WHERE TO STAY: Generator ParisLocated in the 10th arrondissement, Generator is easily one of the most impressive hostels I've ever seen. But before you tune out at the word "hostel," let me tell explain: This is far from the drab, dirty shared spaces you bunked at while backpacking in college. (In fact, I had sworn off hostels after a particularly harrowing experience in a dingy hostel in Amsterdam's red light district. This space, however, completely changed my mind about hostels in general.) The rooms are spacious and clean with plenty of natural light and modern design fixtures. And the entertainment amenities—including a Moroccan-inspired chill out room, rooftop bar and terrace, café, and a Metro-themed underground bar and club—make the 916-room property seem like a five-star hotel. A five-minute walk from the Canal Saint-Martin and a 15-minute walk from train station Gare Du Nord, the area is refreshingly void of typical tourist traps.
Shared rooms start at €25 and private rooms begin at €98. If it's in your budget, go for a private single/double with a terrace (complete with a hammock), starting at €128. Compared to nearly every other Parisian hotel/hostel, it's easily one of the city's cheapest options.
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