Where to Stay in Paris: Vintage Hostel

Where to Stay in Paris: Vintage Hostel

I’ve had a fascination with Paris for quite some time. It really began when I was a child (and extreme Mary-Kate and Ashley fangirl); their movie Passport to Paris struck a chord with me. While the film itself is completely unrealistic, the city evoked a sense of romance and mystery as I watched it daily from the comforts of my Pennsylvania home.

Years later, I excitedly watched Midnight in Paris one rainy summer night. The film makes frequent references to artistic greats such as Picasso, Vincent Van Gough, and Monet; all of whom spent significant time in Paris’ Montmartre neighborhood. I told myself right then and there I would visit the area someday.

I was invited to stay at Vintage Hostel in Montmartre this past May – I’m sure you can imagine my enthusiasm. While I didn’t attend any swanky parties from the 1920s like Owen Wilson’s character, I did have a great time perusing the historic ‘hood.

 

If you’re wondering where to stay in Paris…

I would highly recommend Vintage Hostel. The staff is incredibly welcoming and helpful; they will assist you with anything you’ll need. The clean, centrally-located accommodation is within walking distance to some of the cities finest food and iconic monuments such as Moulin Rouge and the Sacré-Cœur.

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While the Montmartre neighborhood is situated a bit outside of city center, most — if not all — of the quintessential Parisian landmarks are a short train ride away. In fact, the hostel is located just a 7 to ten-minute walk from the Gare de Nord station; a perfect situation for those traveling into town via Eurostar.

Vintage Hostel is also conveniently located next door to a grocery store. We picked up a baguette each morning before starting our day and packed an assortment of cheeses and vegetables into our backpack, which significantly cut down the costs and allowed us to enjoy picnics daily.

 

How much does it cost to stay at Vintage Hostel in Paris?

If cost is a factor on where to stay in Paris, the prices are definitely reasonable for Paris budget accommodation.

  • Double room and twin ensuite: €132.50 ($151.26 USD) per night
  • Twin room (economic): €122.50 ($139.84 USD) per night
  • 4-bed dorms: €49.50 ($56.51 USD) per night
  • 10-bed dorms: €44.90 ($51.26 USD) per night*

*Prices are subject to change based on travel dates.

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What I liked about Vintage Hostel in Paris

If you didn’t know already, James and I stopped in Europe en route to Vietnam. Yep – we had all of our luggage with us. This hostel was equipped with an elevator which is fairly uncommon for European budget accommodation. We were given a room on the top floor, with gorgeous views of Rue de Dunkerque.

Our cozy room was colorful and serene; the view from the mini balcony was a dream come true. Our bathroom was small but functional and well-equipped. As I mentioned before, the location was incredible and it was so nice to rest in the large, plush bed after long days strolling through Paris. Plus, the view from our bedroom was dreamy.

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I loved the fact Vintage Hostel isn’t a party hostel. We did get a small pint of free beer at neighboring On the Road Pub (also owned by Hip Hop Hostels), but it didn’t feel overly rowdy. While our timing may have factored into the quiet atmosphere, I can’t imagine the place gets too hectic during the busy season, either.

Another unique perk to Vintage Hostel is the fact there’s a gym included for guests. I had high hopes for myself to exercise each evening, but I was exhausted from walking around all day and sluggish due to the fact my eating habits in Paris nearly turned me into a human baguette.

The hostel common area is decorated with tablets displaying activities to do throughout Paris and the surrounding towns. Those interested in hitting up well-known sites such as Notre Dame and The Louvre will be pleased to discover it’s just a 30-minute walk from Vintage Hostel!

 

What could have been better at Vintage Hostel in Paris

While there were certainly more pros than cons to this accommodation, I have one main point worth noting. In my opinion, the breakfast deal offered is unjustifiable. Vintage Hostel charges guests 6 euros for a meal that consists of:

  • a baguette
  • croissant
  • butter
  • jam
  • instant coffee or tea
  • juice

Those who opt out of this deal will not be able to use the stovetops to cook until 9:30 AM. I found this a bit strange as the breakfast offered by the hostel didn’t involve any proteins, grains or vegetables that require a stovetop.

Would I recommend this hostel for travelers wondering where to stay in Paris?

Absolutely! Despite the breakfast situation being a little odd, I had a great stay at this lovely spot. As previously mentioned, Vintage Hostel is a hidden Montmartre gem. While it’s not cheap, the location is incredible!

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It’s worth noting that the guests at Vintage Hostel were mainly couples; I’m not sure I would stay here if I were a solo traveler – especially if I were someone who prefers super social digs.

