3 Best Hostels in Paris – From Baguettes to Beds

3 Best Hostels in Paris – From Baguettes to Beds
Alexandre Godreau

While Paris might make your heart skip a beat, it can also make your wallet tremble in fear. Finding a good hostel in Paris that combines a good atmosphere, fun, safety, and affordability is challenging.

I have done just that and found the 3 very best, telling you everything you need to know about each when it comes to facilities, location, price, social atmosphere, and what type of travelers it usually attracts so you can figure out which one is perfect for you. 

I’ve traveled to Paris more than 10 times and I now live here, so I’ll also give you a few recommendations here and there. 

Our favorite hostels in Paris are:

  1. Caulaincourt Montmartre - best for Backpackers and families
  2. The People – Paris Belleville - best for Couples
  3. Beau M - best for female solo travelers

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1. Caulaincourt Montmartre – Best Backpacker Hostel in Paris

Caulaincourt Montmartre
Caulaincourt Montmartre
Caulaincourt Montmartre Room
Caulaincourt Montmartre Room
Caulaincourt Montmartre Living Room
Caulaincourt Montmartre Living Room

The best choice in Paris for: Backpackers and Families. 

If you’re looking for a great spot in Montmartre, this is it – Caulaincourt Montmartre. It’s perfect for travelers on a budget who want to see the real Paris.

Montmartre is known for its cool old buildings and famous places. The hostel is right in the middle of it all, but it’s not a loud party place.

It’s more like a cozy spot to meet other travelers. The atmosphere isn’t super social but it’s not completely dead either, it’s that sweet spot perfect for people who want the opportunity to meet new friends but also have their own space to recharge their batteries. 

The people working there are super nice and always help you out. They even give you a free breakfast with tasty croissants and coffee to start your day. 

Facilities and Amenities:

  • French-style breakfast: croissants, orange juice, cereals, tea, and coffee.
  • Linen, bedding, pillows, blankets, and fitted sheets for free.
  • Shared kitchen, Free wifi

Location: The nearest metro station is a 3-minute walk away and is very well connected to the rest of Paris. Nearby walkable popular attractions include The Basilica of Sacré-Cœur. There’s a bakery and cool wine bar I love that are absolutely delicious, both a 1-minute walk (Boris Lumé Bakery and Les Darons Wine Bar) as well as a great lunch spot in Paris (Lady Marmelade).  You’ll find a bar area with lots of options (a 10-minute walk near Av. de Saint-Ouen) as well as the famous La REcyclerie.

Book Caulaincourt Montmartre here

Check prices at:
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2. The People – Paris Belleville – Best Hostel in Paris for Solo Travelers

The People - Paris Belleville (ex Les Piaules)
The People - Paris Belleville (ex Les Piaules)
The People – Paris Belleville Dorm
The People – Paris Belleville Dorm
The People - Paris Belleville (ex Les Piaules)
The People - Paris Belleville (ex Les Piaules)
The People - Paris Belleville - Bar and Restaurant
The People - Paris Belleville - Bar and Restaurant

One of the best Paris hostels for: Couples, digital nomads, and female solo-travelers.

You might have heard that the French capital isn’t exactly known for its friendly people, but The People – Paris Belleville stands to challenge that concept. Here, you’ll be greeted by a warm and very helpful staff.

The hostel has a great rooftop terrace (with views of the Eiffel Tower) and an in-house bar.

I also particularly like the events they organize every week, like Jazz nights with live music performances. These events are an awesome and easy way for you to meet other travelers, socialize, and make new friends. The atmosphere here is definitely more energetic than in other hostels in Paris.

This hostel is close to the popular area of Belleville – an artsy district full of bars, coffee shops, and other must-see attractions in Paris. 

Facilities:

  • 24-hour front desk, Free wifi
  • Beds with curtains (god bless)
  • Shared lounge with a TV
  • Lockers (here’s our guide on “Are Hostels safe?“)
  • Here’s the location

Book The People – Paris Belleville here

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3. Beau M – Quiet and Safe Hostel in Paris for Female Solo Travelers

Beau M
Beau M
Beau M Lounge
Beau M Lounge
Beau M Dorms
Beau M Dorms

This is one of the best hostels in Paris for: Female solo travelers.

Beau M is a modern and socially connected space that offers a unique experience of co and eco-conscious living.

This hostel in Paris offers a range of great amenities, including a shared lounge, room service (yes, you’ve read that right), and free WiFi throughout the property.

This hostel is more on the luxurious side of things. Expect a price tag to match, but we think it’s 100% worth it if you’re looking for a place that has super convenient amenities.

This isn’t a social hostel; it’s very laid-back and quiet. I really like it because it’s clean and spacious (relative to Paris) and people here seem to be more relaxed and chilled out. 

