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
Very trendy place, perfect (I imagine) for very young travellers looking to meet new people and save their money. I found the facilities too crowded and noisy for my liking. After spending a day travelling all I wanted was to find a quite place to unwind and do some travel planning before bed. The atmosphere is very much like a club in full swing at all hours. The dorm room was also very small and stuffy. Bathroom facility was ok but far away from my room.
The room I slept in was really small. You couldn’t really move without bothering someone else.
Temperature was difficult to control, there wasn’t really enough air.
Bathroom didn’t feel clean at all. A lot of things were worn down.
I wouldn’t go here again.
It was alright, and kinda cool. The staff were helpful and the fellow travellers were decent kinds of people.
Didn't notice a kitchen for use, and a small map of the place would have been helpful, as I am not good at finding the right number on things (room number, bed number),