YACHT CREW HOUSES AND ACCOMMODATION IN ANTIBES
Written by Nathan Bees
Last updated: 31/05/2018
Much like other popular yachting destinations around the world, finding dedicated crew accommodation in Antibes requires a certain degree of forward planning. As a 'first-tier' hiring port, you’ll need to act quickly to secure housing ahead of your arrival, or you could well miss out on the best places to stay!
Thankfully there are a number of accommodation options available to yacht crew in Antibes, most of which are based around Port Vauban. Below, we break them down and provide local housing recommendations, helping you to work out which is best suited to your needs.
Securing crew housing and accommodation in Antibes
The yachting season kicks off in the South of France in early April each year, so it's vital for crew hopefuls to get sorted well in advance to avoid the last-minute scramble for beds. In fact, it’s often better to schedule your arrival a little before in the hope of joining a yacht before it gets underway.
It’s worth noting that prices for crew accommodation can be quite high in Antibes when compared to other hiring ports around the world, due to its status as a great hiring port for first-time yachties. The minimum you can expect to pay for even the most basic lodging is €20 to €25 per night.
Dedicated crew accommodation can be found in a range of places, including online; on websites such as Yachtingpages.com; on the ground in local newspapers; and on notice boards in the town’s crew hangouts. If securing an place proves challenging, buddying up with other jobseekers creates the potential to book larger rooms and apartments that may have been unaffordable previously.
Antibes also has a number of public hotels and hostels across the city for those who aren’t successful in securing crew housing, but these can often prove more costly and don’t offer the same social opportunities for solo jobseekers.
Where do yacht crew stay in Antibes?
Crew houses in Antibes
There are a few very well known crew houses in Antibes, all providing at least partly dedicated housing for yacht crew, making them extremely popular.
The majority offer Wi-Fi, computers, printers and washing facilities as standard, and many don’t require a deposit – each have their own policies on this. Regardless of where you stay, such accommodation provides an abundance of social and networking opportunities with fellow yachties, which could prove invaluable as you embark on your career.
The Crew Grapevine is the accommodation of choice for many yachties settling in Antibes. It’s ideally located in the centre, near to the nightlife, shops and restaurants, and is run by Captain Jason and Chef Jennifer, who are proud yacht crew with a vast knowledge of the industry that they are only too happy to share.
The Crew Grapevine has a choice of three different houses – Portside House, Seaside House and Oasis House – all of which offer a comprehensive range of modern amenities, including en-suite bathrooms, social lounges and complimentary access to laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and a printer. It’s the perfect destination for those who require more than just a bed, but don’t know how long their stay will be.
The Crew Grapevine also runs an up-to-date recruitment resource available only to in-house guests, which is a helpful tool designed to help connect crew hopefuls with appropriate jobs.
A relatively small and relaxed crew house just outside Antibes, Debbie’s Crew House is positioned just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and near to Antibes station, making it easy to travel to the surrounding ports for even more opportunities. It’s a good option if you want to stay away from central Antibes, but is also close enough that you can get into town (approx. 30 minutes walk) when you need to.
The house features a kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as Wi-Fi, printing and outdoor-sports equipment. Banks, bakeries and supermarkets are located a short walk across the road.
Debbie’s Crew House is run by Debbie, a former chief stewardess, and Franco, a chief engineer aboard a luxury yacht, and they are known to offer helpful advice and answer any questions that guests may have about the industry.
A popular and well-known house for crew, The Glamorgan is conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from Port Vauban and near to crew agents, shops, bus stops and Antibes train station.
It features a communal lounge and kitchen, along with Wi-Fi, computers, printers and laundry facilities. Rooms sleep up to six people and come fully air-conditioned and heated, with some dorms also offering en suites.
The Glamorgan encourages guests to submit CVs at the earliest opportunity too, as it’s in regular contact with yacht captains and crew agencies that can advise of job opportunities.
One of the most popular crew houses in Antibes, The Crew House can sleep up to 30 people at any one time. One of the cheaper options for crew, it provides printing, free Wi-Fi, a kitchen and laundry facilities. Thought of as a great place for networking and meeting new people, The Crew House is located centrally, close to the docks, crew agents and other local amenities.
Martin and Virginie, who have been running the house for many years, regularly receive day work and job offers direct from local yachts, which they share with guests. A refundable deposit of €50 is required on arrival.
Known to be one of the cheapest crew houses locally, Amma’s is located further away from the marina than the other houses and is suited to crew on a tight budget. Amma’s has en-suite bathrooms with every room, and offers Wi-Fi, printing, a washing machine and a kitchen.
It doesn’t boast as many features or amenities as other crew houses, but the noticeable difference in price makes it the ideal option for those looking to keep accommodation costs as low as possible.
Guest houses, hostels and hotels in Antibes
Hostels and hotels are in plentiful supply in Antibes, should that be your preferred choice of accommodation.
Backpackers House Antibes is centrally-based in the vibrant heart of Old Antibes, close to Port Vauban, the beach and both train and bus stations. A highly regarded hostel, each room has free Wi-Fi access and there is luggage storage and a communal kitchen available, to save on expensive dining at restaurants. The hostel’s staff are known to be particularly helpful and the rooms are reported to be well maintained.
Appart’hôtel Odalys Olympe
Appart’hôtel Odalys Olympe is one of the better-priced hotels in Antibes and is perfectly located for yacht crew looking for jobs around Antibes’ marinas. It’s also near to shops and some of the key attractions around the Côte d’Azur. Apartments and studios for up to six people are available, and the hotel features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool.