Best Hostels in France - the complete guide and overview for backpackers and solo travellersBonjour and welcome to our collection of the absolute best hostels in France.

It may be surprising that although France is famous for world class destinations such as Paris, there are not too many outstanding hostels.

But we’re not saying there aren’t any. Oh yes, we’ve found all of the hostels worth knowing, for sure!

If anything, having less hostels to choose from makes your planning easier, right?

So hold on; are these really the top hostels in France?!

Oui oui! 100% YES!

There truly are some gorgeous design hostels in this part of Europe. No doubt couples will enjoy the double-bed dorms in Hossegor and the hammocks at the 5 Star Gastama Hostel in Lille.

We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the world’s greatest hostels, including the best hostels in France.

At the end of this article you’ll spot a big hostel map which is really helpful for your planning. Maps are super useful!

List of Cities with the Best Hostels in France

Let’s waste no more time and jump right in to this great French hostel collection.

Here are all the destinations we cover in this guide:

Feel free the skip straight to the full map with all hostels here.

Note: you’ll notice that almost all of the destinations have just one hostel recommendation. This is because we couldn’t find another hostel worth mentioning that we would want to recommend to our friends and family.

Best Hostels in Sète: Georges Hostel & Cafe

Our one and only hostel recommendation in Sète, Georges Hostel & Cafe, is great for all traveller types from backpackers to families.

The coffee shop is open to guests and locals alike – a great place to exchange stories and culture.

There’s high-speed wifi and an intimacy in the dorm rooms that’s worthy of a private room (almost!).

It’s also the location that caught our attention. The main train station is 10-minutes away and it’s just a few steps to the famous cover market full of delicious local food.

Book Georges Hostel & Cafe here

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Best Hostels in Les Alpes: The People Hostel – Les 2 Alpes

Get ready for a brand-spanking-new hostel with 362 bed on offer. Woah, The People Hostel – Les 2 Alpes is huge!

Yet the consistently high rating shows that although a big place; it does not lack that personal touch from staff and an inclusive social atmosphere.

All of the 43 dorms come with an en-suite and a lockable safe accessed by your very own wristband. Snazzy.

As for amenities, get excited for a big restaurant, bar, sunny terrace and large chill-out area with deep couches.

Book The People Hostel – Les 2 Alpes here

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Best Hostels in Dol-de-Bretagne: Edd Hostel

If visiting the fantastic Mont-Saint-Michel is on your radar, you couldn’t be better located than at Edd Hostel. It’s the closest hostel and just 900 metres from the Main Street!

Solo female travellers have a wonderful 6-bed female dorm option here. It’s private, clean, safe and comfortable.

Note: the maximum period of stay is 5 days.

Book Edd Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Strasbourg: Ciarus

Ciarus is more like a hotel than a hostel when it comes to cleanliness and order. For that reason, it might not be the best choice for solo travellers looking to meet people.

Facilities include a self-service restaurant and games room. In the dorms you’ll find a complimentary towel and toiletries in the bathrooms.

Ciarus is located in the centre of the city, close by to all the main interests of Strasbourg.

Book Ciarus here

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Best Hostels in Lille: Gastama – The People Hostel (5 Star Hostel)

Lille’s Gastama Hostel is hip, stylish and full of recycled furniture. It’s certainly inviting and deserves to be our only 5 Star Hostel in this part of France!

We love Gastama because of the…

  • Bar and restaurant open to guests and locals
  • Central location 10 mins from the main square of Lille
  • Extensive room choices (inc. female dorms)

This is THE hostel for solo travellers, couples, friends, small groups.. you name it.

Book Gastama Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

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Gastama Hostel in Lille, France

Best Hostels in Marseille: Vertigo Vieux-Port

Vertigo Vieux-Port is a modernised Marseillean house, with each room carefully designed by a local artist according to the unique character of the space.

Staff are at hand 24/7 and there is a bunch of free amenities including breakfast and fully-equipped kitchen with spices.

Both the shared rooms and common areas are spacious and great places to get the conversation rolling.

Book Vertigo Vieux-Port here

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Best Hostels in Bordeaux: Central Hostel Bordeaux Center

Sorry to point out the obvious, but Central Hostel Bordeaux Center is, well, central! That means 20-minutes from the train station and just two steps from the longest pedestrian street in Europe.

