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 price-quality ratio is good, sockets are above each bed, not far from the center!towel and gel for an additional fee good wi finear the subway, very convenient for a company of peoplewhere to leave things
After having our room given away to another group due to a booking issue, we were accidentally given access to another couple's private room where we found their belongings. Luckily they weren't in there or else we would have given them quite the fright!
We were offered no apology for the confusion and instead given a room on a floor that was under construction at the time, which seemed fine. However, construction started at 7am and did not stop until around 7pm.
The rooms were a decent size and the bathroom and toilet were good too.
Many other guests were having issues with the staff while we stayed so accessing reception would often have a wait time of 10-20 minutes.
The hostel has a great location - close to the metro, nice neighbourhood (it felt pretty safe to walk even at night).
The design is nice, it’s quite clean, the room was spacious enough (8 beds), with enough amenities for each guest (power plugs, bed lights, big enough storage space under the beds - all you need is to bring your own lock).
The common areas are nice - they have a club, rooftop terrace and a restaurant (the food is a bit expensive, but there are other options in the area).
Overall, it’s a great location with a great price!
Very good rooms, and beds with an individual light and socket and a little screen next your head for a little privacy. Great bar and common area. Right next to the metro station and friendly, multi-lingual staff. Good value for money if you don't need to rent a towel (eur 6!).
The hostel could have been cleaned better. Hallway carpet was visibly dirty. The laundry room only had one set of machines that worked. No outside food should be made very clear on website when booking.