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
- Handicap Accessible
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
The room was great, very clean and large!
We really appreciated our night in Paris.
We enjoyed the evening on the rooftop and then to the night club - good music and nice atmosphere.
We had a super dinner at Café Fabien - homemade pizzas and burgers, so delicious!
I had stayed with Generator Paris last year on a group holiday and stayed in a 6 bed dorm and because it was a good experience then I rebooked for my holiday to Paris this year for me and my friend. This time I booked a private twin room with an en suite bathroom. Check in was easy and quick and the reception were very welcoming and gave us each a key card to the room. I thought the room was really nice although the floor round the beds and in the bathroom was a bit dirty but everything else was clean. For accommodation that is quite central it was quite quiet and we both got good nights sleep while we stayed. It is in a very good location for restaurants and the metro as the Colonel Fabien metro station is right across the road. We had drinks up at the rooftop bar one night after coming back from dinner, the drinks were good but there was nowhere to sit as it was very busy up there.
The only downside I would say about Generator is that I would not class this as a travelling hostel like others I have stayed in, as you are not allowed to bring outside food in, there is no kitchen for people to use and the roof top bar is available for anyone to use not just guests of the hostel.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Paris where you get the comforts of a hotel but cheaper I would recommend Generator but if you are looking for travelling purposes to save money whilst travelling, you could end up spending more than you anticipated.
I stayed at the private bedroom for 4. I love the design of the hotel. Room was okay, it was clean. The only problem was that the toilet was separate from the sink (which is not very practical, especially when you are a woman). BUT, cafe and breakfast space was not very clean. The floor was always sticky from spilled drinks. Breakfast cutlery is stained from food scraps, there were always cups missing, tables are not clean because no one wipes them. Compared to the Generator in Stockholm where everything was perfectly clean, I’m disappointed.