If you want to go to Paris and you don't care where you sleep as long as you have a roof over your head and you don't have to worry about freezing to death, then the Woodstock is as good as any other place out there, I guess.
While some of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly, others were rude, unhelpful and made you feel quite unwelcome. The language barrier was not a problem in any case however and it was nice to hear the English language at the end of the day and the drinks were some of the cheapest in the whole of Paris.
It is the luck of the draw who you get to stay with, which was not a problem for us, as we knew we would be sharing when we booked. However, we were told we would be in a six person dorm, but we were on the top floor in a four person room (sharing bunk beds) with another matress under one of the beds. I wondered if the other matress had gone missing or if there was a booking error.
You are expected to vacate your room from 11am until 3pm for cleaning. However, I didn't notice any cleaning going on in our room, in the toilet or in the shower. The latter two were particularly disgusting. The matresses were dire and the rented sheets had some of the pubic belongings of some of the previous guests who had used them.
Nevertheless, while the room was small, it was cozy. I was very conscious of the fact that our bed squeaked and was scared to move most of the time in case I woke others up. Getting onto the top bunk isn't the easiest of things, as there were no aids, but it's do-able.
Breakfast consisted of hot chocolate, coffee, water or orange juice... and bread. While it was free, by the second morning I didn't care if I made it to breakfast or not.
The curfew was not a problem as if you really get to see Paris, you will be exhausted well before 2am. However, the walls definitely are thin and if you're unlucky enough to have the toilet adjoining... you can get to know other guests in ways you probably wouldn't want to. Bowel movements and toilet paper use come to mind.
The showers are a little scary. Once warm, they're fine but when cold they can take your breath away literally. The large window left little to the imagination for those in the courtyard and neighbouring houses. While blurred, you still might find yourself feeling a little conscious.
And if you want an early nights sleep... if you're too tired to stay awake, then you're fine. Nothing will keep you awake. However, extroverted Americans kept me up one night and I was staying on the top floor. There was little done to keep the noise down, if anything at all.
It felt like it was a place catering for people who were willing to pour as much money into the well being of the hostel as possible. Drinking in the hostel is a cheap option, but the atmosphere is bleak especially when your company is hit or miss. Maybe we chose the wrong time to go because the people certainly make the place. It's cheap, but you pay for cheap. I will never forget my trip to Paris, but I hope one day I can forget the Woodstock.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Woodstock is known for its cosiness as well as for its party atmosphere, and is the ideal place to meet other backpackers and to make lifelong friends. Watch out though, once you’re here, you might never want to leave… Woodstock is much more than a hostel, it’s a way of life. Here we know your name and you will know ours.Nowhere else in Paris will you find so much at such an unbeatable price… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodstock Hotel Paris