There are a couple of really nice youth hostels in Nice that are located ideally. It’s up to you to choose if you prefer staying in the Old town of Nice, or a little closer to the seaside. There’s hostels right behind the train station too, as well as on the right hand side of the commercial shopping street of Jean Medecin. Here’s our list!
- Las Camelias Hostel
Prices in this hostel are between 22 and 32 euros. This one is probably the most spacious, and the only one with a garden. They are a member of the HI, so it is on the list of the 120 official hostels in Nice. Around the corner from the cat cafe, vegan food restaurant/take away Le Speakeasy, shopping centre Nice Etoile, bike rental place Holland Bikes and a 15/20 minute walk away from Nice Ville train station. There’s a subscription fee to be able to stay in one of the official hostels in France, which will be added to your bill if you haven’t already paid for it in a different city (Hostelling International).
- Meyerbeer Hostel
This hostel has a beautiful location if you want to be close to some shopping streets near the pedestrian area; la zone pietonne, but you’re also around the corner from the beach. You’ve got some of the more expensive shops here, so for the commercial ones you can have a stroll on Avenue Jean Medecin: the street where the tramway passes (between the main square Place Massena and the train station Nice Ville). Very close to this hostel you’ve got the museums, such as Musee Massena (free for students), Musee des Beaux Arts (museum of Fine Arts) and the Art Naif museum. These are really worth visiting, especially because you only need one €10 ticket to visit them all, if you don’t have a student card. This includes the Matisse museum on the hill of Cimiez, and the MAMAC, the modern art museum.
- Villa Exupery
This hostel is perfect if you are a real night owl, and prefer to be in the centre pretty much all of the time. It’s around the corner from the LaFayette shopping centre, ideally located on Place Massena. This is a good spot because you might want to take the train early in the morning for a day trip, and you’re just 25 minutes away from Monaco. Cannes is the other direction, and takes around 40 minutes. In case you want a different beach from the one in Nice, you can go to the sandy beach in Juan les Pins, or Antibes. For renting a bike you are 5 minutes away from Holland Bikes Tours & Rentals.
- Hostel Smith
In case you’re looking for the most unusual place in Nice, you’ll have to stay at this hostel, that’s in the heart of the medieval Old Town of Nice. Until 1706, this part of Nice was where Nice were protected within the walls, protecting the castle of Nice, that used to be on the Colline du Chateau, also known as Castle Hill. If you’re looking for a fancy hostel, this is not it – don’t have very high expectations of this place, but staying in the Old Town should be on your to-do list whilst in Nice.