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The staff is 100% nice considering they have to fill in refill this entire hotel every several days that causes problems that they are not responsible for I found the place clean and efficient the food at breakfast very nice the only problem I have a social club in the basement and those people to not look like this at this hotel They have American coffee Which is great and you can drink a lot

nite club in bar/basement is out of place in hostel those patrons are mostly not from the hostel

Used to love the Paris Generator and have stayed in the double rooms five or six times since it opened since it was fun, clean and almost like a boutique hotel on a big scale. But it is starting to show its wear-and-tear. On my last visit housekeeping quality has seriously gone down. Cleanliness in my bathroom was so-so. Light sensors and switches did not work. Hallways was dirty. And the lobby is plastered with scotch-taped flyers and vending machines replace former amenities. The staff is stressed and tired. So, unfortunately I will not go back.

This place has been the downside of my trip...let’s start with how they charge you for EVERYTHING! Just to rent a towel is 6 euros, not to keep it just to rent it! The usb in my room didn’t work and they were charging 9 euros for an adapter when I was able to get a whole charger for 5 euros down the street. The check in line is redic and they have two people working when they could have 4 and it’s so slow when you finally reach them. how long should it take to look at a passport, make a key, and pay what’s due! It took 20 mins when it should have been 3-5. They have a restaurant but it’s over priced compared to what you can get anywhere else and to get to the restaurant u have to walk past all the smokers which is so nice. But what pissed me off the most is the luggage issue. They have a big luggage room and it doesn’t take coins so if for some reason your card isn’t working you can’t leave your luggage. WTH with all the people who come in here your telling me they can’t afford to get a new one or fix it. This luggage issue has made me leave for the airport hours before I was planning to bc I can’t walk around with my luggage. Unfortunately I booked at the generator at the next city I’m in and I’m expecting it to be just as terrible and it’s prepaid for.

I really loved this place. In the heart of Shoreditch so theres tons of bars and food spots within walking distance. I was traveling alone so I love how social this place is. You will meet people in the common areas and not feel alone. The room is a bit small but you probly wont spend much time in there. The bathrooms are on your floor and clean and private. Shower too. Affordable and worth it. They have a convenient kitchen downstairs as well as common area with wifi on the main floor. I had a blast !!

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Good hostel in a decent neighborhood. Would stay there again.

Clean and nice! But it's just too far from the center, The neighborhood around it's not safe some try to steal my wallet in the metro next to the hostel

After check in I went to my room my bed was taked ask for another room. The guy at the staf was completely unpolite. I just ask for another room he told me they canot control people moving from a room to other and I understand but he doesn't have to raise his voice like it was my fault. By other hand there was mold in the shower room. I only stay for one day but book for 2 night.

My 16th Generator visit, great brand recognition and marketing but increasingly worse experiences. Stayed at this branch 2x over a one week period and unfortunately it was just one terrible experience after the other. Will keep the review concise and summarize due to space. Called ahead and asked about luggage storage options, was told a price and time limit that was incorrect. Had lunch, the 20 minute croquet monsieur was expensive and dry as a brick. Beds are super short, I’m not overly tall but covered the full length of the bed. Needed change to use machine in the hostel and their change machine was broken, was scuffed at and asked to use the supermarket across the street. Had breakfast, the pricing was inconsistent and the cashier girl was flirting with customers charging them based on how much she seemingly liked them. My room was tiny, I could not even open a suitcase between beds so I went into the hallway to finish packing my bag before leaving, fully dressed, not putting anything outside my bag. A manager and security guard quickly appeared, without asking started yelling at me. I was told to immediately go into the bathroom because I was embarrassing the hotel. Tried to argue my case but wasn’t even allowed to utter a full sentence, they told me that I wasn’t allowed to open my luggage in public places and that if I didn’t leave immediately I would be thrown out. Thanks, no more.

Normally I didn't choose mixed dorms, it's not comfortable for me but it not this time. I thought it will be worst:)

Quite nice as far as hostels are concerned. Travelled as a family of four, with two kids under 10. Had a 4-bed room. It works much like many chain hotels, with key card room entry, personal ensuite toilet and shower rooms, and an open vanity space. Breakfast is available on site for a fee and looked decent, though we did not partake. The bunk beds were firm and came with corresponding padlockable storage boxes underneath. They were fitted with peg board style sides with integrated reading lamps and storage pockets. Being a hostel, they do not provide soap or towels (available to rent for 6€ each) and you have to make the bed. We found the room stuffy, and while the climate control instructions were clear, it did not seem effective. Opening the windows solved the temperature problem but brought in lots of additional noise from the street and nearby rail lines. Bag storage is available in the form of rentable lockers. Large ones, which will fit two carry on roller bags and two half-filled backpacks, start at 3€ for 6 hours and can be rented for up to 24 hours, with repeated access capability. These only accept 1 and 2€ coins. Change machine is on site. HSBC has an ATM two doors away. Staying with children gets you some fun looks, but for the location, which admittedly isn't so wonderful in the immediate vicinity, and the price, even with the nickel and dime on what are standard features at hotels, it's acceptable for short stays, as space is cramped.

