20 Rue d'Orsel, Paris, France
Doubles from: $98 to $135
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Located at the base of Sacre Coeur’s hill, Le Village Hostel offers a very friendly northern perch for young (and young-minded) travelers with perks like a free breakfast and outdoor patio.
Pros: Clean, air-conditioned dorms and rooms. Complimentary breakfast. Public spaces are stocked with amenities and places to hang out.
Cons: Dorms and rooms sparsely furnished. Towels cost extra.
Le Village has 25 rooms, including both dorms and private rooms. Dorms sleep between three and eight guests, and each is equipped with air conditioning (individually controlled) and a private bathroom (with a nice shower; towel rental €1). These rooms are furnished sparsely, with blue linoleum floors and white metal bunks, and five dorms have skylights. Private rooms have Double-paned windows to help keep the noise out, and are equipped with air conditioning and nicely tiled private baths. Their rates for a double, are reasonable, although not the cheapest deal in town.
Note that none of the Le Village rooms has a television or telephone. However, there is a TV lounge downstairs in the lobby and “hang-out” zone. This area, in fact, is full of activity. There’s a foosball table (“le baby-foot” in French, a word that always cracks us up). Internet stations (not free) line the wall, and Wi-Fi is free in the lobby (although it doesn’t reach the rooms). A guest kitchen offers a hot plate, microwave and refrigerator, as well as plates. In nice weather, the hostel’s outdoor patio is a great place to hang out, have a drink and meet fellow travelers. It also boasts some great views of Sacre Coeur, just up the hill. (Seriously, you could roll down the hill and right into your bunk, although we don’t recommend trying this.)
The Village Hostel is located on the interesting rue D’Orsel, a small street that’s packed with fabric stores. The Metro Anvers is a block and a half south.
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
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
About the Village Hostel neighborhood
The wedding cake of a church that is the hilltop Sacré-Coeur basilica is this area’s most recognizable monument, and those who climb up will be rewarded with an incomparable view overlooking Paris. Montmartre's winding streets have inspired generations of starving artists and bohemians. That charm now co-exists with a theme park of the original village, centered on the Place du Tertre, complete with touristy restaurants and bars, and "artists" offering to sketch your portrait or sell you their lurid oil paintings.