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St Christopher's Canal Paris
159 Rue Crimee | 68-74 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris, France (Buttes Chaumont / La Villette)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Paris
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“Very good value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2009

I stayed there last May for 3 nights. The INN is very clean and safe also ,it is near the public transportation "near Metro station " and via this metro you can reach any where in Paris. The good thing is the clean rooms, the elevator and the inhouse bar, the curtains on the beds that gives u more privacy while sharign the room with others. I shared the room with 3 girls and they were very quite and polite.It has Holiday Inn hotel in the same building so you pay around 30 Euro's in a good palce . They will keep your bag in the lugage room in the check out day if you still have time before your flight,but take care to put it near the door other wise you will have to dig between the bags to find yours after the people check in.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2009

I only have one thing to say about this hostel: bed bugs. Check your beds and bed frames carefully. Everything else really doesn't matter after that.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2009

I stayed here five nights in a six bed female dorm room. The staff were friendly and very helpful even though the front desk can be chaotic. The hostel has a great vibe and I loved the multi-areas, so you could chill or be social. I also enjoyed the sauna, and having free wifi was a plus. There is a restaurant/bar on site and a computer room with a cafe. The breakfast is decent and they provide tons of bread.

The neighborhood was safe but away from the action, not a problem as the Crimee metro stop is a block away and things in the area were cheap. It's not a touristy neighborhood. Someone mentioned it was a sketchy area, but as a solo female traveler, I felt safe.

What surprised me the most about the hostel was how roomy it was, plus they don't throw you out during the day like other Paris hostels do. I was also surprised at how clean things were considering how big this place is. The value far exceeds the money you spend for a room here. There was plenty of hot water, but what I hated were the push faucets in the showers. You had to keep pushing the faucet in order to keep the flow of the water consistent. Otherwise, I had no problems.

I loved my stay and would definitely come back to St. Christopher's.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

Well if you don't like bread, then you shouldn't be visiting Paris! St Christopher's Inn is fantastic though, and certainly serves enough bread at it's 'buffet' continental breakfast, for you to never want to see it again after a few days! I stayed at the St Christopher's Inn for four days in March, on a sightseeing, educational tour consisting of around thirty students and ten tutors, in March 2009, and it was lovely. I have never called a hostel lovely before either. The terminology of 'hostel' brings to mind scary films, and the Hans Brinker in Amsterdam, but St Christopher's is absolutely not like that. It's pheomenally clean, the showers are absolutely gorgeous, powerful and hot; the beds are luxuriously white and comfortable, the rooms are wonderfully warm, and it's not too large as to be overnoisy, yet not too small as to be uncomfortably intimate. It boasts a club downstairs, where, when we visited, there was a Karoke night, and three live bands playing another; there's an internet cafe, and there's a restaurant and bar upstairs, selling typical pub grub food. I sampled from the menu the cheeseburger with salad, which was of a fantastic size, and a succulent, juicy taste, and which was only 10 euros. They even had pudding! The drinks are incredibly cheap to, and at the bar downstairs, Bar Belushi's, they have a Happy Hour where drinks are two-for-one, and they have an amazing cocktail menu, consistent mainly of variations of White Russians. In the mornings, there's a great buffet breakfast, with orange juice, coco pops, cornflakes, possibly one thousand bowls of baguettes, apricot and strawberry jam, and for the guilt-lovers, chocolate spread; aswell as coffee and English tea. All this, for an amazingly cheap price. What more do you want from a hostel? The fact the showers are pleasurable, and actually hotter than my flat's, is quite amazing.

