3 Best Hostels in Paris - a handpicked selection (but no 5 Star Hostel)The BEST Hostels in Paris? Currently, there is no 5 Star Hostel in the city, there are great hostels around.

We handpicked the 3 best hostels in Paris so you can sleep well and enjoy the city of lights.

Although we do not share hostel-lists, so many of you kept asking us for the best hostels in Paris.

We decided to put together some of them.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Paris.

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks.

Super interesting for you: We collected +28 fun things to do in Paris.

We show you roller skating, a forgotten railroad, cherry blossom hunting and more!

What we cover in this article?

  • 3 top-choices for staying on a budget
  • best hostels in Paris for couples
  • best party hostels in Paris
  • best hostels in Paris for solo travellers
  • best things to do
  • accommodation discounts
  • things to do in Paris
  • packing list
  • Flights to Paris

Quick Answer: Top Hostels in Paris

We create a quick overview of which hostel works best for the different type of traveler. Keep scrolling for our insider guide to top hostels in Paris.

Best hostel in Paris for solo travellers: Generator Paris

Best hostel in Paris for female solo travellers: Les Piaules

Best party hostels in Paris: St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord

Best hostels near Eiffel Tower: Arty Paris Porte de Versailles (3.4 km, yet we recommend public transport)

Best hostels near Gare du Nord: St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord

Best family hostels in Paris: Arty Paris Porte de Versailles (4-bed private room with bathroom)

Best Paris hostels for couples: Les Piaules

Cheapest Hostel in Paris – click our guide here

The 3 Best Hostels in Paris

Let’s jump right into the budget accommodations.

Besides hostels, we recommend having a look as well at AirBnb.

With our link you get a €35 discount on AirBnb.

Quick overview:

  1. Generator Paris – best for solo-traveller
  2. Les Piaules – best for couples
  3. St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord – best for party

1. Generator Paris (TOP location)

A cool and fresh design-led hostel in the lively 10th district in Paris aka. top location!

It comes with

  • free WiFi,
  • in-house bar
  • super cool terrace overlooking the city.

Generator Paris is the best hostels in Paris for solo travellers!

Situated in the 10th district in Paris (as mentioned), The Generator Paris is a lively designer hostel that will meet your expectations and then some.

The rooms are decorated in a modern style – each provides air conditioning, bed linen and a private bathroom with a shower. If you shell out slightly more, you can get a private terrace as well.

The food too is outstanding – start with a continental breakfast that is prepared every morning at this hostel, and then head down to Café Fabien menu for some locally inspired cuisine.

There are plenty of options to keep you entertained such as the metro station looking night bar.

You can also have a couple of drinks on the rooftop bar on the 9th floor while ogling at breathtaking views of the Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre.

  • Free WiFi
  • stylish lounge area with games room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • laundry room
  • roof top terrace
  • shared lounge

Don’t forget to take a stroll along Canal St Martin – a mere 5 minutes away – that is the hub of bars, restaurants and vintage shops.

This one and more tips is included in our best secrets to Paris.

Prices start from 36€.

Generaror Hoste is the best hostel in Paris for:

  • solo travellers
  • small groups
Book Generator Paris here

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

2. Les Piaules (Fab design!)

Les Piaules is one of the newest hostels in town, and it opened with a big bang.

It comes with a super nice roof top terrace, a trendy in-house bar and a wonderful design reflecting the stylish Paris.

The hostel has been built in a renovated art deco building that wonderfully embodies the spirit of Paris.

The rooftop view is marvelous as you get to see many iconic monuments while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.

Les Piaules is close to the popular area of Belleville, which is an artsy district full of bars and coffee shops bustling young and cool people, and close to all must-see attractions in Paris – it is just 50 meters from the nearest metro hub.

You can enjoy a drink at the bar in the hostel if you wish to try something from the carefully monitored selection of local beer, coffee and French specialties.

All rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom equipped with a shower and toilet.

Bed linen and towels can be rented at this property.

Les Piaules is the best hostel in Paris for:

  • couples
  • digital nomads
  • female solo-travellers
  • and hipster

The hostel also offers a

  • 24-hour front desk
  • on-site shops
  • free WiFi and
  • a shared lounge with a TV
  • library
  • lockers for guests’ safety (here’s our guide on “Are Hostels safe?” with 10 safety tips)

Prices start from 30€.

Book Les Piaules here

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

3. St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord

Fun and hip, and considered the best hostel in Paris: The St Christopher’s Hostel!

The hostel comes with 3 in-house bars – yes, three!!! The bars are very popular among locals and travelers at the same time. This is a perfect way to mingle with the local scene.

