Paris is the city of lights and the romantic city of love. The home of artists, novelists and philosophers and probably the most iconic European capital is known for its charming architecture, landmark sights, designer fashion – plus incredible food and drink.
But, boy, is it expensive! If you want to stay affordably in Paris, you should probably start looking for a budget hotel with tiny, windowless rooms… is what we might have said, but we know better!
Hostels are the way forward here, so we’ve decided to create this list of the best hostels in Paris. It’s a one-stop-shop for hostel searching so you don’t have to do it yourself!
From conveniently located hostels right next to metro stops, to hostels set in surprisingly chilled residential areas, there’s a lot to this city’s hostel scene. We are fairly sure you’ll find something that suits you, so allons-y mes amis!
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The Best Hostels in Paris: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Paris – Caulaincourt Montmatre
Best Party Hostel in Paris – St Christopher’s Inn – Gare du Nord
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Paris – Woodstock Montmatre
Best Hostel near Eiffel Tower – 3 Ducks Boutique Hostel and Bar
Best Hostel near The Louvre – Adveniat Paris
Best Hostel near Notre Dame – MIJE Fourcy, Fauconnier, Maubisson
Best Hostel near Orly Airport (South) – Pariscoree
Best Hostel near Gare du Nord – Smart Place Hostel Paris
Best High-end Hostel in Paris – Generator Paris
Best Budget Hostel in Paris – The Loft Boutique Hostel
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Paris – Les Piaules
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St Christopher’s Inn – Gare du Nord
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20 Best Hostels in Paris
• Best Overall Hostel in Paris •
Why we like Caulaincourt Montmatre hostel…
When it comes to topping our list as the best overall hostel, Caulaincourt Montmatre made such a compelling argument of itself that we couldn’t resist. Located in the buzzing Montmatre area – near to the hip quarter of Pigalle – this place has friendly, English-speaking staff and a generally great atmosphere to be in. And we love that.
Caulaincourt Montmatre hostel is perfect for…
What also makes this the best hostel in Paris for us is the very convivial bar area (great for drinking – and making friends, of course), as well as the affordable price, which also includes a delicious, French-style breakfast. That means croissants and coffee every morning. Cheap, well located, fun – it doesn’t get much better.
• Best Party Hostel in Paris •
Why we like St Christopher’s Inn – Gare du Nord hostel…
If you’re a serial frequenter of hostels you’ll already be well acquainted with the St Christopher franchise. This particular branch is located quite near to Gare du Nord, which is a good claim to fame by itself, but its forte is being a social hostel that’s open to partying. Then again, the metro from Gare du Nord all the way to Charles de Gaulle Airport is also a big plus – especially after a hefty night!
St Christopher’s Inn – Gare du Nord hostel is perfect for…
This award-winning hostel is probably the best party hostel in Paris. That’s not just because of its own social areas – including a bar downstairs (Belushi’s) – but because of its proximity to the bars on Rue de Abbesses, too. If you’re looking to party you’ll be pleased to know that Belushi’s is open ’till early morning.
#3 – Woodstock Montmatre
• Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Paris •
Why we like Woodstock Montmatre hostel…
The building that Woodstock Montmatre is set in is a historic one, with old stone walls and wood beams on show. This is combined with a 1960s-esque decor that reflects this hostel’s laid-back atmosphere. Here it’s not all about partying (despite the onsite bar opening ’till 2AM), but more about chilling out.
Woodstock Montmatre hostel is perfect for…
With its relaxed atmosphere and location in the Montmatre area – filled with bars and a lively atmosphere – this is the best hostel for solo travellers in Paris. When you’re on your own it also helps when staff are friendly and approachable – luckily that’s the case in this Paris backpackers hostel.
• Best Hostel near the Eiffel Tower •
Why we like 3 Ducks Boutique Hostel and Bar…
This is not only the oldest private hostel in Paris but in the whole of France. Housed in an 18th-century coaching in – a historic monument protected by Les Batiments de France – it also happens a pretty stylish place to stay at the same time. When it comes to history combined with modern design, this place is one of the coolest hostels in Paris.
