Bureau Voyage Jeunesse - BVJ Louvre is a comfortable establishment in a great location. While not the most social of hostels, it is a block away from the Louvre, only about three or four blocks away from the Seine and Notre Dame, and close to the Louvre subway stop, which will get you anywhere in the city in no time!
Aside from being only minutes from the subway and many attractions and right in the middle of the city, the hostel is also on a nice street, across from an arcade that has high-end stores like Christian Louboutin across the street, a nice bakery a few doors down, and a trendy café next door with free Wi-Fi and good music.
Rooms and Bathrooms
We stayed in both a private and dorm-style room during our stay. Rooms are clean, spacious, and simple. The beds are slightly squeaky, but comfortable. The private room has its own mirror and sink with bathrooms just across the hall. The dorm rooms seem to be on the smaller side (ours had only four people total) and is quiet at night.
Though there aren’t many bathrooms or showers, there also seem to be relatively few guests -- we never waited for either facility. Bathrooms and showers are clean with warm water. All units are co-ed with doors and locks.
Though the hostel has spacious common areas there is not much of a community feel to the hostel and not many people hang out. In the lobby, there are several tables and chairs with a sunroof and tour books for rent. In another room there is a computer that you can pay to access the internet. The Wi-Fi -- which you have to pay for -- was down during our two-night stay. There is no kitchen/bar/laundry service. In the morning there is a nicely stocked breakfast (7 to 9 a.m.) with yogurt, toast, and cereal, as well as juice, coffee, and tea.
They have lockers, which are too small for even one backpacker’s backpack -- and you have to repay every time you open the locker. There is a luggage room where most people leave their luggage -- while it is not locked, the desk is occupied at all times and you have to pass the desk and show a badge in order to access the luggage room. Also the hostel in general feels safe, as you are required to show a guest card each time you enter the hostel and it is in a good neighborhood. Still, it is probably one of the most insecure luggage storage setups of all the dozen or so places we stayed across Europe.
Overall, if you’re more interested in seeing the city than hanging out, this is a great hostel in a great location. Check-out is early in the morning and there is a lockout staring at around 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., so if you are not a morning person, you may want to take this into account. There is no curfew at night, however, and the reception is twenty-four hours. The early lockout helped get us up and seeing the city so we didn’t waste any of our short stay, but if you don’t like early mornings or plan on staying out late drinking heavily this might be a bit of an inconvenience. The hostel is cash only. No cards accepted, but there is an ATM around the corner.Overall, we give this hostel three-and-a-half stars out of five.
by Juan-Ruvin Marquin Leon
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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