Expectations were low given the previous reviews of this place, but I needed somewhere cheap to stay at short notice so booked anyway. Not the friendliest of welcomes but it could have been worse. They did accuse me of leaving without paying because they could't keep track of their records.
Convenient walking distance for Chamonix town centre, close to the sports centre/swimming pool
View of Mont Blanc from my dorm
"Self catering" is a bit of joke - the "kitchen" consists of a row of archaic gas burners, a fridge and a sink and not much else. Cramped, dirty and very limited selection of chipped and dirty crockery and cutlery and a few dirty bent saucepans -take you own lighter, mug, plate, spork and penknife/multitool and plan on simple 1 pot meals only!
Very poor security - hostel not looked at all at night. Key pads for code entry to the dorms only work on some rooms -others are unlocked. Small lockers in dorms (require own padlock)
Breakfast was included in the price of my bed but otherwise costs 6€ for a couple of pieces of baguette with jam, cornflakes and tea - not worth it.
Dorms are cramped with plastic coated mattresses on beds, take your own sleeping bag or sheets. Heavy self slamming doors + paper thin walls = little sleep
Communal (mixed) shower room with tiny cubicles and nowhere to hang you stuff in the cubicle so it doesn't get wet, but need to have it in the cubicle so don't flash to everyone!
Simple things easily rectified with a bit of thought and care at little cost - the impression overall is very much that they don't really care about making your experience pleasant. Shame.
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