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
The first staff person we interacted with was great and very friendly however other staff threatened and berated us and said in the middle of the night they were going to refund our stay and make us leave —- after we brought to attention that we were not being helped and that the service was extremely poor and disorganized. We asked to buy laundry detergent and exchange money. Despite being European, the desk personnel went on a rant about how we need to bring Euro currency to a country when we visit. Besides being silly, this is totally xenophobic. It is usually a normal service at a nice hotel to offer currency exchange or at least advice on the nearest ATM but this is not a nice place. Someone was screaming “help help” in the rooms while we were standing there with security trying to help. I said to front desk staff that I would let the manager know the service is completely unprofessional and the front desk staff said we don’t care because the manager won’t read or answer the emails. So for the manager when you read this, you should know your staff was xenophobic, angry and threatening with the hotel barely functioning and the place in total disarray.
I spent two nights there. Well fournished and very clean. Amazing staff trom the reception to the bar/restaurant. This hostel has two wonderful view: the first in the bar with its glass-house, and the 2° is the amazing spot of Sacre Coeur. Suggest - should put some magazines, newspapers and books in the bar/living good. Thank youuu
I am thankful a lot to the property for letting 16 years old teen to travel alone. I signed a parental form and that’s it. My daughter was safe and comfortable. The room was cozy and bathroom was clean,
Me and a friend lived in the 8-man dorm, and had a nice time. The rooms / bathrooms are clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. The place is also right by the metro, which made it very easy to come and go to visit Paris.
Very new and well located facility. I believe that's the reason why the cleaning is done in 5 miliseconds but not more and absolutely not in detail ! If you arrive earlier, they try to give you your bed earlier but if you don't ask in the mean time again, you just wait till 14:00 even if you have arrived at 7:00.