Even though Bordeaux is synonymous with world-class wine and fine dining, it’s easy to explore the city on a budget. Hostels and budget accommodations are dotted all over the city, offering thrifty travellers a base on a budget. From the charming district of the Chartrons to those just a stone’s throw away from the Garonne river, here are five of the best hostels where you can meet fellow travellers and lay your head for the night.
S’cool Hostel Bordeaux
S’cool Hostel Bordeaux | Courtesy of S’cool Hostel Bordeaux/Hostelworld.com
S’cool Hostel Bordeaux is a perfect place to explore the city from; it’s just a three-minute walk from Place Gambetta. Breakfast is included in the price of the bed – a simple affair of French bread, butter and coffee – and is served in the large communal area each morning. The dorms are mostly comprised of bunk beds – two bunk beds to a room – and the whole hostel is kept exceptionally clean. On the opposite side of Place Gambetta is Porte Dijeaux, one of the historic gates of the city dating back to the 18th century, marking the entrance to the historic centre of Bordeaux.
Résidence Jacques-Ellul | Courtesy of Résidence Jacques-Ellul/Booking.com
During the summer months, a lot of school and university accommodation gets used as hostels for travellers and Résidence Jacques-Ellul is such a hostel. Located right next to Bordeaux’s central station and so very easy to navigate, this hostel offers simple rooms with access to kitchen facilities. The big thing to note here is there is no WiFi, but for a quick stopover in Bordeaux you’ll feel like you’re getting value for money as you don’t pay for bells and whistles you’re not using.
Set in an 18th century building in the Chartrons district of Bordeaux, Hostel 20 is favourite among travellers. Breakfast only costs an extra €2 a day, or you can just grab a croissant from the numerous bakeries nearby, French style. The hostel offers private rooms on top of the standard dorms and free WiFi is available throughout. Towels are also included; a bonus for those trying to travel light. The Quai des Chartrons, just a few streets from the hostel, is great for cycling and exploring the city from a river-side viewpoint.
The Bordeaux Youth Hostel is situated close to Gare Saint-Jean Train Station and is a 15-minute walk from the historic city centre. It has over 100 beds in bunk bed style to offer up to travellers, ranging from two beds per room to six. Most of the rooms share a bathroom and towels can be rented from €1.50, and padlocks from €6. Breakfast is included and the reception, unlike a lot of the other hostels in Bordeaux, is open 24 hours a day. It’s a modern, colourful and well-run budget option for your stay in Bordeaux.
A simple hotel at hostel prices, Stars Bordeaux Gare offers private rooms that are easy on the wallet. Its location next to the train station makes it easy to access when you arrive in Bordeaux, and it’s only 15 minutes to the historic centre on foot. Make sure to stock up on food at the Capucins market, Bordeaux’s largest market. Here you’ll find restaurants and snack bars, side by side with florists, wine stalls, fish mongers and rainbow-coloured stalls of local fruits, vegetables, olives and herbs.