Pro’s – Location, accessible, breakfast, view,
Con’s – Wifi connection, showers, plugs, lockers
Also - no soya milk (but that’s to be expected…), mosquitos (not a problem of the hostel just the area)
Lock-out is something to think about if you’re on a low budget and don’t like being outside in the mid-day sun.
I stayed in the upstairs dorm separate from the main building. It was 12 bed, upstairs for 20 euros a night.
Dorm rooms are closed from 10 till 5, but if you think carefully what to take with you it’s fine. You can use the dining room during lock-out (which has a small fridge/freezer and a microwave) and the showers, toilets and sinks (to fill water bottles etc.)
Dorm room separate from the main house looks like an old electricity building but it's okay inside. All lockers broken and so old it uses a 1 franc coin, however there are draws under your bed and the lockers are big enough to take big suitcases in if they have padlocks - remember dorms are locked 10 till 5 so its safe-ish. Lockers downstairs in the main building work with 50 cent coins.
Only one plug in my room, two by the sinks outside.
Breakfast included in price - juice, coffee, fruit tea, hot chocolate, madeira cake, brioche, french bread, cereal (golden nuggets, corn flakes, coco puffs) milk (con. no soya option) jam, butter, various yoghurts.
Your sheets are included in the price, but depending on the time of year you probably won't need the second one to put over you. If you somehow get cold there are blankets in the draws under your beds or on top of the lockers in the room.
Showers - had to hold down the push button as they didn't stay on very long... Not the comfiest shower but it did the job (con. anyone can see into the shower from the balcony next to one of the dorms...)
Toilets - were fine, I think there were 3 next to the showers and then there was a long sink with mirrors and plugs.
Nice staff, patient with my poor French, the majority spoke a little English and I think they all spoke both French and Italian.
Shops are close. We did the amazing walk to Monaco along the coast, easy route to follow and makes lovely pictures but if you're not a walker there are buses and trains available.
Back entrance to the beach, front entrance to the street near the station (very near).
There was a bulletin board with bus timetables, the wifi password etc.
Wifi, low if you're not upstairs on the terrace area, can be used in the outside seating area however on my blackberry torch it didn't work, but on peoples ipads it did.
The view is very nice and just outside is a great plant walk in both directions if you're into that but it’s nice scenery anyway! And you get to some great beaches, out the back of the hostel if you go left and follow the coast you'll eventually get to Monaco and Monte Carlo.
Mala beach is close, it's meant to be super nice but it's small and mainly private expensive beaches. However they have boats and boards to rent and the view is lush... I'll put a picture on and there are two ways to walk there from the hostel, it's a quickish walk - I'll put the video I took up if I can.
The villas around the hostel have CCTV and most 24hr security men in their own sections of the house so that made me feel safe. Gates are open 24hrs. Cap d'ail is obviously a rich area, the woman in villa next to my dorm had a McLaren AND a Porshe. Her security guys were nice and waved at us each morning… I’m definitely off topic now!
Basically the view made up for the couple of cons so it was worth 20 euros a night and I'd be glad to go back again.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Thalassa (Relais Internationale De La Jeunesse) France/French Riviera - Cote D'Azur