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
I really liked this place! It was my first time in a hostel. The beds were cozy, with a nice little light and charging block so you could charge your phone by you. The in-room lockers were a nice size. Everything was fairly clean, the bathrooms seemed to get regular attention. The bar was cool, with a great hang-out area and a tattoo artist! The water pressure in the bathrooms was noticably fantastic.
Unfortunately it gets hot, even though the nights were cool. The only blanket /cover of any kind is a heavy duvet. Our dorm was also right next to the smoking area, so we couldn't open the windows, and it really sucked that the smokers seem to hang out out there talking all night. There are signs limiting the # of people and telling people to be silent after a certain time, but nobody follows it. They keep going till 3-4 am, I've been here a few nights, some weekends, and weeknights and it's the same- so maybe ask if you can have a room not by the smokers.
The Generator is ideally located and has a great vibe to it. The staff is really helpful and welcoming. The bar is also a great place to hang out in the weekends. The only down side is the thin walls.
i stayed here for 8 days. room was good - was a 10 or 12 bed. but quite comfortable bed, and individual lockers in the room and sheets.
the bathrooms are a bit smelly for that particular room, i think they might have some serious plumming issues on the ground floor, i'm sure the other toilets don't have this issue. facilities in the hostel are good. but you're not allowed bring your own food into hostel communal areas, which means if you are there for a while eating can be more expensive.
5 mins walk to russell square tube. 10 mins walk to kings cross tube. london is big so you will still need to commute, but you are right in middle here so great place to start from.
staff are professional and polite rather than v. friendly. i think its a good quality hostel to stay in. just be careful, there is a tattoo-ist right beside the bar. don't make a drunken mistake!