What are the BEST hostels in Paris France? Currently, there is no 5 Star Hostel in the city, yet there are great hostels for all types. We handpicked the 3 best Paris accommodation so you can sleep well and enjoy the city of lights. Why only 3? This is all you need!
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Paris cost 23€ – 35€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 45€ up to 130€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com, Booking.com or with hostelz.com. Hostelz compares prices, so this is a good hack to get better prices.
City Tax: As many tourist destinations, Paris has an extra tourist tax. Some Paris Backpacker hostels do not include the city tax in the price. The city tax in Paris for a hostel is 1.90€ per night. Please keep this in mind and check before making your final booking.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
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 one of the best Paris hostels for:
The hostel also offers a
24-hour front desk
free WiFi and
a shared lounge with a TV
lockers for guests’ safety (here’s our guide on “Are Hostels safe?” with 10 safety tips)
This very nice hostel in Paris comes with 3 in-house bars – yes, three!!!
Note: not to be confused with St. Christopher’s Inn Canal.
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.
It’s a bummer there is no free breakfast included, but there are croissants and hot drinks 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 site.
Prices start from 30€. A wonderful example of places to stay in Paris cheap & cheerfully.
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 Paris 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.
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. Tiqets.com is another good website to buy sightseeing tickets.
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.
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!
Things to Know before you go
If this is your first time travelling to Paris, France there are a few useful and important things to know and consider before you arrive.
Here is a list of what we think will be helpful for your planning.
Best areas to Stay in Paris
For more of an arty experience, we recommend staying in Belleville – it’s full of bars, restaurants and shops.
Belleville has a metro station which links to all of the major sights in Paris. The historical centre is also only 10-minutes away on foot.
Marais is the trendiest area in this city. Expect hipsters everywhere you turn! It is uber cool to be fair, so head here if you fancy some good dining and a cool place to enjoy a drink.
7th Arrondissement (neighborhood) is where you want to be situated if you prefer to be close to the top sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Musee d’Orsay.
How long to visit Paris?
Honestly, we’d say you need a good 3-5 days to properly explore Paris.
As you can imagine, there is so much to see and do in this city! Obviously the longer you stay, the more relaxed your time can be here.
In 3 days it’s possible to visit the Eiffel Tower, climb the Arc de Triomphe and stuff your face silly with street food. For those those love to watch the world go by from the comfort of a coffee shop; add another day!
When is the best time to visit Paris?
If you can, avoid the peak summertime! This is obviously to beat the crowds.
We’d recommend visiting between April and June when the weather is just fine. June tends to be more stable weather wise and the tourists haven’t yet gone too crazy.
The cheapest time to visit is the winter months – December, January and February.
Transport in Paris
Believe it or not, Paris is actually great for walking. To get from one end of the city to the other will only take 2 hours!
Otherwise, you can get around using these other methods:
Velib – huge bicycle sharing system dotted around the city. Super cheap (1€ for half hour)
Metro (1.90€ per ticket)
Bus & night bus (64 different lines)
Tickets for all of the above (except bicycles) can be bought at automatic ticket machines in metro stations, in tobacconists and online the website parisinfo.com
What are the best hostels in Paris with private rooms?
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