Auberge de Jeunesse - Mont Boron
Auberge de Jeunesse - Mont Boron
Route Forestiere du Mont Alban, Nice 06300
(04) 93 89 23 64
7am-noon & 5pm-midnight
Dorm bed €18.60 (€15.70 HI/FUAJ)
Prices are in local currency and are inclusive of all taxes.
User Reviews (8)
Locked in at night?21 August 2005
I don't know how the fire department lets them get away with it but after the curfew the management leaves the premisis and locks everybody inside the building and I mean you can't get out unless you fancy jumping from the roof or climbing between the bars on the windows - God forbid a fire ever broke out inside the building. The curfew is rediculous and precludes using this hostel for a base to see the region so if you are going to train about to places like Monaco you will end up either choosing not to have dinner to get back for curfew or not having a place to sleep ...everybody is locked inside; nobody can let you in after hours.
fairly acceptable3 August 2005
Our stay started funny at Mont Alban Auberge de Jeunesse, the receptionist lady claimed we were from Germany, because we put "Dutch" under nationality. Trying to explain the difference between Dutch and Deutsch did not help much, we had to change it to NL for her to understand. Besides that, it's a very clean and neat hostel. You have to change buses to reach the hostel from Nice train station, but it's worth it, the view is magnificent. They also have a big refrigerator and a big kitchen. The showers are acceptable, they stop working after 30 seconds, you have to push the button again. Bed sheets are not included in the price
Poor staff and poor security3 July 2005
This hostel seriously has the worst staff we have ever come acrossed. On the first day upon our arrival at Nice, we enquired about directions to the hostel via the night bus. The receptionist was impatient and did not provide any details, asking us to take a taxi despite our repeated attempts at telling her that we wanted to take a bus up. We ended up with no choice but to take a taxi up to the hostel. On the next night I came back to the hostel finding my lock on the locker sawn apart and my locked pack broken into. My money was stolen from this "safe, locked up hostel" which didnt even provide each room with its own dorm key. Hostel staff provided not much explaination, citing that there were no visible signs of forced entry and it must have been an inside job. Who else but the hostel staff would have the ease of access and luxury of time to break into and explore the contents of the many lockers? The following night, we took a wrong train which landed us up in Marseille and we phoned the staff to inform them that we could not make it back in time for the curfew. They told us they could wait for us till 12.30am and we took a taxi from the train station to avoid being locked out. However we found ourselves locked out when we reached the hostel despite rushing via a taxi and reaching before 12.30am. Calls to the reception counter yielded no response. On our check-out day with a train to catch we asked the staff for directions for a bus to the train station and they offered no help except that there are signs at the bus-stop. With difficulty in deciphering the french texts, we missed the first bus which did not stop outside the hostel during that time and therefore missed our train timing. Definitely my worst experience with a hostel in France.
Great for what I was looking for11 January 2004
I stayed here during the August of 2002. The bad points about this place have already been mentioned: curfew, a long way out from the city & fairly lukewarm staff. However, it really doesn't take that long to get into town on the bus (about 15 mins), although if you want to be staying out late in the evenings I would recommend going somewhere else. The views from the hostel are excellent, as it is right at the top of the hill, and the setting of the hostel itself is very attractive. There is a decent swimming pool which can be used by patrons after 5pm (which suited me as we spent our days in the town), and also a bar, although this seemed to be opened or closed depending on the staff's mood. The food was very good value for money - much cheaper than eating out and just as nice. Breakfast and evening meals are available, although you had to book the day before. Breakfast consisted of rolls & jam & hot chocolate in a bowl (very French), and evening meals were always three courses, usually starting with salad before a main course of meat and vegetables, finishing with yoghurt or ice cream. The meal is always at a set time in a communal eating area which is great as you get to meet lots of people. Overall I found my stay very enjoyable, although to be fair I wasn't going clubbing or anything in the evenings. This hostel is probably best suited to families (they provide private rooms for families with young children) or people looking for a fairly quiet time.
disappointed23 April 2002
i stayed here in March 2002 - it did not meet my expectations. It is located some way from town (get the bus back before 8pm, that's the last one) as taxis are minimum 20 euros... the rooftop terrace is closed and has been for 5 years! this is what appealed to me in BUG's editorial about this place beforehand but it wasnt to be! the staff appear a bit cool to say the least - one american fella was given the old gallic shrug repeatedly even though they understood enough english! i would suggest staying in the town unless you are en route to monaco (as its on the eastern side up the hill)
Pretty Decent8 January 2002
I stayed at this Hostel in 1995. I had a decent time there! There's a roof-top terrace for evening fun and a great view of Nice. Take the bus there, as it is quite the climb up the hill. When we were there, the place was overrun with Canadian backpackers, which was comforting to us at the time. The dorm beds were solid, not the cheap metal creaky kind. The rooms were clean and the kitchen/dining area were clean and large. Pots and other kitchenware were available. It was cozy enough, didn't have too much of that YHI institutional feel. The handy thing too was that they will fax reservations onto other places for you, for your next stop wherever. There were small coin-op lockers in the dorms. Like most YHI's, it's a little bit of a walk to the main centre, but it isn't outrageous. We walked down the hill everyday to the beach or wherever. Just beware of the dog-doo everywhere!! Overall it was a clean place, and we felt completely safe and comfortable. We had a great party on the roof-top one night!!