generator has been changing the hostel game this side of the atlantic since it first launched in london nearly two decades ago. now a growing chain with properties at key destinations across the old continent, it appeals to a savvy young clientele with a hospitality formula that tickles all senses. and very recently the city of paris has joined the generator ranks, and with 916 beds it's the chain's biggest property to date. situated in the happening canal st.-martin area, the hostel occupies a former office building and features both shared and private rooms. there are even premium twins on the eigth floor with private balconies overlooking the trees of place du colonel fabien.
needless to say, they're all beautifully designed and available at budget rates. the aesthetic of the place, best described as a cool mash-up of styles that takes cues from the local culture, is another collab between designagency from toronto and generator's creative director anwar mekhayech. very much offering a total lifestyle experience, every nook and cranny of generator paris has been designed as such, featuring a number of welcoming public spaces for different purposes and moods. a welcoming lounge area offers relaxation from a busy day of out on the town or to mingle with fellow guests and visitors, and when you're feeling a little peckish, café fabien and its beautiful conservatory readily accommodates.
on the menu are traditional french dishes and classics such as burgers, salads and artisan sandwiches, made with local produce whenever possible, and paired with local beer, cocktails and mocktails. not sleepy yet? the debaucherous night owl in you is lucky to have a cosy bar on the premises, big enough to show off your slickest dance moves. there's no stopping the generator chain, as equally appealing new hostels are in the making in amsterdam and rome as we speak, and which both are scheduled to open later this year. paris location: 9-11 place du colonel fabien [canal st.-martin].