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Hostelz.com's Review
Generator Hostel London is not the typical youth hostel -- it has a little twist with its different and colorful design and style. Generator London has a nice and friendly atmosphere -- it offers everything you'd expect from a hostel, with something a little bit extra like the inside bar where it is possible to get food and drinks, and the travel shop also inside the hostel in case you need to buy something you forgot.

The Location

This hostel is very centrally located in the big and hectic city center of London. It's very easy to get everywhere on foot for those who love walking, or by tube or buses because it is very close to the metro stations of Russell Square and King’s Cross St. Pancras.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This hostel has several options when it comes to sleeping time -- depending on your budget, there are private rooms (twins, triples, and quads) and mixed or female-only dorms. Each dorm has a sink in the room, and each bed has power sockets, linen, and some storage space with locks to put valuables. Bare in mind that if you are under eighteen, it is not possible to stay in a dorm. The rooms are quite spacious and clean. The bathroom is not en suite; there are common female and male bathrooms on each floor and showers.

Common Spaces

In this hostel, there are plenty of common areas, including a "game room," where films are also shown at certain times; it is also possible to simply chill out there with your personal laptop or a book. There also is a travel shop inside the hostel, a restaurant that serves meals from breakfast (full English breakfast is available, and continental breakfast is available until 10 a.m. for an extra fee) to dinner, and a pub to get some drinks. There are vending machines in the hostel to get some snacks after the restaurant and pub closing time. There also is a photo-booth in the hostel and a dedicated smoking area outside the building. There is a laundry room too with washing and drying machines. The reception is open at all times. Free Wi-Fi is available everywhere in the hostel in the common areas and even in the rooms.


This hostel has everything needed -- a great location, affordable prices, and friendly atmosphere.

Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
February 2014
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   Breakfast was a rip off and non refundable Too big to care about their guests, feels hollow and cheesy. Expensive and crowded.  , age 22, Australian ()
3   Great for socialising, not so good for sleeping Stayed at the Generator about a week ago. The hostel was very clean and modern and had a great bar, cafe and travel shop. It was great for socialising, however, as the hostel does not have air conditioning we found it very difficult to sleep even with the windows open and blinds open.  ()
2   A disorganized big business The Generator Hostel gets two stars. When I checked in they had placed me in a 10 bed mixed dorm even though I had booked an 8 bed female dorm. With some effort this was corrected. While I was there it seemed that the hostel was taking multiple bookings for large groups of children and this meant the hallways were loud. A room next door to mine played loud music until 4am and the staff didn't seem to be able to stop this. I had also paid for a late check out, however the staff then checked someone in that morning and I was woken up at 11am with the next guest standing over me, somewhat confused. The Generator would be ok if you plan only one night and spend most of it outside of the room.  ()
3   I just complain about the staff The GENERATOR has the worst staff ever, especially the guy whose whose name I don't know. He insults and acts as if the hostel were his. He lacks education, culture and since the hostel has this policy that you as a guest, must treat the staff well, or else you can be expelled, they abuse and mistreat THEIR CLIENTS badly. This hostel MUST teach those uncultured subhumans that they also need to respect and not to behave rudely with the ones who at the end, leave their money there.  , Mexican ()
1   Rude, inconsiderate, discriminatory. The place is noisy to say the least. Staff are apart from being purely trained rude -- probably to cover up their deficiencies. Management (a certain "wise gentelman" from the Orient) does not hesitate to call guest liars to cover up their one deficiencies. The policy of no under-18s is discriminatory to parents traveling with their children.  , Germany ()
5   Best Hostel in Europe The Generator is AWESOME!! It is definitely very big, but that allows you to meet a huge amount of people -- they have a bar with events each night, a lounge room and another room they call the Turbine where you can relax, play pool and meet other travelers. I have stayed in hostels all over Europe and 2 others in London and this was definitely the best I found. The staff were great, the rooms were fine, and the free breakfast is excellent. All in all a great place to stay on a budget in London. You wont want to leave.  , Australia ()
2   A dirty nineties dump with rude staff Lose the neon lights already! As someone previously said, it's weird to eat breakfast in the same blue neon lit bar that you partied in the night before. Yes, it is. That's why there should be normal lights during the day! I can't understand the hype about this hostel considering it's not cheap to stay there either. Bathrooms were just crap. Dirty, slippery floor and for sure contaminated with foot warts. Wear flipflops in the bathroom at all time! Toilets would not flush. Staff was not very service-minded even regarding simple requests and inquiries. Worst of it all, though, was the room. A tiny, smelly jail-bunker with the dirtiest, dirtiest carpet on the floor causing my (not particularly severe) allergies to go all in. Could not breathe normally through the night. I was lucky to have a tiny window next to my bunk. Otherwise this "inn" would've done me in. Having seen the pictures on their website where there were rooms with no carpet on the floor we thought it would be an easy match to just switch rooms. So we thought. No luck there at all. This place is crappy with bad service. The breakfast was reasonably ok though. Although there were no healthy (let alone organic) alternatives you could at least have a cup of tea for breakfast or some cereal. I would not recommend this place to anyone else and I would not stay there again even if paid money for it.  , Swedish ()
2   Whatever The rooms are shoeboxes, like actual jail cells only with bright blue and red walls. Bathrooms were disgusting, no place to put your stuff or dry yourself in the shower cubicles. Kitchen and bar, however, were really good. Fantastic selection of breakfast cereal (so important for someone who hates toast in the morning). It is a bit weird eating in the same sticky-floored place that you partied in the night before though. Very much a party hostel, although we didn't do much of it as were gearing up to head back to Australia. Bring your earplugs for sure. Laundry facilities didn't work and staff were no help. My friend got no refund for a load of drying she did before realising the dryer was actually broken. There's a quick and efficient laundry-mat around the corner though. Cheap internet but not enough computers. There's a great second-hand book store around the corner. Such a massive hostel so it's easy to do your own thing depending on the kind of experience you want, but overall not great for the price.  , Australia ()
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