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A Bed in Montmatre, Paris – Caulaincourt Square Hostel Review

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It is often thought that visiting Paris, France costs a small fortune. Well, it doesn’t have to! There is are plenty of ways to save money and still have a great time. Throughout the city, there are hostels and boutique hotels that cater for backpackers and flashpackers alike! On our latest trip to Paris, we chose Caulaincourt Square Hostel that helped us save those all-important euros. Read on for our full Caulaincourt Square Hostel review.

Caulaincourt Square Hostel Location

Once home to artists, dancers, starving writers and those who know a good view when they find one, Montmartre sits astride the hills of the 18th arrondisment. Caulaincourt Square Hostel is located a three minute walk from Caulaincourt metro stop so it is very easy to find. It sits at the bottom of the hill that takes you up to Montmartre’s most famous squares and the Sacre Coure. Nearby you will find a small supermarket, a great bakery and on Saturdays, a street flea market selling everything from clothes to antiques.

A Look Around Caulaincourt Square Hostel

Our Room

During our stay at Caulaincourt Square Hostel, we had the biggest of their private double rooms. The first thing I noticed was the cool statement wallpaper. The second was the lovely view across the Paris rooftops. The room was one the second floor and had a lovely Juliet balcony. Sadly, it was a little too chilly outside to have the doors open but I bet it just divine in summer!

The room was reasonably sized with enough room for our bags and space to move around the beds. There wasn’t a wardrobe, but a multifunctional piece of furniture that served as desk, had a spot for the safe and was topped with hooks. It was good enough for me to use a dressing table and to hang my big dress for Disney. I really liked the round mirrors, they were cool and we had a larger mirror in the bathroom so plenty of places to admire ourselves. We even had a large TV…not that we were in the room long enough to use it at any point, but it was great to have if we just wanted a chilled night in.

Our bed was two singles pushed together, which isn’t that unusual for a hostel but they were still made up as singles. I don’t mind this at all but it worth bearing in mind if you are intending to have a romantic trip to Paris with your amour.

Our Bathroom

We had a small ensuite, which I was very happy about. It is possible to book rooms with shared bathrooms but it is always nice to know that it is all yours! The whole bathroom was very tight, including the shower so it was definitely functional only. All our getting ready was done in the main bedroom. I loved the large showerhead and that we got some simple amenities, it made it feel more like a hotel. Plus, the tiles are SO Soho restaurant bathroom!

Dining

Breakfast

Breakfast was a simple but pleasant affair. It was served in the large kitchen/lounge space downstairs with lots of seating and plenty of natural light. In the evening, people use the kitchen to prepare cheap dinner and there is lots of communal salt/pepper/sugar etc to keep things interesting. Guests have all the pots, pans and crockery they need so there is no need to worry about being stuck with noodles in a plastic pot.

At breakfast, everyone was allowed one croissant, one bread roll with plenty of jam/butter etc and some cereal. There was also tea coffee and juice, a decent hostel offering. However…

I don’t mind a sub-par croissant at many hotels in the world but I think it is inexcusable in Paris, especially when the hotel is directly across from an excellent boulangerie. I truly believe that charging an extra euro per night and providing a better quality of breakfast pastry would be entirely worth it.

The Aesthetics of the Caulaincourt Square Hostel

There is no denying that the Caulaincourt Square Hostel has a distinctive, and very trendy vibe. Let’s start with the wallpaper. Throughout the hostel, monochrome scenes from the desert to the jungle grace many of the walls. I found myself stopping to take it in every time I climbed the stairs…or maybe I just needed the breather, Being on a hill, and in Paris, there is no lift so taking the hike up the cool staircase is something you’ll get used to pretty quickly. Make sure you take in the view.

The other nod to the jungle is most clearly seen in the reception area. Warm colours adorn the floor and furniture. Honey hues offset by pops of green. The best thing is, that greenery is real. Standing plants, large potted palms are doted around here and indoor foliage hangs from the ceiling/ Shelves in reception and in the kitchen really beighten up the space and bring it to life. Big fan!

The Other Hostel

Caulaincourt Square Hostel is part of an accommodation group called Hiphophostels that has locations throughout Paris. An eight minute walk away, is one of their sister properties, Plug Inn Hostel. This location is geared towards the cool young things. It feels more like a hostel but still provides everything you need. Every room, whether a dorm or a private, has its own bathroom and all linen, towels, breakfast and even walking tours are provided for free.

Final Thoughts for This Caulaincourt Square Hostel Review

In a city that is prepared to take all your money if you aren’t paying attention, it is so important to find somewhere that is great value. If you can make the hotel cool too, you are on to a winner. Caulaincourt Square Hostel is a wonderful blend of affordability, excellent location and a nice atmosphere. Along with the other properties in the Hiphophostels group, it is an excellent options for those who love a good value spot in a wonderful location.

Rosie xx


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