The Vintage Hostel is situated in the 9th district, and only 500 meters from Gare du Nord Train Station and a 15-minute walk from the Moulin Rouge and Pigalle as well as dozens of the restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

You can visit a number of Paris attractions as they are easily accessible by Metro.

Saint-Pierre fabric market is just a short walk from the hostel and the Sacré-Coeur Basilique is a 10-minute walk away. This is a great spot to take some beautiful photos!

This air-conditioned hostel has guest rooms with private bathrooms. Some rooms feature an LCD TV. The dormitory rooms include a hairdryer and have access to a shared bathroom. The 24-hour reception ensures there is no curfew for guests.

WiFi is accessible throughout the hostel so you can quickly check your mails.

A continental breakfast with croissants and hot drinks is served every morning in the lounge.

Want to heat up your food? Just go to the communal kitchen equipped with a microwave, fridge and kettle. You can try your hand at table football afterwards! If you are worried about missing your daily workout, don’t worry as there is a free gym on sit.

Prices start from 30€.

St Christophers is the best hostel in Paris for:

  • Party Traveler
  • groups of friends
Book St. Christoper’s Inn Gare du Nord here

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

Best hostels in Paris for Couples

The best hostel in Paris for couples is Les Piaules Hostel.

It is the best boutique hostel that comes with a romantic touch, yet the social factor we all enjoy in a hostel. It is the kind of luxury hostel couples will enjoy for sure.

There is different types of private rooms. Check carefully when booking.

All private rooms come with real double beds. A real double beds means one king-size bed (and not two separate beds pushed together as one!).

One type of double room has shared facilities. The other one comes with a private bathroom. Take this into account when choosing the room.

All private rooms (and all dorms) feature super fast-WiFi. No need to worry!

What is important for couples in a hostel?

When staying as a couple in a hostel, we recommend looking for the following facilities:

  • Minimum of privacy in your private room
  • a bit of luxury style
  • social ambiance

Best Hostels in Paris for Couples Best Hostels in Paris for Couples

My 2nd recommendation for best hostels in Paris for couples is Generator Paris.

The reason is super simple. They offer beautiful and modern private rooms with ensuite roof top terrace. Now, that’s something, right?!

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

Best PARTY hostels in Paris

Let’s switch from romance to party.

Fancy some fiesta? The best party hostel in Paris is St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord.

The in-house bar is perfect to get the night out started. There is pub crawls you can join and happy hours on drinks. We think it is the best option since it’s an organized hostel and both female and male travelers can party in a fun and safe place. Usually, the hostel has a great mix of girls and guys looking for a good time.

The in-house bar and restaurant is quite huge, and perfect for events. Even locals come here to watch live football and other sports.

Another plus is their modern pods – perfect to sleep in and cure the hangover the next day.

Of course, you can join pub crawls in Paris on your own.

What is important for partying in Paris?

A party hostel has to be defined by that. It has to be a social place, a place to mingle and have an awesome time.

The basic facilities of a party hostel in Paris are:

  • Pub Crawls
  • in-house bar
  • events organized in-house
  • perfect mix of guys and girls
  • social ambiance to meet people easily and have a few drinks

You might be interested as well in “getting laid“, as travelers like to say. Now, it would be odd if we give you a list of hostels that guarantee to get laid. That is just…weird.

Here is our guide on how to have sex in hostels.

Best Party Hostels in Paris, France Best Party Hostels in Paris, France

Best hostels in Paris for solo-travellers

Here we want to give an insight on the best hostels in Paris for solo-travellers. This counts for both male and female travelers.

If you are really looking for some party, then scroll up again and get our recommendation from there. The St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord is the coolest party-accommodation in town, perfect for solo-travellers, students and everyone looking for a party time.

If you want it a bit more calm, yet super fun and cool, then here you go: Generator Paris is your pick!

It is super safe place that is really clean. They also offer many facilities for people to connect. The bar is a hotspot, for instance. They also have ping pong tables, foosball and much more. They also have their roof top terrace that is a guarantee to meet people.

Here is our guide on how build lifetime friendships in hostels.

As for sleeping, you can choose between a mixed dorm and the only 8-bed female-only dorms. The mixed dorms come with 4 beds (the smallest option) up to 10 beds per dorm.

Good to know: All dorms have private bathrooms! You only share these with your room mates, and not the whole floor.

Disadvantage: The only disadvantage about Generator Hostel might be the lack of curtains in the dorms. If you are a solo-traveller looking for a top-hostel with curtains in the dorm, then we recommend Les Piaules.

Below I included two photos for you to compare it easily. It is just a detail, though I enjoy the curtains in a dorm.

What is important for solo-travellers in a hostel?

