Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A good pick for those looking for a place to crash and party
Le Village is a small hostel with a young and friendly atmosphere. The quirky lobby (think: funky lamps, a mix of contemporary art and artifacts, and chalkboards for guests to leave messages) sets the vibe for a young, party-oriented stay. The front desk is just an extension of one of the pub’s bars, and the lobby doubles as extra sitting space at night, when young backpackers fill the pub. The common kitchen, outdoor terrace (with striking Sacré Coeur views), and bar offer many opportunities for socializing with other guests, so those looking to make new friends will probably have a good time here. Decor is contemporary and basic, but the overall feel is that the hostel could use some love: scruff marks on walls, chipped paint, and poorly maintained furniture is the norm rather than the exception, particularly in the common areas.
In Montmartre, a short walk from the Sacré Coeur and Anvers metro station
Le Village Hostel is located on a narrow cobblestone street in the heart of bustling Montmartre, a favorite among tourists. The Sacré Coeur, the Moulin Rouge, and the Anvers metro station are all a short walk from the property, and most major attractions are about a 20- to 35-minute metro ride away. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area. While Montmartre is mostly safe during the day (just watch out for pickpockets, as in any other touristy area in Paris), some streets can feel a little sketchy at night, especially those east of the hostel, closest to Barbès-Rochenchouart metro station.
Dorms with bunks, and private rooms with en-suite bathrooms
The hotel offers 25 rooms, including female-only and mixed dorms with bunk beds for up to eight guests, and private rooms with single or double beds. Some rooms have striking views of the Sacré Coeur, and a few have en-suite bathrooms; most have shared toilets and showers in the hallway. Decor is colorful and contemporary, with purple, blue or pink accent walls; curtains with typical Parisian scenes, and laminate floors -- but most rooms are showing wear and tear, and those on the first floor may get noise from the bar downstairs. There is no in-room Wi-Fi, no toiletries, and no TVs, but the biggest drawback is probably that the lockers are located in the lobby, and travelers will not be able to store anything in their rooms.
A hopping bar, a small terrace with Sacré Coeur views, and free breakfast
This hostel offers a few great perks, including a small terrace with colorful furniture and views of the Sacré Coeur; a solid free continental breakfast; and a lively bar popular among young guests. Those looking to save some money can cook their own meals in the common kitchen, equipped with two fridges, a hot plate, a microwave, a sink, an electric kettle, and utensils. There are lockers in the lobby, and a couple dozen books for guests to borrow. The hostel has two computers that guests can use for a fee, and free Wi-Fi in the common areas (but no in-room Internet access).
Le Village is a budget-friendly property located in the heart of Montmartre, blocks from the metro and the Sacré Coeur. It offers all the basics of a backpackers hostel -- including both private rooms and dorms with bunk beds, competitive prices, and a lively bar open late. There are a few nice perks, as well, including free breakfast, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a small terrace with Sacré Coeur views. It is a decent pick for young travelers on a budget, but cleanliness seems to be a problem sometimes, and the only lockers available are in the lobby.