Overlooking the canal, near the Parc de la Villette, this British-run hostel is the first purpose-built hostel in Paris attracting backpackers and students. The spacious rooms have individual lockers, linens, curtained beds, and the women's-only floor includes towels. There's a large bar, restaurant, and basement nightclub open to the general public, an Internet room, and free Wi-Fi throughout. For those traveling on a budget, the accommodations are clean, welcoming, and perfectly adequate. Expect no amenities but good music and youthful ambience.