Whether you come to Paris for its countless art galleries, historic architecture or romantic cobbled streets, a trip to the city of lights can often work out pricey.
But despite the rising cost of the Euro, accommodation in Paris is chic and cheap, as there are many hostels in Paris close to the main sights. Forget cramped dormitories, uncomfortable beds and gloomy rooms, the best hostels in the city are modern, clean and packed with facilities.Here is a guide to the best hostels in Paris:
St Christopher’s Paris
This modern hostel is right in the heart of Montmartre, the bohemian home to artists such as Toulouse Lautrec.
St Christopher’s Inns are known by backpackers worldwide for their high standards, and the Paris branch more than fits the bill, housed in a futuristic building, and equipped with top of the range facilities, from free Wi-Fi internet to a dedicated travel desk offering advice and selling tours and excursions.
This is the newest addition to the St Christopher’s family, but the hostel feels like it has been housing backpackers for years, with a female only floor, and an in-house ‘Belushi’s’ bar offering cheap drinks and a great place to meet like-minded travelers.
Oops hostel is the first ‘Design Hostel’ in Paris, and has won numerous awards for its stylish rooms and artsy interiors.
Straddling three vibrant student areas of Paris, the Moufftard, Chinatown and the Latin Quarter, the hostel is a stone’s throw from cool cafés, edgy galleries and numerous parks and gardens.
This hostel feels more like a boutique hotel, with private ensuite rooms, and you can enjoy a free breakfast in the futuristic dining room, complete with stainless steel tables and rainbow modern art on the walls.
Caulaincourt Square Hostel
Another of Paris’s chicest hostels is perched in the hilly streets of Montmartre, tucked away from the hoards of tourists.
The Caulaincourt Square is located in a neighborhood where artists such as Picasso, Juan Gris and Modigliani used to meet over a café au lait, and the owners have mirrored the area’s artistic heritage with quirky cool rooms and a sleek bar and lounge.
Le Monclair Montmartre
Next door to the Sacre Coeur, with scenic views over Paris, this hostel feels just like a hotel, with free breakfasts, linen and a 24 hour reception.
Housed in an elegant old building, the rooms are fresh and modern, with brightly coloured walls and large windows.
There are plenty of social areas for relaxing after a hard day’s sightseeing, with a kitchen and dining room for self-catering, and a lounge area complete with computers.
The Aloha hostel boasts one of the best locations for sightseeing, and is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, and the Musée Rodin.
Close to the lively Boulevard Montparnasse, the hostel is in a traditional Parisian apartment building, with stylishly simple rooms, and lots of space, with no more than 4 beds per room.
The warm and friendly staff are brimming with ideas on how to spend your stay, and even offer a free city tour to get you started!