Following research, we loved what we saw about Generator Hostel London and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accomodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.

We fell in love with Generator Hostels the moment we stepped in to their new Barcelona location, so when the chance came for us to drop in to see where the first Generator experience opened its doors way back when, we couldn’t help but grab the opportnity with both hands.

Hello at the Generator London Hostel desk - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Locating The Trend

Over the past 24 months Generator Hostels have opened five new locations to compliment their original hostel in London (where we’d be dropping by) and their property in Berlin. These include a second location in Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Venice, Dublin and the above mentioned combined hostel and hotel in Barcelona.

With these new locations and another two in Rome and Paris set to open in 2015, it’s not surprising that Generator Hostel London wants to catch up and get it’s new coat of paint too. Nobody wants to be the kid at school with the outdated uniform on do they?

The 'G' Generator Hostels Logo - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Right Up To Date

The full refit and redesign of the London site has really brought some fresh life to one of the most visited hostels in the Central London area, and with the thought that’s gone into the open space design and attention to brightness, it’ll come as no surprise that more and more people want a taste for Generator Hostel London.

Full of light and bright colours, everywhere you choose to sit, relax and chat with a fellow traveller in one of the many relaxation areas of the bottom will easily set you at ease and it might only be a question of ‘when‘ and not ‘if‘ you’ll find yourself completely at ease – as this one relaxed traveller below will prove…

Entrance to one of the many relaxation rooms - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
Other travellers relaxing at Generator Hostel London - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
A tired sleeping traveller at Generator Hostel London - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Elsewhere in the large open space that makes up the majority of this affordable stylish hostel you’ll find plenty of places to sit and drink either a refreshing alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, or, perhaps even order an affordable and fresh meal from the bar.

Sign point the way to eat - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
The bar at Generator Hostel London - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
People placing orders at the bar - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
People at the long table" - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
Open space design - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
Another seating area - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

The Little Things

Part of the design that we really love are the little pieces that you’ll see about the hostel from floor-to-floor that give Generator Hostel London its deeper characteristics as a friendly space for anyone and everyone to come and make their own personal and stylish home for the duration of their stay.

For example, we really loved the wallpaper drawing on the back wall of the really handy ‘Travel Shop‘ located near the bar which had not only great information about anything and everything we could possibly have wanted to do in London, but also has a stock of all those small cosmetic essentials that you might have left in the last hostel or hotel you stayed at or just forgot to back before making your way to London.

The Travel Shop at Generator Hostel London - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

I’m a huge fan of glossy tiles (like the ones you find in bathrooms!) and throughout your walks through some parts of London you’ll find some great buildings which are entirely decorated on the outside by these wonderful shiny and colourful objects, and some Underground stations too!; so finding them inside at Generator just made my day.

'Bin Me!' marked on a wall of shiny tiles - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

And let’s not forget the piano.

Redesigned by the wonderful team at Good Wives and Warriors, this centrepiece is really something special and a great way to make new friends if you’re keen to play, or eager to sing when the night time comes around.

The Good Wives and Warriors redesigned piano - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

A British Identity

Each of the seven different floors of private triple/quad, twins and dorm rooms and the reception area have been redesigned also to coincide with what we saw during our stay at Generator Hostel and Hotel Barcelona, with each floor decked out with it’s own colour code and unique identity, this time bringing in to the design some of London and the UK’s most recognised pop icons.

Waiting for the lift on Doctor Who floor four - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

With fictional characters such as Doctor Who making huge waves not just in the UK, but also internationally across more than 40 countries of which many people are making the journey from to see just part of the world that the series represents, it’ll come to surprise that see them decorating the walls as you make the way to your room.

Painting of The Doctor coming out of his Tardis - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

And there’s even some space for his arch-nemesis The Daleks too!

Painting of a Dalek on the wall - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Other characters that also grace the decor of this fantastic design hostel are the magnificent characters of Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Ali G, James Bond, and even Austin Powers!

List of all of the floors and their names - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Affordable Accommodation In London

We were lucky enough to have a twin room on the fifth floor and home to the dedication to Roald Dahl’s most famous character, Willy Wonka, someone of which I remember fondly from my childhood who brought excitement, an excitement you’ll no doubt feel from the moment you check in.

Across the seven floors there are a number of private triple/quad, twin and dorm rooms that are priced incredibly well, especially when you consider the great Bloomsbury location of inner city London. We checked in to one corner twin room that gave us the exact level of quietness and privacy that we are always looking for.

View of the twin room - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
Panorama of the twin room - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel
Looking towards the window - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Seeing as we wanted to spend all of our time outside and pounding the streets of London with our feet, there wasn’t much that we could have wanted from the room that wasn’t already taken care of.

There is good WiFi, a en-suite bathroom with power shower, a desk, and lockable compartments for our luggage and valuables. Exactly the kind of outfitting you’d expect from any other hostel around the world.

The en-suite bathroom - An Affordable Design Hostel In London, Generator Hostel

Location

Generator Hostel London
37 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SE
United Kingdom

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In Summary

With London being such a hot bed or incredible design and stylish locations, it’s refreshing to find somewhere that manages to capture all of the life of London and it’s creative style whilst maintaining a great stay with lovely people whilst not breaking out of the affordable accommodation range.

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