When backpacking around Europe in 2006, Paris was one of the last cities I visited so I already knew what to expect from cheap hostels when I arrived at Hostel Richard. Nothing, however prepared me for the experience ahead of me. On arriving at about 10pm my friend and I found the front door to the hostel blocked shut from the inside with a chair. After knocking on the door a man let us in, and in my opinion was rather rude! Throughout our check in he kept trying to look behind us to see the TV (which appeared to be showing some sort of porn!). The Hostel room was the dirtiest and most basic we had experienced whilst travelling and we simply daren't visit the communal shower room! We used our sleeping bags as the sheets were dirty too.
On our last night we were due to leave early in the morning - about 4pm to catch an early train. We were awake and getting ready at about 3am, when our bedroom door was unlocked from the outside, and the man from our check in experience entered our room. Obviously we were quite shocked to find a man entering our room at 3am! He then said 'Sorry I thought you were asleep!' - so does that mean he had intended to find us asleep in our room?! What was he planning to do!? Why was he entering our room without knocking in the middle of the night anyway!? Was it the first time he had done this or had he been entering our room on previous nights when we were asleep!?
- We don't know - but it's not very reassuring for 2 girls in their twenties to find an old french man in their room in the middle of the night! Now this may have been a mistake or a 'one-off' but personally I would not recommend staying in this hostel. It's only redeeming feature was that it was close to a nice bakery (good since they didn't offer any breakfast) and near to the subway station.
Originallr written for Ciao under the name 'Karibou'.
I have stayed in Paris a few times and I love the City, it's wonderful!!
I normally stay in the 3-Ducks Hostel, fairly close to the Eiffel Tower.
It's very cheap there and very easy to find. You go in the front door and straight into a small Bar - There is a free Internet service to the right but it's not that easy to use, I think they make it like that so that people don't spend hours on it!!
The Bar serves alcohol as well and great hot chocolates which is wonderful if you go in Winter like I usually do!!
Then you go out into a Courtyard. To the left there is a little room where you can stow your Luggage - But be warned that it's not locked so you leave your things there at your own risk, take all the essentials with you such as Passport, Tickets, Money, etc.
The rooms are across 3 floors - The Stairways are quite narrow so be careful!! The rooms are quite nice, certainly clean and comfortable as they are warm.
The main thing that annoyed me with this Hostel was that they only have one key per room, so for example when I was exhausted I went to bed early and had to leave the Door unlocked because otherwise I would have been woken up by my Room-mates trying to get in the Room.
They have a free Breakfast - Which is basically toast/jam and coffee - But you can have as much as you like.
The Staff are very friendly and happy to chat for a while if they're not busy - They all speak English pretty well and are happy to give you a Map and give you idea's and tips of where to go and how to get there.
In terms of Money, it's relatively cheap, I believe it cost about 20 Euro's per bed per night when I was there last (2 years ago). But that includes breakfast and free internet and the valuable experience and advice of the Staff that are all Locals.
A great place to stay, I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else when in Paris!!
In February this year me and my mate went Youth hosteling in Paris. We stayed in a Hostel on the outskirts called "Friends" near the Airport. The first thing that hit us when we got to our room was the dirt and the smell. It was horrific. All the sheets and just the general smell of the room just stank. The room actually looked quite nice and we had our own bathroom but we had to share toilets with everyone down the corridor. The toilets were actually kept quite clean which is good, as you'll be using them if you cook anything in the kitchen downstairs. All plates and cutlery were on hand to use for free (Although no one cleaned up after themselves) and there was also a ice cold dinning room which had satellite T.V (With a slightly bizarre and frankly sickening 24hr French porn channel?!) The people who ran the place were actually really nice. They were also very keen to help and because they were young they knew were all the good pubs and clubs were. On site is a telephone, and an Internet machine which is fairly cheap to use. The actual area where the youth hostel is set is a very rough run down area and there are pizza places and even a McDonalds nearby. The transport in the town is fantastic. Everywhere is accessible by public transport. There is simply no waiting time for the metro. They just turn up when you get there and one day metro cards (unlimited travel) cost only £2.50 which is a bargin. Overall the hostel was a run down smelly place but the staff and the French porn channel made it good.