Facilities and Amenities: 

  • Private parking
  • Free WiFi and shared lounge. 
  • Air-conditioned rooms (a rarity in Paris) with private bathrooms. 
  • Terraces are available in certain rooms. 
  • Continental breakfast provided.

Location: In the 18th arrondissement, conveniently close to attractions like La Cigale Concert Hall and Pigalle Metro Station. Access to bus and metro lines adds to its convenience. 

Book Beau M here

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Extra: Best hostels in Paris for Couples

The People - Paris Belleville View
The People - Paris Belleville View
The-People---Paris-Belleville-Lounge
The People - Paris Belleville (ex Les Piaules)
The People - Paris Belleville (ex Les Piaules)
The People - Paris Belleville - Bar and Restaurant
The People - Paris Belleville - Bar and Restaurant

We’re going to give all you love birds a pick for the best hostel in Paris for couples: The People – Paris Belleville, it’s romantic and social while being a bit luxurious as well.

There are different types of private rooms, so check when booking – you don’t want to end up each staying in different dorms. All private rooms come with real double beds.

No metaphorical quantum beds or two separate beds pushed together acting as one. 

As I said when I first mentioned it, it’s definitely more of a socially charged hostel, but it’s location and decor make it great for couples as well.

Hostelz also says it is one of the best hostels in Paris with Private rooms. One of their double rooms has shared facilities. The other one comes with a private bathroom. 

Book The People – Paris Belleville here

Check prices at:
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Extra: Best PARTY Hostels in Paris

Jo&Joe Gentilly Paris
Jo&Joe Gentilly Paris
JO&JOE Paris Gentilly is one of the best hostels in Paris, France
JO&JOE Paris Gentilly is one of the best hostels in Paris, France
JO&JOE Paris Gentilly is one of the best hostels in Paris, France
JO&JOE Paris Gentilly is one of the best hostels in Paris, France

Let’s switch from romance to party, from candlelit dinners to disco balls…

Looking for the best party hostels in Paris? We have a guide on the coolest Paris Party Hostels (last update 2024), and here’s a snippet:

  1. St. Christopher’s Inn Gare Du Nord
  2. The People Paris Nation
  3. The People Paris Bercy
  4. The People Paris Belleville
  5. The People Paris Marais
  6. Jo&Joe Nation
  7. Extra: Jo&Joe Gentilly

What is important for partying in Paris?

The basic facilities of a party hostel in Paris are pub crawls, a bar, events organized in-house, a perfect mix of guys and girls, and a social ambiance to easily meet people (and where no one will judge you no matter how many shots you take, as long as you remain semi-conscious)

You might be interested as well in “getting laid“, as travelers like to say – I don’t know actually, do people still speak this way? I’m getting old.

Regardless, it would be odd for me to give you a list of hostels that guarantee you get some action. That is just…weird.

So here’s our guide on Netflix and Chill – The 10 Do’s and Dont’s.

One of the best party hostels in Paris is the dynamic and a bit crazy JO&JOE Paris Gentilly Hostel. Think happy hours, beer pong, and ever-changing event programs where you’ll meet people who prefer spending the night partying and collecting adventures rather than sleeping in.  

You’ll find:

  • A bar & restaurant
  • Big garden area (where all the fun happens)
  • Self-serving beer tap system 
  • Hot dogs & cocktails on sale
  • Here’s the location

Book JO&JOE Paris Gentilly here

Compare prices and read reviews at:

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Extra: Best Hostels in Paris for Solo Travellers and Backpackers?

Caulaincourt Montmartre Living Room

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

The best hostel in Paris for solo travelers is Caulaincourt Montmartre. It has awesome facilities and staff and provides a nice social environment for travelers. It’s also The best backpacker hostel in Paris. 

I usually recommend it for solo travelers because it’s easy to make friends here, and both introverts and extroverts alike will find their respective energy

But if you prefer a quieter and more relaxed environment, then opt for Beau M instead. It’s still possible to meet people there but in a more low-key way.

Book Caulaincourt Montmartre here

Check prices at:
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Extra: Best Hostel in Paris for Groups

The People Hostel - Paris 12 is one of the best hostels in Paris, France
The People Hostel - Paris 12 is one of the best hostels in Paris, France
The People Hostel - Paris 12 is one of the best hostels in Paris, France
The People Hostel - Paris 12 is one of the best hostels in Paris, France

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 we’ve found one: The People Hostel – Paris 12. You’re going to find 143 beds  (we’ve counted) spread over both shared and private rooms (all ensuite), so there’s plenty of room for everyone. 

There’s a huge rooftop terrace and other beautiful outdoor areas, plus a big indoor lounge and shared kitchen to use as well. On Hostelz, you find a full list of the top hostels in Paris including the best for couples, solo-traveler, and party.

Did you know? The People team has just opened a brand new sister hostel in Marseille. Part of our best hostels in Marseille guide.

