Few people think of Paris as a budget-friendly vacation destination, so any chance to save a few dollars is welcomed by travelers. Luckily, hostels are sprinkled throughout the city and offer vacationers the opportunity to stick to a budget (because, let’s face it–wouldn’t you rather spend that extra money at a wine bar?).
Here are a few of Paris’ most popular hostels, all worth researching if you’re planning a Parisian vacation:
Those who are looking to make new friends will love St. Christopher’s at Gare du Nord. The ground level bar/restaurant/performance area, “Belushi’s,” is the perfect place to hang out after a day of sightseeing or on a rainy afternoon. Whether you want a filling brunch or a late-night snack, this place won’t disappoint. Rooms feature a minimal design that works perfectly for backpackers (less clutter means more room for all your stuff!), and individual curtains on the beds gives a nice sense of privacy. The locking under-bed storage units are ideal for keeping your bags safe while you’re out and about exploring the city.
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Everything at Beautiful City Hostel is new, clean, and organized, making it an ideal destination for the traveler who doesn’t have much hostel experience or perhaps is a bit of a neat freak. The Belleville metro is nearby, making the hostel’s location one of its biggest selling points. Another perk–Belleville is known for its ethnic diversity and guests have their pick of lots of delicious Asian cuisine in the neighborhood. The hostel has 24-hour reception, which you’ll definitely appreciate when arriving late at night or trying to catch a cab for an early morning flight. All dorm rooms have their own bathroom.
Paris’s second Christopher’s Inns is located on the canal, which is a great spot to people watch or enjoy an evening stroll. This location of the international chain has all the amenities their regular guests expect: free breakfast, good Wifi, and under-bed storage. There are also additional lockers available for daytime or overnight storage, or in case you can’t fit everything under the bed. Guests receive a discount at the onsite Belushi’s bar and cafe. If you’re here on a weekend, venture out to the canal and visit the Sunday market for some sweet finds.
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If you’re looking for a place with bold, bright colors and lots of personality, you’ll definitely want to check out The Loft. The neighborhood has plenty of amenities that will come in handy during your trip, from chic cafes to restaurants, grocery stores, and more. My favorite thing about this hostel is probably the sweet little patio outside–it’s the perfect spot to fill out postcards while enjoying a cup of coffee during your vacation in Paris. Another perk is the complimentary breakfast-to-go option, which means you can get to the metro even faster and kick off your day of sightseeing even earlier!
Don’t let money woes stop you from considering Paris for an upcoming vacation. Skip the boutique or international chain hotels and opt for a hostel instead. You can invest that saved money in French lessons, which will go a long way in helping you enjoy your time in France. If you’re interested in learning more about French classes, be sure to contact us