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Hostelz.com's Review
Even though Vertigo opened just two months before we arrived there, it felt like it has been there for years -- warm, welcoming, and like home. It's a hostel where the owners and staff are friendly and nice, giving you the feeling you're staying with friends, not in a foreign country in a strange city.

Every room is unique and has a warm touch of colours. All have a bathroom and toilet as well as a lot of space to drop your backpack and move around. Dorms come from two to six beds. Dorms, private rooms, and bathrooms are kept very clean. You'll have chairs and a table in each room. Wi-fi is all over the house. It also is a hotel with private rooms, so couples or travelers who like to have privacy can find the right room to relax and sleep.

The kitchen is basic (no stove but a water kettle and microwave, plus two fridges). Internet is provided for a charge, but there is free Wi-fi. Also, the place boasts laundry facilities, bar (offering coffee, tea, or hot chocolate; beers; wine; and non-alcoholic drinks), breakfast (for a small fee), satellite TV, and a beautiful backyard area to chill out and have a drink.

There are no lockers in rooms or the hostel, but they keep your backpacks in a secure room after check-out for free. There's also a great common room. It is not even a five-minute walk from the train station. There is no lockout or curfew and the reception is open twenty-four hours. In short, this is a place you don't want to leave.

Across the street is an international phone place, a little pizza shop, and a cheap barber shop. The port is close to walk to (seven minutes). A big plus is the short distance to the train station, so you don't need public transport to get there.

The booking system is a bit confusing once you are there. If you stay more nights, you might have to change rooms during the day. But your belongings will be kept safe in a secure room while you are out for sightseeing or else.

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August 2007

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Vertigo Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Perfect! This hostel is wonderful! The staff are very friendly, the rooms are clean, and there is a charming atmosphere about the place. Also, they have a nice bar where you can have breakfast in the morning and a drink after dark. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I will definitely go back if I ever go to Marseille again.  , Switzerland ()
5   Friendly, clean, and perfect location. Only nice words about this hostel. All perfect. When you go out of Gare Saint Charles you only have to go thirty meters. I think it is in a great part of the city, not dangerous or something, it is in the city center with nice location to all things you need. But be careful anyway, especially if you are going with much money with you. I was going alone after the midnight to hostel from a discotheque at Vieux Port, no problems at all.  , Sweden ()
5   Really nice, clean, charming, and central The best hostel I know. My boyfriend and me booked the "hotel room" which is very nice and tastefully furnished. Better than a lot of hotels that cost way more and very friendly staff.  , German ()
5   Great! It is too bad that this hostel is in a slummier part of Marseille, because that is about its only drawback. The rooms are huge, the bathrooms are very clean, and the common areas are wonderful. The staff were amazing -- they gave me a map and pointed out where everything was that I wanted to see. You have to pay for internet, but it's cheap, and breakfast is extra as well. Vertigo is right by the train station, which is great when you have a heavy backpack on, but the area is pretty sketchy -- I wouldn't go out at night by myself.  , Canada ()
5   Perfect All I can say is, that I really enjoyed this place. What a great hostel. Friendly, perfectly located, clean, open, a bar, beautiful area to sit outside. you don't feel beeing in a city at all, you are with friends. Will recommend this place to all going to France or even Europe, because it is an experience staying there.  , RSA ()
5   Best in ten months Europe Haven't come across that kind of good place during ten months of travels in Europe. One of the places you really find it hard to leave, and think about coming back asap. Makes Marseille worthwhile.  , Canada ()

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