Generator Hostel London

Address: 37 Tavistock Place, London, England, WC1H 9SE, United Kingdom | 1 star lodge
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This 1 star lodge, located in the Mayfair/Soho/West End area of London, is near British Library, Russell Square, Foundling Museum, and The Cartoon Museum.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsGenerator Hostel London

          Reviewed by walterc

          Good place to stay, once you find it!

          Reviewed Apr 20, 2015
          by (25 reviews) Philadelphia, PA , United States Flag of United States

          Located more than a block away from the Russell Square Tube stop, the Generator Hostel is a chain of hostels throughout Europe. This was my first time staying in one.

          Finding it is not easy, especially at night. There is a sign pointing one way, but no help at all. Turns out, the hostel is down an alleyway. There is a sign beside the alleyway, but very hard to see. I had to ask someone who was passing by.

          Once you find it, you see that this is a nice looking hostel, as it feels more like a hotel than a hostel. The staff are very nice and helpful. And there is an information desk nearby, where you can also buy a London Pass.

          There is luggage storage in a locker room, which is extra charge. But sometimes, all of the lockers have been taken, so some people store their bags on top of them. That is what I did, and had nothing stolen, Still, do that at your own risk.

          The rooms are also very nice. There are compartments in the bottom of the beds, which you can lock. Though, you have to provide your own padlock. Still, there is no extra charge to use them. The beds are really nice. The only downside, is the small number of electric outlets, which all are usually taken. But there are other places in the hostel to charge your devices, like the common room and the dining room.

          The bathrooms are nice, though there is only 1 shower room per gender on each floor, and located on one side of the floor. So you may have to make quite a trek to the showers. There are more toilet rooms throughout the place. The bathrooms are well cleaned and maintained, with everything in one place in the shower rooms.

          There is a laundry room, with washing machines, dryers, and an iron. Detergent can be bought at reception for 1£. Laundry is 2£ and dryer is 50 pence per 15 minutes. I find the dryers to be lousy, probably done on purpose to make some extra money. Also, there is no kitchen, and no regular computers, both of which, I find disappointing. But WiFi is included, and works fine!

          There is breakfast, which costs extra. And a bar that serves overpriced food. I did not try those, so I can't comment on the quality of the food, but the prices were enough to keep me away. Besides, there are eat-out places near the hostel, at cheaper prices, so those are your better options.

          While it can be crowded, the Generator Hostel is a nice place to stay, at cheap prices. I would not mind staying here again.

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          Reviewed by brynee

          Quirky hostel

          Reviewed Feb 17, 2015
          by (1 review) , New Zealand Flag of New Zealand

          Such awesome communial spaces a shame about the bathrooms and rooms are very small

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          Reviewed by adam_kaye

          Its a Classic Hotel

          Reviewed Oct 29, 2014
          by (3 reviews) Mackay , Australia Flag of Australia

          Its a Hostel, Placed to lock up your stuff and communal showers.

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          Reviewed by jaekjakob


          Reviewed May 1, 2014
          by (1 review) , Sweden Flag of Sweden


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          Reviewed by mortygonewalky

          Nice hostel

          Reviewed Jun 20, 2013
          by (3 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

          Bathroom facilities only complaint

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          Trent having a bike race
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          Reviewed by roamingrob

          Room good, facilities and food poor.

          Reviewed Mar 25, 2013
          by (4 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

          For a hostel the room was good, with acceptably comfortable beds, a heater and an in-room sink. However, the showers were awful having nowhere dry to put clothes, very limited water pressure and little or no hot or even warm water. Food on offer consisted of: breakfast - a croissant, apple and box of orange juice in a paper bag; lunch - a bag of crisps, ham sandwich in what seemed to be leftover WWII ration bread; dinner - something similar I imagine, though I thankfully wasn't made to suffer this meal. In conclusion, stay here by all means but avoid the food and try the showers before you jump in and expect them to work.

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          Reviewed by xplorersarah

          iPhone stolen when sleeping

          Reviewed Jul 7, 2012
          by (5 reviews) Perth, Western Australia, Australia , Australia Flag of Australia

          The title pretty much says it all. The security is pathetic & even after this happened during the night by someone outside of the hostel (iPhone app located it to apartment buildings nearby) they still didn't fix the door to our room which didn't shut properly. It looks fancy but if you want a good nights sleep & a shower thats better than a one star caravan park then don't stay here.

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          Reviewed by mobes

          Good hostel - but get breakfast elsewhere

          Reviewed Jun 22, 2012
          by (4 reviews) Wollongong , Australia Flag of Australia

          Hostel is as clean as any, plenty of bathrooms etc (just dont get level 6 as you cant catch a lift to this floor and dont have any bathrooms on your level. If you are as unlucky as I was, level 5 bathrooms were out too so had to go down to level 4 to use facilities). Breakfast for me was included, but was not crash hot - though if you like cereal you will be fine. Internet/wifi is good though not free, still reasonable price and you can print here too.

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          Reviewed by evaogarni


          Reviewed Jan 9, 2012
          by (1 review) , Iceland Flag of Iceland

          Nice roommates, dirty toilets, nice place to hang out.

