Nimes Auberge de Jeunesse
This place is so good that I would return to Nimes just for the hostel and the friendly staff. The place is clean, cheap, beautifully located, and with incredibly friendly and considerate staff. I was made to feel more like part of the family, than just another traveller passing through. They have an excellent bar, which opens late (later if you get to know the staff), and plays excellent music, with requests. You can buy beer from the bar, or supply your own from the fridge, they don't mind either way. They also serve food, which is excellent value.
The only downside is the walk into town, but you won't care about that once you get there. You can reach the hostel on the I (i) bus to Ales or Villaverte, getting off at the Stade stop some distance up the hill. Recognising the stop can be problematic, but the driver will know if you can communicate with him. You will also have a bit of a walk up the hill to go, although it is well sign-posted. You might want to take a taxi on the first trip up, just to be safe, and they cost about 10 euros from the station.
You can also book a bed online via the link below.
One of the Best Youth Hostels Around
Apart from the 500m walk up hill to the Hostel itself (with a back pack on a hot day can be awful), the welcome was exceptionally friendly (Benedicte & Andy will make sure of this - as will George, the pot bellied pig!). Dinner is available for 3 - 4 Euro, and a bottle of the (very potent) local red wine is 5 Euro. Rooms are very clean and modern with good bunks and the shower facilties are good. There is a patio with tables for eating outside, a small bar with a pool table, internet access 1euro90 for 30 mins (?). They also have tents available, which I highly recommend for a night under the Provencale stars! Breakfast is about 3euro, and is worthwhile. There is a bus every morning to the train station at 9am (1euro40).
Unique Quality: Leafy little campus, with outside seating and a fountain (albeit small!). A very relaxed place - probably the best thing was the people - both the wonderful staff and the fellow travellers - this hostel seems to attract the most helpful, open and sharing group of people. Great.
NB - you must hold a youth hostelling card in order to stay
Directions: outside the train station take the letter i bus (1 euro) to the 'stade' stop (before the roundabout)...cross the roundabout and walk up the Chemin du Cigales...it's a bit of a hill, but at the top they will give you a glass of water at reception
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