It wasn't until my first trip with EF College Break to Europe that I experienced a true hostel. I had read about horror stories in hostels, and at the same time had heard great things about hostels all around the world from family, friends, and other travel bloggers. So when we first arrived at our hostel in Paris, I was amazed at what we found, which was surprising since all of the hostels we had stayed at earlier in the trip were nice too.
Being a traveler in my 20's the hostel was awesome, and I even saw a family with kids, who looked like they are 9-12 years old, walking out of the hostel one day. There was a restaurant in the hostel as well as a bar/club in the basement, and the drinks were cheap. The food at the hostels restaurant was really good too, all major pluses after a long day, it was easy to sit back, relax, and enjoy a fun night with everything being right there. There were six guys on the trip, so we all shared on room in the hostel, and like we had found out earlier in the trip, we always seemed to have a huge room, which is also a plus, but maybe not something everyone should count on since I would assume the room you get could easily vary. The hostel even had rooms with their own terrace, and even had a roof deck, but that was closed while we visited in the winter. An elevator took you too each floor, and was as fast as the elevators here at home, not something I expected to find in a hostel in Paris.
On my first trip to Paris with family we stayed at a pretty nice hotel, the five of us taking two different rooms. While I cant vouch for breakfast at the hotel since I remember finding the little shops every morning to try something new and local, the rooms were obviously smaller than your average American hotel room, but they did have a good amount of space. The hotel was easy to get into, and even had a small elevator you could use, but it was much slower than taking the stairs.
The biggest thing that caught my attention in the hostel was security. To get into the hostel you had to have your keycard on you, and it had a colored dot sticker, we later found out they changed weekly, as we were staying and they forgot to switch our stickers, leading to us having a brief talk with security to remind them we really were staying at the hostel. The hostel was clean too, and they had extra showers and bathrooms, and security was prompt to keep you moving and not hanging out in the hallways.
Overall, I don't see a reason for anyone to not stay in a hostel, especially if you have a group and can book one room together. Its a great way to save money on your trip, leaving more money for the awesome experiences that you will be able to have traveling to any city you want. Seriously, the hostel was less than $20 per night per person, a great deal if you are traveling alone and don't mind meeting some new roommates. After all, what better way to possibly meet some new travel buddies! So if you're looking for an awesome hostel in Paris, checkout the Generator. You won't regret it! Leave a comment with your favorite or least favorite hostel story, we want to hear it!
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