I chose Auberge de Jeunesse based on a computer search. It proved to be a pleasant and very well organised and maintained hostel. The staff is excellent, always has answers, helpful and bend to assist.
I arrived there directly from the Tontouta international airport. The taxi left me on the top of the hill. I had to walk with my luggage on an asphalted alley, going downhill toward the entrance for about 40 meters. Small cars can use it. The hostel is fenced. The gate is on the left. It is locked at night, but the room key also opens it.
Entering in the courtyard, on the left is first a large table, where people can stay, play and eat, while on the right is a large room with lockers, where every guest can LEAVE THE LUGGAGE WHEN TRAVELING outside the city, in a locked box, for a fee of 200 pacific francs (around $2.00) per week. My luggage was too large, did not fit and it was left at reception. On the outside wall of the luggage room on the right is a large ad display, where people can place buy and sell ads and the local residents place ads with rooms for rent in the city.
Then, there are two buildings: one smaller on the left, where is the reception, a restroom for public and the following amenities:
1. a washing machine for the guests and a dryer. Don't know the price, I did not use them.
2. Public pay phone. The best calling card is called "easy".
3. Wifi is advertised.
On the right is a larger building that contains most of the amenities.
1. kitchen is well stocked with pots and pans and cooking utensils with 3 large sinks. One additional sink is in a neighboring room. There are also a stove with many places to cook the food, two microwaves and a grill.
2. a large fridge is in the next room to the kitchen. Everyone is alocated a box secured by a key, and it contains plastic containers to make the food content invisible to other guests, in order to prevent food theft.
3. utensils: the same key opens another box, where you can find glass plates, forks, knives and glasses to drink. Every piece, when found the first time, is undoubtly clean. Pots and other vessels are provided for those who prefer to prepare their own food in the hostel.
4. four wooden tables to eat and to bring and play your own games like chess are located in a third room. Additional tables and chairs are on the balcony, next to its kitchen door.
5. a ping pong (tennis table) room is located next to the eating room and has two more exits: one to the large first floor balcony (its second door goes to the kitchen), that offers great views over Nouméa and another exit is a wooden stair, going to the room from the second floor.
6. this room has a TV (the only I've seen in the building)
7. and two computers, that offer password protected internet access, for a price of 200 pacific francs per hour to be paid at reception.
The balcony from the second floor is smaller, but the views over the city are even more impressive.
8. I think that they have an ATM machine, but I am not very sure.
Moving further along the narrow alley, there are some stairs going down with three or four steps.
The building housing the guests has four floors, noted A-D. The narrow alley is closer to C, with A and B going down on stairs and D going up.
I was hosted on three separate periods in rooms A4, A5 and A6 (the furthest). These are the rooms with two beds and I paid to stay single in the room 3900 pacific francs per night in May 2009. The beds are acceptable for a good night's sleep. They provide bed sheets, a pillow, pillow case and a cover per request. The floor A room has also a large, metallic door fully covered with glass, that opens in the garden. In the room is a metallic closet (in two of them) or an open metallic frame with hangars for clothes and a table, that can be part of this frame. There is no fridge in the room and the food has to be stored only in the central, big fridge. The idea is to be eaten there.
I do not know what is in rooms with more than two beds, because I did not make a reservation for this kind of room.
There were three restroom facilities for men and three for women on the same floor.
a. it was a shower room, with two separate cabins, fenced and closed with a door. Warm and cold water available for showers. Outside the cabins in this room was a wall long sink with two faucets with cold water only (maybe had also hot water, I did not ask).
b. it was a smaller room with a toilet.
c. it was a third room, for men only.
In conclusion, I was very satisfied vith Auberge de Jeunesse. It was a really great experience. So you would ask: from what emerged this feeling of satisfaction?
My answer is:
1. from the hotel position on a dominant hill: I will remember the evenings spent on the balcony, looking at night over Nouméa, while a slow wind was blowing, bringing a feeling of freshness and long lasting spring
2. from the hotel environment: friendly people using amenities, organization and service.
For this reason, I want to thank its staff who worked during the period at reception: Vérginie, Andrea and Jérémy. A great part of my feeling of satisfaction is due to their service.
I have only two negative comments: (my feeling is that these are minor)
1. no elevator
2. the light on the corridor A at night was moved on by pressing a switch, but it stood open for too short time, only half of the time needed to go from the stairs to my room.
The outstanding characteristics of this accommodation are:
1. very well organized
2. great service
3. location: great views over the city of Nouméa
5. many amenities
I stayed here for 2 weeks in january.It had only been open for 2 months,they had a few teething prolems(like faulty lifts,carpark lighting.Bad service in the bar, pool wasnt heated,no baby sitting service and opening hotel door when do not disturb sign was on door).
The good points: revolving resturant up top (19th floor) with amazing views of the bay and beyond.Good to amazing views from alll rooms.Large rooms with seperate bedroom.
large bathrooms with baths shower hairdryers ect.Seperate toilets.Aircon,sky tv,minibar,fully equiped kitchen.
Good pool for kids.back door entrance to next hotel then beach(100 meter walk).
You can acces next door(NOUVATA PARK HOTEL)and use there pool and bars resturants ect
like you were staying there (They have no problem with that).
Noumea has the only real youth hostel in the entire South Pacific region, and it is probably the very best hostel I have ever stayed at!
For a start, it has a great location on a hill right in the centre of the city, with the balconies of its dormitory providing a view normally preserved for five-star places. The opening picture for my Noumea page, also seen here, was actually taken from our balcony!
It also provides the facilities to match.
Each dorm accomodates only 4 persons in two bunks, and everyone has a huge locker able to hold massive backpacks, and more.
Showers and toilets are shared, but spotless.
In the kitchen, there are separate lockers for each person both in the cooking area and in the huge refrigeration room, this being the only hostel in the region where I didn't have to worry about my food being pilfered by others! Cuttlery is provided for each guest individually.
There are even huge lockers where you can leave whole backpacks for just 200 francs per week.
To top it all, the wardens running it are a mine of information on New Caledonia, able to answer just about any question you might think of.
In short, this is the best budget accomodation in the entire South Pacific, and the perfect base for a trip around New Caledonia.
And the cost?
It was about 15 USD/night!
Noumea has a good selection of hotels providing all modern comforts fussy visitors might possibly demand - at a price. If you decide to splash out and live in style, the best area to look must be along Anse Vata beach.
All I can say about this place is--Wow! Here, on a hill overlooking the city center, is one of the tidiest and best-run youth hostels I have ever stayed at. Budget travelers who don't mind hostel-type accomodation should DEFINITELY stay here. This was my base of operations for my visit to New Caledonia. It's organized, it's clean, and the staff are highly responsive.
Huge kitchen with plenty of stove-space for several people to prepare meals at once. There's secure storage space in each dorm room, incredibly well-maintained facilities, and a fantastic little ping-pong table room. There's loads of information about travel to be exchanged here. By far the most "traditional" and most well-run hostel I stayed at in three months spent in the South Pacific traveling through five countries. The view over town is also quite nice, and a staircase near the property drops you right down into the central part of the city
The service at this place beats Le Meridien.........hands down!
Actually, we didn't stay at any of the chain hotels during our visit to Noumea. I just had to give "props" to the lovely Famille Nicolet, friends who opened up their beautiful home to us and treated us like royalty!
The best views, the most delicious gourmet meals, and such gracious hosts!
Merci Beaucoup to Phillippe, Brigitte, Florent, and Roman! We shall forever cherish your warm hospitality!
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