If you have a Romantic mindset and don't mind bunk beds, you can't do better than Les Maisons Internationale de la Jeunesse et des Etudiants (MIJE) in the Marais of Paris, one block from the Seine -- for about 32 Euros. And that includes breakfast and bottomless coffee! I have now stayed at least three times at each old mansion, but this hostel, Hotel Maubisson on rue des Barres, feels like home. The hostel is a Tudor building on a pedestrian walkway snuggled into a courtyard close to St. Gervais Church and several decent restaurants. From your bunk, you will hear those church bells toll as well as those of Notre Dame, a very short walk away. The location is astonishing: a block from the Seine, close to Metro St. Paul, rue de Rivoli buses, and Franprix grocery. You will meet friendly people from all over the world. I especially enjoy meeting the school groups and their teachers, read: expect noisy breakfasts. This hostel does have a lift, but you must walk a couple of blocks for dinner (extra). Breakfast is served in the heavy-beamed dining room. Book rooms 45 days in advance; don't wait as it is very popular with the school groups. I absolutely LOVE this place and cannot wait to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MIJE Maubuisson youth hostel is located in "le Marais" district, near the city hall, in the very heart of Paris. MIJE three hostels are old mansions from XVIIth century, at walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral, Ile Saint Louis and Latin Quarter. MIJE provide an perfect housing in the very center of Paris, for a really affordable price. ... more less