Villa Saint Exupery Gardens Hostel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Saint Exupery Gardens Hostel Nice
Stayed one night in a private triple + bathroom. Room very poky, hardly room to move around beds and the one chair which there was really no point of being in room. No air con, had to leave window open whole night and still hot. Fire alarm went off on our floor 3 times after 3:30am as one guest had been smoking in bedroom. This also caused electricity to go out and then there was a problem with our key card ( possibly related) the next morning after breakfast when went to get bags to check out. Huge queues at reception as one computer was down (with new keys etc.) and had to go up stairs three times to finally get into room. Lucky we did not have a train to catch.
Liked the breakfast/common room and the computers and wifi facilities. Gardens looked nice though we didn't get to look around. Very young place. Cooking facilities looked really good though didn't get to use them as were only literally sleeping there. Think may have been able to put up with lack of air con and poky room if had not been for what I am going to call "technical difficulties" but overall, got hardly any sleep and found it difficult to check out. Common room was very cool, nice space so perhaps expected to hang out there and in nice gardens most of time. Perhaps you could blame the guest for setting the alarm off, but thought it should have been dealt with better. Maybe if I'd stayed longer, would have gotten a chance to see the hostel's better side.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Saint Exupery Gardens Hostel Nice
I was supposed to be staying in this place for three months as a student - I couldn't manage one night! The rooms, most of which appear to remain unrenovated, are filthy and bizarre (a huge window, next to a path, at ground level, minus curtains or shutters??!!). To be honest the, the staff are a joke. They cocked my booking up from day one, deciding I should share for a week with another fella, with rather unsavoury tastes in narcotics, this after confirming a single room! The current renovation work means builders wander into your room, while the lock on my door clearly didn't work, and I had no where secure to put my valuables! The owner, who tends to forget who you are in mid-sentence, is the least helpful of the lot! Plus they never picked me up as promised, and the place isn't exactly what you'd call central, though I knew this when booking. Where the website photos came from I have no idea!!
Just returned from a most enjoyable week at the Villa St Exupery Hostel in Nice. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful (in French and English), resulting in a very good atmosphere. Its also a very easy place for the lone traveller to get to know other guests, due to the lovely large meeting room and bar (converted chapel). All rooms look on to a beautiful garden.
I loved the toilets here. They are for sure the most comfortable i've ever experienced. Some things arent so good but the toilets make up for it all. This place is the best ever! Definitly choose Villa Saint Exupery Hostel!
One of the best hostels I have stayed in!!!!
This has to one of the best hostels I have been to. The dorms are basic, but (most importantly) clean and safe!
The place is an old nunnery and retains a good deal of character. I have been to few hostels where you can it around outside and meet people whilst looking at a fabulous view of Nice.
My only minor points would be that it is a little way out of nice (just about walkable, or there are buses) and there are no lockers (as were advertised on the web).
All in all, Fabulous! I would reccomend it to anyone!
Stayed in the hostel for three nights. Arrived at the hostel quite late after a whole day on the train. When we got there, there was already somebody in our "double" room. It took an hour for the staff to get him out and get the room cleaned. Finally when we got to the room we saw that it had no curtains or shutters. Since it was the middle of summer it was quite a nuisance. We explicitly asked for a double bed on the internet booking, but when we got there we were given 2 flimsy single beds. Must say the bathroom was spotless. Over all feeling: Never again.
Villa St. Exupery has the most ougoing and friendly staff I saw when visiting hostels. I visited during Cannes Film Festival and the family run hostel tried exceptionally hard to find room for everyone and accomplished this with a smile.
Stayed here at the end of May and really really enjoyed it here. To get there, you have to take a bus from the train station (although if you just call the hostel from the station, they will pick you up there) then climb a lot of steps. This is just a very minor annoyance.
Friendly, informal, comfortable
I really enjoyed this place the couple of nights I was there in April 2004 (staying in a private room). The owner is very friendly and helpful, and the whole atmosphere is relaxed and tranquil. It's not real close to the center of town or the beach, but the bus can get you there (or to the Chagall and Matisse museums) quickly. Also, the booking process could use some organization. On the whole, though, I'd highly recommend the place.
Villa Saint Exupery Hostel is a student accommodation on normal school term with 20% given to tourists. So u can catch students going about their fun and studies there. We stayed there for 3 nights in April.
I stayed at this hostel on the night between the 31st of December and the 1st of January 2004, of all dates. So one can truly say that it is open all year round. My booking (by phone) was organized only a few days before & I was glad that cheap accomodation was available at all. To get there from the airport, take bus 23 and walk up the hill for about 15 minutes; I don´t know whether they can be persuaded to drive you, if you´re arriving at the station. My arrival took place in the evening around the New Year-celebrations & I suppose that it influenced the quality of my stay somewhat. The staff was very friendly, but the quality of my room was not very good, maybe I was given their last one available; At first, there was no light, and the door could not be closed at all (!). I didn´t complain, however. The cleaning of the bathrooms could be better, but on the other hand it was a rather special day ... As I said, the staff was very friendly & they must be given credit for that. I paid 25 euros, which is close to a cheap hotel rate. Breakfast is included: bread, jam, various cereals. Apparently they normally serve English breakfast as well. Walking to the center will take at least 30 minutes, so it is not a very central location, but they organize free bus transport several times daily. There is a view downhill to the coast. If planning to stay there off-season, book one night and see how it goes, if possible, or ask about the quality of your room.