What makes this hostel special is the custom made dorm beds.

Enjoy a luxury mattress, night light, individual storage, USB plug and privacy blind. There will be zero rocking and creaking in these bunk beds.

Book Central Hostel Bordeaux Center here

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Best Hostels in Nice

Luckily for you, the French Riviera has not 1 but 3 wonderful hostels in store for you.

  1. La Maïoun Guesthouse
    2. Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture
    3. Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel

Read our full guide to the 3 best hostels in Nice France here.

1. La Maïoun Guesthouse (Nice)

This ancient temple from 1855 now boasts modern comforts in a great city spot just 500m from the beach.

It’s a basic design that female solo travellers and backpackers will appreciate. The free tea and coffee and balcony with garden views are a real highlight.

Book La Maioun Guesthouse here

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La Maïoun Guesthouse one of the best hostels in Nice, France

2. Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture (Nice)

If you prefer an artsy music scene that’s Instagram friendly, opt for Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture.

There’s a pretty cool rooftop suite for cute couples, and cosy dorms of 3-6 people with ready-made beds and large windows.

It’s a short walk to the Promenade des Anglais and train access is easy from here.

Book Hotel Ozz by Happyculture here

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Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture

3. Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel (Nice)

Looking for fun, social vibes?

Villa Saint is the place to be if you enjoy organised activities, local tours and a drink or two to end the day.

Alongside the bar, there is a 24/7 gym and sauna on-site. Cool!

Rooms vary in size over shared dorm and private options. Just be aware that you may think you’ve booked a hotel room by accident once you see the amenities.

Book Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel one of the best hostels in Nice, France

Villa Saint Exupery Beach Hostel

Best Hostels in Paris

Paris is certainly a must-see-destination for many travellers.

The Eiffel Tower, the many coffee shops… but did you also know it’s a city home to some truly great hostels? They are:

  1. Generator Paris
    2. Les Piaules
    3. St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord

Find our detailed guide to the 3 best hostels in Paris here.

Also, make sure you read our tips on 27 fun things to do in Paris.

1. Generator Paris

Our #1 recommendation in the city of lights is Generator Paris, with its fresh design, top location and awesome terrace views overlooking Paris.

It’s a great choice for solo travellers – head to the bar and ground floor cafe and strike up a conversation with someone new.

There’s also a games room, shared lounge and a continental breakfast served daily.

Book Generator Paris here

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Best Hostels in Paris for Couples: Generator comes with own roof top terrace

2. Les Piaules (Paris)

Les Piaules is a great hostel as it offers something for an array of traveller types including digital nomads, couples and female solo travellers.

Enjoy time up on the rooftop marvelling over iconic monuments as you sip your coffee. Or get cosy in the on-site bar with a local beer.

All of the rooms have a shared bathroom and bed linen and towels can be rented.

Book Les Piaules here

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Dorms with curtains: Les Piaules

3. St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord (Paris)

Considered the best hostel in Paris by many, St. Christopher’s Gare Du Nord has a lot to offer their guests:

  • 3 in-house bars (yes, three!)
  • 9th district location, 500m from train station
  • Free gym
  • 24 hour reception
  • Continental breakfast w/ croissants

Prices start from 30€ so you really get a lot for a reasonable price.

Book St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord here

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Coolest Hostels in Paris: St Christophers

St Christophers Gare du nord

Best Hostels in Soorts-Hossegor: Jo&Joe

Here we have a cool hostel that has a unique partnership with Quiksilver & Roxy surf school. Stay here and enjoy 10% off surf lessons!

Dorm beds come with individual lamps, USB port and linen. We highly recommend this hostel for surfing enthusiasts and backpackers.

Some of the dorms come with double beds – perfect for sociable couples!

There’s also a bar, bikes for rent and a Happy House common area that includes a living room and kitchen space.

Book Jo&Joe here

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All Hostels on a Map

Now you have all the information you need to decide on where to explore in France. Why not plan an epic road trip designed to visit your favourite hostels in this list?

On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:

5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star

Stunning Design Hostels: Blue

Other TOP recommendations: Orange

(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups. Open the map here.)

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This list of the best Backpacker and Luxury Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.

We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.

Other 5 Star Hostels

Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.

We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of those unique budget accommodations with you.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel be chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.

This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Oslo, Seoul and Sydney.

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