Known around the world under many different nicknames including the city of lights, the city of love and the fashion capital, the magic of Paris, France is undeniable. As one of the most beautiful and popular cities in the world, Paris might be somewhere you hope to visit one day. Its romance and culture are reflected in each of its top attractions like the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum and, of course, the unforgettable Eiffel Tower.
Although much of your vacation will be spent experiencing these attractions for yourself, you'll need somewhere to stay at night. A cheaper alternative to hotels and Airbnbs is hostels which are becoming a more common way for people to travel. Other than being more affordable, hostels also give travelers the opportunity to meet other people from around the world and join in on fun activities.
We've gathered a list of the best hostels in Paris and what they offer as well as their general price range so that you can choose the one that is best for you. Hostels can often involve rooms with many people and we strongly suggest that you find a safe place to store your bags in Paris while you go out sightseeing. Some hostels are partnered with Bounce luggage storage, but no need to worry if the one that you choose isn't since we have plenty of convenient locations all over the city.
JOE&JOE Paris Nation
Located in the relaxing and trendy district of Nation in Paris, this hostel offers accommodations for every kind of traveler. Take your pick from the mixed shared rooms which sleeps 6 to 8, a female-only shared room, or private family rooms. The latter include the 3 person ensuites with a private bathroom, or the 6 or 8 person private spaces which have a shared bathroom.
Thanks to its location you'll have plenty of designer stores and bars to discover and will be close to some great attractions like the Place de la Republique and the Canal Saint-Martin. By the way, this hostel is a Bounce luggage storage location for all of your suitcase storage needs.
What makes JOE&JOE Paris Nation unique
Every day between 5 pm and 9 pm guests at JOE&JOE's Paris Nation can enjoy happy hour at the bar and restaurant that you'll find in each of their locations. It's a great time to meet new people, save money, and relax after a great day of exploring Paris. They also have a lovely rooftop terrace where you can enjoy any meal of the day plus their own skate shop where you can buy and learn about all things skate.
JOE&JOE Paris Nation pricing
During the summertime the prices for this location are about €68.00 for a bed in a shared mixed room, and about €544.00 for the largest private room that sleeps 8 people. During the winter prices change to approximately €42.00 for the shared room and €338.00 for a large private room, with varying prices in between for their other arrangements plus available add-ons like breakfast and free cancellation.
The People Paris Marais
Situated close to landmarks like the Pompidou Center, the Opera Bastille and just a kilometer away from Notre Dame, this is one of the many hostels in Paris that sightseers should consider staying in. They have both private rooms as well as shared dormitory rooms which have access to either a shared or private bathroom.
This boutique hostel is more expensive than others but the accommodations are quite nice. You can do a lot around the city from here thanks to its central location, and it's just a short walk from Le Louvre, Orsay Museum, Tuileries Garden and the Luxembourg Gardens.
What makes The People Paris Marais unique
Want to have a yummy Parisian breakfast before heading out into town? It's not included in the cost but they do serve a meal every morning for those who want to eat quickly before leaving, and they offer free cancellation up to 1 day before your booking if you choose that option at checkout.
The People Paris Marais pricing
The least expensive bed at this quiet hostel is in an 8-person mixed dorm room and will cost you about €84.00, and their 8-person ensuite private rooms have an average price of €733.00. During the winter prices change to about €41.00 for a shared room dorm bed and €135.00 for a group private room.
St Christopher's Inn Paris Canal Hostel
This popular hostel works with Bounce to offer secure luggage storage along with great accommodations for people visiting Paris. It's just a few stops away from the Gare du Nord transit hub giving you access to all sorts of attractions, and is also within walking distance to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. You can get to other attractions quickly by bus or metro, like the Jardin Tuileries, the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur or Le Louvre.
This modern hostel has 24-hour reception ready to welcome you no matter what time you arrive and is also wheelchair friendly. They have women-only rooms available for solo female travelers as well as dorm rooms sleeping 4, 6, 8 or 12 guests, or private rooms that can accommodate 4, 6 or 8 people.
What makes St Christopher's Inn Paris Canal Hostel unique
This hostel includes a nice waterfront terrace, a chill-out room and its own in-house bar which often hosts fun events. It's a great party hostel for those looking to have fun and celebrate. You'll also get a free welcome drink and deals on food when staying here, and can also join them for free walking tours of the city. It's considered one of the best party hostels in the city.