Good place, but needs some improvements. Very modern, but the showers don’t stay very hot. The washer and dryer system is needing to be fixed. The prices could be lower too.

It was my first time staying at a hostel, and it was excellent. I realize that there’s a certain luck-factor with regard to who you get for roommates (mine were amazing and ended up spending the day with me in Paris) so I’ll focus on the hostel itself: The front staff was excellent. Very friendly, and spoke great English. The cafe was exceptional, and also friendly. A great place to lounge around or wait. They have decent security, but be forewarned that outside food is not allowed in your rooms, and they will stop you if you try to bring it in. The rooms were clean, and clean linen was provided free of charge (towels and a lock are extra). Rooms come with locker chests under the beds. The location was probably my favorite part. It’s directly across the street from the Colonel Fabien metro stop, so once you learn the metro system, you can get anywhere from your front door.

The hostel was pretty much what I expected from a hostel. Beds were decent, not what I have at home but not the worst I've slept on. Facilities could use attention - only one men's toilet working on my floor, and laundry out of order (4 laundromats within 5 min walk, so that wasn't as bad). Hostel seems to attract international travelers as well as large groups. Got very nervous when I saw a busload of teenage boys in the lobby (on a school trip?), but I never heard a peep from them or saw them again, so maybe they try to keep them all on another floor or something. Common areas (at least the cafe and roof) are nice. Be aware that everyone in Paris smokes, so couldn't stay long on the roof deck, which was a shame because the view was really nice. Can't say about the bar/club, since I don't drink. Wasn't crazy that you weren't allowed outside food, since I have food allergies and couldn't eat anything that was available in the hostel's cafe. Mea culpa - should have checked on that before booking. Fortunately, lots of restaurants/shops within 20 min walk w/ good gluten-free options. The neighborhood is fine, just not as fancy and sanitized as tourist areas. It's on the border of the 10th and 19th, so caters more to locals. Ignore reviews that say the neighborhood is dangerous. Those reviewers have just never seen a homeless person before. There's graffiti and poverty. There are also families and trendy restaurants and organic markets. You'll be fine.

Económico, muy limpio, ordenado y con variedad de actividades

9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien Paris Paris

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Canal Saint-Martin and Parc des Buttes Chaumont
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Paris City Center, Generator Paris is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Saint-Martin and within 15 minutes of other popular attractions like Parc des Buttes Chaumont. This 199-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee on weekdays from 7 AM to 10 AM and on weekends from 7 AM to noon. Get an energy boost at the coffee shop/café, or grab a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find free WiFi.


Property features

At Generator Paris, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, a terrace, and laundry facilities. Self parking is offered for EUR 240 per day. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, access to locker space, and tours or tickets. Additional amenities include a convenience store and a picnic area.

Room options

1 Bed in a 6 Bed mixed dorm

1 Twin Bed | Sleeps 1

Room, 8 Beds, Private Bathroom

8 Twin Beds | Sleeps 8

1 Bed in a 10 Bed mixed dorm

1 Twin Bed | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Queen

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Generator Paris

Everyone (17) Family (2)
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Everyone

By on Jan 24, 2020

Review comment responded on Jan 24, 2020

Hi, Thank you very much for scoring us. We are thrilled to hear that you have appreciated your stay at Generator Paris as we do our best to make our guests' experience as pleasant and memorable as possible. We hope to see you soon. Prenom @Generator Paris / Bonjour, Merci beaucoup de nous avoir noté. Nous sommes ravis d’apprendre que vous avez apprécié votre séjour au Generator Paris car nous faisons de notre mieux pour rendre l’expérience de nos clients la plus agréable et la plus mémorable possible. Nous espérons vous revoir bientôt. Macarena@Generator Paris

4
Everyone

By on Dec 3, 2019

Review comment responded on Dec 6, 2019

Hi Gen Guest! Thank you very much for scoring us. We are thrilled to hear that you have appreciated your stay at Generator Paris as we do our best to make our guests' experience as pleasant and memorable as possible. We hope to see you soon.

