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Review: St Christopher’s Inn Canal, Paris

Full disclosure, it has been three years since I last stayed in this hostel, but it if always my first choice every time I’m in Paris.

The hostel is in such a nice location. A five minute walk from the nearest Metro stop (Crimee) and sitting literally on top of the River Seine.

The benefits of this hostel is that is was purpose built from an old factory and therefore one of the best I’ve stayed in.

Dorm room

A 10-person dorm room feels like a private space with the addition of curtain in the built into the wall bunks. A personal light and plug make fighting over who gets to charge their phone in the two available points a thing of the past.

The beds all come with lockers stowed under them, meaning no fighting for lockers in the room.

The bathrooms are efficient, with shower stalls and toilets available on each floor. The number of showers and toilets available means you’re never usually having to wait long to get in one – if there is any wait at all.

Breakfast is provided free. It comes as a usual continental breakfast, with rolls, cereal, tea and coffee available.

Twin private room
I have also stayed in private rooms in this hostel. They are much the same except the twin beds aren’t bunks and there’s no en-suite.

There is the Belushi bar downstairs, with residents of the hostel getting 10 per cent off food purchases. The menu is limited but good if you can’t be bothered sourcing other food.

Toilet and shower stalls
One downside is the lack of kitchen area. Paris is expensive enough without constantly having to eat out.

Nearby facilities include a supermarket, bakers and launderette all within five minutes of the hostel.


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