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
First the place is easy to find. The rooms are small and if you book.a room with bunk beds in it as well as twins only the twins have sheets and towels even if you set it up for all to have linens. No soap in the dispenser but they will sell you a small bottle like you get in most hotels for a dollar per soap type, there are dispensers in the shower room but they are empty. Now for the breakfast, not worth the time or effort to get it. The bread is baguettes that everyone has to touch to cut a piece off and watch others at breakfast they will use their bare hands to go through the fruit to pick what they want,utensils are there for use but no one seems to care. The coffee forget it is the worst coffee ever. This place seems more like a pick up spot. Do not even try to bring in snacks or anything as it us not allowed and their on site kitchen food is overpriced and no where near regional, fries, chicken tenders, nachos that type of food.
I think that the hostel has very good vibes in cool place at Paris.
I am vegan and the food wasn't appropable to me.
The staff were not very nice
No common areas and reading lamps. I think it's very basic for travelers.
-Great views. My room has a view of Sacre Cœur and Notre Dame from the 7th floor.
- helpful staff. I notified them of a loose faucet and within an hour someone arrived to fix it.
-next to a metro stop, grocery, and pharmacy.
-Towels are not provided. You can only rent or buy.
-Their demographic is really for 17-27 year olds. At 31 I felt annoyed and overwhelmed. Y the amount of teenagers and large groups.
-The neighborhood is sketchy just beyond the place.
-The beds are pretty standard hostel beds and not that comfortable.
-The breakfast buffet is a rip off! These were the choices, all of them, everyday: cereal and milk, coffee, water, orange juice, tea, baguette, butter, jam, Nutella, a sliced meat, a sliced cheese, up to two flavors of yogurt, sliced oranges, sliced tomatoes, two other sliced vegetables. No hot food options and no sources of high protein.
-You have to sign a paper when you register that days you won't bring outside food or drink into the hostel as they want you to patronize their restaurant. This sucks if you're trying to save money.
There is a guy in reception with no respect for the people. He is able to scream, be disrespectful to girls and men, drink at his shift, flirt with girls during his shift...and if you ask for help, you better have wifi, friends o good people near by
The hostel design is very nice, we had a private room for 6 which was spacios enough. We loved the fact that the shower, sink and toilet were all separate which made sharing one bathroom between 6 girls a lot easier.
We also loved the fact that it was located 2 minutes away from the metro station (Line 2-Colonel Fabien) which made it very easy to get anywhere in the city.
We didin't like the "no food/bevarages from outside allowed in the hostel" policy, as the selection of food they offered at the restaurant was pretty poor and pretty expensive. Also they stop serving breakfast at 10 am and they close the restaurant for a period of time after that, so if you want breakfast between 10 and 11 am ...or even just a coffee...you can't bring any from the supermarket across the street and you can't buy any from the restaurant... and if you're a coffee addict like me ..you're gonna be pretty grumpy about it.
The rooftop terrace is amazing...but it's closed in the morning...so you can't have your coffee with a view...and it closes at 10 pm...so no evening cocktails either, which is was pretty dissapointing, as you would usually spend the afternoons walking around the city...it would have been nice to be able to enjoy it in the morning or night.