Wellington, New Zealand
September 20, 2003
French youth hostels, even those that are members of the national federation can vary widely in their quality and facilities provided. This hostel was great in both respects.
The hostel is situated in a park on a hill above Nîmes, in an environment that is very quiet and peaceful. It is a bit of a hike up the hill from the bus stop, but a daily shuttle bus to the station is available.
The hostel has been very recently renovated and all the rooms are in top condition. Rooms have four beds each and each room has its own shower and toilet. In addition, each bed has its own locker (provide your own padlock), cubby hole by your head for an alarm etc, and an individual light.
There are kitchen facilities for doing your own cooking and a dining room where you can buy cheap, good quality dinner. Coin operated washing machines are also provided. There is a nice common room with a TV and pool table, and a large patio with tables and chairs.
Breakfast is included in the price, but it is not the skimpy breakfast available at most hostels. There is bread, spreads, cereals, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, and an egg, done in your preferred style.
Reception is open: summer 7:30am – 1am and winter 7:30am – 11:30pm.
It is four kilometers from the train station to the hostel. To get there it used to be bus #2 direction Ales or Villeverte, but the bus numbers have just changed. The stop required is "Stade". If you email the hostel at firstname.lastname@example.org, they can probably tell you which bus it is now.
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