Hostel Blue Planet

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The Review

Hostel Blue Planet is a large hostel offering a variety of basic, budget accommodation that is in a nice location to explore Paris.

The Location

The hostel is in the Twelfth Arrondissement, very close to Gare de Lyon, Luxembourg Garden, and the Seine River. It is a lovely, thirty-minute walk along the river to Notre Dame Cathedral. There are delicious bakeries two minutes away from the hostel, as well as Turkish kebab shops, sandwich shops, and some local cafés. The immediate area is a bit more residential, so if you are looking for a high-end restaurant you will need to walk a few minutes. There are bus and metro stops very close to the hostel as well, so it is very easy to get around the city.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are rather spare and basic -- you get what you pay for -- and be aware you must rent your bed sheets and towel. The bunks are the creaky, rickety-feeling type and the mattress doesn't seem very new. There are a limited amount of keys issued per room and must be left with the reception, but there is a person twenty-four hours a day. You will be kicked out of the dorm from at 11 a.m. and can't get back in until 3 p.m. So don't plan on having a lazy day in bed. It is nice that the dorms are strictly male or female, but it also means that couples could be split up.

There aren't many bathrooms and showers for guests on each floor. The most annoying feature is having to constantly push a button for water, it's supposed to help with water conservation, but it's hard to maintain hot water and so it's usually lukewarm. If there are a lot of guests in the hostel, you may be in for a long wait for the facilities. There are a couple hooks to hang towels and clothes. Staff do a decent job of keeping the dorm rooms and bathrooms clean.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a sitting/common area on the ground floor by reception where the the free breakfast is available. The breakfast actually is coffee and a pastry from a vending machine, which is rather a letdown. There are a couple computers for guests to rent at a low rate and there is a T to watch that is usually on a sports channel. The Wi-Fi is available for a charge, or you can go to any cafe and use it for free.


The hostel's best feature is its close proximity to the train station and it's a good place if you are desperate for a place to crash. However with the additional costs of Wi-Fi and the bedding and towel rental, it isn't quite the budget place you would hope it to be.
by Grace Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostel Blue Planet" at 5 Rue Hector Malot.)


5 Rue Hector Malot, 12è - Vincennes/Gare de Lyon Area, Paris, Île-de-France, France
48.845697, 2.375294 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+33 (0)1 43 42 06 18
+33 (0)1 43 42 09 89
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66% Guest Reviews

Go to somewhere else, They can do better
One-key policy that you have to share with others ... Sucks! One bathroom policy with the whole floor ... Sucks! Breakfast is croissant from the vending machine ... Sucks! No elevator ... Sucks! Location is good but thats about it. Staff is not very helpful and it is not kept and run properly even in terms of cheap hostel. It is Paris, you can find a better place with about the same money!!!
Age 23, Turkish
Canceled due to checking in after 20:00
Please make sure you are able to arrive before 20:00, my reservation was canceled due to arriving later.
Age 27, Netherlands
Bedbug Haven
My boyfriend was devoured by bedbugs. He had 71 bites on one leg, 46 on another ... We didn't even bother counting the ones on his torso, arms and neck. The receptionist gave us money back for that night but would not give us refund for the next night (obviously we did not want to stay there again!). On a tight budget, we were forced to stay there, another sleepless night for boyfriend. He was in so much discomfort. The bites formed massive welts on his entire body. We asked the man at reception if they had a first aid kit for bites. They didn't. We asked for money to buy something for bites. They refused. We asked to get manager's number to ask them. They wouldn't give the number to us. After about 15 minuted of arguing with reception staff, he gave up and gave my boyfriend a refund for the night before so he could go buy cream to soothe the bites. He was VERY ungracious about it though. "This just isn't my day then, is it?" Um hello? We just came to Paris for a week and two days in my boyfriend is covered in bites. This ruined the whole holiday. He could not relax or achieve relief for the whole time. It has been 10 days since it happened and he STILL has a fever. On top of this experience, there is no lift so we had to haul the suitcases up four flights on narrow, windy stairs. The toilet and shower is shared with the WHOLE floor. And you have to share your room key with the strangers in your dorm so if you go out at night and come home late you have to knock on the door and wake up the other dorm mates to be let in. One more thing ... We were locked out of the hostel one night because the front desk was unmanned and had to stand out there for 20 minutes. The next night we could hear a group of girls yelling to be let in because the same thing happened to them. DO NOT GO HERE. It is not worth it!
Age 21, Australian
Not good! Pick another!
Receptionists are not polite, they don't try to help. It seems they are always doing a favor for you -- even for trivial things like telling the shower schedule or getting a key for you. The place is dark, not that clean, the energy point at room (there is only one) is at random places and, most important, they don't have wi-fi.
Age 27, Brazil
I wouldn't return
Limited breakfast, don't have wifi, net expensive and bad computers, just one key to each room. Not recommended.
Age 24, Brazil
Terrible and shocking
Unfortunately this hostel was not what i expected to be. This place is not bright, not clean at all -- a very depressing dark stinky hole. Guest kitchen what? Breakfast? If they call this breakfast -- two very small croissant with a plastic taste from the vending machine and an undrinkable caffé. Luggage storage is dirty as hell, rust is dropping everywhere. The room was dirty, there was no bed sheet and bed linen, the mattress was old and stinky very uncomfortable, i had to sleep in my raincoat. The shower is disgusting, there was rust on the ceiling which was dropping on me while a was showering and there was not hot water. The whole place smells like cigarettes although it is a none smoking area. It was very noisy until 3-4 in the morning people come and go on and on it was impossible to sleep. Everything was falling apart in our room -- the cornice fell down, the locker was not working so we were unable to lock our door from inside. There was only one electrical outlet and only one light in our room which you have to share with 3 people. There was cleaning time from 11-15 therefore you had to leave the place -- i just do not know what the hell they were cleaning because everything looked the same by the time we got back still dirty! The staff is unbelievably rude -- they really don't give a damn if you have a problem, they only say if you don't like something just write a letter to the manager. I recommend you not to ever go there, especially if you want something nice and clean, friendly and safe -- it is not what you are looking for.
Age 31, hungarian
Cheap price, cheap experience
Originally booked for 5 days, bailed after 1. Showers went cold after 5min, both receptionists were jerks and breakfast was 3 factory produced and packaged croissants from a vending machine. We paid 21 euros for this and found much better for 23.90 euros elsehwere. DO NOT GO HERE, you can find better for the same price.

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