If you’re heading off on a European city break this summer then trust me, when it comes to your accommodation, location is everything.
Too far away and you’ll be spending way too much of your precious time travelling to and from all the great attractions and things you want to see.
Too close, and you’ll be paying through the roof for a simple room where you’re probably not going to spend a lot of time.
Striking a balance between these two factors therefore is key when choosing your accommodation for a European city break – a fact I was reminded of very recently on my trip to Paris.
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My stay at St Christopher’s Inn: Gare du Nord was kindly sponsored by the hostel, but as always, all views are my own.
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Where to Stay in Paris?
Looking at a map of Paris it’s initially very hard to know where to base yourself.
With so many attractions spread out across both sides of the Seine and a large historic centre not known for its budget-friendly price tags, the difficulty of knowing where to even start looking for accommodation in this great city is definitely something that confuses a lot of visitors heading there, myself included.
Luckily, the very friendly folk at St Christopher’s Inn: Gare du Nord offered to help me out during my stay and kindly gave me a private room at their large and established hostel from which to enjoy Paris at her best.
And enjoy at her best, I certainly did!
Gare du Nord Area
Because as it turned out, without even realising, I found myself staying in the perfect Paris location!
For those not aware, “gare” means station in French and “du Nord” means of the north. So it’s unsurprising that Gare du Nord itself is a station located just north of central Paris.
In fact, it’s a very large and famous station that provides visitors with some of the best connections and one of the greatest number of metro and train lines or bus routes in the city.
From Gare du Nord, you can get to just about anywhere in Paris in a matter of minutes, as well as on the Eurostar to London!
St Christopher’s Inn: Gare du Nord, is just a 2-minute walk from this station and, as a result, is brilliantly connected to tons of different attractions and locations within the heart of the city.
This means heading out the door for sightseeing in the daytime and for dinner and drinks in the evening is easier, safer and quicker than you can ever imagine!
In fact, the location could hardly be better!
And believe me, that’s exactly what you want when you’re trying to see and savour as much of this iconic city as possible.
Arriving into Paris
But not only is St Christopher’s Inn located right next to Gare Du Nord perfect for enjoying all that Paris has to offer, but it’s also ideal when arriving into the city too.
Having flown from Australia with a large suitcase, the last thing I wanted to do after 26 hours in transit was endure a stressful time trying to get from the airport to my accommodation.
All I really wanted to do was hop on a train into Paris, quickly walk to my accommodation and get under a hot shower asap!
And wonderfully, with my accommodation booked at St Christopher’s Inn: Gare Du Nord, this is precisely what I could do.
From Charles De Gaulle airport, Paris’ main international hub, there is a quick and easy direct train right to Gare Du Nord.
I simply bought a 10Euro ticket, jumped onto the train and within 50 minutes was standing in the hostel reception.
No changes, no dragging my baggage around, just nice, simple and easy, which was exactly what I needed.
And if you’re getting the Eurostar from London or one of the many trains from other European countries that arrive into Gare du Nord, your arrival into Paris is likely to be just as simple.
The Best Price
So with a location ideal for arriving smoothly into a big city like Paris and perfect for getting to all the city’s main attractions, it’s amazing to see how reasonably priced, St Christopher’s Inn: Gare Du Nord is!
Just check it out yourself here.
A total budget traveller’s dream, you can choose from dorm beds or private rooms, ensuite or shared bathroom depending on your style of travel.
Whatever room you do choose however, you’ll have your safety guaranteed with digital key card security, secure lockers and a 24hr staffed reception.
In the dorm rooms, there are also modern POD beds, which come with a curtain to provide that little bit of extra privacy, as well as power points, USB chargers, and a reading light to help make your stay even more enjoyable.
And to help make eating and drinking in one of the world’s most expensive locations more affordable, guests at St Christopher’s Inn: Gare Du Nord also receive get 25% off food and 2 for 1 drink specials all day at the attached bar and restaurant.
There’s also free wifi (which was amazingly fast) and free breakfast thrown in too!
AND, they are even running a deal currently where you stay for 4 nights, but only pay for 3!
Now you can’t ask for more than that!
Clean & Comfy
And much in keeping with my tastes as I get older, I’m also delighted to report that our room at St Christopher’s Inn: Gare du Nord was spotlessly clean.
Towels and linen were provided and the beds were really comfy.
You could also open the windows to allow some fresh air in (big plus point) and I had a fan just to help circulate the air even further
(Note: it was really hot when I visited Paris, but the hostel also has heating installed for those chilly winter nights too)
I even had a kettle – great for a refreshing tea when I got back after a hardcore day of sightseeing… I must be getting old!
St Christopher’s Inn: The Canal
And if that sounds good to you too, and you think you might enjoy sitting down some days compared to sightseeing, then why not check out St Christopher’s Inn: The Canal.
This nearby sister property is only a few streets away in the north of Paris and is situated right on the St Martin’s Canal, giving you epic views from the Waterfront Terrace with your morning coffee.
It’s also within easy walking distance to the district of Montmartre, one of Paris’ best-loved areas, famous for its superb artistic atmosphere, hipster culture and the iconic Sacre Coeur.
So if you feel like something a bit different then why not check out St Christopher’s Inn: The Canal too and see which one you might prefer.
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So with everything thrown in, I literally could not think of a better place to stay than at St Christopher’s Inn: Gare Du Nord or its sister property The Canal.
When it comes to price, amenities and location, these guys get my vote every time and I’ll definitely be looking to stay there again when the irresistible allure of Paris captures my wandering my heart once more!