3 Ducks Boutique Hostel and Bar is perfect for…
Location! 3 Ducks also happens to be the best hostel near the Eiffel Tower – as well as the stately Champs du Mars, the École Militaire as well as Les Invalides, where you’ll find the tomb of Napoleon. And for those looking for buzzy nightlife, the bar here is pretty lively well into the night.
#5 – Adveniat Paris
• Best Hostel near The Louvre •
Why we like Adveniat Paris hostel…
Though managed by a Catholic religious order – Augustinians of the Assumption – you don’t need to be religious in order to stay at this youth hostel in Paris. What we’re astounded at is how this place can remain relatively affordable (for Paris) whilst being at the heart of the city.
Adveniat Paris hostel is perfect for…
Not only is it probably the best hostel near the Louvre, which is just a 15-minute walk east along the Seine, but it’s also very close to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde… So if you’re looking for a central hostel in Paris this is a good choice.
• Best Hostel near Notre Dame •
Why we like MIJE Fourcy, Fauconnier, Maubuisson hostel…
This hostel is actually three hostels (named Fourcy, Fauconnier and Maubuisson) all situated in the same historic area of Marais – and all set in beautifully renovated 17th-century buildings. The result being sumptuous yet rustic historic luxury, especially in the reception areas: it’s all original stone walls and exposed timber. Stunning.
MIJE Fourcy, Fauconnier, Maubuisson hostel is perfect for…
The plus side of staying here is that it’s the best hostel near Notre Dame; even being able to stay in such an exquisite building for only the price of a European hostel bed is a huge bonus. But that’s not all: other nearby sights include Opéra Bastille, the Pompidou Center and the Picasso Museum, to name but a few.
#7 – Pariscoree
• Best Hostel near Orly Airport (South) •
Why we like Pariscoree hostel…
Situated in the relatively leafy suburb of Kremlin-Bicêtre, just south of Paris, the homely hostel of Pariscoree features all the cosy, welcoming features of a bed-and-breakfast but with hostel prices – and yes: the price includes a free breakfast. And a lovely outdoor terrace is the place to enjoy that gratis breakfast (albeit in summer).
Pariscoree hostel is perfect for…
Besides being the best hostel near Orly – Paris’ southern airport – this tastefully decorated country-style home is the perfect base for those looking to explore a different side to Paris. Maybe you’ve seen the Arc de Triomphe one too many times, or maybe being dead-centre of a city isn’t your thing; Kremlin-Bicêtre provides a pleasant alternative.
• Best Hostel near Gare du Nord •
Why we like Smart Place Hostel Paris…
With its cute terrace looking down onto the classically Parisian street of Rue de Dunkerque, Smart Place Hostel Paris is a great little budget hostel in Paris. It’s vibrantly decorated, offers a Parisian breakfast for just €4 and features a shared kitchen if you want to keep costs down further by cooking in a few nights.
Smart Place Hostel Paris is perfect for…
But the most exemplary thing about Smart Place (run by Paris-wide hostel chain HipHopHostels) is that it’s just steps way from Paris’ main train station – so with all of its other good points, we’d say this is the best hostel near Gare du Nord. If you’re arriving by train it’s perfect; by plane it’s also convenient, since getting to Charles de Gaulle Airport is a breeze from Gare du Nord.
#9 – Generator Hostel
• Best High-end Hostel in Paris •
Why we like Generator Hostel…
The industrial-chic of Generator Hostel is something we can really get on board with. It might just be the coolest hostel in Paris. Hanging out in their cool common areas makes us feel like we’re sitting in the pages of a design magazine. The views of Montmatre and Sacré-Coeur really help with the top-notch, exclusive feel of this place.
