by Hannah Lewis

Generator Paris

A design-led hostel boasting sweeping views of the city.

Absolute Highlight

Swinging in my hammock on my huge balcony listening to the bustling streets of Paris down below.

In a nutshell

No. of rooms
199 (920 beds)
The design aesthetic is...
modern, simple with a bit of a grungy twist.
The typical guest is...
a backpacker who wants caviar on a tinned tuna budget.
The sustainability features (ie. plastic free, recycling, green wall, garden) are...
they are a signatory of the Charter for Sustainable Accommodation in Paris.
The location is...
right near the famous Canal Saint-Martin.
Interaction is encouraged by....
bunk rooms, communal spaces, events and free walking tours.
You should stay here because
you get all the benefits of a hotel for half the price.
What took you there?

I wanted a solo weekend to recharge my introverted batteries away from the harsh winter weather of Helsinki.

What was your room like?

I decided to spoil myself given how cheap the rooms are and went for the private terrace room. In true hostel style, I could see there had obviously been the odd party held by rowdy guests with a few bumps and stains around the place. But aside from that, the room was wonderful. Two single beds pushed into a double, a clean bathroom, comfy chairs and a balcony almost as big as the room itself. I spent plenty of time swinging in the hammock reading my book, while listening to the hum of the street below.

What about the venue

The highlight of the venue is the top floor terrace with views of the quintessential Parisian rooftops all the way up to the Montmartre hill with SacréCoeur sitting at its crest. The terrace is super chill during the day and a great place to punch out some emails or just relax, but at night time, it comes alive with people enjoying drinks and generously portioned cheese and meat boards (which is definitely not how I ate when I was a backpacker, but I wish I did!). The hostel is popular amongst the younger crowd so I felt a little old compared to the rest of the clientele, but they have good soundproofing and noise restrictions, so my worries about a bunch of rowdy 18-year-olds throwing parties was totally unwarranted.

Tell us about the destination

Generator Paris is a couple of blocks from Canal Saint-Martin, one of my favourite neighbourhoods of Paris. The best time of day to hang here is around sunset when locals sit along the banks of the canal playing cards, drinking wine, listening to music, reading and doing stereotypical French things…  like making out like no one else is watching.

Who did you meet there?

A couple of American girls about to embark on a year-long tour around Europe.

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Surrounding Activities

Merci for French

Visit the concept store Merci for French fashion and a caffeine fix.

Merci for French

La Mascotte

Feast on French seafood and rose at La Mascotte, request an outside table so you can see the streets of Montmartre for ultimate people watching set on the most beautiful street in Paris.

La Mascotte

Canal Saint-Martin

Take an early morning jog around Canal Saint-Martin while the streets are empty and reward yourself for your efforts with one of the city’s best croissants from Du Pain et des Idées.

Canal Saint-Martin

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