Situated in a 1930’s renovated ‘Art Deco’ building in the upcoming district of Belleville, Les Piaules is a fab new design hostel with a very cool bar, custom made bunk beds and a rooftop terrace that offers you great views of the Paris skyline.
The hostel is located on the boulevard of Belleville, which is packed with great bars, coffee shops and some great eateries. The hostel reflects the vibe of Belleville: fun, bubbly and arty. The hostel is located near most of the must-see attractions in Paris. You are within a 10-minute walking radius of the historical centre of Paris: Le Marais, Châtelet, République, Notre-Dame and Saint Germain des Prés plus you have access to all the historical places such as Champs Elysées, Moulin Rouge, Père Lachaise and more. The hostel is just 50 metres walking distance from Belleville Metro hub.
Rooms and bathrooms
The owners travelled for more than a year across the best and worst hostels and used that experience to design some really cool rooms. Their bunk beds offer comfort, convenience and privacy. The experience shows: they have privacy curtains, a reading light, power plugs, private lockers and a comfy mattress. Called the ‘Le Plumard’ it is definitely one of the nicest bunk beds I’ve seen in a hostel.
On the rooftop they have 4 rooms overlooking the Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower.
One of these is called the Rockbound Dorm with the Le Plumard bunk beds. The privates are luxurious with their wooden parquet floors, expresso coffee machine and cosy linen white sheets. If you like your rooms modern and minimalist you will love these rooms.
The hostel has the coolest bar in town with a carefully curated selection of local beer, coffee and French specialty drinks. The bar is packed with locals in the evenings enjoying aperitif and nibbling on their salty tarts, croque monsieur or cold meat and cheese platters. While enjoying one of their beers on tap, take a selfie in their photo booth, work off your steam with the punching bag or challenge a local on their foosball table.
Guests can choose from a range of breakfasts (£2.50 to £8) to kickstart your day – hand roasted coffee sourced from the Belleville Brûlerie (500m down the road), croissants, eggs and bacon, creamy 24 month-aged Comté, French cheeses from local producers, or muesli and organic yoghurt.
Other key features
You can check-in 24/7, party animals can check-out as late as 12pm, you have free and good working Wi-Fi and helpful multilingual staff who will also give you guidance of chat lines in French if required. Plus they have a very cool customised map of Paris, which has some great tips of things to do and places to eat in the area.
If I was to be picky about the negatives in the hostel: there is no kitchen for guests. The Rockbound dorm on the top floor means that it can get a bit noisy at night on the terrace for those staying in privates- a polite word to your fellow guests and hostel staff should hopefully solve any issues.
What makes this a luxury hostel
Hostels in Paris are pretty average so Les Piaules is a welcome addition to the hostelling scene in Europe. I love the design and hip style of the hostel especially the custom made bunk beds, trendy and cosy bar plus Belleville is a fun vibrant district to base your trip to Paris.
Booking via Hostelworld.com, doubles start at €90 room, Dorm beds from €25 per person. Note that breakfast is excluded.
59 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris, France.