St. Christopher’s Inn is a youth hostel chain with locations all across Europe, in thirteen different countries with reliable security and countless amenities. The Paris Gare Du Nord branch is located between two of Europe’s most popular train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est. There are large gender specific rooms with POD beds that have curtains to provide extra privacy, a space to lock up luggage, electronic key cards, community wash rooms, and a laundry room. There is a restaurant bar on the main floor that provides entertainment and food and drink discounts to the guests.
The nineteen of us who attended the study abroad and stayed in the hostel had a wonderful time. We were comfortable in our rooms, they were full but spacious enough, and very clean. It was fun to have everyone together in a room for our last couple of days after having gotten to know each other throughout the trip. It was very helpful that the hostel was located so close to public transportation services, and the free breakfast that was offered to our group was simple but tasty and much appreciated.
Based on the decorations, and language used on the signs, the hostel was clearly catered towards young adults. Many of us enjoyed being in the hostel’s restaurant, especially on Cinco de Mayo because there were games, food and drink specials, live mariachi bands, and dancers. The hostel houses young adults from all around the world, so it was very exciting to meet and get to know people from all over Europe and the U.S. It was a great first hostel experience for all of us. For those of the students who have plans to travel Europe again, this hostel will be a great international resource.
By Leah Rutz