Absolute Paris Hostel
1 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi,75011, Paris, France
Doubles from: $87 to $99
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located a few blocks from bustling République, the hip without frills Hôtel Absolute is one of Paris’s “funky” hostels, offering both affordable dorm-style bunk beds and private rooms at reasonable rates.
Pros: Cheap private rooms and dorms with private bath. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Edgy, cool neighborhood.
Cons: Shabby chic décor sometimes too “shabby.” Few amenities. Area can be sketchy at night.
Here’s the scoop: In its former life, the Absolute was a two-star hotel. Then new management stumbled in and got the hostel party started, targeting young travelers and adding their own spirited twist to the mix.
Instead of knocking down walls to create large dorm room spaces, they simply outfitted each former hotel room with two sets of metal bunk beds (four beds to a room). These are teeny-tiny, no amenity rooms, but hotel bathrooms were kept intact, meaning each dorm has its own private shower and toilet. It also means that these rooms are still dorms—you can book a single bunk in a room with three strangers.
The top floors offer private single, double and triple rooms, each equipped with a television and private bath. Furniture and linens are homey and well worn and shabby chic reigns here.
Decked out with a flat-screen television, party-hat-shaped lights, exposed brick walls, vending machines and what must surely be one of the world’s largest clocks, the lobby buzzes with activity. The staff is equally happy and helpful.
Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel and there is also a free Internet station. Breakfast is included, too. Be prepared, though, to pay a €2 deposit for your towel, or else pack your own.
The Absolute’s neighborhood, near République, is quite busy and offers lots of cheap eating and nightlife options. This makes it quite popular with younger travelers looking to go out.
That said, the area is also a tad sketchy at night, so keep your eyes open and a tight grip on your bag.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV