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“FUAJ YVES ROBERT - RUE PAJOL”
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Yves Robert Hostel
Ranked #46 of 161 Speciality Lodging in Paris
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“FUAJ YVES ROBERT - RUE PAJOL”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Just returned from here with a small school group. It's a really great hostel and the design is very modern using the frame of some old locomotive sheds. Rue Pajol is about a 10-15 minute walk from Gare du Nord and has 2 metro stations ; La Chapelle and Marx Dormoy within 5 minutes walk away. The area around the hostel is a working class area of Paris but Rue Pajol around the hostel is pretty smart with a bar with a pavement terrace. There were groups of local youths hanging around on a few corners but we never had any problems with safety, and when we came back from Disney at 1am the street was very quiet. The area around La Chapelle station and the part of Rue Pajol north of Rue Riquet were rougher and felt more intimidating, but it's really like visiting any major city, be cautious, be sensible, and trust your instincts about anywhere you're walking.
The hostel itself is clean and modern with en suite showers and sinks, the toilets are on the corridor and are reasonable in terms of cleanliness. All rooms are basic but did have USB sockets and card entry. The room I stayed in had no curtains! I think it was 231 so avoid getting that one if possible! Food in the restaurant was fine, and you can fill up at breakfast with cereal, croissants etc. reasonably priced vending machines are around the public places and there's a bar with outside balcony deck chairs and bean bags. There's also TV in the public areas in reception. The staff were very friendly and tried to help in English all the time. Although not in the centre, the metro is close by and is very fast and efficient. There's a MacDonald's right by Marx Dormoy Station. I would definitely recommend this hostel, but like I say, use the same caution in the area as you would back home and you'll be fine.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

It was a great hostel with friendly and welcoming staff members, however it is situated in a terrible location.

The area didn't feel safe at night and wasn't near the main area of Paris. A lot of taxi drivers didn't even know where to go once I gave them the address.

Stayed in the private double room.It was very clean and spacious with a nice little balcony.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Pajol, it´s a very good hostel to stay, it´s clean, people at the front desk is kind and help you with getting around Paris, they have maps and flyers of the free walking tours. Also they speak english, french and sometimes spanish so they can help you a lot.

The hostel it´s clean, the atmosphere at least in the time i went was not bad but also not so good for party, everyone was quiet at the lobby and at the rooms. The bathrooms are shared but they are clean, and you can hang your towel inside and also soap and shampoo. What it´s served for breakfast it´s good they give you bread, jam, orange juice, milk, cereal and cheese, So you can have a good meal for the day.

Rooms are clean i stayed in one of 4 beds, you have the shower inside but the toilette it´s shared outside in the hall.

I stayed there for 5 nights and it was great, the only problem that i see is the air conditioner if you´re sleeping in the upper bed it can get very cold at night, so be carefull.

Also a great thing it´s that they have a 2 doors system because of the eco friendly hostel and also in the rooms you cannot open the windows, because the air is recylcing inside, but everything is great.

I recommend this to anyone

Room Tip: Try to sleep in the lowe bed because of the air conditioner, sometimes gets to cold.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

I came in this hostel with my friend last october)))the hotel is nice and not far from metro)receptiontion stuff is good-good bar whith good beer and original glasses)))) the room for 2 people is quite big)and clean)the bathrom was ok)the hall is clean as well as the restrooms) breakfast is served in a big dining area early from the morning)good food) we liked everything except the area where the hotel is located is not really safe-if you are alone-----kind of creepy to wal even after 9 p.m

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Puurs, Belgium
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

The surroundings can be intimidating at night, especially for solo travellers, but the hostel itself is quite nice. The double room is spacious and clean, with an ensuite bathroom - strangely enough, not a toilet, but that was right across. Breakfast is complimentary, but not elaborate or varied; good enough if you just want to be fed (not for longer stays). Fast connection to the city centre via La Chapelle station and underground walkway to Gare du Nord. Some OK restaurants in the neighbourhood, and a cosy bar in the hostel.
We had a room above the brasserie at the other end of the building, and fell asleep to dull thumping, but no major noise issues (except for the kids on the school trip who were up and about at 7AM). Only downsides: the "cleaning" of toilets is actually limited to replacing bin liners and toilet paper - dirt on the floor or toilets was not cleaned during 3 days - and breakfast could be a bit later (who on earth wants to get up before 9 for bread and Nutella?). I'm sure the place will look a lot nicer in the summer, when the garden will be ready.
Overall, good stay when you're on a budget or want a quick weekend in Paris without spending an arm and a leg.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

The hostel itself is great, very clean and everything seemed to be shine and bright. Breakfast was really good, with lots of options. I stayed in a triple room and it had a shower and a sink, but the toilets were shared. The shower was a weird experience, it only worked in one temperature and you had to press a button so you would have water for 30 seconds or so. It was quite annoying at first, but became manageable.

Unfortunately the hostel's location isn't good at all. Even though it's near two different metro stations, the area can be quite scaring. Every night, when we were on the way from the metro station to the hostel, there were several groups of men in the boardwalks. Nothing really happened to us, but it just killed the mood of the trip - well, this and all the scams going on in Paris (girls asking for you to sign petitions, asking to borrow pens, guys trying to put a ribbon on your finger... DON'T get caught in this, doubt absolutely everybody who approaches you, specially in touristic places and on the metro).

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

I definitely recommend this place! Amongst the advantages I'd list: neatness (everything's perfectly clean), free wi-fi (in the hall), breakfasts included in the price (with a sufficient choice of food: bread rolls, croissants, butter, nutella, various yoghruts, milk, a few kinds of cereal, tea, coffee, juice), the price itself (very cheap!), modern design of the building and its interiors, minimalistic but very convenient arrangement of the rooms (including private sink and shower), nice service.
The disadvantages were hard to find. :) But if I had to mention any, those would be: location (it is close to the city center and some of Paris' important sights [like Montmartre], but the neighbourhood doesn't feel too safe [but it's an opinion of a 21-years-old girl travelling alone, so I may exaggerate ;)]), the distance to the nearest metro station (you have to be ready for a little stroll, which can be troubling when the weather is bad, for example), the lockers having no locks (such a paradox ;)) so there is no place to store your precious stuff.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Yves Robert Hostel
Address: 20 Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute, 75018 Paris, France
Region: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 161 Speciality Lodging in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Halle Pajol consists of a youth hostel, a public library, local activities and a public garden in three distinct but related entities. The hostel was fully completed in May 2013, and is a unique Parsian spot. Commissioned by the residents, the project Halle Pajol began in the early 2000s, following the decision of the city of Paris. In order to answer to the resident's requests, the city hall of Paris decided to build a cultural facility in a sustainable and ecofriendly way. It is in this spirit of innovative and efficient building that the hostel Yves Robert was born. The hostel is located in an environmental-friendly-neighborhood one of the best examples of sustainable development in Paris, between the Gare du Nord and Montmartre. ... more   less 

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