When someone mentions the word Hostel, ugh is my first reaction. After trying to forget memories of weird stays and shared bathrooms on school trips as a kid. I was very much Hell No! To ever going backpacking due to the idea of having to stay in them.
So when I friend suggested I tried the new Generator Hostel in Paris, when I was looking for a non bankrupting place to stay in the City of light and tiny but extortionate hotel rooms, lets just say I was a little skeptical.
Yet out of desperation I sucked it up, got myself a private room (yes you have the option of not sharing with 10 strangers) and was VERY pleasantly surprised, rooms are cleaned every two days of your stay, there is a very cool bar and great restaurant and all for under 100 euros a night.
It's nestled in the heart of Paris' up-and-coming 10th arrondissement. Canal St Martin which although a stones throw from most of Gay Paree's tourist spots feels like you staying in the real Paris with real Parisians
Companion - Go alone or Go with friends hostels are made to be inclusive.
Safety - Having spent years working for a French magazine I soon understood, Paris itself is not the safest city as a woman alone however I felt more than safe in the Generator itself it feels very professional and adult for a hostel.
Mini Bathroom Products - Bring your own, this isn't the Ritz. But there are nice fluffy towels.
Wifi - Yes and it's Free which is rare for Paris.
Pack - A perfectly chic dress from french brand Rouje and its cold stick a polo neck sweater under it. And some Baudelaire if you are looking to catch the eye of a prospective french lover,.
Must - You must is croissant from the local bakery Du Pain et des Idées or why are you even in Paris?
Awful - It's still a hostel it can feel a little rowdy at times and it is certainly basic.