Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but being high on everyone’s bucket list, it’s also one of the most expensive. Staying in a hotel in Paris can cost an arm and a leg, but hostel accommodation provides a much cheaper alternative. And the good news is the best hostels in Paris are pretty amazing!
While I opted for a hotel over a hostel during my second trip to Paris—and stayed with family on the first trip—the verdict from the global travel community is in, and the following hostels should definitely be on your radar for your trip to Paris.
- Best Hostel for Budget Travelers — Caulaincourt Montmatre by Hiphophostels
- Best Hostel for Families — The People – Paris Marais
- Best Hostel for Digital Nomads — The People – Paris Nation
- Best Hostel for Partying — St. Christopher’s Inn Canal
- Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers — Beau M
- Best Hostel Overall — The People – Paris Marais
8 Best Hostels in Paris
1. The People – Paris Bercy
A hostel with en-suite rooms and the option for more privacy
The highly rated The People chain of hostels offers clean, safe accommodation that won’t break the bank. The People – Paris Bercy is one of the newest properties, conveniently located in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris.
There are shared and private rooms, all with an en-suite setup, so this is an excellent choice for those travelers looking for a little more privacy than your typical hostel dorm room.
Connecting to train stations around Paris via the metro from the neighborhood is easy while basing yourself away from the bustling first and second districts will afford you some peace and quiet.
2. Beau M
Highly rated for its security measures and popularity among solo female travelers
Adored amongst guests for its chic, modern furnishings, Beau M in Montmartre is one of the most popular hostels in Paris, according to its superb rating of 9 stars on Hostel World.
Guests can choose from private or shared rooms and have the option to stay in dorms with up to 12 beds. While there is a mixed dorm for those who don’t mind, Beau M also offers a female-only dorm room, allowing female travelers to mingle with new friends without feeling unsafe.
Additionally, Beau M has 24-hour security, another factor that solo female travelers, in particular, will appreciate, particularly if they end up checking in late at night.
3. St. Christopher’s Inn Canal
The fun never stops at this hostel with its own bar and club
Known for its great location, fantastic staff, and clean digs, St. Christopher’s Inn Canal is another popular hostel in Paris. This is a perfect choice for those looking to party, as there is a bar and club on the grounds—and discounts on drinks are up for grabs!
St. Christopher’s Inn Canal boasts a scenic view over the canal and is conveniently located a short walk from the Zenith concert hall. They regularly host events so travelers can mix and mingle in a stress-free environment, and hostel guests also receive a discount on food. Plus, there’s free Wi-Fi in every room!
Despite its reputation as a party hostel, this property has under-bed lockers and privacy curtains, so you’ll still be able to get some shut-eye and peace of mind. While there aren’t private rooms, there are female-only rooms for those who prefer single-sex spaces.
4. The People – Paris Marais
A central hostel within walking distance to major attractions
It’s also a short distance from the city center, where you’ll find attractions like the Louvre and the Luxembourg Gardens.
Shared and private accommodation is available, plus a few creature comforts in every room, including blackout curtains, bed sheets, a reading light, and a secure locker to store your belongings.
5. Caulaincourt Montmatre by Hiphophostels
Budget accommodation with free perks, including breakfast
Hiphophostels indeed! Caulaincourt is another hostel in the central and characteristic area of Montmartre.
A popular backpacker establishment, this property comes with several perks, including free Wi-Fi, free hot water, free maps, and, best of all, a free French-style breakfast. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided, while towels can be rented from reception.
There are private and twin rooms along with dorm rooms to choose from. The hostel is within walking distance to cool local attractions and is only steps away from the nearest metro station, which will sweep you out to the city’s major landmarks.
While you won’t find added luxuries, this hostel offers all the basics you need to enjoy your stay while you see Paris!
6. Jo&Joe Paris – Nation
A hostel with its own skate shop
Jo&Joe Paris – Nation is another popular hostel just five minutes from Place de la Nation. Close to the metro, this is a convenient location to base yourself in while you explore the city.
A true haven for social butterflies, this property has a buzzing rooftop terrace that hosts several parties and events where you can meet other travelers, for those who aren’t into the partying vibe, cooking classes, and low-key mingling opportunities exist.
If you’re looking for a unique activity in Paris, this hostel also has its own skate shop where you can book skateboarding classes!
