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St Christopher's Canal Paris
Ranked #5 of 187 Speciality Lodging in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 July 2011

Stayed for 4 nights in June 2011. Nice room, clean and spacious with a sink. However the staff are too busy with their own social agenda to bother with good service. Always talking and messing around when there are lines of people. Also very rude at times. The linen was scratchy and the pillows weren't even pillows, but instead bags filled with cotton wool. The location is terrible, both in terms of distance from key sights and in socio economic terms! Would never walk around at night! Bathrooms dirty (poo on floor) and showers low pressure and require constant holding of a button for hot water. All in all a terrible waste of money.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

St. Christopher's is a great place. Very clean and tidy dorms, big secure cages for ur belongings but make sure you have a big lock...(but they do sell them there as well) The beds are super solid so you can't even notice other ppl getting in and out and are fitted with a neat little curtain so it's great to block out the light and as a changing room. fairly good location close to 2 different metro stops. Has the usual big euro hostel vibe to it, ppl are there to party and site-see and it can be hit and miss with who you meet.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 July 2011

This is an excellent hostel. It's fairly new; the rooms and bathrooms are clean; there are large underbed lockers; there are curtains on the beds (I wish more hostels did that); and there's an internet cafe downstairs which sells concessions for decent prices. The only drawback, as other reviewers have mentioned, is the location: it's about twenty minutes away, by metro, from the center of town. This was my second stay here and I plan to stay here again the next time I'm in Paris. Unfortunately the wifi is almost impossible to get outside the ground floor; my iPod touch would pick it up sometimes but my netbook never would.

As for the lack of common area which another reviewer mentioned, I think the bar and internet cafe do fine, except when they're too crowded, but that can happen with any public space.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank arthad
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

I went with two girlfriends to Paris for 3 days and 2 nights. We planned to do a lot during the day time and were concerned about it being too much of a party hostel for us, but we were pleasantly surprised by the fact that you really couldn't hear much of anything going on outside the dorm rooms when you were inside and by the security of the place (ie. bouncers/guards patting down less kept people coming into the bar on Friday night).

In room storage of stuff was great, but there are two areas that have room for improvement:

1) Day-time storage of bags; they had lock boxes available for rent, but otherwise it was just chucking our bags in a room (or in the basement) without a designated guard or CCTV warning. We did store stuff in the closet and overflow basement room without incident

2) There's no proper "common area." We brought food back that we wanted to eat, but didn't want to disturb people sleeping in our room. We couldn't eat it in the restaurant/bar or the internet cafe area, so we ended up in the cold on the steps outside the hostel.

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The cleanliness was excellent!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

The hostel seems quite new. It is kept very clean and tidy and is very comfortable to stay in. The staff were also quite friendly. The location of the the hostel isnt the greatest, but still not so bad. Also they have alot of big tourist groups like Top deck or something staying there which wasnt really to my taste. The internet was a bit iffy at times also. Overall not to bad though.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

My cousins and I stayed at St. Christopher's Paris for three nights in May 2011. The best parts of this hostel are the cozy little bunks we slept in. They each had their own outlets (to charge your electronics), a nightlight (to keep from waking your neighbors) and a sliding curtain to pull across the bunk for privacy. The three of us slept in a room with five other people, but the curtains really gave us a lot of privacy and kept the light out when others were coming and out of the room.

The security lockers (huge cages under each bed) were great. They fit most large suitcases! They're a little loud when you roll them out, but the security they offer you just can't find in most hostels. Bring your own lock!

Most of the staff was friendly and helpful with directions, too!

You can read more about our experience at http://missguidedtravel.blogspot.com

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

I stayed at this hostel in February with my friend - we were placed in an 8-bed all female room. Each bunk has it's own reading light, privacy curtain and plug-ins. The room was full on the first night, but there were only 5 of us on the second night. The facility, room and linens were very clean. Check-in and check-out were very easy. The beds were a bit hard, but again, it's a hostel, not a $300/night hotel room.

My wallet was stolen in the subway on my first day in Paris (nowhere near the hostel) - the desk staff were very helpful and called the police for me.

I was hesitant about staying in a hostel due to horror stories about noise / drunken travelers - but it was a great first experience. We were lucky to have the room-mates that we had, as on the second night there was a girl sobbing in the hallway near her room - she had obviously had too much to drink and had a bit of a breakdown.

There were three downsides:
(1) We were aware before we booked that the hostel was a bit far from the heart of Paris - but I wish it was closer. It's a bit of a trek with luggage to the train station that took us back to England.

(2) We took advantage of the complimentary breakfast one morning - it consisted of cereal (with curdled milk), very hard french bread, water and tea. I would have preferred a muffin, or some fruit. But, it's a hostel, so you can't be choosy.

(3) If you arrive before 3pm (check-in), you have to store your luggage in the luggage room - it was basically a long, narrow closet. There were secure lockers, which we used, but it was very difficult getting in and out, as the majority of travelers just left their bags in the doorway - they could use a larger, more secure room.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank KatieBursey
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Additional Information about St Christopher's Canal Paris

Address: 159 Rue Crimee | 68-74 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > La Villette
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 187 Speciality Lodging in Paris
Price Range: £18 - £115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — St Christopher's Canal Paris 2*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A multi-award winning hostel only three stops away from the Gare du Nord Eurostar station with a waterfront terrace overlooking the Canal St Martin with modern pod beds and FREE WiFi. We offer a variety of rooms including female only dorms and private rooms and every room includes heating, electronic key security, secure locker storage, private or shared bathrooms and modern hostel POD beds with curtains for extra privacy as well as comfort. ... more   less 
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