Book The People Hostel – Paris 12 here

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Extra: FIAP Jean Monnet: Best Hostels in Paris for Older Travelers

FIAP Paris Dorms
FIAP Paris Dorms
FIAP Paris Cafeteria
FIAP Paris Cafeteria
FIAP Paris Lounge
FIAP Paris Lounge

 

Stay at FIAP Jean Monnet, and you’ll be just 20 minutes from the Latin Quarter and Eiffel Tower – grab your free city map and explore!

We should warn you that this hostel has 480 beds – I don’t know why I’ve suddenly started counting beds, but you get the point.

There’s a cafeteria, garden area, ping pong, and all-important laundry facilities.

This hostel is obviously more of an upmarket hostel/hotel great for big groups, couples, and older travelers in Paris. This means that it’s not as social, since it’s harder to mingle with most people already being part of an established group.

If you’re traveling with kids, this is also one of the best hostels in Paris for families – the family rooms sleep 5-6 people.

Book FIAP Jean Monnet here

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

Extra: The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower: Best Hostel in Paris for students

The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower Bar
The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower Bar
The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower Dorms
The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower Dorms
The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower Terrace
The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower Terrace

Another great example of Paris France Hostels is The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower.

It’s buzzing with a friendly atmosphere that’s inclusive for a wide range of travelers – families, solo travelers, and solo female travelers.

This is also one of the best hostels in Paris for students – it’s more or less affordable with a nice social space and located in a neighborhood with a lot of coffee shops to study in.

Definitely sign up for the free city tour and make the most of the onsite bar and free breakfast if you stay here.

Book 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower here

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

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Caulaincourt Montmartre
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Beau M
🥳 Party Hostel:JO&JOE Paris Gentilly
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Les Piaules
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Caulaincourt Montmartre
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Les Piaules
🎒Backpackers:Caulaincourt Montmartre

Our Favorite Hostels in Paris put on a map + sights

Extra for you: We collected +28 fun things to do in Paris. We show you roller skating, a forgotten railroad, cherry blossom hunting, and more! Don’t forget to join a free walking tour in the city – they are popular and really worth your time.

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

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If this is all too generic for you, check out our guide to the most unusual things to do in Paris.

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FAQ

Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look. We also have a guide on 33 Tourist Mistakes to Avoid in Paris.

What is the average price for a hostel in Paris?

Hostels in Paris have an average price of around 55€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from around 230€ per night

What is the city tax in Paris?

Paris has a tourist tax that may not be included in the prices shown by some Backpacker hostels. The city tax depends on the area you're staying in and the establishment itself, so it varries from place to place.

What are the Check-In and Check-Out times in Paris?

The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am).

What are the best areas to stay in Paris?

Best areas to stay in Paris:

  • Belleville: For more of an arty experience – it’s full of bars, restaurants and shops. 
  • Marais: The trendiest area in this city. Head here if you fancy some good dining and a cool place to enjoy a drink.
  • 7th Arrondissement: Close to the top sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay.
  • Note on Central location: the more central you get, the higher the price tags.

How long does it take to visit Paris?

You need a good 3-5 days to explore Paris properly. Add an extra day or two for those who love to watch the world go by from the comfort of a coffee shop with a croissant in hand.

When is the best time to visit Paris?

We recommend visiting between April and June when the weather is just fine and the tourist crowds haven't gone too crazy yet. The cheapest time to visit is during the winter months.

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What about the cheapest hostels in Paris?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Paris.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Paris
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Paris best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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We highly recommend joining some tours and activities. Just ask at the hostel reception for some handpicked recommendations.

Here’s our guide to 27 fun things to do in Paris, including a night cruise, a “fight bar” and restaurants.

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

1. Eiffel Tower

The most famous symbol of Paris cannot be missed.

There are plenty of people who want to visit it. We recommend you get your ticket to the Eiffel Tower beforehand.

This way, you will be able to skip the 2-3 hours line – very touristic, but it’s so popular for a reason!

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2. Louvre Museum

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.

We have a dedicate review of Tiqets.com as well if you’re never heard of it before.

Get your Ticket for Louvre here

Louvre Museum is a must-see

3. Pub Crawl

A pub crawl is always fun! Make sure you get your spot. The price includes free shots.

Check out the pub crawls in Paris here.

Book your Pub Crawl here

Best Pub Crawl in Paris, France

4. Paris Catacombs

Legendary, scary, and interesting!

The Paris Catacombs are a very unique experience to the city. Here, you’ll go underground and experience the dark side of the French capital. With night tours available, this is a perfect thing to do in Paris at night.

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

Read: best things to do in Paris at night

You can skip the line by getting your ticket beforehand.

Book Paris Catacombs here

Fancy authentic Some Secret Tips Paris?

We created a Travel Guide for the French Capital.

The tips include:

  • 1 yummy and authentic restaurant
  • 1 museum-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!

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