Heading to the city of lights and looking for the absolute best hostels in Paris?
We have stayed at and tested over 20 of the best hostels in Paris and have finally come up with our top 3 choices!
They are cool, fun, safe, and affordable. On top of this guide that will enable you to pick an accommodation, we also decided to include some of our best insider tips for cheap crepes and awesome places to see that won’t break the bank. All these will be included in our specialized map below.
These are the absolute best ones, and we update them regularly (last update: January, 2023). Again, we actually stayed in all of them personally. No other guide you may find online actually did this handmade research.
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 the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com and Hostelz.com. Hostelz compares prices, so this is a good hack to get better prices.
City Tax: Like other very popular tourist destinations, Paris has an extra ‘tourist tax.’ Some Paris Backpacker hostels do not include this city tax in their shown 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 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). 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.
Situated in the 10th district in Paris, Generator Paris is a lively designer hostel that will meet your expectations and then some.
The rooms are decorated in a modern style – each providING air conditioning, bed linen, and a private bathroom with a shower. If you decide to spend a bit more, you can even get a private terrace on top of all of that.
The food is as outstanding – start with a continental breakfast that is freshly prepared every morning at this hostel, and then head down to Café Fabien for some French locally inspired cuisine.
There are plenty of facilities 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.
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 are included in our best secrets to Paris.
Prices start from 36€.
Generator Hostel is one of the top hostels in Paris for:
In this specific case, we are talking about the one in Belleville.
It comes with a super nice rooftop terrace, a trendy in-house bar, and a wonderful design reflecting the diversity of artistic expression of Paris.
This Paris hostel has been built in a renovated art deco building that wonderfully embodies the spirit of its capital. The rooftop view is marvelous, allowing travelers to enjoy iconic monuments while they sip a cup of coffee in the morning.
The People Hostel is close to the popular area of Belleville, which is an artsy district full of bars and coffee shops bustling with 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.
The People – Paris Belleville 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.
Location: The Vintage Hostel is situated in the 9th district, 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 restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
You can visit a number of Paris attractions as they are easily accessible by Metro from this hostel.
Saint-Pierre fabric market is just a short walk away, 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 emails.
It’s a bummer, but there is no free breakfast included, but there are croissants, and hot drinks served every morning in the lounge. Oh, and the breakfast at St Christophers costs only 5€.
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 afterward! If you are worried about missing your daily workout, don’t worry: there is a free gym on site.
Prices start from 30€. This a wonderful example of places to stay in Paris that are cheap (& awesome!)
There are pub crawls you can join and plenty of happy hours for 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 who both enjoy partying and having great experiences in Paris. This makes it also a cool Paris backpackers hostel.
The in-house bar and restaurant are quite huge and perfect for events. Even locals come here to watch live football and other sports!
Another plus is their modern pods – perfect for sleeping in and curing your 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 a great experience. 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:
events organized in-house
a 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.
If you are looking for something a bit calmer (while still staying at a cool and fun accommodation), then here you go: Generator Paris is your pick! It is a super safe place that is really clean. They also offer many common 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 a roof top terrace that guarantees meeting people.
As for sleeping, you can choose between a mixed dorm and the only 8-bed female-only dorm. 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 roommates and not the whole floor.
Disadvantage: The only disadvantage of Generator Hostel Paris might be the lack of curtains in the dorms. If you are a solo traveler looking for a top hostel with curtains in the dorm, then we recommend The People – Paris Belleville.
Below I included two photos for you to compare easily. Though I enjoy the curtains in a dorm, it is just a detail.
Perhaps you’re traveling to Paris as part of a big group. It’s not always easy to find big enough hostels or ones that are willing to host large groups. But have no fear, because we’ve found the perfect hostel in Paris for groups.
Same goes for the world-famous Louvre. You know, the museum in the heart of the city where the Mona Lisa lives.
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 for buying sightseeing tickets.
The Paris Catacombs are quite something and are incredibly unique. Go underground and experience the dark side of the French capital. Night tours are also available – a perfect thing to do in Paris at night!
Good to know: There is also an audio guide, which we highly recommend!
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 should it take to visit Paris?
Honestly, we’d say you need a good 3-5 days to explore Paris properly.
As you can imagine, this city has so much to offer! 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 who love to watch the world go by from the comfort of a coffee shop, add an extra day or two!
When is the best time to visit Paris?
If you can, avoid the peak summertime! This is obviously to beat the crowds (and heavier price points)
We’d recommend visiting between April and June when the weather is just fine. June tends to be more stable weather-wise, and this is when the tourist crowds haven’t yet gone too crazy yet.
The cheapest time to visit is during 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 – a 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 at the website parisinfo.com
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
What are the best hostels in Paris with private rooms?
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