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 staff is not very friendly and when you do not write ask any questions do not respond. The transport is very close there are two metro stations and bicycle rental. Carry lock is expensive inside the hostel.
I was travelling alone and on my first night I visited the rooftop bar after leaving my things in my room. The rooftop bar was spectacular and had beautiful views of the sunset over Paris and Sacre-Coeur. The music was good, there was a lovely atmosphere and I made friends with a few other like-minded solo-travellers in minutes who also made the trip special.
The only problem I had with both the rooftop and downstairs bar was the prices and service time. The drinks were expensive and I was charged €7 for a bottle of Corona. As well as this at times there was only one barman when at least 4 would be necessary to efficiently deal with the volumes of customers. But arguably this is a small price to pay for an otherwise perfect location.
My room was for the most part clean and comfortable, there were a few small pieces of rubbish which hadn’t been cleaned out from behind the bed but nothing to lose sleep over.
The city was relatively easily accessible from the hostel, there is a metro station just across the street which provides links to all of the sights. I downloaded the Lime app which allows you to rent electric scooters and I would highly recommend this as a way to get around and see the city. Riding the scooters was lots of fun, cheaper and faster than waiting for Ubers.
Overall I would recommend generator to anyone, especially young solo travellers. There are lots of great people to meet and it is a beautiful location.
Had a very nice stay here! The room was beautiful and the staff was really, really nice! You even have an own light and possibility to charge at your bed.The hostel is pretty central so you can walk or take the metro to the most know places.