The only down side to St Christopher's is the location, 'Crimee', ironically. I'm not too sure if it's pronounced 'Crime', but this would be befitting. It's well-endowed with discount shops such as Monoprix and Ed, but it's a most seedy area. The locals stare at you, and numerous times, I had men attempt to get me into their cars, thinking I was a lady of the night. There isn't many French eating places either, and most of the dining areas seem to be Doner Kebab Shops, or Chinese's, who also speak no English, or no French. Upon entering one Chinese, I was laughed at wildly, which wasn't pleasant. No, the area isn't too good, and it's quite a trek from the centre and the sights aswell. We had to travel by coach to the centre of Paris every morning, and it took around an hour, due to the traffic and distance. For sightseeing, I probably wouldnt recommend it, unless your going to brave the Metro tube line, which is full of tramps and which smells, and which is not like the London tube.
Referring back to the hostel, the only down side to the actual establishment are the cleaners. They aren't French (I'm sure you appreciate what I'm trying to say, here), and they are literally, theives. Many in my party had something stolen, and I even had a used bathroom sponge stolen, which was still wet from it's morning use upon my body. They even stole travel adapters from my friends, even though they have no need for them, due to them living in France, and not having the three-pronged British electrical equipment. Most bizarre. The rooms have baskets underneath the beds of which to keep your suitcase in, but I'd still padlock this. You just can't risk these things. A bathroom sponge is still a bathroom sponge!

Overall though, it's a wonderful hostel. If it wasn't for the area, I quite literally, would live here. It's one of the best hostel's around, that's for sure. Cheap, and wonderfully cheerful, to the point of a climax.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2009

I came to the St. Christopher's Inn during the off season (mid-late January). I took advantage of its winter deal (139E for 7 nights). A really good deal for Paris.

The hotel was very new. One year old. Fortunately everything still had that new feel, because cleanliness was sometimes a concern. The floor in my room was so dusty, you'd have to wipe your feet before hopping into bed. Although, I know they swept our rooms. As for the washrooms : One of the toilet stalls on the 2nd floor didn't have toilet paper for 3 days. One of the sinks in the same washroom wouldn't drain -- water would sit there for ages. The showers are push-button activated. Good for water conservation. Bad for long showers. You must press the button every 20 seconds.

But the good news. Each bunk has a curtain that keeps out a lot of the light. Inside your bunk, you have access to a nightlight and two power outlets. For some reason, they didn't work with my adaptor (but they did with a different one). You also have your own "locker" that slides under the beds. Very roomy. They could hold my medium sized suitcase, a duffle bag, and room to spare. Rooms have tables, chairs, a sink, a vanity and full length mirror. The sheets are clean, the pillows fluffy, and the non-down-duvet feels almost like home.

There is free wifi in the rooms. Otherwise, there are 8 computers in the internet café near the lobby. Keep an eye out for guests about to check-out who don't need their internet minutes (that's how I scored 24hrs of free internet).

Breakfast is free until 10 a.m. Breakfast was still available at 9:59 (unlike some hotels that start cleaning up early). Available to you are water, orange juice, cereal, baguettes, jams, and nutella. Stories of stale bread are unjustified. I was there for a week and Very Much enjoyed all the fresh baguettes I could eat.

Location is dull. But there are two metro lines that stop within a block or two of the hostel. There is a canal right next to the hostel. You can watch ducks swim while eating your breakfast. There is an elementary school across the street. You can hear the kids play during the day.

I know a lot of people who took advantage of the city tours. The tour guide, I was told, was very well informed. He tells you about the historical significance of many locales and other trivia (like how you can tell how a historical figure died by how many hooves its horse has up in the air).

I enjoyed my time at this hostel. I only wish there had been at least one other Canadian around.

  • Liked — The new-factor.
  • Disliked — The length of the metro rides to the tourist spors (but I liked that the hostel's neighbourhood was quiet and away from it all).
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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NICE
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

I booked it through Hostelworld It was the only hostel available for this night. Have stay 1 night there The location is sketchy in the middle of ghetto I feel to be in the Bronx or Inglewood CA. It's a new and great building. It was expensive.

  • Liked — Great new building
  • Disliked — Horrible location in middle of a ghetto
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

Location could have been described in a bit more detail and could have more information . Breakfast was poor - stale bread . first night was disturbed by drunk australian/canadian [-] overall - a good experience.

  • Liked — price , individual bed curtains
  • Disliked — breakfast
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 159 Rue Crimee | 68-74 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Buttes Chaumont / La Villette
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 61
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Overlooking a scenic canal, St Christopher's Inn Paris is a purpose built hostel - only two stops away from Montmartre and the Gare du Nord Eurostar station – on the Paris Metro. We're proud to be one of the most modern Backpacker Hostels in Paris with the best tours, packages and facilities available. ... more   less 
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