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.
- 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