7. Auberge de Jeunesse HI Paris Yves Robert
A sustainability-focused hostel overlooking a garden.
Highly rated for location, staff, and cleanliness, the Auberge de Jeunesse HI Paris Yves Robert gives guests close access to Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, which will take you to several Parisian points of interest.
The hostel is an ecological hotspot, nestled in a tranquil green district, and relies on renewable energies, including solar panels. Of course, it has plenty of opportunities for fresh air with two terraces.
There’s a restaurant and bar on-site for those who don’t want to waste time looking for places to eat and drink. You’ll also find a mixture of private rooms and dorms (separated into male and female spaces), with private and shared bathrooms.
8. The People – Paris Nation
Offering an Eiffel Tower view from the rooftop balcony.
A hostel and an Italian rooftop restaurant all in one? Yes, please!
The People – Paris Nation hostel features both private and dorm rooms with a 24/7 reception desk. Previous guests have raved about the staff, while the property has also been rated highly for its convenient location and cleanliness.
Though you’ll have to pay for most Eiffel Tower views in Paris, this hostel offers one for free on the rooftop balcony. While it’s slightly more costly than other hostels, guests have also praised this property’s comfortable beds and privacy factor.
The many sights of Paris are only a few metro stops away from The People, as the hostel is just a short distance from the nearest station. With modern furnishings and a chic bar, you’ll feel like you’re staying in an upmarket hotel.
FAQs About Hostels in Paris
What is the best hostel to stay in Paris near Notre-Dame?
One of the most popular sights in Paris is Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Lying by the banks of the Seine, the cathedral is a classic example of French Gothic architecture and caused the heartbeat of the world to stop when it caught alight in 2019.
An amazing hostel to stay at when Notre-Dame is on your Paris itinerary is The People – Paris Marais, which is also located within walking distance to the Opera Bastille and Pompidou Center.
Paris is easy to get around thanks to its comprehensive metro system, so it’s not critical to stay near the cathedral if you want to visit it. You could also see Notre-Dame as part of a hop-on hop-off bus tour!
What are the best hostels in Paris for solo travelers?
By their nature, hostels are geared towards solo travelers (along with budget travelers). They offer a sense of community that seems to be lacking in hotels, so they’re a great choice for solo travelers.
While you can’t go wrong at any of the Paris hostels listed above, one that stands out when it comes to solo travelers in particular is St. Christopher’s Inn Canal, which is connected to its own bar and pub. This hostel regularly hosts events that encourage guests to get to know each other, too.
That said, most hostels will hold social events and host communal areas where you can meet other like-minded travelers.
How much are hostels in Paris?
The average cost of a dorm in Paris is about €54 (59 USD), but the price increases to about €208 for a private room.
Keep in mind that this is just an average price and numbers tend to fluctuate based on whether you’re staying on a weekday or weekend. Prices may also be more expensive in summer or near Christmas.
As is the case with hotels, you can get cheaper hostels and more expensive hostels, but the above prices tend to be charged for middle-of-the-road properties.
What’s the best neighborhood to stay in when visiting Paris?
Paris has so many beautiful neighborhoods to stay in, and the best one depends on what you want to get out of your trip.
If you’d like to stay somewhere close to the most central attractions, the Heart of Paris (1st and 2nd Arrondissements) would be ideal. This will put you a short distance from points of interest like the Louvre and the Palais Royal.
Otherwise, the Eiffel Tower area, or the 7th Arrondissement, is incredibly convenient and central, but can also attract higher prices.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more trendy to stay, Le Marais is a good choice, known for its bustling nightlife and diversity. Prices also tend to be lower in the Latin Quarter, which is known for cool bookshops and, as the oldest district in Paris, is steeped in fascinating history dating back to the Romans.
Where should you not stay in Paris?
Like any big European city, Paris is the kind of destination where you must keep your wits about you. That applies even in the safest, most tourist-friendly areas, but especially in more dangerous districts.
If you can help it, it’s advisable to avoid a few areas of Paris which are known for their higher crime rates. These include the 18th arrondissement neighborhoods of Barbès, Pigalle, and Red Castle.
In particular, you should avoid the following locations at night (which means being careful if staying near them and walking back to your accommodation after dark): Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Châtelet les Halles, the northern areas of the 19th Arrondissement, Porte de Montreuil, and Bois de Boulogne.