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          Reviewed by mizazn

          Dirty, close to transport

          Reviewed Oct 27, 2011
          by (1 review) , Australia Flag of Australia

          12 girls in a non ventilated room. Dirty, dusty. Close to transport

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          Reviewed by cbmaddixrn

          Excellent Hostel!

          Reviewed Jun 26, 2011
          by (3 reviews) Jacksonville , United States Flag of United States

          In Italy and the UK for three weeks. One of the best, probably #2 on my list. Would recommend. EXCELLENT LOCATION! Travel Desk very helpful!

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          Reviewed by thescotlandgirl

          Generator Hostel, London

          Reviewed Sep 17, 2010
          by (2 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

          This was a great hostel for 4 people because we were able to book one room with 4 beds. There were lockers to lock your things during the day. Also the beds were very comfortable. This is one of the more expensive hostels in London, but you get a free breakfast and there is no curfew. It was loud at times and the location is far from the tourist attractions (Big Ben, London Eye) near Westminster bridge. All in all, a great first hostel experience.

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          Historical Traveler Reviews Generator Hostel London

          Yeeck... it was simply disgusting !


          I stayed at the Generator a year ago with my classmates. We were in London for two days and slept one night in this hotel.

          Should I use one word to describe this experience, it's easy : "disgusting" !!!

          The rooms aren't clean at all, the beds are old and filthy, they are no toilets of showers in them and you have to walk several corridors before you find them... And honestly, they are even worse than the rooms ! Hopefully we only stayed one night because I couln't have taken a shower in one of those ! Would have feel dirtier after the shower than before !

          In my case it wasn't a problem to sleep in those dormitory for five or six people because I knew the people I was with... but wath if you go there on your own and end up with complete strangers... Having to share toilets and showers is bad enough without having to share your room as well !

          Bar and place to eat breakfast are nice but I've also seen better and the all hotel is really noisy...

          The location is ok but you still have to walk 10 minutes to arrive at the underground... And if you want to go to any of the famous places in London you'll have to use underground or taxi because it isn't that close from the hotel...

          Cheap but uncomfortable


          Wouldn't stay there again. Cheap and convenient, but too big, noisy, cramped, hot. I wouldn't have slept at all if I hadn't taken earplugs.

          Odd but great nevertheless.


          It was kind of strange to stay at a hostel which still keeps its former prison flair and was certainly not the cleanest place I have ever seen.

          Still, the staff is really friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is great (at least for younger people, I'd say), one can feel safe on the way to the hotel and also while staying there, the food is excellent and the sandwich machine and bar are real plus points, too.

          The worst place in the world


          I have never been to a place like the generator before; I hope I never go there in my life again. In my opinion it was the worst experience of my life. The food, the facilities, the atmosphere smelled of smoke! The environment was not friendly at all. I felt that it was not up to my standards, which meant it was not what I expected, and other people I have spoken to agree. My advice is to choose wisely when deciding where to stay in London, and to do some more research before you stay there.

          I agree regarding Generator London


          I agree with the previous reviewer. I'm older than most of the clientele that was there, and thought what a rip-off for these kids.

          Breakfast was minimal, high noise level , "don't drink the water" signs on sinks, long lines at reception, relatively expensive for 2 people in one room..."

          Don't stay here


          Honestly, I have never been more disgusted by a place in my entire life. I'm not one to have shared bathrooms to begin with, but I can deal. The problem was these bathrooms were absolutely disgusting. They crack it up to be a fun, social atmosphere, but I would rather sleep on the streets of London than stay there again!

          Fantastic place to stay


          After having stayed in the hotel from hell we went into the Generator.

          We were more than just satisfied: clean rooms, clean bathrooms, excellent food (breakfast and dinner), friendly staff, good atmosphere and a nice little bar. I have enjoyed my stay in the Generator very much. We didn't have much comfort but it was great nevertheless. I would stay there everytime I come back.

          The generator


          Ya know, erm, it was an experience above all others. erm..everyone there was american, the buggers! i was expecting londoners ya no - "alwhite lovee, ow ya doin mate, 5 for a pound" but no, yanky land!

          also, summerbay! .. apart form that, very pleasant, apart from the austrailian at hmv! talking about neighbours. Also, the pollution in london, was horrific...terrible..ya no, the worst ever! in the tube...there was no airrr...and i got out, in oxford to find, there was no air!! Anyway, moving back to the generator...very good!

          Good and bad


          THE GOOD: Very safe environment (security checks names at door after dark, locks on toom doors, etc.) Free continental breakfast was great.

          Pub/club downstairs lots of fun. Reasonably priced, good location. THE BAD: Cold showers (although I heard other people didn't have this problem), phones only take a certain type of calling card, you can't drink the tap water (my biggest complaint).

          Almost Perfection


          The perfect place too stay for one or two nights in London! Excellent location, clean, friendly staff for around 20 per night private room.Not for the over 30's however, as thin walls and lots of noise (mainly drunk Americans) can be a pain.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Generator Hostel London

          4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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