37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square, London, United Kingdom
Doubles from: $94 to $125
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The Generator Hostel feels more like some sort of bizarre nightclub than a hostel. After passing the “bouncer” at the door, we found ourselves in a low-lit lobby booming with dance music. With a broad menu of organized activities, a prime location in the student hub of University College London and ample common spaces, the Generator has a definitive social vibe. (In other words, “Generator is a party, and the party don’t stop.”)
Pros: Great location. Helpful staff. Social spot. Free tour included in the room rate.
Cons: Can get noisy. Pricey breakfast. Showers don’t provide much privacy.
Rooms at the Generator Hostel are standard, with navy curtains and bright paint jobs in a variety of primary colors. Private rooms, available for one to six people, can be on the spacious side but are spare, furnished with metal bunk beds and sometimes a chair or small desk. Dorms sleep between four and 15 people and tend to feel rather cramped, lined as they are with rows of metal bunks.
The special female-only dorms are a bit larger and boast pink walls, private reading lights and a small “lounge” area with comfy seating. They also feature full-length mirrors, complimentary toiletries and girly dressing tables with hair dryers.
All rooms are equipped with a sink and lockers (be sure to bring your own padlock).
The shared bathrooms are clean and well equipped to handle a huge number of guests. Note, though, that they don’t provide a ton of privacy. The stall showers are blocked off by curtains (not doors), and there’s no secure place to stow your dry belongings.
Towels are provided for guests of single or double private rooms. All other guests can rent towels for an additional (if pricey) fee.
The Generator’s enormous lounge is painted pink and lime green and decked out with a big-screen TV, pool table and café. There is also an equally vast (and equally bright), dining area, which serves up breakfast (for an additional charge) as well as relatively inexpensive dinner options.
Then there is the nightclub, with its glow of neon lights and flow of cheap drinks. The bar’s packed calendar of nightly events includes everything from quiz nights to “bundy hunts” and “blind date” and “karaoke nights,” plus some extra-special themed parties.
To maintain its party-people reputation, the Generator Hostel also includes a walking tour and free welcome drink in the room rate (plus as many hangovers as you can handle). Wi-Fi is free in the public areas and there are a few Internet stations available for an additional charge.
The Generator Hostel is nothing if not well located, within a five-minute walk of the Russell Square Tube station, and very near the British Library and British Museum, with Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus not too much farther afield.
Reviewed by: Nina Derham, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
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- Airport Transportation
- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Breakfast Included
- City tour
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Gift shop
- Groups welcome
- Internet Station
- Ironing Room
- Laundry Facilities
- Laundry Service
- Luggage Storage
- Meals for groups
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Office Center
- Pool bar
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Safe at reception
- Shuttle service
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis court
- Tourist information
- TV Lounge
- Vending Machines
- Volley ball
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Shared
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
- Internet Access
- Key Card Access
- Linen Included
37 Tavistock Place, Russell Square
Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom
About the Generator Hostel neighborhood
Leafy Bloomsbury is centered around Russell Square, north of Piccadilly Circus and the West End, and boasts the British Museum, University of London, and Georgian townhouse-lined streets. Budget-friendly B&Bs line Gower Street, just west of the University.