Generator Paris – Hostel
What We Love
- Top location in the emerging 10th Arrondissement, within walking distance of the Gare du Nord (for Eurostar trains), the park Buttes-Chaumont and all the bars, boutiques and restaurants in the hip Canal Saint Martin neighborhood
- Rooftop terrace bar is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily; go early for a prime spot overlooking the Paris skyline
- Mix of budget-friendly shared rooms with custom bunk beds and privacy partitions, and private digs with en suite bathrooms
What To Know
- Private premium rooms (Terrace Rooms) feature balconies with hammocks and en suite bathrooms with deep soaking tubs
- Free WiFi
- The chill-out lounge (decked out with low-slung sofas in Moroccan fabrics and pouffes) is open 24 hours
- Guests 18 and under must book a private room
- Free WiFi
The largest of the nine Generator hostels in Europe, this Paris outpost occupies a sprawling former office building in the transforming 10th Arrondissement, a five-minute walk from the hipster ’hood Canal Saint Martin. As with all Generator properties, the location informs the sleek interior design, so in the City of Light that means chill-out areas with traditional metro tiles in the café, and a dark, moody vibe in the subterranean Metro Bar. The private premium rooms (Terrace Rooms) are worth the splurge for their balconies with hammocks, en suite bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, free toiletries and more. There are also private twin, triple and quad options. Downstairs, the days kick off with an affordable continental breakfast in the café followed by the requisite sightseeing and neighborhood discoveries (the local staff can point you in the right direction), before sundowners with a view at the huge rooftop terrace bar. Guests can also join hostel-organized events, which range from wine and cheese evenings and Monday dance parties to petanque contests.
In the Area
In this part of town the focus is on the two F’s: fashion and food. The nearby Boulevard Haussmann is home to two of the city’s mightiest department stores: Les Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, as well as flagship shops including Uniqlo. The formerly seedy Pigalle area is your port of call for such hip eateries as Flesh, a classy barbecue joint, and the classically French Le Pantruche, which serves a super soufflé. The newly opened Lulu White bar is a surefire bet for killer cocktails and dancing. In the nearby Canal Saint Martin district, head to Philou to dine on hip bistro dishes, and follow that with a late night drink at Point Ephémère, a boho hangout that encompasses a gallery, restaurant, bar and music venue.
How to Get There
This was my favorite hostel I stayed at while traveling. It has great cleanliness, and different rooms for the bathroom and the shower making it super efficient and convenient. The restaurant has great food and exceptional service and there's a night club in the basement. It is located in a great location and close to the train. You are sure to meet some really great people that will become life long friends.
The generator works super well, the social areas are cool and they offer great food! Towels are quite expensive to hire so make sure you bring your own! The location is nicely just out of the city centre but it is super easy to get around using the metro. 100% recommend if you are in Paris.
I stayed here for about 4 nights during my trip to Paris in order to meet some other solo female travelers. (Female dorm) It was a great choice and had everything I needed to enjoy my trip. The train station was literally right across the street. A grocery store was also walking distance. I arrived very early in the morning and was able to purchase a locker to store my things so I could explore Paris before check-in time. This hostel had a restaurant, bar, and a lounge / club area that has parties often. You can have so much fun without even leaving the hostel. The room was very clean and comfortable. I met some very cool girls from all over the world. The only part I did not enjoy was the extra fees for things such as a lock for your drawer, towels, etc. However, I didn’t read all the fine print before booking. Do your research and you should be fine. Enjoy Paris!
Stayed here for two nights in a Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room. The hostel has a very nice decoration and is very clean. Check in was normal and the staff were neutral. Wifi in the room is great, never had any issues with it. The bed is not the most comfortable but you can get a decent sleep. The location is great, really close to the subway station and walking distance to the Louvre Museum.
The hostel was very nice and safe. It was pricey compared to other hostels, but my group did book it the night before so I am sure that effected the price. For the price though, we expected to be provided towels at no cost. Other than that, we loved staying here! The staff is very friendly and approachable