Staying in a hostel is a great way to economise on accommodation and save money for exploring Nice’s unmissable attractions and beautiful beaches. If you’re on a budget and looking for the best hostels in Nice, check out these picks below.
Hôtel Belle Meunière is not a purpose-built hostel but a rambling villa with dorm beds as well as private rooms. It sees itself as a bed and breakfast rather than a hostel, even offering continental breakfast in a beautiful, secluded garden. Best of all, Hôtel Belle Meunière is only a short walk from the iconic Promenade des Anglais.
Conveniently located right in the centre of Old Town, close to the bustling beach, Villa Saint Exupery Beach hostel is an ideal option for backpackers. The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and buffet breakfast. Guests can also make use of a comfortable lounge area and on-site bar with happy hour starting from 6pm. It’s a perfect time to meet other independent travellers.
Open House Hostel has a strict under-40 policy and is ideal for meeting like-minded people. Wander the nearby Promenade du Paillon with snacks from Marché aux Fleurs, Nice’s daily food market. This hostel is right around the corner from Place Massena, a great place to pick up cheap late-night snacks.
Hostel Ozz offers private rooms as well as dorms | Courtesy of Hostel Ozz / Hostelworld
With its baby blue dormitories and gingham chairs, Hostel Ozz is probably the most stylish choice for budget accommodation in Nice. The communal spaces are sleek and chic, with high stools and retro tables. However, it’s one of the furthest hostels from the beachfront (the Promenade is about a 15-minute walk) but it’s right by the train station – ideal for when you’re lugging heavy rucksacks.
Although it’s not technically a hostel, the Ajoupa Apparthotel gets a mention because it’s such good value and ideal if you’re travelling with kids or just want to eat cheaply every evening. What’s more, the location is at the heart of downtown Nice, close to Massena square, which couldn’t be more central. A great budget-friendly base to explore the town.