If you want a quiet evening; a nice glass of red wine; and a calm, spacious room, Peace & Love Hostel is probably not the hostel for you. However, if all youre looking for is a bed and a lively, noisy bar is top of your list, then this is where you need to be.
Its not the most central hostel in Paris but its only a one-minute walk from Jaurs metro stop and three minutes away from Stalingrad -- from here it will take you around thirty minutes to get to most of the citys sites. On the other hand, Peace & Love is just a five-minute walk away from the Gare de l Est and Gare du Nord. Because youre a bit further out, youre shielded from the hectic hustle bustle of Pariss touristy centre. Here, theres some great bars along the canal with mainly locals enjoying a fairly cheap beer -- well, for Paris standards.
On arrival, many tired and delirious travelers wander into the hostel confused by the fact that the reception is posing as the bar, dont walk away - you've found it! Also, the hostel only accepts cash on arrival, so to save yourself extra stress when you arrive all hot and flustered, bring some money with you.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Rooms and bathrooms are very clean; however, space is a different issue -- there is none. If you wind up in the fourteen-bed dorm, do not expect to fit your bag in anywhere. However, if you have decided to invest a bit more in a three-man room, this will buy a cabinet for your luggage, a lower probability of being in a room with a horrific snorer, and less of a wait for the toilet in the morning. There are no lockers in the rooms, but there is a trusty safe behind the bar for small valuables and laptops.
Hardly anyone ever occupies the kitchen, whereas the bar is often fairly busy. During the daytime, the bar is full of people tapping away at their keyboards before 6 p.m. (when you have to pay). During the evening, the bar is abuzz with foreigners on tour and a handful of local, slightly sleazy men (they're pretty harmless, though). Theres also often a sprinkling of travelers from around the world who are often keen to mingle over an expensive pint or two.
Overall, Peace & Love hostel is a fairly secure abode with friendly staff, clean rooms, and a great place to meet other fun, sociable travelers. However, if you want a "tranquille" nights sleep, maybe think again -- not only do ambulances pass by pretty much every ten minutes during the night, as a young, party hostel, the bar is pumping until 2 and its extremely likely your roommates will be creeping (or stumbling) in during the very early hours.