Young & Happy Hostel is a fun and exciting hostel with a great vibe, making it easy to meet other travelers.
Young & Happy is located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, which is a great neighbourhood full of bars, cafes, and street markets during the weekends. There is a metro stop located close by the hostel (about five minutes' walk), which allows easy access to the rest of the city. It is recommended to buy ten tickets at a time rather than individually. You can walk to the sights as well -- the Eiffel Tower takes about an hour, but Notre Dame only takes around fifteen minutes. The Pantheon is right around the corner, as is St. Michel, which is a great street for shopping and eating. The Latin Quarter itself can be a little tricky to navigate at first, so it can be hard to find the hostel, but once you are on the right street, it's hard to miss as there are flags out front.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are accessed by key card, so they are very secure; although no lockers are offered in the rooms, there are a few in the lobby. Luggage storage is also offered free of charge. The dorms are reasonably sized, although there are not many outlets. Each room has a sink and mirror, which is very handy as the toilets and showers are located only on the first and second floors. There are private rooms available. The hostel is four flights high and the stairs are very narrow and can be tricky to walk up, and especially tricky taking a big suitcase up as there is no lift available. There are a few pubs outside the hostel, which can get noisy at night, too.
Although very few, the toilets and showers are clean enough. However, with the showers you must press a button for the water, which only stays on for fifteen seconds before you have to press the button again -- this can get annoying! The cubicles aren't very big, and can get quite wet. There are hooks for your things, though. There is also a lockout from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that the dorms and showers can be cleaned. You are able to access your things during this time, though.
The lobby area of the hostel is a great place to meet other travelers, with books, games, foosball table, and computers to use for a charge. The free Wi-Fi only works in the lobby, which can be annoying, but it does mean there is more atmosphere at the hostel! There are chairs and tables all around, and a few outlets, too. There are more chairs and tables downstairs where you can sit and eat, too. The breakfast is set out downstairs and consists of cereal and a croissant/roll with juice, tea, and coffee. There is also a small kitchen where you can cook your meals, although equipment is limited and the fridge is only small.
Young & Happy is a good hostel with a friendly vibe, where it's easy to meet other friendly travelers. It's in a great area of Paris and has everything you need to enjoy your stay in this exciting city.