With locations in seven cities across Europe, Generator is a well-known hostel chain that takes pride in focusing its designs on cultural influences specific to each location. The Generator Hostel London is a five minute walk from the Russell Square and King’s Cross St. Pancras tube stations, which is convenient not only for traveling around London but also outside of London to other European cities. By foot, the hostel is only a 15-20 minute walk to neighborhoods including Covent Garden, Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Camden, where you’ll find plenty of dining and entertainment options.
The hostel itself was clean, well organized, and fully equipped with a bar and food options. The interior decorations were unique, modern, and interesting, with a bit of a rustic edge.
The staff at the front desk were very friendly, accommodative, and efficient. I asked for dining and entertainment recommendations nearby, and the guy I spoke with was very helpful and not the least bit rude or impatient with me when I kept asking more follow up questions. Generally speaking, the folks who work here are on the younger, more hipster side, so that’s something to keep in mind before making your way over to Shoreditch per front desk worker’s suggestion and finding yourself overwhelmingly surrounded by street art, flea markets, and vegans.
Moving on to the rooms. Despite having gone with the cheapest option – a 12-bed co-ed room – I still found the room to be spacious and comfortable. The white sheets on the beds were spotless, unlike the “white” sheets in some hostels with dirt streaks or dark spots (presumably from former bed bug incidents), and perhaps my favorite thing about the beds was that there were railings on the top bunks, which is a very reassuring feature for those who aren’t the stillest sleepers. The guests were friendly and normal, and no one caused a disturbance. Most of the guests here were in their early to mid 20s and hailed from all over the world. In my room alone there were travelers from Australia, US, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, and Mexico.
All in all, I would highly recommend staying at the Generator Hostel in London. It’s not a five star hotel, but it does the trick for a fraction of the price. Safety was not an issue at all, as there are security guards outside at all times during the day and night, and the area surrounding the hostel is very safe. As a petite female traveling alone, I never had any qualms with walking outside at night by myself.
Finally, a few tips if you do decide to stay here:
- To get to the hostel, you’ve got to turn down an alley that sort of looks like a brick tunnel. This might seem a little sketch at first, but it’s actually a great design because it provides more privacy for its guests.
- There are individual safety boxes for each resident in the rooms, and they are large enough to fit a large backpack or small suitcase, but you will need to bring your own lock.
- The janitors start cleaning the bathrooms around 10 or 11am, so make sure you get in the showers at night or earlier in the morning before the bathrooms close for cleaning.
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