Emile Hostel


Emile Hostel

Hostel address
Line Wall Road, Gibraltar
Tel
51106
Website address
Price
Dorm bed £15

Single room £20

Double room £30

Prices include breakfast
Prices are in local currency and are inclusive of all taxes.
Lockout
10.30am-4.30pm
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User Reviews (10)

Andre Schwarz
3 stars, top rated!
23 August 2006
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I've spent a really good time in this accomodation, everything was arranged very well, tidy and welcoming. Breakfast time is from 8.30 to 9.30 a.m. However, I had some problems to keep this time in mind. If you arrive late for breakfast you might go "unserved", but not always this way...I had the impression that everybody is welcomed very warmly and promptly - that's also the reason for this TOP RATED REVIEW!! (It ain't easy to get something better, to be precise!) Everybody was eager to help and repeatedly offered their help to me. I arrived late in the morning. It was a very hot day and when I finally found Emile's hostel (upon recommendation of many people of Gibraltar) I could check-in in a minute and was provided with some helpful information... and have Really TOP notes for this member of the staff plus all the other. If you arrive late at night or at some time when there is nobody there... never mind, just visit www.emilehostel.com or, on location, give them a call among this number: 51106. Prices of the accomadation were not reviewed by me, cause I thing they might vary. Me, personally, I paid 35 EUR per night in a single room. Worth mentioning, of course, are the nice and comfortable bed rooms and also the showers. The sanitary installation is kept really clean on a daily basis. TOP ratings for that, too. The location of the hostel is in immediate proximity of Casemates Square (F***mates) - a very vivid place throughout the entire time of my stay. They have good concerts and nice and cosy bars / restaurants. Gibraltar's good...

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Anonymous
Not the Hilton but I've seen worse
19 August 2006
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First fact, one I'm always obsessed on, is the price. It's not 11pounds or whatever the site says, it's 15pounds for a dorm, at the time of writing, August 06. I read the other reviews here before going and the showers AREN'T metered, though it IS communal in the sense of having two showers in the girl's room, both behind a curtain with nothing to seperate them. But I just locked the door and braved the expected wrath, which didn't come as nobody else came knocking. Was a bit put-out to discover they lock the showers all the time and you have to get them to open it. Cleanliness may be a bit on the slide, and the beds sag a bit but after Morocco's slabs of concrete (felt like that, anyway), it was a welcome novelty. Breakfast was nice, cheap slightly icky OJ with four triangle-slices of lightly toasted white bread with a little container of butter and one of jam. Wrinkled apples on the sideboard, just cut off the skin and you're good. Plus a little plastic-wrapped cupcake thing. I was pretty happy with it. The lock-out times, of course, are atrocious --- 10.30am to 4.30pm is a bit much. But FANTASTIC location close to everything and left luggage available after you checkout for 1pound an item (remember lock out still applies) for the day. For those who complain at the price, hell, you can't find anything in England for under 10pounds what are you whingeing about. And one thing you have to admit about Gibraltar: it's very certainly British.

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Anonymous
Far from perfect, but oh well
17 July 2006
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I arrived in Gib in the early hours of Saturday afternoon, after a long, bumpy bus trip from Seville. My bus being late was bad enough, but by the time I got into Gib I was hot and sweaty, and basically desperately looking for a place to stay. Being a Saturday, the tourist information office only managed to supply me with a list of hotels and hostels in Gibraltar, and then they promptly shut. I went up to Line Wall Road, found the Emile, rang the bell, nothing. Rang it again, still nothing. Then I came across a small notice in the window telling me that they'll be open from 4.30 pm. Oh great, I got to walk around the city with my luggage for some two hours. So after my all-day English breakfast, I managed to check into my accomodation for the night. Oh, just a note at this point: prices have somewhat changed, and they haven't exactly started giving discounts either. I was bunked up in a dorm room for 15 quid. Ouch. Now, when you're in Gib, obviously you don't want to hang around your accomodation; you're more likely to want to see the city. And the Emile did nothing to change that feeling. In fact, I just couldn't be bothered to go back to the hostel before midnight. And I couldn't wait to check out in the morning either. Oh, yeah, almost forgot: you've gotta love'em communal showers... On the positive side, I didn't come across any cockroaches, which was a pleasant surprise. For some very odd reason, I was half expecting to come across them, but apparently Gibraltar is not Spain... All in all, I'd go and stay here again, but this doesn't really reflect choice, it rather reflects the complete lack of viable alternatives.

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El Clandestino
Mixed Experiences
28 March 2006
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I've stayed in this hostel twice and I can tell you that both the favourable and unfavourable comments posted here are true to an extent. The first time I stayed here I was treated respectfully, though there may be certain reasons for this - I arrived with three attractive girls in tow and one of the guys who worked there was going to get to sleep in the same room as them AND my mother is llanita so I not only speak Spanish, but llanito too (for those of you who don't know, that's a Spanish-based creole peculiar to Gibraltar). This being the case, I was invited to an afterhours smoke and a chat in llanito, mainly comprising leering compliments for my female companions on the behalf of the receptionist. But damn, that was good hash - the Moroccan influence on smokable treats is exquisite. On the second stay, however, it was much as people have remarked above. The staff was less welcoming - the bloke I mentioned above didn't recognise me, which I obviously didn't expect, but on top of that he was pretty rude when I offered him a nip of the whisky I bought duty-free (another great aspect about Gibraltar), claiming that neither was it allowed to open a bottle of booze in the hostel, nor was he allowed to drink whilst working (obviously smoking hash was fine, though). On balance you're just all-round better off at the Cannon, which is just off the Calle Real (Main Street). If you go with a party of three or four, you can get a triple room and it works out cheaper than the Emile anyway, plus the rooms are private, cleaner and you get a full fry-up in the morning included, which definitely beats the hell out of the aforementioned two toast and a weak cup of PG Tips...

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kristov67@hotmail.com
oh for opposition!
21 November 2005
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expensive and unfriendly staff ,you do feel thoe you are inconviencing them. breackfast pathetic.a real backpacker would coin it in!

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Anonymous
This place is a dump.
14 July 2005
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i stayed here twice in 2002 and 2003. I have been back to Gibraltar since and i now stay at the Canon hotel off main street. I have to say that the canon represents Good Value. Its only 25 a night for bed and full breakfast. The Hostel is around 15 a night for bed and a basic "continental "breakfast consisting of two slices of toast and a cup of weak tea. breakfast is at the ridiculous time of 7 to 830am and you have to be out of the hostel at 10am. The last time i stayed in the Hostel it was very cold and damp and i woke up severl atimes in the night as i was sleeping in a draught. The staff were quite rude and unhelpful and i got the impression i was a bit of an inconvenience being there. I subsequently made a complaint about the hostel to the Gibraltar Tourist office and have since never received a reply. The Canon hotel off main street or the Queens hotel offer good value for money are heated the staff are pleasant. there is no curfew or lock out and they will mind your bags on check out day if you want to explore the Rock.

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PhunkyFeelOne
Its close to town, but thats about it
31 August 2004
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I stayed in the Emile Hostel 28th August 2004 - EU25 or GP15 was the price for a bunk bed in a room of 8, 1 communal male shower, 1 communal male toilet with the only sink, breakfast was 2 pieces of toast and a small orange juice...the lockout is inconvenient (10am until 4pm), which means you cant leave your bags and come back to them later...also, the only left luggage is at the airport, at GB4 for a 1 metre box. 2 minutes walk away is La Linea bus station, where the same costs EU2.40 - My tip: stay in La Linea, it is much cheaper, and make Gibraltar a day trip.

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Anonymous
A generous 3 stars
25 March 2004
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Back in 2002 I stayed at a youth hostel in Gibraltar, I am guessing it was the Emile hostel as I was told it was the only one on Gibraltar. I was there for just the 1 night. It served its purpose. I needed somewhere to stay and have breakfast. It was a clean and safe place. It was a little cramped. The staff were ok. Not overly friendly, not unfriendly. To sum this place up, its a basic place that serves its purpose. It youre looking for a bar and a lounge to sit in a watch television, this place doesnt have all that. I think 3 stars is a fair score

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Norman
Not wonderful, but good enough
28 September 2003
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Yes, it was fairly expensive, but the breakfast makes up for the cost somewhat. Change your Euros for dollars before you arrive, though, or else they give you a bad rate. Since this is basically the only hostel in Gibraltar, you might as well stay there. The people I met in the dorm were friendly, and the dorm, though not luxurious, was a good enough place to sleep. Overall, the hostel is nothing special, but it's good enough; there's no need to avoid it. Staying in La Linea across the border is an option, but it's not really much cheaper, and it's less convenient, especially if you only have a limited amount of time for Gibraltar.

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Edd Morris
The worst value in Spain
9 September 2003
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Not the worst hostel I've ever stayed in, but definitely the worst value hostel in Spain. For the ridiculous price (15), you can expect - extremely cramped rooms, no lockers, tiny bunks - very surly and unfriendly staff - metered communal showers (they time how long you use) - two sinks per fourty-four people, with no hot water and a trickle from the cold tap - lock out during the day - but a fairly good breakfast with fresh fruit. Make Gibraltar a day trip and avoid staying at this place.

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