The Best Hostels in Paris, France

Paris offers affordable boutique options
Paris offers affordable boutique options | Courtesy of Hotel Madrigal / Expedia
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2 February 2021

If you’re looking for the best way to meet like-minded travellers in Paris while also cutting down on your expenses, hostels are the way to go. From the quaint cobblestone streets of Montmartre to the cool street art hotspot of Belleville, here’s our pick of the best hostels in the French capital.

Yooma Paris

Blue and grey sofas in sleek wood-panelled reception area with large windows along the lefthand wall at Yooma Paris.
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In the 15th arrondissement, opposite the Maison de la Radio, is Yooma Paris; a hotel designed by Ora Ïto and Daniel Buren. This is a hostel that prides itself in accommodating any kind of traveller – solo, business or family – as there are an array of rooms with their own characteristics. Rooms are clean and well maintained, but the biggest draw is the location: on the banks of the river Seine, not far from the Eiffel Tower.

3 Ducks

Bunk bed with white sheets against a wall with a mural and a curved spiral staircase with wooden steps at 3 Ducks.
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The 3 Ducks, once an 18th-century inn, is now a building protected by Les Batiments de France and the oldest private hostel in France. Known for its friendly and lively atmosphere, this hostel offers a mix of private rooms and shared dorms, as well as an onsite bar in which to meet other like minded guests. Stock up on breakfast, included in the price, before you head out for the day.

Jo & Joe Paris Gentilly Hotel

Outdoor patio with large umbrella and circular sofa, egg shaped chairs with cushions on manicured astroturf at Jo & Joe Paris Gentilly Hotel.
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A real social hub, Jo & Joe is an experience like no other. With great transport connections the hotel may not be in central Paris but is within easy reach. With its own garden, restaurant and bar, the hostel includes hotdogs and cocktails on it’s extensive menu, and even has a self-serving beer tap. Rooms are of a great price and designed to accommodate solo and group travellers.

Hotel Madrigal

Double bed with patterned cushions in stylish room with a collection of mirrors above the bed, sliding door leading to the bathroom and bookshelves at Hotel Madrigal.
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In the Montparnasse district of Paris, Madrigal is a small boutique hotel that has a unique and friendly charm; it’s a tranquil place for a very low price. There are 47 private rooms, as well as three dorm rooms with 15 beds in each, giving the feel of a slightly more upmarket version of a traditional hostel. There are also two rooms with easy access for those with reduced mobility.

Vintage Paris Gare du Nord

Double bed with quilted duvet in a small, colourful retro bedroom with large window at Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord.
Bedroom at Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord | Courtesy of Le Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord
Located in the 9th district with a cosy and friendly atmosphere, Vintage Paris Gare du Nord is a great place to stay. There’s a fitness centre, available to guests who want to jump on the treadmill in the morning, or join an evening Zumba class. When you’re not working out, you will be in a perfect spot for sightseeing, the hostel is just a few minutes’ walk from Moulin Rouge, Pigalle and the Abbesses district, and Sacre-Coeur, as well as plenty of other places to discover, from landmarks to small bars.

Les Piaules

Industrial chic lobby with mismatched furniture, decorative wooden logs, high stable and stools at Les Piaules.
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Les Piaules is a lively hostel and bar in the cool 11th arrondissement. The general surroundings might seem a little rough around the edges at first glance, but it’s one of the friendliest, most open-minded spots in town. The vibrant street art and graffiti adds an unexpected dimension, and there are regular live music events, downstairs parties, and easy links to a range of attractions. Because of the diversity of this eclectic neighbourhood, Les Piaules is one of the best places in Paris to enjoy world food with a variety of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese food options on its doorstep.

The Loft Boutique Hostel & Hotel

Colourful metal chairs below a hanging heater on a small patio between the hostel buildings at The Loft Boutique.
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Hidden away in a quiet, cute courtyard in the 20th arrondissement, just a 20-minute walk from the famous Grands Boulevards, is The Loft; here you can tuck into a croissant and coffee every morning like a true Parisian. It’s a great place to mingle and meet with other travellers in a calmer setting. There might not be many parties here, as it doubles up as a hotel too, but the nearby Rue de Belleville offers a lively stretch of bars and nightlife in case you find yourself wanting a wilder evening of fun.

Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels

Sofas, green metal chairs and a hammock with a palm print cushion on a panelled patio surrounded by a large hedge at Le Village Montmartre.
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The quaint district of Montmartre is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Paris, and Le Village Montmartre makes a great base to explore. As soon as you step out of this hostel, it feels as though you’ve walked straight into Amélie, which was filmed in these very cobblestone streets. The highlight of this adults-only hostel is how close it’s located to the legendary Sacré-Coeur, which looms in the background just a seven-minute walk away.

Jade Cuttle contributed additional reporting to this article.

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These recommendations were updated on February 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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