When it comes to hotels, I’m not going to lie, but I can be a bit of a princess. I mentioned in my first hotel review from Thailand that during our 5 week holiday we only stayed in 4-5 star hotels and Airbnb’s, you wouldn’t have got me anywhere near a hostel. However, a few weeks after being back from holiday an email landed in my inbox about a blogger event at a hostel called Generator London. Intrigued to see what it was all about, I googled the place and was pleasantly surprised.
Generator London is a design-led hostel brand who offer travelers stylish and unique accommodation without the hefty price tag. Having never heard of them before (probably due to the fact whenever I see the word hostel I run a mile), I was surprised to see the brand had a number of hostels around Europe. And their one key hook? Each and every hostel has it’s own unique design and theme. If that doesn’t make you want to explore the place what else will?!
When I arrived at the hostel I was shown to my dorm to meet my room mates for the night. Our dorm was made up of four bunk beds sleeping a total of eight people. The dorms were colorfully decorated with modern and clean interiors, it reminded me of the Aloft hotel we stayed in at Bangkok (but with bunk beds!). Waiting for us on the bed was a towel in the shape of a swan and a cute little goodie bag from Generator themselves.
Each dorm had a number of coat hangers and each bed had their own pull out lockable drawer under them. Perfect for storing things whilst you explore the city. Next to the doorm was the bathrooms and again I was pleasantly surprised. The showers had the really cool rainfall heads, it was better than the one I have at home, however they did only have curtains and there was no lock on the bathroom door so anyone could have walked in. But I guess that’s hostel life for you!?
On most holidays, you don’t actually spend much time in your bedroom, which is great because the common areas at the Generator London are awesome. It didn’t feel like a hostel at all, more like a super cool bar/lounge/workspace. Even the restaurant area didn’t feel like a canteen, more like a quirky little cafe. There was a bar with a DJ, cinema room and of course your classic pool table making it a seriously cool place to hang out in the evenings.
Whilst at the event we had a fab time making cocktails and attempting to create pancakes (it was pancake day after all!). After that we headed off to Camden on the Camden Pub Crawl which the hostel organises every night. Although we were in our little blogger group, we still met lots of people who were traveling all over the world so if you ever find yourself staying at Generator in London make sure you sign yourself up, it’s lots of fun!
After a well rested night in our little cosy bunk beds (which are super comfy btw!), we went down to breakfast the following morning before heading back to work. With a number of different menu’s, there was loads to choose from for breakfast and it all sounded so good! I opted for a classic full English (after the late night and nursing a cold) and it was extremely yummy, just what I needed.
Whilst sitting at breakfast that morning I noticed a number of different types of people, all staying at the Generator for a number of different reasons. Of course you had your backpackers, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of business people checking their emails and typing away at their laptops whilst sipping their morning coffee. The Generator actually offers a number of private rooms with en suites for a little more money than your average hostel price so when you combine it with the awesome common spaces, its a hundred times better than your bog standard travelodge.
Overall I loved my stay at the Generator London and I’m happy to say it has completely opened my eyes to boutique hostels. I feel like I want now go and visit all their other hostels across Europe. Is that a good enough excuse for a holiday? Could I be a changed traveler?
Have you stayed at the Generator London hostel? What was your favourite part?
Big thank you to Generator London for having me on this awesome experience!