St Christopher's Inn Paris Canal Hostel pricing
Summer prices for this Parisian hostel are about €69.00 for a spot in the 10 bed dorm room and €432.00 for a private room that sleeps 6 people. If you're planning to visit in the wintertime you can expect prices like €28.00 for a dorm bed and €264.00 for a big private group room.
Generator Hostel Paris
This hostel in Paris sits at a convenient location right by Canal St. Martin. Take your pick between either shared or private rooms depending on your needs, as well as premium rooms that have a private terrace included. It's a good family-friendly hostel with private rooms that can sleep between 2 and 8 people.
You'll be right next to some great art galleries and vintage shops, and also within close proximity to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. It has free WiFi all over making it one of the best Paris hostels for digital nomads who need to keep up with work while abroad.
What makes Generator Hostel Paris unique
This fun Paris hostel is a fantastic spot to make friends with other travelers thanks to its underground nightclub. If you'd rather take it easy while overlooking the city you can spend time in their rooftop terrace and bar.
Generator Hostel Paris pricing
This is a fairly cheap hostel in the Paris city centre and during the summer it charges about €41.00 if you want to stay in a shared room and €379.00 for a private ensuite that can house up to 8 people. During the winter the Generator Paris average price drops slightly and it will cost about €29.00 to be in a dorm bed and €288.00 for a large private space.
St Christopher's Inn Gare du Nord
At this social hostel, you can meet and party with a bunch of other eager vacationers making it the perfect hostel for a solo traveler who wants to make friends. Since it's right across the street from the Gare du Nord you'll basically have the rest of Paris at your fingertips. You can easily head out to go sightseeing at the Canal St Martin, Montmartre, Bastille and Le Marais, plus visit many other great attractions.
Their facilities include free wireless internet, an indoor smoking area, a laundry room and 24-hour reception. They also have microwaves, kettles, and a fridge for you to keep some food. If you feel more comfortable in female-only rooms, they have that available, plus since this is a Bounce luggage storage location they can keep all of your belongings safe while you aren't there.
What makes St Christopher's Inn Gare du Nord unique
Same as their other hostels, people staying in their rooms will be able to dine and relax in their Belushi's Bar and can enjoy a 25% discount on food as well as deals on drinks every day. Feel free to join them on a walking tour to get to know the city better, too.
St Christopher's Inn Gare du Nord pricing
When you're booking hostels here in the summertime you'll see that prices are about €64.00 to stay in a 10 person dorm, and €420.00 for the 6 person private space. The wintertime prices usually range between €30.00 to have a bed in a 10 person shared room and €272.00 if you want to book an 8 person private room.
JOE&JOE's Paris Gentilly
This just might be the best hostel location in the city with street art covering the walls of all the chic rooms and a chilled atmosphere. Since they've partnered with Bounce, you'll automatically have access to a safe storage space for your suitcases. Outside, you'll find an amazing secret garden (with free WiFi) where you can go to relax with a drink or meet other young and cool people.
Their rooms work great for solo travelers looking for their own private space with a shared bathroom, or a bed in a shared mixed room that can sleep up to 12. They also have smaller mixed rooms of between 4, 5 and 6, large female-only dorms that can sleep up to 12, or private rooms for groups of 6 or 8 with a private bathroom or 12 with a shared bathroom. For those romantic trips consider booking their double bedroom with a private bathroom or their private double bedroom which includes its own bathroom and a terrace.
What makes JOE&JOE's Paris Gentilly unique
Just like their other location, this hostel has its own bar and restaurant where you can grab some tasty food before heading out into the city center, which can be reached easily from here using public transit. Try taking a tour of the underground catacombs of Paris, explore the Latin Quarter, or check out the Left Bank.
JOE&JOE's Paris Gentilly pricing
The summer hostel prices for this location range between €59.50 for the solo cabin or a bed in the shared mixed room, and about €714.00 for the private 12-person room. Prices drop in the winter to around €328.00 for a private cabin and €362.00 for the biggest group private space. As with their other hostels, you can pay a little extra to have included free breakfast and cancellation.
Finding the best Paris hostel for you
Now that you know about some of the most popular hostels in Paris, you've got a better idea of if it's the right way for you to travel. There are quite a few cheap hostels when you compare them to hotels and Airbnbs, which is why many budget travelers choose to stay in them instead.
Before booking any France hostels you should research a bit more about the city to determine where exactly you want to stay and what you want to do. These guides on The Best Time to Visit Paris and 3 Days in Paris: Everything You Should Know will help you out.