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St Christopher's Inns Paris Reviews
Affordable, clean and fun May 29, 2014
I stayed here one night in Nov, 2014. Paid $25 US. The breakfast was cereal, rolls, juice and very nice. The rooms were very clean and there was excellent security. The bar downstairs had a lot to offer. Big screen TVs for sports, pool tables and areas where we could just sit and visit. A short walk across the canal to a local grocery store where I could find good deals if not eating in restaurants. Convenient to underground rail and buses. After booking this stay I received an email with an offer for 10% off my next booking, which I used for my 2 night stay in Barcelona, Spain. They have hostels in other major European cities, check the web site.
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Higher-end hostel with a few nice bonuses Aug 22, 2011
As Paris was the first stop on my first ever "Backpacking Adventure" I will admit that I did not know what I was expecting in the slightest. I guess the closest I thought I was going to get was the grimy hostels from The Beach. How wrong I was......
St Christophers Inn, Paris, lies just 2 stops on the easily navigable metro from Montmartre and Gare du Nord. Nestled on the banks of a canal provides an air of peace and tranquility, yet only just a few stops away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas of Paris. Nearby facilities include a laundry shop and a convenience store.
Starting off with the rooms: I stayed in a 10-bed mixed dorm (the best choice in my opinion, don't understand these men or women only dorms). The room was spacious with fixed bunkbeds running down each side and a large window at the end of the room. The room had a sink and space to hang wet towels if needed. So far, so good, I hear you say. Well, it gets better. The real selling point of these rooms is the bed area. Firstly, each bunk has its own wall-light and charging point (handy for not fighting with other people to charge that much needed camera or phone etc) and the cherry on top: your very own private curtain, even for the top bunks. Combined with the wall-light it is extremely handy for reading or changing at night without disturbing anyone else or getting disturbed. The rooms didn't have air-con, which, fair enough it isn't the Med, but by holy moly did we suffer with the August heat. Picture everyone sleeping in their underwear (well me, not obligatory to picture it, but sorry if you're stuck with that delicious image). Lucky for that curtain, eh.
Security-wise, this was very much a feel-free to come in and wander about hostel. Whilst anyone could just walk in unchallenged, security features did exist to safeguard customers, including swipe cards on every floor (including the elevator) that allowed entry to each floor only if the correct card was swiped. Where this hostel excelled in amenities, location and the facilities within the rooms there are a few places I feel it fell short; (you'll need to wait with bated breath until later in the review for the other issues), the first being the lockers provided. Whilst every bed does have its own locker, they are not lockers in the conventional sense. They metal wire-mesh lockers live in pairs side-by-side below the bottom bunks and slide out. The wire mesh completely surrounds the locker which poses a few problems, firstly, to put it simply, things can fall out and secondly, the hinges are ridiculously noisy (not so fun when you're trying to be quiet in the middle of the night). Luckily, the wire mesh squares are too small to accommodate slippery fingers, unless there's a child on the loose.
Each floor had it's own set of sex-segregated bathrooms, including 3 shower cubicles, which doesn't seem enough for the volume of people that pass through these doors. They are, however, kept and cleaned at a very high standard. A personal preference of mine would be if the showers and toilet areas were separated but, alas, you can't get everything you want.
As expected, continental breakfast is very much on the cards. A good old bowl of Frosties is always a win. A wide selection is available on the lunch menu, the chicken strips/goujons in particular went down a storm. All-in-all a good choice of food is available.
If you're worried about travelling far and wide to enjoy the nightlife that Paris has to offer (and i'm assuming it's rather a generous soul) then fret not, St Christophers Inns, Paris boasts it's own rather lively nightclub. Really handy if you don't want a long trek to bed at the end of the night and the drinks deals were not too shabby either.
All-in-all, this is definetely bordering on the high-end scale of hostels, boasts useful facilities and amenities but, and here's my second but, the cost seems a bit expensive for dorms when taking into account the, lockers and bathrooms, especially when i've paid a third of the price for dorms with more secure lockers and private bathrooms. The amenities available (bar/nightclub, tours etc) do provide an opportunity to meet other like-minded travellers.
Overall, I would recommend this hostel, particularly to the traveller who wants a bit more luxury and doesn't want to "scum it". If I was to travel to Paris again (if I wasn't on a budget) then i would definetely stay here agin.
Part of the Europe 2011 travel blog