Tucked away on a winding street of Morzine in the French Alps, you’ll find a traditional wooden building which has more to it than meets the eye    

Hideout Hostel welcomes travellers on a budget and gives skiers and snowboarders direct access to 650km of slopes around the Portes du Soleil including Avoriaz, Chatel and Morzine. Previously Rude Lodge, the hostel now sees hundreds of guests pass through during the summer and winter seasons, providing a friendly and practical home from home. The Ski Cub team were lucky enough to be hosted during a stop on their race and freestyle tour back in December.

Hideout hostel is laid out over two levels, with an open-plan bar and dining area downstairs and bedrooms on the top floor. At the entrance, you are welcomed by a crackling fireplace which provides heat to both sides of the room. The space has a relaxed feel with hand-drawn mountain art on the walls and a circle of sofas arranged around the fireplace on the dining side, perfect for gathering round to catch up after a long day on the slopes or bike trails. The dining area looks out towards the mountains through an entirely glass wall and you can enjoy the views from the warmth of the fireside or step out onto the spacious deck overlooking a bubbling river. 

Dinner at Hideout is refreshingly different to traditional French options, with an Asian fusion menu offering contemporary tapas such as bang bang broccoli, katsu curry, ramen, ladyboy lentils and steamed buns. You won’t find any fondue or raclette, but you can find that anywhere in the Alps! We were served a selection of dishes on the menu and found the meals to be fresh, filling and beautifully presented. Décor in the dining area is simple and contemporary with plenty of cosy bench sofas lining the walls and lots of colourful cushions with geometric shapes bringing bursts of colour to the room.

After dinner, bars and clubs are only a ten minute walk away but you can always head downstairs for more night-time entertainment. The basement used to a be a nightclub and has been converted into a prohibition-style cocktail parlour, complete with velvet stools, red curtains and a low-light, underground vibe. Waiters even wear waistcoats! Sample the delicacies there before stepping out on the town and hitting up any of the local pubs such as Bar Robbo for a pint of the lethal Mützig or Café Chaud bar for dancing. If you don’t want to go anywhere, you can fill your boost at Hideout’s own fully stocked bar which has a great selection of locally brewed craft beers and digestifs. 

Upstairs, guests have a variety of dorms sizes to choose from and twin and triple rooms are also available. The graffiti-style décor continues where rooms feature exposed wooden beams and wet-room style bathrooms. The rooms are clean, cosy and fuss-free with decent storage space in the twins and doubles. There’s a boot room downstairs and although the hostel isn’t ski in, ski out, nowhere in Morzine is. After a good night’s sleep at Hideout, you can count on a filling breakfast in the morning. The staff put on a filling and nutritious spread with a selection of cereals, fruits and pastries available. If you have a big day ahead on the slopes, a continental breakfast is also included in your room price. Tech-wizards, freelancers and insta-addicts will also be happy to know that there is free high-speed wifi throughout the building. 

Hideout will appeal to travellers looking for a chilled out social space which perfectly combines contemporary flavours and style with traditional Savoyard charm. And with beds from as little as €30 per night, it’s absolutely worth it. We’ll be back, there’s no doubt about that!

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