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Hostelz.com's Review
Vertigo Vieux-Port is a nice hostel for backpackers who want to visit Marseille for a few days. It is located close to a street full of bars and close to the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilique. As with any hostel, it has its ups and downs, but the crew will try to make you feel at home.

The Location

The hostel is located close to the port and to the main bars in the city, as it takes less than twenty minutes to walk there from the train station. It is also close enough to the Notre Dame de la Garde Basilique, although to get there it is necessary to climb the challenging hill where it has been built. It takes at least ten minutes to get there by foot, but it's worth it.

When you get to the hostel, reception is straight ahead. There, the crew will assign you a room and walk you there while they hand you some linen and towels. The hostel is divided in two buildings, A and B; both buildings are connected and have their own kitchen and common room.

Rooms and Bathrooms

We got to stay in Building B. There, rooms are very spacious and clean with bunk beds made of wood, which are surprisingly comfortable. Every room has its own bathroom, which is divided in two. A door leads to a shower and a sink and another door leads to a toilet. This division comes in handy when the room is crowded. Inside the rooms are also closets what can be locked if you carry a lock with you. On the downside, the rooms have no heating system and they hand you only one blanket, so it can get chilly in winter.

Common Spaces

The kitchen and the common room are built together. There are some couches and a TV, plus some tables and many chairs where people hang out and meet each other. Wi-Fi can disconnect itself sometimes, but it can be an excuse to start talking to other people. The kitchen is very well equipped, with a microwave, a toaster, and a coffeemaker but only one burner, so there might be a line to make your own meal. Breakfast is served until 10 a.m.; it includes cereals and perhaps one of the best breads in Marseille. It also provides honey, jam, butter, coffee, milk, and juices.


Vertigo Vieux-Port is a great hostel. It has all interesting sites and bars close to it; the rooms are nice, functional, and not very expensive; and the crew will do everything they can to make their guests feel at home. All in all it is a great option if you are visiting Marseille.

by Krtu
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2014

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Clean, good breakfast, decent Internet! Only caution is that there isn't a very social atmosphere -- I've found that typically hostels with a bar are the best for socializing. Other than that this is a cool hostel; clean, large rooms, good breakfast, decent location.  , Canada ()
4   Good nice hostel, nice staff, good atmosphere & nice bathrooms in the dorms. can't see anyone finding fault with it unless they are used of staying in hotels. cereal and coffee in the morning a nice touch. kitchen is not really made for cooking but apart from that all good. perfect location.  , age 27, irish ()
3   Friendly staff, but room in separate building We were greeted by friendly reception. Very helpful and friendly. Stored our luggage in shared luggage room whilst it was still too early for check-in. Lobby looks clean, has computers, internet and nice reasonable kitchen, dining area and living room. The letdown was when we checked in and told that our room was in a separate building. They led us through a sandy pebbled road nextdoor to an open area surrounded by some buildings used as the hostel rooms. Its hard to describe but the essence is its in a separate building, and it did look/feel dodgy. The main gate is left open throughout the day. The room is 10 shared with its own kitchen and toilet. Wont be too bad if you rented the whole thing with your mates. But otherwise it felt unsafe with no lockers, doors open in the daytime ana maingate open. There was no wifi connection in the room. The only good side is -- good location (near harbour and many cafes nearby), at least the room was clean, and a very nice reception guy who provided us breakfast at 5am because we were catching a train.  ()
5   Nice place. Good location in the town! Cozy. And nice with breakfast!  , age 57, Danish ()

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