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.
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.
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.
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
- instant coffee or tea
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!
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.