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“This is not a hostel, it is some dude's apartment.” 2 of 5 stars
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Hostel London Connection
22 Boulvard Camille Flammarion | 3rd Floor Left Buillding, 13001 Marseille, France   |  
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“This is not a hostel, it is some dude's apartment.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

This is NOT a hostel. It is the apartment of a dude named Sam.

We arrived at the address expecting to find some sort of sign saying 'youth hostel.' Instead we spent 15 minutes walking up and down the street searching and asking neighbors residents in French if they knew if there was a youth hostel nearby (they didn't). Eventually we found a row of buzzers in a doorway with 'London Connection' label next to one of the buttons. We pressed it and were let in. We walked up the stairs and arrived at the door where we were greeted by the owner, Sam, who was still in his pyjamas still eating breakfast. He told us we were early (it was around 11am) and should leave our bags here and come back to the 'hostel' later. I say 'hostel' in quotation marks because it was clearly just his apartment.

To be honest the whole place felt dodgey from the moment we walked in. Sam seemed like an ok guy but was adamant that we pay in cash and was paranoid about noise. He insisted that we take of our shoes when entering and even had a special cupboard where everyone was to place their shoes.

The facilites themselves were what one would expect with a bunch of people crammed into an apartment. There was no common room or area to chill out in and there was no internet access. If you are in desperate search of accommodation and then the London Connection will do ok for a night, but I would highly recommend looking elsewhere first, namely the Vertigo hostel in the Vieux-Port area. That place has been refurbished, has clean rooms, a large common room and kitchen with utensils, free breakfast, internet access, a great location, and unlike Sam's apartment, is actually a hostel!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2010

The hostel itself was very nice and very clean. Sam the owner was very nice and helpful with directions etc. The hostel is in a part of town that is not the cleanest of places but very near to the train station and a short bus ride to the beaches. There are 3 bedrooms with several bunks in each, a clean bathroom with two toilets and two shower stalls. Sam will greet you when you arrive and give you the pass code for the door downstairs. You can feel comfortable leaving your things unattended in the rooms, Sam is there and he will keep an eye on your belongings. There is also a large kitchen with a refrigerator to store any food you purchase, and a computer and wifi connection available. As for etiquette, you should remove your shoes at the door and respect his neighbors by being quiet when you come in late at night. Overall the stay was very pleasant.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22 Boulvard Camille Flammarion | 3rd Floor Left Buillding, 13001 Marseille, France
Location: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Marseille
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Marseille
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
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