We’ve found some wonderful hostels for the backpacker and solo traveller that enjoys modern design, super comfort and a handy location.
Who doesn’t enjoy these things, seriously?!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
If you’re looking for 5 Star Hostels we suggest sticking around in France for longer. Even if it is just to visit Gastama Hostel in Lille – you won’t regret it. For the capital we have covered the 3 best hostels in Paris.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in Nice
- best hostels in Nice for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Nice
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Nice Hostels
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Nice start from 15€ per night up to 18€ per nights for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 46€ up to 89€. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Great Viewpoint: Head to Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) in the city to get up high for great views over Nice and the famous Promenade des Anglais.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Nice
Let’s jump right into the design hostels in Nice. These are pretty cool, we have to say!
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. La Maïoun Guesthouse (cosy + friendly atmosphere)
How do you fancy sleeping in an ancient temple from 1855?
La Maïoun Guesthouse keeps its authenticity alongside the modern comforts you love.
As for location, you couldn’t ask for much more.
You’ll be located in a great city spot, just 500m from the beach. The Old Town is also close by for you to explore. To top it off there is a tramway and bus stop right outside so getting around is easy.
Here you can wind down in the relaxing common area where you’ll find:
- Free tea and coffee
- Cards + board games
- Good book selection
- Balcony with garden views
There are three room types here: 6-bed female, 6-bed mixed and one double room. Each of them has their very own private bathroom!
Although the design is basic, custom bunk-beds with privacy curtain, plug socket and reading light can be enjoyed in the dorms.
Note: reception is open until 10pm each night.
This is one of the best hostels in Nice for:
- Female Solo Travellers
2. Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture (Instagrammy design hostel)
Next up is a beautiful design hostel offering that hotel feel with all the best parts of a social hostel.
Welcome to Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture.
The renovated building has a strong focus on art and a music theme. You’ll see this in the quirky decor and modern twist.
Instagram lovers will be in heaven here, for sure!
Here are a few things to get you excited about Hôtel Ozz:
- Outdoor patio
- Luggage room for before/after check-in
- 24/hr CCTV
- Social areas
We love the small, cosy dorms on offer from 3-6 people. The ready-made beds and large windows really make these rooms inviting and a great place to get to know your roomies.
For the couples out there, we know you’ll fall in love with the rooftop suite. Or if you’re looking for a more cosy option, go for the standard double room.
One great way to get to know people is to head to the gaming room and start up a ping pong tournament. Are you feeling lucky?
The famous “Promenade des Anglais” is a 15-minute walk from this hostel. Catching a train from here is easy and close-by, too.
This is one of the best hostels in Nice for:
- Solo Travellers
3. Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel (activities + bar)
To end on a great note we have the big, fun and seriously social Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel.
This is the place to be if you love organised activities, local tours and the possibility of a quiet drink ending up as a buzzing all-nighter.
Located in the heart of Nice, the Old Town, beach and main square are all within 5-minutes of each other. So forget planning transport, just walk out the door!
Not surprisingly, there are a few inclusions worth mentioning:
- FREE walking tours of Nice
- FREE gym and Sauna open 24/7
- FREE Sky Sports
- FREE Luggage Storage
- FREE computer access (10 computers)
For travelling groups, this is a top hostel choice. There are 200 beds here and groups are welcome to reserve in advance.
Dorms range from small to large 12-bed options, or you can opt for a private room if you want guaranteed sleep without missing out on all the fun.
Certainly the two main draws of this place is the buzzing on-site bar and outdoor activities.
The bar has the all important Happy Hour and weekly activities such as scuba diving, yoga, canyoning and pub crawls means there’s something for everyone.
This is one of the best hostels in Nice for:
- Social Butterflies
Comparing all 3 Top Hostels in Nice
Here is an overview of our handpicked top hostels in Nice. In this chart we compare the main facilities and things to expect.
It will help you to take a decision.
|La Maïoun Guesthouse||Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture||Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel|
|Kitchen||Microwave + Fridge||Yes||No. Food in bar.|
|WiFi||Free (Good)||Free (Fast)||Free (Good)|
|Breakfast||Included (simple)||No||Yes (small cost)|
|Special||Board games, balcony, garden||Outdoor patio||
24/7 Gym + Sauna
|Lockers – and safe?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilities for disabled guests||No||Lift + room request||Wheelchair friendly|
|How to book?||Hostelworld||Hostelworld||Hostelworld|
This information can vary by season and availability. Please take this into account.
What about cheapest hostels in Nice?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Nice.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Nice
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Nice for Solo Travellers?
What is the best hostel in Nice for solo-travellers? Well actually, we have a couple of options here.
- Great option for Female Solo Travellers: La Maïoun Guesthouse
- One for all the Solo Travellers: Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture
- Top choice for Backpackers: La Maïoun Guesthouse
La Maïoun Guesthouse offers that cosy atmosphere alongside female dorms to create a home-from-home that some travelling women may seek.
Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture is a great all-rounder that is a nice mix of social atmosphere and spaces designed to enjoy your own company. The best of both worlds whilst travelling solo.
Party Hostels in Nice
Luckily for you, the coolest party hostel in Nice just so happens to be our #3 – Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel.
In case you already missed it; this hostel is seriously cool and has all the ingredients for a great party!
Organised events, free walking tours, central location and happy hour in the bar… enough said.
Also: there’s no age limit here. Who says partying has to stop when you get older?!
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- La Maïoun Guesthouse: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Nice best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Nice. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the handy map. Below we list all three best Nice hostels on a map.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Promenade des Anglais
- Musée Matisse
- Marc Chagall National Museum
- Castle Hill of Nice
- Nice Cathedral
We had a look and discovered a few cool activities you might discover in and around Nice during your trip:
- Take a half day trip to Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze
- Best of the French Riviera (full day tour)
- 1 hour cruise to Villefranche Bay
- 3-hour Dutch bike tour of Nice
- Lamborghini driving experience from Monaco (super cool!)
Flights to Nice?
Flying in to Nice is the easiest and often the cheapest way to access the city.
Driving takes a long time and the surrounding mountains prevents train access to the area.
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Nice.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Nice.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries