a beautiful enameled tableware. Revisited burgers, very successful pizza and some mountain dishes. A room called “the pack ice”, quieter than the large refectory, allows to sit on large “Japanese” cushions with mountain views.
The Rocky Pop is located in Les Houches, the small town close to Chamonix that you can reach via shuttle buses if you do not want to take your car. An address a bit out of the city center. But in return, we sleep from 30 euros per person in a double room. Families can choose duplexes (4 people for a hundred euros per night). And groups love the penthouse which can accommodate up to 12 guests in individual beds (from 10 euros per person at night, an unbeatable rate!). The Rocky Pop offers the best quality-originality-price rate of the Alps and blows a fresh breeze on the mountain hotel industry.