  • Safe
  • clean
  • fun
  • easy to connect and mingle
The Roof top terrace at Generator Hostel in Paris

The Roof top terrace at Generator Hostel in Paris

What about the hostels NOT mentioned in this guide?

There is much more hostels in Paris that we have covered here. There is more than 100 actually.

We only want to share with you 3 handpicked places we recommend to 100%. We only share the finest hostels. And we only share places we would recommend to our family and friends too.

The other hostels not mentioned in this article may not reach the hostelgeeks standards. This guide gives you a full insight on the backpacker accommodations you need.

Of course, there is a lot of super cheap places with lower quality.

So, what about the cheapest hostels in Paris? These are easy to spot.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Paris
  2. Order the listing by price
  3. pick the cheapest one

Hostelworld usually offers great rates as well as deals for backpackers.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts for you in Paris. They all expired already and we would not give you discount codes that are not valid anymore.

We are working on getting some Les Piaules Promo Codes, Generator Hostels, or for any other of the mentioned places. We will keep you posted in our newsletter.

You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

All 3 Top Hostels on a Map

A map is always handy, right?! So here you go.

We put all the places on the map, including the accommodation and the top sights you should not miss.

The sights in blue are:

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Montmartre
  3. Paris Catacombs
  4. L’Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile
  5. Louvre Museum
  6. The Centre Pompidou

The hostels in red are:

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

Tours & Activities in Paris

We highly recommend to join some tours and activities. Just ask at the hostel reception for some handpicked recommendation.

Here’s our guide to 28 fun things to do in Paris, including night cruise, a “fight-bar” and restaurants.

However, you should book three things to do in Paris in advance. Obviously, the most important ones not to miss are the first two:

1. Eiffel Tower

The mos famous symbol of Paris cannot be missed. There are plenty of people who wants to visit it. Therefore, we recommend you to get your ticket to Eiffel Tower.

This way you will be able to skip the 2-3 hours line.

Book Eiffel Tower here

Best Hostels in Paris

2. Louvre

Same goes for the world famous Louvre. You know, the museum in the heart of the city and the Mona Lisa in it.

Just book your Louvre ticket beforehand and skip this long and annoying queue. This way you save 2 hours of your travel time.

We recommend booking with Get Your Guide. It is our preferred way to book tickets around Europe.

Book Louvre here

Louvre Museum is a must-see

3. Pub Crawl

A pub crawl is always fun! Make sure you get your spot. Prices for this start from 15€ and include free shots – of course!

Check out the pub crawls in Paris here.

Best Pub Crawl in Paris, France

4. Paris Catacombs (unique!!)

Legendary, scary, interesting!

The Paris Catacombs are quite something to visit, very unique. Go underground and experience the dark side of the French capital. There are also night tours available – a perfect thing to do in Paris at night!

Good to know: There is also an audio guide, highly recommended!

Even better to know: Make sure you purchase your ticket beforehand. There is usually a looooong line.

You can skip the line by getting your ticket beforehand.

Book Paris Catacombs here

Below I included an interesting video. It covers part of the history of Paris, including the Catacombs, Metro and war. Click to get an idea!

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Flights to Paris?

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Paris, Barcelona and more. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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Fancy authentic Secret Tips Paris?

But wait, there is more…

When you have the chance to visit the City of Love, make sure you get an idea of the more local point of view.

We created a Travel Guide for the French Capital inducing 5 Secret Tips Paris!

We show you simply 5 unique recommendations for Paris – by friend for friends.

The tips include:

  • 1 yummy and authentic restaurant
  • 1 musem-styled jazz bar
  • the best crepes in Paris (cheap aaaaand super tasty)
  • 3 beautiful outdoor spots to hang out, have a wine, and watch the world
  • and the best café in Paris!

You can download the 5 Secret Tips for Paris for free directly to your inbox:

Also, you can find more unique travel guides at Hostelgeeks including Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome.

Over to you: questions?

Alright alright, we just threw a lot of information on you.

Is there anything we missed?

Anything you would like to ask?

Then please please bother us and leave a comment below. We want to make this guide as useful as possible. Your question actually helps us to understand what information we may have forgotten or isn’t detailed enough.

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

Enjoy this fine hostel selection and all 5 Star Hostels.

Safe travels,

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3 Best Hostels in Paris - a handpicked selection (but no 5 Star Hostel)

How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Paris?

We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Paris!

For every hostel introduced, we gave you the best ways to book them online. Please scroll back up to the hostel you are interested in to find the direct links.

Here you can find

All best-rated hostels in Paris

Any questions on booking your hostels? Check out our Guide to Hostels. Also, here you can find all 5 Star Hostels with Hostelgeeks.

Hostel Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are: Read the full packing list here.Download Hostel Packing List