There's much more to France than Paris—from the fairy-tale châteaux of the Loire Valley to the lavender fields of Provence, and the French Riviera's celebrity-studded beaches. World-famous gastronomy and fine wines provide the perfect complement to the country's alpine views and architectural masterpieces.
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4.5 based on 118 reviews
There is no arguing here, Paris is not to be missed. Whether it is your first or hundredth time, a wandering day in the city never disappoints. Our charming hostel in the pretty 12th arrondissement will be the perfect starting point of your day and the final stop you will look forward to. Kick your journey off with a coffee on the 8th floor rooftop to take on its typical pretty Parisian view and finish it with a fresh pint in the bar and its patio. Sleep tight in our brand new comfy beds in private, family or shared rooms. Repeat. We got all you need: a common kitchen, a verdant patio, a rooftop with a vegetable garden, a bar, a cosy living room, a secure parking for bikes and the must is a 24/7 team who is thrilled to share their favourite spots in the city, tasty beers and carefully selected cocktails, WiFi everywhere. We are expecting you!
I stayed in a mixed dorm of 6 which was very clean and modern, the bunks have their own curtain, safe inside the bunk and light so they are very private and quiet. The rooms also have lockers which are really big. The location of the hostel was great - close to both Dugommier and Daumesnil metro stations and you can get to most of the main tourist sites within 30 minutes and to Versailles in an hour or so, and Gare de Lyon is within walking distance. There’s also lots of shops and a laundrette nearby. The communal areas are quite nice and again modern, although the roof does close at 10pm. Staff were friendly and helpful. My only complaint would be that there is no sink in the toilet meaning you have to use the sink in the shower which is annoying if someone is in the shower. Overall I would say that the hostel was great value for money and I would definitely consider it if returning to Paris again.
5 based on 132 reviews
The Georges Hostel & Café is 800 square meters of conviviality and neat decoration, spread over 4 levels, including 150 square meters of common spaces, open to all, in Sète downtown. From the dorms bed to the large family suite via the coffee shop, this new trendy place is keen to encourage exchanges between travellers and locals as well as to promote its city and its region. At only 20 minutes by train from Montpellier !
Really big room for two, quite nice. The two additional bunks were not occupied. Location in Sète is perfect. The things that did not fit with the price of 140 €: Breakfast where the croissants and baguettes are safeguarded by the staff. You get a tray with one croissant. In the bread basket, there is maximum the amount of 1 baguette at a time. Nothing cooked (like eggs, bacon). The air conditioning is special: you cannot set it below 26 °, the thing is centrally controlled. I switched it on to have a good sleep, but it switched off after half an hour or so. Staff said you can set it for longer, but I did not see how. With a window to the street, an open window at night is not a good option. I saw other people had to bring their bedlinen down to the reception. We did not have to.
5 based on 118 reviews
Surf House Ocean View: BodysurfHouse -Share surfing sessions. -Buy surf material, 30 boards available as well as combinations, -Convivialite, aperitif and barbecue and plancha are on the program. -Terrace and jacuzzi sheltered from the wind ideal for sunbathing and resting after the surfing sessions. -Sauna available in the basement for optimal recovery. -A capacity of 14 people, including 2 dormitories of 6 people, and a double room ideal for -couples. -Large kitchen in common. -Beautiful terrace for living together and take meals. -Breakfast included. - Place of conviviality, exchange and sharing, 100m from the ocean. Private Apartment: BodysurfParadise -On the top of the building overlooking the ocean. -Salon TV sofa. -Kitchen fully equipped. -4 bedrooms. -2 shower rooms. -Using surf equipment as well as the sauna and jacuzzi of the surfhouse.
I’ve spent one month at the surf house and everything was simply perfect! The house has everything you need and more, there’s always a good atmosphere and it’s located 1 minute by feet by the ocean? Thanks to Jeremie and Clément for being always super lovely and nice :) I will come back for sure ????
5 based on 53 reviews
Whoo Bordeaux Bacalan - Hostel is all about experiencing Bordeaux and its region to the fullest. Located in the trendy Bacalan district, you’ll feel at home at Whoo thanks to our wonderful staff that has only one goal: make your stay enjoyable and memorable. During your stay, feel free to use our private gym, bar and restaurant facilities and to take part in our daily activities designed to give you authentic and local moments in the world capital of wine!
Modern and really clean rooms, friendly staff for a low price. The hostel is located near public transport that will get you to the center of Bordeaux in 10 min. The building is in a brand new bright and welcoming district of the town Great breakfast, they even have a bar.
4 based on 898 reviews
Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels is when old charm meets modern. Located in Montmartre, one of Paris most popular, young and dynamic area, the hostel welcomes travelers willing to enjoy Paris as a local and discover the most beautiful momuments of the city. Walk few minutes down to the Sacré-Coeur, sit in a nice coffee shop, enjoy the small streets of the area, and the great night life. The hostel offers different type of accomodation; dormitories, mixed or not, private, double or triple room, all equipped with AC and free wifi. Prepare a meal in the common kitchen and share it in the dining room with travelers from all around the world. As well, we invite you to share a fresh drink in the "On the Road" pub located inside the hostel! The great team will be happy to help and answer any of your request.
I was happy staying at this hostel untill i realised that they had taken extra money from my account for no reason. I think that they are scammers everyone beware. I had paid my reservation and paod for my stay.
4 based on 328 reviews
The Carcassonne Youth Hostel is located in the heart of the medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Behind its ramparts, let yourself be guided by the performances of modern troubadours or the animations that regularly hosts the city of Carcassonne. It is a journey through time, which leads you to the Cathars. It is also a gastronomic journey, a few steps from the vineyards of the soil of the south of France.
Price reflected well based on limited other options within City walls. Disposable bedding means it is very uncomfortable for the more mature traveller. €24 per night however makes it more comfortable. Upsides though are that the members of staff I met are very welcoming and friendly. Reception staff have excellent English language making it easier for communication. Excellent Cassoulet which I pre-booked which comes with 2 drinks ( I chose two red wine) and had more on request, also a Nougat ice-cream dessert and coffee available. Very long walk to room from common area made me feel slightly unsafe whilst the hotel was very quiet. The views from bathroom and corridor have gorgeous views over the city roofs.
4.5 based on 593 reviews
Les Piaules is a new hostel offering a bar and a rooftop terrace with a fantastic view on the iconic monuments of Paris, fast free WiFi, check-out until 12am, custom bunkbeds. Ideally located in the arty district of Belleville.
The bed and showers were excellent! Super comfortable, and clean. The staff was so kind, helpful, and patient. We especially loved the detail of the tile superheroes on the floor of the bar. One employee in particular, the man with a moustache, tried his very best to help us identify the superheroes. Even though he was wrong about Optimus Prime, that doesn’t change our view of the hostel as a whole. :) 1000000/10 would definitely stay again. - Alison Argyle
5 based on 275 reviews
Extraordinary location inside the ramparts and facing the Constance tower. The hotel is situated in an 18th Century military building, an ancient garrison with vaults and stone walls which will plunge you into an incredible voyage into history and medieval times. The hotel has 14 rooms with sublime views over the ramparts or the Constance tower. Discover our LOUNGE BAR and enjoy the panoramic view of the ramparts and the Constance tower. Although situated inside the ramparts and at the heart of the fortified city of Aigues Mortes, you will be surprised by the quietude and charm of our terrace. Cécile, Stéphane and their children welcome you to AIGUES MORTES
Great location right inside the walls of the old town. Lovely property, with a pleasant bar/restaurant/lobby area. Room was spacious, and very stylish and comfortable. Very nice service. It's a nice place but they were great about us having a 1 year old. High chair available. Very good breakfast. Not a proper restaurant for dinner, but they serve food in the lobby including some stuff from other local restaurants. Only issue is that the music in the lobby/lounge was super loud all the time - wasn't so pleasant, especially as it was pretty quiet being low season.
4.5 based on 416 reviews
A new generation hostel situated in the heart of Lyon. You will be able to reach Bellecour square, the city centre, in 10 minutes by walk. We welcome travelers from all over the world in our comfortable and stylish hostel designed by local architect and artists. We provide private double rooms but also small capacity dorms for more intimacy. You will be able to enjoy our wine bar and gastronomic specialities from Lyon. After a long day visiting Lyon, meet fellow travelers and just relax in our private and sunny patio. At night we also provide dinners 100% from Lyon. In our hostel, traveling is not a question go age but a state of mind. We will make you discover Lyon differently !
I had a really great stay in this hostel, it’s only a 5 minute metro ride from Gare Part Dieu and close to the metro and tram stops to get to the main sites of Lyon, many are also within walking distance. The staff were really helpful, especially one of the girls on reception (don’t know her name) who pointed out all the important places and things to do in Lyon for me which was super helpful. I stayed in a room of 6 which was spacious enough and had lockers which were big enough for a backpack but not enough for a big rucksack. The shared bathrooms were clean and I didn’t have to wait long if at all. The only issue is that because the bunks are wooded, they were very noisy any times anyone moved at all in bed. Overall, I found the hostel to be great value and would definitely stay here if visiting Lyon again.
4 based on 1060 reviews
MIJE Fourcy youth hostel is located in "le Marais" district, in the very heart of Paris. MIJE three hostels are old mansions from XVIIth century, at walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral, Ile Saint Louis and Latin Quarter. MIJE provide an perfect housing in the very center of Paris, for a really affordable price.
This place is undoubtedly a tremendous place to sleep, hang out and meet cool people. Just a few minutes from Notre Dame by foot. I will gladly come back if I ever have the pleasure of seeing Paris again!
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