4
Everyone

The staff is 100% nice considering they have to fill in refill this entire hotel every several days that causes problems that they are not responsible for I found the place clean and efficient the food at breakfast very nice the only problem I have a social club in the basement and those people to not look like this at this hotel They have American coffee Which is great and you can drink a lot

By on Oct 8, 2019

Review comment responded on Oct 9, 2019

Thank you for leaving us a review. Its a pleasure to read our guest enjoyed their stay with us. We are sorry to hear that you didn't find our property being good value for money. We always try to offer great experience at competitive prices. We hope to see you again soon !

4
Everyone

nite club in bar/basement is out of place in hostel those patrons are mostly not from the hostel

By on Oct 6, 2019

Review comment responded on Oct 6, 2019

Hello! Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your review and feedback! We hope to see you very soon!

3
Business Business

Used to love the Paris Generator and have stayed in the double rooms five or six times since it opened since it was fun, clean and almost like a boutique hotel on a big scale. But it is starting to show its wear-and-tear. On my last visit housekeeping quality has seriously gone down. Cleanliness in my bathroom was so-so. Light sensors and switches did not work. Hallways was dirty. And the lobby is plastered with scotch-taped flyers and vending machines replace former amenities. The staff is stressed and tired. So, unfortunately I will not go back.

By , from New York City on Oct 3, 2019

Review comment responded on Oct 5, 2019

Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to score your experience at Generator Paris. I am sorry to hear that your stay was not up to your expectations. Could we kindly ask you to share your experience in more detail, so it can be shared with our management team in order to improve our level of service. We do our best to make our guests' experience as pleasant and memorable as possible. We would love for you to give us another chance next time. Ofelia @Generator Paris

1
Everyone

This place has been the downside of my trip...let’s start with how they charge you for EVERYTHING! Just to rent a towel is 6 euros, not to keep it just to rent it! The usb in my room didn’t work and they were charging 9 euros for an adapter when I was able to get a whole charger for 5 euros down the street. The check in line is redic and they have two people working when they could have 4 and it’s so slow when you finally reach them. how long should it take to look at a passport, make a key, and pay what’s due! It took 20 mins when it should have been 3-5. They have a restaurant but it’s over priced compared to what you can get anywhere else and to get to the restaurant u have to walk past all the smokers which is so nice. But what pissed me off the most is the luggage issue. They have a big luggage room and it doesn’t take coins so if for some reason your card isn’t working you can’t leave your luggage. WTH with all the people who come in here your telling me they can’t afford to get a new one or fix it. This luggage issue has made me leave for the airport hours before I was planning to bc I can’t walk around with my luggage. Unfortunately I booked at the generator at the next city I’m in and I’m expecting it to be just as terrible and it’s prepaid for.

By on Oct 3, 2019

Review comment responded on Oct 3, 2019

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay with us. I am sorry to hear we not meeting your expectations. We always try our maximum to provide the best experience. It looks like we have failed on this occasion. We will make sure your comments are being passed back to the relevant teams. We are really sorry you experienced those issues during your stay with us.

4
Everyone

By on Jul 1, 2019

Review comment responded on Jul 1, 2019

Hi! Thank you very much for scoring us. We are thrilled to hear that you have appreciated your stay at Generator Paris as we do our best to make our guests' experience as pleasant and memorable as possible. We hope to see you soon.

5
Everyone

I really loved this place. In the heart of Shoreditch so theres tons of bars and food spots within walking distance. I was traveling alone so I love how social this place is. You will meet people in the common areas and not feel alone. The room is a bit small but you probly wont spend much time in there. The bathrooms are on your floor and clean and private. Shower too. Affordable and worth it. They have a convenient kitchen downstairs as well as common area with wifi on the main floor. I had a blast !!

By , from Los Angeles on May 8, 2019

Review comment responded on May 11, 2019

Hi Suzy, Thank you for your feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you have loved absolutely everything about your stay. We hope you will visit us soon in one of our locations. Malwina@GeneratorParis

5
Everyone

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By on Apr 2, 2019

Review comment responded on Apr 3, 2019

Hi ! Thank you so much for your kind review ! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we hope to see you soon in one of our locations ! We would love to welcome you back again soon. Najat @Generator Paris

4
Family

Good hostel in a decent neighborhood. Would stay there again.

By on Feb 24, 2019

Review comment responded on Mar 3, 2019

Hi Gen Guest, Thank you for your feedback. It is great to see that you have enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Chloé Generator Paris

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