Generator Hostel Paris
Trendy, urban and unbelievably affordable for Paris, this hostel attracts the next generation of travellers who would rather spend their money discovering a city than on a five-star hotel room. Shared rooms start at €25 per person and private rooms at €32.50 per person based on four person occupancy, but large communal spaces such as a rooftop terrace and basement club will keep you out of your quarters for the most part. It’s the amount of space you have in comparison to the low price point that will make a lasting impression here. It doesn’t feel like a hostel, but the barefoot teenagers in the lift will remind you that it is.
11 Place du Colonel Fabien
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The 900 rooms – split into shared dorms and private doubles and twins – are designed with Scandi-influenced simplicity. The private double with its own terrace and hammock is the best room in the building. Rooms start at £25 for shared rooms, and £92 for private rooms.
Choose between a continental breakfast at Café Fabian (the main dining room) for just €5 between 7AM and 10AM or the à la carte menu.
Lunch and Dinner?
Café Fabian serves from 9AM until 10PM with a menu split into light, medium and heavy fillers – from cheesy nachos to steak frites. Food is not their strong point.
Is there a Bar?
There is Metro, the basement bar/club housed in an old parking lot and a rooftop bar and terrace open until 10PM.
Need to know
If you love Egyptian cotton, this hotel is not for you. If you ask the concierge for tips, make sure you’re clear about the type of place you’re after.
Within a short walk
Le Comptoir Général
Visit the self-defined Ghetto Museum to shop their eclectic antique collection, or check out any of their weekly events, whether it be a late night DJ show, or film screening.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
With picturesque waterfalls, cliffs, a circular lake and significantly less tourists than either the Tuileries or Luxembourg Gardens, Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the perfect backdrop for a traditional Parisian picnic. Grab a bottle of wine, a baguette, some meats and cheeses and be on your way.
After lounging the day away in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, head to Rosa Bonheur, a bar within the park. Come early to claim a seat at one of the outdoor picnic tables, or dance with the crowds of locals inside. If you’re in Paris for longer, be sure to check out their other location: Rosa Bonheur sur Seine.