Generator Hostel London
What We Love
- Style steal in the heart of London, a 10-minute walk from King’s Cross and Euston train stations, and an easy tube ride to both the sights to the west and hip ’hoods to the east
- Range of accommodations, from shared rooms (for up to 12) to private singles, doubles, triples and quads
- Buzzy bar is decked out with a pool table, foosball table and part of an original London bus sign, a nod to Generator’s signature destination-led design
- Community vibe; the hostel hosts frequent acoustic nights, live DJ sets and game nights
What To Know
- There are private bathrooms on each floor, but only a handful are en-suite
- Guests 18 and under must book a private room and need written permission to stay from a parent or guardian
- Towels are included in private twin rooms only
- If booking a shared room with friends, note that requests for the same room can be made in advance but are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
Just south of King’s Cross, St. Pancras and Euston train stations, Generator London is in a plum location for visiting the city sights and exploring the Big Smoke like a local. In true Generator style (the hip hostel brand has nine properties across Europe), the London outpost is big on design and easy on the wallet, with options for shared accommodations in custom bunk beds, or simply dressed private rooms with all the modern comforts. All shared rooms have pillows and duvets, privacy boards, lock-up storage units and full-length mirrors, while private rooms feature such perks as fluffy towels, clothes hanging units and en-suite bathrooms with power showers. The open-plan bar and dining area is at the heart of the hostel; it’s the place for a simple continental breakfast or a snack of classic Brit dishes (and some international favorites) from noon to 10 p.m. Check the hostel’s event board to plan your itinerary of open mike night, acoustic music sets, game nights and live DJ sets, or ask the friendly staff for the latest restaurants, bars and attractions to hit the neighborhood.
In the Area
The hotel is within walking distance of the British Museum — home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and an impressive collection of mummies — and Sir John Soane’s Museum, a little-known repository stuffed with antiquities and artworks in a neoclassical townhouse. Visit on the first Tuesday of the month for a candlelit tour. Lambs Conduit Street, in the heart of Bloomsbury, is lined with indie boutiques and bars. Shop for hipster threads at Folk, pick up trinkets at Darkroom and sink a pint at the Perseverance. Head to the Princess Louise, a Victorian drinking den in Holborn with stucco ceilings and original tiling, and grab a seat in one of the ornately carved booths that wrap around the horseshoe bar.
How to Get There
The location of Generator is excellent (although be warned that you have to get your bags upstairs to get in). On arrival the reception staff were slightly offish and not very polite, although they were slightly nicer when I checked in. There is only one lift for the whole hostel so its a long wait and it doesn't work perfectly. I stayed in a 10 bed female dorm. The room was very small for ten people, leaving very little space to relax, and the plugs are quite far from the beds. The room was exceptionally hot, even with the fan on (which didn't work perfectly), and there were only two windows that opened. The heat was unmanagable at times and I would suggest that they install airconditioning or even ceiling or wall fans, rather than one standing fan for a small room of ten people. The room and bathrooms were clean and tidy which I really appreciated. The lockers under the bed were big and convient.
All in all a pretty average stay but the location was truly amazing. Its a hostel so I wasnt expecting the best accomodation but they could have done more to make the stay more pleasant.
I stayed here several times. I always found the staff at the reception would bend over backwards to help you and I would praise them for that. ( Other hostels adopt a blase attitude) The location is Superb. Would recommend this for the budget traveller. Seems to be a well manged hostel.
I feel like I shouldn’t complain because I knew it was a hostel before I agreed to it but there is a lot that could have been better. We paid for a 2 person, private room with a bathroom and the room itself was alright. Very small- bunk beds and a small bathroom. However it was very clean upon arrival. We paid ahead of time for breakfast and that was the biggest waste of money. Breakfast was super gross- everything was cold and just looked unappealing. I barely had anything to eat. It was interesting to see the other people staying at this hostel because it ranged from teens/young adults to families with babies/young children. The hallways were noisy, I had to sleep with ear plugs and with no air conditioning the place was very hot. I was also no very impressed with the front desk staff, not very friendly and always seemed to be understaffed. Can’t complain about the location- 5 minute walk to Kings Cross/St. Pancreas which was great considering we arrived to St Pancreas by train. Overall, I would never stay here or at another hostel again but considering we were only there for 3 nights, I guess it could have been worse
I stayed in an 8-person dorm room and the beds were clean. The hostel was in a good location, had friendly staff and a free luggage room. There were some outlets in the rooms but not near all the beds. My room wasn't too close to the main bathroom for our floor, but there was a single toilet that was closer but it often wasn't clean.
Went to this hostel in the beginning of January 2018, because it had been highly recommended by friends and family. I payed a little bit more for the room only shared by 4 thinking the difference in price would make my stay more comfortable, but it was the other way around. I was sent to a room in the basement right by the night entrance, making it extremely loud, and the room was not even once cleaned in the 5 days i stayed there, not even the trash was taken out. Bathrooms were big and nice, but none of the showers´ doors closed. It had some pros like location an aesthetic, but the cons were a lot and more noticeable.