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If you’re backpacking though Europe, you’re sure to make a stop in Paris France, home of such iconic tourist attractions as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum. Paris is known to be a city of culture, romance, wine, coffee, and history. There’s so much to see and do in Paris, that you’ll want to find a good hostel to use as a home base for at least a few days. And be sure that before you fly in, you check out places like Parking 4 Less, so that you can find a cheap and secure place to leave your car back home, while you explore the city, eat frog’s legs, and escargot and sip cafe au lait.
St Christopher’s Paris
I’ve stayed at St Christopher’s hostels in other countries before, and they are always awesome. St Christopher’s Paris is no different, and is commonly ranked as one the best hostels in Paris. The place is huge, housing 300 beds, and an onsite bar. Despite the size, it’s friendly, secure, and clean. The onsite Belushi’s Bar will quickly become a staple of your nightlife routine in Paris – it’s a great place to meet and mingle with other backpackers before venturing out together to explore the Parisian Nightlife.
St. Christopher’s has put a lot of thought into building their hostels, and they really represent the future of hosteling - every bunk has a locker, privacy curtains, a reading light and power outlets, so you can keep your iPod charged and use the free wifi to book next hostel.
St. Christopher’s is located at 159, rue de Crimee, Paris, France. More info here.
Le Village is located in Montmartre, one of the most interesting and historic regions in Paris. Paris’s Montmartre is like New York’s Greenwich Village – a nexus of cultural history and hip culture, with plenty of sights to be seen and a great collection of bars, restaurants, cafés, and clubs. All of the rooms in Le Village are equipped with air conditioning and private bathroom. Some of the rooms even have a view on the Sacré Coeur Basilica. You’ll get free wifi, free breakfast, and the friendly folks who run the place are happy to help you plan your day and book tours of the city.
They have an onsite café which is open until 2am, and it’s a great place to meet other travelers and enjoy an authentic Parisian cup of coffee and a croissant. If you want to save money and cook your own meals, they have a fully equipped, recently refurbished kitchen that is free for guests to use.
Le Village is located at 20 Rue d’Orsel, 75018 Paris, France. More info here.
The Loft Hostel Paris
The Loft is a brand new budget hotel and Hostel in Paris’s Belleville neighborhood. This place is all about style – hardwood floors, brightly colored walls, and steel framed bunkbeds give The Loft a unique aesthetic appeal. The hostel is clean and efficient and has an overall vibe of classy budget luxury.
The Belleville area is known for its restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as a large outdoor market and the park. All rooms, privates and dorms, have private bathrooms and some balconies with views of the city. The central outdoor patio is the place to chill out and relax with your fellow backpackers, or enjoy a drink from the onsite bar. Your stay also includes free breakfast.