Staying in hostels these days is a whole different experience than it was in the 1970s when we were hiking and the book Europe at $ 10 a day was our bible. Hostels have grown and cater not only to young people, but also to more mature travelers who seek cheap accommodation but still desire affordable luxury. There is a new range of hostels that are more like a boutique hotel and some have similar amenities. Here is our list of the best hostels in Paris.
Generator is a trendy and fun hostel in an off the beaten track neighborhood that is still central to most of Paris’ major tourist attractions. It is located near the Canal Saint-Martin, an area known for its wide range of inexpensive cafes, bars and restaurants.
Generator offers a wide range of private and shared rooms. Shared room rates start at $ 23 a night with 10 bed / 5 bunk beds, which includes a private bathroom, pillows, linens and blankets, reading lights, power outlets, a closet, a seating area and a USB port for charging electronic devices. Towels can be added for a small fee. The rooms are modern, clean and well lit. There are also eight-, six-, and four-bed shared rooms for a slightly higher rate, and female-only dorms are also available. Private rooms start at $ 77 a night for a deluxe twin with two twins, and on the other end of the spectrum, the Deluxe King room has a king bed and a private terrace for $ 115. the night. Private room amenities include a private bathroom, towels and bed linen, chair and desk, power outlets, reading lights and toiletries.
Generator’s public rooms are where the real fun happens. Café Fabien is a combination of café and canteen overlooking a tranquil garden on the main level and serving a menu of French specialties. Khayama Rooftop on the 9th floor is a tented rooftop cafe-bar with a fabulous view of Montmartre. Sip a cocktail while watching the sunset over the Church of the Sacred Heart on the Paris Ridge. For a more intimate experience, descend to the Underground Club for a drink. Big-screen TVs, a ping-pong table, and a library are some of the Generator’s other extras
2. Mije Paris
Probably the best located hostel in Paris, MIJE is a set of three inns in historic buildings from the 17th century, in the Marais district. Mije Marais is the largest of the collection, which sits behind a set of huge doors leading to a charming courtyard with cobblestones, a well, and tin chairs and tables.
The collection of 400 rooms in the three locations is within walking distance of each other. Dormitories have 4 to 10 beds and are exclusively for men or women. They include sheets and bedding, showers and optional towel hire. The bedrooms have high ceilings and large windows that let in plenty of daylight. Single and double private rooms are also available with private bathroom. Continental breakfast is free and served daily in their beautiful dining room from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Mije also offers a cafeteria, vending machines for snacks, sweets and drinks, a library, a room for showing films and board games in the establishment. It also offers free Wi-Fi, maps and brochures, and free luggage storage.
Le Marais is a destination itself with a great history and architecture (it has some of the oldest buildings in Paris dating back to the 1300s), many museums including the Carnavalet (museum on the history of Paris) and Pompidou, de delicious food stores, and unique clothing and accessory shops.
The ideal location is 10 minutes from Notre-Dame and Sainte Chapelle, 5 minutes from the magnificent Place des Vosges and Ile Saint Louis, and 20 minutes from the Louvre.
3. Le Régent Montmartre and Le Village Montmartre
Another popular and popular district of Paris, Montmartre, has two terrific youth hostels, which are owned by HipHop Hostels, a chain of shops with 20 branches across Paris.
The Regent Montmartre has private rooms decorated in Parisian style with shared bathrooms or dorms that can accommodate three, four, six and 10 people, and female-only dorms if required. The bedrooms on the second and fifth floors have small terraces, and the bedrooms on the fifth and sixth floors have a magnificent view of Montmartre and the Church of the Sacred Heart. Rates start at $ 21 a night.
A free breakfast is served each morning and a fully equipped shared kitchen is available for guests to prepare their own meals. There is a happy hour in the early evening and you can enjoy locally brewed beers. Other services include washing machines, safes, free luggage storage and unlimited Wi-Fi.
Located near Anvers metro station, the location is close to rue des Martyrs, one of the main shopping streets in Paris, nightclubs, concert halls, reasonably priced cafes and restaurants and the fabric market of Saint-Pierre.
4. The Village Montmartre
Overflowing with warmth from exposed beams and rich parquet floors, The Village Montmartre is a warm and welcoming oasis with modern and spacious rooms. Room categories include mixed dorms with three to six beds, 12 beds, and female dorms with four beds, all with shared bathrooms. The private rooms can accommodate from one to four people and have a private bathroom. What sets Le Village Montmartre apart from other hostels is the air conditioning in each room, which is rare in a hostel.
Amenities and facilities include an outdoor terrace and seating area, a shared kitchen where you can prepare your own food, free breakfast, lift, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage, evening parties, snack bar -bar, card and board games, library and playing guitar.
The Village Montmartre is close to the best of Montmartre, including the Church of the Sacred Heart, artists and cafes around Place du Tertre, the Montmartre museum, the famous windmills, the Montmartre cemetery and the cabaret Au Lapin Agile from the 19th century.
5. The Piaules
Started by three young Parisian travelers, The Piaules is the most luxurious hostel in Paris. The owners have done extensive research, staying at other top-notch inns for 500 nights and then designing a unique bunk bed, Le Plumard, that meets all of their guest’s needs. The bed includes a blackout curtain, socket, reading light and a small secure locker. There are also private rooms and the option of a top-floor one that offers romantic views over the rooftops of Paris.
Rates start at $ 28 a night for an eight-person shared room with an en-suite bathroom just outside the room, and other room options include six- and four-bed dorms with shared baths as well as a shared bathroom. 6 bed dormitory for women only at slightly higher prices. Other room amenities include free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
Les Piaules serves high quality food and drinks in its rooftop restaurant and bar which offers fantastic city views. Dishes and drinks include burrata cheese with truffles, fresh pizzas, smoked meats, house lemonade and craft beers at reasonable prices.
There are two locations for Les Piaules in friendly, safe and bohemian Belleville and Nation neighborhoods, which are close to the metro and other public transportation.
6. The people’s inn
A small chain of French inns located in Tours, Lille, the French Alps, Marseille, Strasbourg and Paris, The people’s inn is a warm and friendly environment for travelers looking for quality accommodation at reasonable rates, starting at $ 25 a night.
The rooms are cheerfully decorated with contemporary furniture, wall posters, photos and printed cushions. Shared rooms have state-of-the-art custom-built bunk beds with features like a reading light, mini, private locker, electrical outlets, USB outlets, and blackout curtains. The private rooms have either two twin beds or one double bed and there is a family room, ideal for traveling with children and grandchildren, which has a double bed and a bunk bed.
Pro tip: The Premium private room has a TV and free towels.
There’s a casual rooftop cafe, and the bar serves cocktails and local beers. If you choose to bring your own food, there is a kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, two ovens, and cooking utensils.
People Hostel offers free luggage storage if you arrive before check-in.
- If you’re traveling with a budget-conscious family or group, you can book one of the larger shared rooms, some with in-room bathrooms, at most of the hostels on this list.
- Almost all of the hostels on this list charge a fee for towels.
- Keep in mind that exchange rates vary and current displayed prices are average and will also change with seasonal rates.
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