Generator Hostel is perfect for
Though pricey, it’s great for anyone looking for a stylish stay; we’d say its the best high-end hostel in Paris. And that’s not only for the wildly contemporary feel to this place. It’s also because there’s an onsite brasserie Café Fabien that serves up for delicious food. For those who like to make the most of their accommodation, we’d recommend staying at this very cool hostel.
#10 – The Loft Boutique Hostel
• Best Budget Hostel in Paris •
Why we like The Loft Boutique Hostel…
Located in the vibrant area of Belleville in the west of the city, The Loft can count itself among the cool hostels of Paris. With its vibrant colourful rooms and common areas, including a secluded courtyard, this hostel is a great place to come back to after exploring the city.
The Loft Boutique Hostel is perfect for…
We’d recommend this hostel for those interested in exploring the less touristed side of Paris. And with prices that beat many other hostels in town, this is our top pick for the best budget hostel in Paris. The area is somewhat removed from the centre, but getting the metro further into town is easy.
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#11 – Les Piaules
• Best Hostel with a Private Room in Paris •
Why we like Les Piaules hostel…
Private rooms don’t get much better in hostels when they basically look like an upmarket room in a similarly upmarket boutique hotel – and that’s why we’re going with Les Piaules as our top pick for the best hostel with a private room in Paris. We love that it’s started by three friends who love to travel.
Les Piaules hostel is perfect for…
Style fiends and hipster-minded travellers will love the decor of Les Piaules (the French equivalent to ‘digs’) – set in a renovated Art Deco building – plus its just out-of-centre location. Their travel-loving origins also means that the owners get hostel-goers: this equates to well maintained, very clean bathrooms, for one thing, and a friendly, helpful attitude, for another.
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#12 – Arty Paris
Why we like Arty Paris hostel…
True to its name, Arty Paris has an aesthetic edge that we love. The stylish furnishings of this (potentially) coolest hostel in Paris include mismatched design-oriented furniture in its common room-slash-cafe, geometric tiles, wood floors, and colour-pops against monochrome backdrops. Be ready to be wowed at this hostel’s private rooms: they’re immense.
Arty Paris is perfect for…
This hostel is ideal for those wanting to be near the centre of Paris (it’s near the Eiffel Tower, for example), whilst also reaping the benefits of being in a slightly out-of-centre neighbourhood: it’s local and charming. You can really make like a Parisian and promenade the nearby Parc Brassens for a chilled afternoon.
#13 – Enjoy Hostel
Why we like Enjoy Hostel…
If you, like us, are fans of style and aesthetic, then you will find the black-and-white minimalism of Enjoy Hostel quite a joy to behold indeed. We’re all about the details and those are in abundance here. Combined with the location in Montparnasse it’s a dreamy place to stay in Paris.
Enjoy Hostel is perfect for…
With a free breakfast also on offer and an atmosphere which is more hotel than hostel, fans of doing things at your own pace and without the obligatory hostel socialising will love Enjoy Hostel. Combined with the general design of this place, it’s easy to see how this is among the cool hostels in Paris.
#14 – Young & Happy
Why we like Young & Happy hostel…
Young & Happy hostel also makes a claim as the city’s first independent hostel – true or not, being established in the city has meant it’s used to travellers and has a fairly good idea of what they like. And that is just the sort of place that suits backpackers like us.
Young & Happy hostel is perfect for…
Being located in the Latin Quarter is another huge plus; if you like the sound of a buzzing student area where there’s always something open, then this place is for you. This is definitely a top hostel in Paris – and that’s only really taking into account the ace location.
#15 – FIAP Jean Monnet
Why we like FIAP Jean Monnet hostel…
This huge youth hostel in Paris feels more like a big resort complex than a hotel. Despite the fact that it’s in a city there’s a big garden here, a huge lobby and a whopping 480 beds on offer. It’s a good choice for a budget hostel in Paris.
FIAP Jean Monnet hostel is perfect for…
The quiet location will suit those who aren’t necessarily interested in being very close to Paris’ top tourist attractions. At the same time FIAP Jean Monnet is located a 20-minute walk from the Latin Quarter. So for an authentic experience in a big, modern setting, this Paris backpackers hostel is one to bear in mind.
#16 – Le Village Montmatre
Why we like Le Village Montmatre hostel…
Well, we never thought that it would be possible to be staying at a fun, social hostel, making friends with a view of Sacre-Couer from our window – but yes, it’s happened. And yes, it’s all thanks to a top hostel in Paris called Le Village Montmatre.
Le Village Montmatre hostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking for somewhere with an atmosphere – good vibes are rife at this recommended hostel in Paris. This hostel is a great choice if you’re travelling by yourself or if you just want to meet some new people. But that good atmosphere does come at quite a cost – especially for a Paris backpackers hostel. Montmatre is a fun area, too.
#17 – Plug Inn Montmatre
Why we like Plug Inn Montmatre hostel…
If there’s one thing we really like it’s a boutique hostel, and this one might just be one of the best boutique hostels in Paris. We love the eclectic decor, the setting in the authentically Parisian building, the view from the big, big windows. It’s a dreamy place to stay.
Plug Inn Montmatre hostel is perfect for…
Want to explore a buzzing area like Montmatre, eating out or drinking in one of the many, many restaurants and bars that dot the area? Then this is the place for you. As with lots of cool hostels in Paris the interior itself feels quite cosy, but that won’t matter too much: Montmatre beckons.
Why we like St Christopher’s Inn Canal hostel…
Another Paris backpackers hostel that’s a part of the St Christopher’s Inn family, this one has a location that we really love. It’s near the Bassin de la Villette – a canal area in the La Villette area that’s a favourite with skateboarders and the cool, laid-back youth of Paris.
St Christopher’s Inn Canal hostel is perfect for…
Fans of people-watching and trying to live how the locals live when you’re on a trip abroad will love St Christopher’s Inn Canal. Kicking back by the Bassin itself is a perfect way to spend a sunny summer afternoon; and then the bar downstairs is a great way to wind-down, too.
Why we like Absolute Paris Boutique Hostel…
There are loads of cool hostels in Paris and with its fancy bar area downstairs, and the street-art-style decor of the common areas and rooms upstairs, this Paris backpackers hostel embraces an eclectic style that feels just at home in the City of Lights. Welcome to Absolute Paris Boutique Hostel.
Absolute Paris Boutique Hostel is perfect for…
If you like being well located when you’re travelling, here’s the place for you. This budget hostel in Paris is certainly one of the best when it comes to that: République metro stop is nearby, a hub of 5 different lines that can get you pretty much anywhere in the city!
#20 – Oops Latin Quarter
Why we like Oops Latin Quarter…
Another branch of HipHopHostels, this one is set in the cool student-centric Latin Quarter of Paris. This is definitely our favourite thing about this cool hostel in Paris, though of course we are very much enthused by the free breakfast and the modern and colourful decor of the place, too.
Oops Latin Quarter is perfect for…
Fans of staying in a cool area of Paris at a cool Paris backpackers hostel to match will really love this place. Though there’s not much of a common room, there’s so much going on the doorstep for it to matter that much; the metro is also nearby for easy venturing to other Paris hotspots.
Conclusion to the top hostels in Paris
We’ve searched and had a good look through what’s up for grabs in terms of the best hostels in Paris, so we’re quite confident that there will be something here that will suit you – and your budget.
Paris is somewhere you definitely have to go at least once in your life, so to be able to do so affordably is a bonus!
From hostels run by monks to chain hostels like Generator, the variety of hostels in the effortlessly stylish city of Paris is astounding; so we’re glad to have created this list of the top hostels in Paris for your convenience.
The best overall hostel in Paris, Caulaincourt Montmatre, is waiting for you if you still can’t decide, though. We’ll meet you under the Eiffel Tower – salut!
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