Generator Dormitory

Paris is a city that seems to demand you spend beyond your means. What is a €6 coffee when you’re sitting on a cobbled street in Le Marais or another cocktail when you’re looking at a 360-degree view of Paris by night at Le Perchoir? But cocktails and concept stores leave little left to spend on hotel rooms – something noted and remedied by the pioneers of the fastest-growing hostel chain, Generator.

Generator was founded on a belief that the next generation of travellers would rather spend their money discovering a city than on a 5* hotel room. Nowhere needed a Generator more than Paris, one of the most expensive cities in the world, where rooms seem to double in price and shrink in size every time we return.

As a result, Generator opened the doors to its largest design hostel to date this year in the up-and-coming 10th arrondissement on Place du Colonel Fabien. It is also conveniently located only a one-minute walk from the metro and a five-minute jaunt to the canal.

There is a home-away-from-home feel to the property which is set over eight floors in an old office block: young guys on laptops (DJs most likely) are dotted around the downstairs eatery, groups of girls hang out in the huge chill out space upstairs and fresh-faced couples sunbathe on the rooftop terrace outside. If it wasn’t for the brazen branding at the ticket-booth style reception desk, you’d be forgiven for thinking Generator Paris was an Ace Hotel for a younger market.

The hostel has just over 900 rooms, split into shared dorms starting at €25 euros and private doubles and twin options. Dorms have clean and comfortable bunk beds with USB power stations and lockers underneath, and come with an ensuite bathroom with his-and-hers sinks. The largest eight-man dorms even feature their own funky communal space. We stayed in the private twin complete with our own terrace and hammock – the perfect chill spot, for just €128 euros a night.

Hot food, soft drinks and coffee are served at the restaurant on the ground floor (although we would suggest trying one of the eateries such as Holybelly nearby instead) and there is both a rooftop bar and basement bar. The latter, Metro, is housed in an underground parking lot and serves up cocktails all night. They host events and guest DJs such as the Kitsuné x Generator Sounds of Paris party last month.

What you lack – a wardrobe door (it’s a steel coat rack), television, mini bar, Egyptian cotton and fluffy pillows – you gain in space but most importantly in experience. The Generator Hostel allows you to experience the best side of Paris with the least amount of guilt. Because that artisanal pain au chocolat will always be worth it.

The Generator hostel has properties in Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London, Paris, Rome and Venice. Book a room here. 

Eat lunch at: Holybely, the small café and restaurant serving seasonal dishes.

Hang out at: Le Pavillon des Canaux, a café, restaurant and bar in a crazy converted house on the canal.

Drink at: rooftop bar Le Perchoir a 20 minute walk away or cocktail bar Le Comptoir General.

Words by Emily Ames

Photos by Nikolas Koenig and Sinue Serra


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