You don’t have to spend big bucks to enjoy the Cote d’Azur in Nice, one of the most celebrated cities on the Med. Stroll the Promenade des Anglais, visit a jazz club, admire belle-époque architecture or hop on the train for an Italian day trip from one of these budget-friendly hostels.
The beautiful southern city of Nice will forever be associated with the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera. With its pastel belle époque hotels, super-yachts in the old port and celebrity hangouts on every corner, one might be forgiven for thinking that a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais is reserved only for those with a bulging wallet. As these top hostels demonstrate, there’s plenty of room for those keen to enjoy the Cote d’Azur on a budget.
Hostel and Hotel Meyerbeer Beach
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This colourful, friendly hostel is located in an excellent central spot, a few steps from the Promenade des Anglais. The place is generous with its food and facilities, and you will also find the staff especially liberal with their time. A continental breakfast is included every morning, while an Old Town walking tour and guided bar crawl can be arranged at no charge. Additional useful freebies include wifi, luggage storage, maps and the use of beach towels, parasols and hats.
This guesthouse is set in a former Protestant temple, built in 1856, and there remains a chapel on the ground floor from where you may hear the Sunday sound of hymns. Choose between mixed or female-only dorms, or a private room with a double bed. For large group bookings of up to 16, the whole guesthouse can also be rented. Make the most of the cosy common room with a fridge, microwave and kettle, and enjoy your complimentary breakfast in the shady garden during the summer months.
The flags of the world hanging above the reception desk is a welcoming touch at a hostel that takes great pleasure in organising regular events for its guests. You can help yourself to free tea and coffee in the dining room, while for something a little stronger, turn up at 7pm for a complimentary happy hour cocktail. You’ll find the hostel a mere two-minute walk from Nice’s central train station.
Open House is one of the most popular hostels in Nice, thanks to its central location. Choose between four- or six-bed dorms, with female-only and private room options available. Bed linen, luggage storage and tea and coffee are all included in the price. 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.
With its baby-blue dormitories and gingham chairs, Hostel Ozz is probably one of 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 prom is about a 15-minute walk) but it’s right by the train station – ideal for when you’re lugging heavy rucksacks.
Although not technically a hostel, the Ajoupa 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. Rooms range from studios to two-bedroom apartments sleeping six, decorated in a contemporary Scandinavian style. The location, at the heart of downtown Nice, close to Place Massena, couldn’t be more central.