by Lilit Marcus, Condé Nast Traveler
Most people hear the word "hostel" and think of smelly backpackers crammed into communal rooms. But those people haven't seen the Generator Hostel, which opened this month in Paris. It's perfect for solo travelers who want to mix and mingle but also value their privacy, and at 45 euros per person for a single room it's a welcome addition to the budget space in the pricey French capital. Take a look at these exclusive photos from the Generator Paris, then get amped for the brand's upcoming properties in Rome and Amsterdam, which will open later this year.
The Generator is located in the 10th arrondissement, across the street from the landmark Communist Party Headquarters building.
It's also close to the trendy Canal St-Martin area, which is lined with chic wine bars and shops.
There are five room options. The least expensive are the shared rooms for six, eight, or ten and the priciest are the single or double private rooms with terraces.
Every room, from single to dorm, has an ensuite bathroom--no awkward hallway encounters expected.
And because this is a hostel, there's plenty of communal space for hanging out and making new friends.
Those sad hostel breakfasts of cold eggs are no longer. The Generator's bread options are on par with many posher Paris hotels.
The property was originally an eight-story insurance company office block and was refurbished by French architect JJ Ory.
The interiors, however, were designed by DesignAgency, a firm based in Toronto.
Beds in shared rooms begin at 25 euros per night, while beds in private rooms begin at 49 euros.
With an in-house bar and disco, you never have to worry about finding a cab home at the end of the night.