You’re heading to Paris, but you have no idea where to stay.
It’s always hard booking your first time in a strange city because you have no idea what to expect. Google Maps can only do so much. It’s hard to gather what a neighborhood is really like without really seeing it. A lot of the time, you just have to book it and go.
I focused on one thing during my first trip to Paris: the distance between hostel and metro station. A few minutes later via Hostelworld, I discovered and booked Le Village Hostel Montmartre. It was only a block away from the Anvers metro stop on line 2. It was my first time really traveling and making the plans to extensively explore a big city. I wanted the exploring to be relatively easy while we were there.
- 3 minute walk from the famous Sacre Coeur
- one of the cheaper Parisian hostels if booked far enough in advance
- equipped kitchen with an open cafe-style eating area
- outdoor terrace with a view of Sacre Coeur
- street rooms overlook noisy roads
- spotty wifi that made you check-in on FB but logged you out minutes later- we ended up finding better wifi at the McDonalds and Starbucks down the road.
- they have “hairdryers,” but they’re those crappy flat European hairdryers that blow enough air to maybe dry a Shitzu
I enjoyed the few days I stayed at Le Village. They upgraded me and my brother to a private room without us having to ask, which was a great break from already living a week in dorms. The front desk was very welcoming. However, I personally didn’t enjoy staying in Montmartre just because I found myself spending more time on the other side of the city. The commute was easy, just long, and I ended up buying a lot of metro tickets. You can walk from the Champs-Élysées to Montmartre – it’s plausible, just takes a long time.
Some people swear by Montmartre. You’ll be closer to cute cafes (though those are practically everywhere really), hip restaurants, and nightlife. There are places like the Moulin Rouge and the I Love You Wall. But, while there’s a lot to do, there are also a lot of scammers. Montmartre attracts a lot of tourists.
Check out Le Village for yourself here. If you’re still not sure, read the pros and cons about the two other Paris hostels I’ve stayed at: St. Christopher’s Gare du Nord and AIJ. Either way, whatever you choose will work out in the end . . you’ll finally be in Paris!!
Has anyone else hostel jumped around Paris? Which one would you recommend for my next visit?