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
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.
My first hostel stay, a little bit apprehensive but everything went as smooth as it could go
The place is modern and hip
Not sure what I was to expect, happy that we booked a private room for the 4 of us rather than been in a dorm,
The room itself was clean and spacious enough for 4 lads with suitcases, one sink, one shower and a toilet (separate from the shower)
Bunk beds, comfy mattress, clean bed sheet and a lockable (padlock to be rented at the reception) draw big enough to fit your suitcase
The shower was simply amazing, hot and very powerful, Found no issue during our stay (2 nights), once in the room we couldn't hear any noise
Plus point each bed has got its own plug to charge your phone and its own light !
The gentleman at the reception ( Ceryl I could be wrong) was attentive and super nice, rented some towels (6 euro each) from him
The place never seems to stop such an ambiance and a great buzz, literally 30 second from the metro ligne 2 colonel fabien , so easy access and about 20 mins walk from Gare de l'est
I will certainly consider using that company in other places
A special thanks to the lady at the caffe/bar/restaurant for putting the big tv up so we could watch United win