For generations, staying in a Paris hostel meant saving a few bucks at the expense of privacy, hygiene, security, comfort, and even the faintest whiff of style. But for the newest set of bright, young travelers, the story is very different. Checking into one of the standout hostels below means gaining a taste of luxury design, dining, and facilities at a price that remains unbelievably low.
Ideally located in the trendy 10th arrondissement, within walking distance of the Canal Saint-Martin, the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and Gare du Nord, the Generator Paris is leading the Parisian hostel revolution. Every inch of the hostel, from the glittering reception to the stunning rooftop bar overlooking Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur, has been designed to maximize its guests’ experience. In its brasserie, Café Fabien, for example, you can dine from seven in the morning ’til 10 at night. The contemporary, cinematic feel extends from the communal areas into the bedrooms, a mix of private and shared accommodation sleeping up to 10 people.
Generator Paris – Hostel, 9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 75010 Paris, France. +01 57 32 72 63
Generator Paris – Premium room │© Nikolas Koenig, Courtesy of Generator Paris
Generator Paris – Cafe Fabien │© Nikolas Koenig, Courtesy of Generator Paris
Located in Brancion, a compact and characterful neighborhood in the south of the city, Arty Paris is a low-cost hostel that hasn’t scrimped on its design budget. The social spaces and bedrooms, both the private ones and the dorms, are brightly decorated but with the distinctly industrial vibe that is so coveted at the moment. In the immediate vicinity, you’ll find independent bookstores and food markets as well as the tranquil Parc Georges-Brassens. A little further afield (no more than a 20-minute walk) are the restaurants, bars, shops, and cinema of the bustling streets around Gare Montparnasse.
Arty Paris – Hostel, 62 Rue des Morillons, 75015 Paris, France. +01 57 32 72 63
Bedroom at Arty Paris – Hostel │ Courtesy of Arty Paris – Hostel
Dining room at Arty Paris – Hostel │ Courtesy of Arty Paris – Hostel
St Christopher's Inn – The Canal Hostel
St Christopher’s Inn – The Canal Hostel
Previously voted the ‘Most Popular Hostel in Paris’ and the ‘Best Hostel in France’ by Hostelworld, the St Christopher’s Inns at the Bassin de la Villette offers a wealth of facilities at unbeatable prices. This large but friendly hostel has its own Belushi’s restaurant and bar as well as a waterfront terrace. It is also perfectly situated for budget travelers between the 18th and 19th arrondissements, both relatively cheap by Parisian standards. The accommodation comes in a variety of arrangements, including female-only dorms and private rooms. Even in shared rooms, curtained pod beds provide a little extra privacy.
St Christopher’s Inns – The Canal Hostel, 159 rue de Crimee, 75019 Paris, France. +01 57 32 72 63
Bedroom at St Christopher’s Inns – The Canal Hostel │ Courtesy of St Christopher’s Inns
Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord
The mission of the staff at the Vintage Hostel is to help their guests get the most possible out of Paris in the minimum amount of time, from the conventional sights to their own personalized recommendations about the secret side of the city. The hostel is on the cusp of Montmartre, one of the most popular destinations for tourists, and the up-and-coming South Pigalle neighborhood, filled with cool bars and chic but affordable restaurants. The vivid décor is matched by the teams’ upbeat attitude and enthusiasm for ensuring guests have an enjoyable stay.
Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord, 73 Rue De Dunkerque, 75009 Paris, France +01 57 32 72 63
Bedroom at Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord │ Courtesy of Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord
The reception at Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord │ Courtesy of Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord