• France edition
 
Paris to get new 1,000-bed mega youth hostel
An image of the future hostel, which will be bigest in capital. Photo: Generator hostels.

Paris to get new 1,000-bed mega youth hostel

Published: 16 Aug 2013 14:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Aug 2013 14:54 GMT+02:00

Generator, the world’s fastest growing hostel chain, has announced plans to build its biggest project yet, and has chosen the French capital as the location. 

The new hostel will open in the former Allianz Insurance building on Place du Colonel-Fabien in the heart of the trendy 10th arrondissement.

The project, to be completed by the end of 2014, will be the largest youth hostel in the capital, able to cater for up to 950 guests in both dorms and private rooms.

“For us Paris is a must-have destination” Carl Michel, executive chairman of Generator told The Local. “It ranks with London and Berlin as one of the top three youth travel city destinations,” he added.

Michel said one of the motives for Generator to open up their giant hostel in Paris was the “shortage of good quality, centrally located and affordable accommodation” in the city.

Prices for a bed at the hostel will start from €12 per person per night for an en-suite dorm room and from €25 per night for a private room.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 tips for finding an apartment in Paris

Despite high prices of hotels in the city Paris does have an array of hostels with the top ranked hostels in the city on the Hostelbookers site are St Christopher’s Gare du Nord, St Christopher’s Inn Canal and The Loft Hostel Paris. 

The new Paris hostel will be designed by Generator’s chief designer Anwar Mekhayech and will include Parisian features such as a communal area in the style of a bistro and Paris Metro-style tiling on the walls to give it a local feel.

Generator already owns eight other hostels: two in Berlin and one in Barcelona, Dublin, Copenhagen, London, Venice and Hamburg. 

A ninth is due open in Rome in spring 2014, just a few months before the Paris opening. The company has plans to have more than 6, 400 beds in Europe by the end of 2014.

by Naomi Firsht

The Local (news@thelocal.fr)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France pushes Middle East to battle IS fighters
France has called on Middle East nations to battle Islamic State fighters. Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

France pushes Middle East to battle IS fighters

France urged Middle East nations to take a stand against the Islamic State fighters operating nearly unchecked in Syria and Iraq. The French president also plans to set up an international summit to craft a response to the extremists. READ  

'Apocalyptic' vomiting bug hits French tourists
Hundreds of French tourists fell ill at a posh Greek resort. Photo: Screengrab/Lindo Hotels

'Apocalyptic' vomiting bug hits French tourists

Hundreds of French tourists fell violently sick a a posh Greek hotel creating what one visitor called an "apocalyptic" scene that had guests vomiting in the swimming pool and hallways. READ  

The view from La Rue
Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade
A campaign to persuade tourists to take selfies rather lock padlocks to bridges is falling on deaf ears it seems. Photo: AFP

Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade

After Paris launched a campaign to persuade tourists to throw away their love locks and pose for selfies instead, The Local popped down to the famous Pont des Arts to find loved-up visitors defiantly refusing to put down their pad locks. READ  

Hollande unveils reforms to help France's hard-up
François Hollande has announced a raft of reforms imed at boosting the country's most hard-up. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Hollande unveils reforms to help France's hard-up

President François Hollande on Wednesday vowed to go "faster and further" with reforms as he announced a raft of measures to bolster France's stagnant economy including fairer income tax levels and a relaxation of Sunday shopping rules. READ  

Future of Paris 'not promising', study says
Paris is among the world's most influential cities, but for how much longer? Photo: La Defense.

Future of Paris 'not promising', study says

A new study says Paris is in the top three of the world's most influential cities, but its position is under threat and the city's future is apparently "not promising". READ  

Northern France hopes beer will boost tourism
Nord-Pas-de-Calais hopes to take advantage of its beer heritage to boost tourism. Photo: Thomas Huguen/AFP

Northern France hopes beer will boost tourism

It already has wine, champagne and cider and but a hard-up region of northern of France, is hoping to boost its local tourism industry by tapping into another drink which forms part of its proud heritage – locally brewed beer. READ  

Interview: Liberation of Paris
'Three years underground and then the call came'
David Leiba was a Jewish French resistance fighter who helped liberate Paris from the Nazis. Photo: Joshua Melvin/The Local

'Three years underground and then the call came'

David Leiba lived underground as a French resistance fighter for years before resurfacing in the rebellion that forced the German army out of Paris. He tells The Local of his memories of the ecstatic and terrifying final moments of the Nazi occupation READ  

Hollande returns to work as problems mount up
President François Hollande and his PM Manuel Valls discuss their return to work. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Hollande returns to work as problems mount up

The French president returns to the front line on Wednesday for his first cabinet meeting. On his packed agenda will be the stagnant economy, the threat of deflation, unemployment and more in-fighting within his own party. READ  

France tries to take sting out of Asian hornets
France is fighting back against the Asian hornet, using rods, chickens and drones. Photo: T-Mizo/Flickr

France tries to take sting out of Asian hornets

After slipping into southwest France 10 years ago in a pottery shipment from China Asian hornets have since invaded more than half the country. Now France is fighting back, using drones, poisoned rods and even chickens. READ  

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know
Ten facts you didn't know about the liberation of Paris, including how many female collaborators were "purified". Photo: Critical past/YouTube

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know

From the "purifying" of thousands of women, to pool room surrenders, here's ten facts about a momentous moment in French history that you might not have known about. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Travel
Watch this impressive time lapse video and you'll want to move to Paris
National
Veiled Muslim woman on a French beach prompts politician's angry rant
Travel
Forget Paris and Provence where are the least touristy areas of France?
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The battle to liberate Paris from the Nazis
National
What France means to you in just one tweet
National
15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for
International
12 reasons to invest in Paris and seven not to
National
French hamlet 'Death to Jews' mulls name change
National
French tourist caught in Pompeii brothel romp
International
'Forget the Anglo-media's image of France, the reality is much different'
Culture
VIDEO: Francophile Robin Williams enjoyed poking fun at the French
Travel
Six reasons why France is the world's top tourist destination
International
Remembering the 'forgotten campaign' in the liberation of France
Gallery
VIDEO: French bucket list - The 12 best things to do in France
International
Do three French cities deserve to be in top 10 "World 's Most Unfriendly"?
Gallery
Don't make a faux pas! Ten things not to do when working in France
Health
Ebola: What is the risk of it coming to France?
Health
Are the French really a nation of smokers?
Culture
Frightened by the prospect of long French dinners? You're not alone
National
'Stay in Paris in August? You'd have to be crazy'
International
Calais migrant crisis: 'People will be killed if nothing is done'
Culture
Paris is closed for August, but will it always be like that?
Culture
Paris: The not-so-Grande Arche has fallen into a sorry state
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se