The good news is there are plenty of Hip Hop Hostel lodging options throughout Paris, so there’s sure to be something for every lifestyle! If you decide you’d like to stay at Vintage Hostel (good call), I recommend booking directly online for the cheapest rates.

 

Have you been to Paris? Has any movie inspired you to see a city?

 

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Hip Hop Hostels and Vintage Hostel during my time in Paris. As usual, all opinions are my own. 

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15 Comments

  1. Megan Indoe
    July 10, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Wow, this seems like a great accommodation option in Paris! I love that you’re next to Moulin Rouge! That means you’re also by Jim Morrison’s grave I believe! It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Paris but I remember having to go to the Moulin Rouge to get there! The rooms look really nice and I love that they have breakfast! Hostels are the way to go in Europe!

    • July 12, 2017 / 5:26 am

      They really are! I didn’t realize how expensive accommodation is in Europe and this place is certainly worth it for the location alone!

  2. July 10, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    It looks like a really nice accommodation to stay at when being in Paris! I live in the Netherlands, so for me it would be easier to go to Paris by train. Reading about the fact that the hostel is located so close to the train station, it makes an ideal location! I’ve been ones in Paris, for just a few hours. Would love to go back when I get the chance!

    • July 12, 2017 / 5:25 am

      The location of Vintage Hostel is perfect for you, then! It was just a short walk – and we did it with ALL of our luggage as we were relocating from New Zealand to Vietnam by way of Europe. A bit of a headache, but it was such a blessing of a location and made the experience much more enjoyable 🙂

  3. July 10, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    This looks cute and comfy, too! I really love that it doesn’t have the party vibe! I was only in Paris for a couple days on a quick trip last fall, but I really need to get back. And I’m giggling at the Mary-Kate and Ashley reference — I was a big fan, too. Hehe 🙂 Thanks for sharing this awesome spot.

    • July 12, 2017 / 5:24 am

      Glad there’s another MK&A fan here 😛 I really loved Paris more than I thought I would!

  4. July 11, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    This hostel looks so cute and it’s great that it’s not a party type of place. That’s one thing about hostels that I’m not a fan of. Well, I don’t mind that people like to party, but my priorities have shifted (getting older here!) and I like to get up early and explore 🙂 I also love accommodations that are conveniently located near grocery stores. You can save so much money this way!

    • July 12, 2017 / 5:23 am

      Agreed on all points. I stayed at a party hostel my first-ever hostel experience in Vietnam a few years ago, and I just can’t do it anymore. I almost always get a private room as well as I prefer waking up at the crack of dawn to get out as well!

  5. Claire
    July 11, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I had heard that the area around Montmartre was a big dodgy, did you have any problems there? You certainly can’t beat the location during the day though! I’m glad you mentioned that most people are couples, I am a solo traveller so would prefer to check out their other hostels when I go!

    • July 12, 2017 / 5:22 am

      I never felt unsafe at all. It’s a super artistic, fun area. I’m sure there are some dodgy places, but there are weird places in every neighborhood. I just liked walking around and listening to the live music and looking at the street art 🙂

  6. July 12, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    It has been a very long time since I’ve stayed in a hostel, and it seems like the entire world of them has changed. For instance, your room looked clean and private — no dorm room with multiple beds and a shared bathroom down the hall. So, it already gets high marks from me! The location sounds ideal, and I’d also hit the grocery in the mornings. How is your French? Did you have any problems communicating with the staff? My French is limited to what I learned in school very many years ago.

  7. July 12, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    I think one of the most important factors for me when choosing a hotel is location so I love that this hostel has a great location. Being close to a grocery store for us is a most as we always have to stop by for snacks or breakfast options. Your room also looked very nice and inviting!

  8. July 12, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    It looks like a nice spot to stay, especially based off of the location. I would definitely skip that breakfast just because I feel like you could get some treats from a market or something for less. Definitely a crepe on the street! Your room looks really nice and it looks incredibly clean! Definitely going to remember this for Paris.

  9. Sandy N Vyjay
    July 13, 2017 / 1:41 am

    Though we do not generally stay in hostels. I can see that the Vintage Hostel has most if not all amenities of a good hotel. That is also has a gym is indeed attractive. The fact that the breakfast is not up to the mark is sad, after all they are charging 6 Euros for that. Maybe they will rework their strategy based on feedback.

  10. July 13, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    What a great find for hostels in Paris, that too so close to Moulin Rogue! Paris is surely a city on top of my list. I would definitely want to try this place.

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