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 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

      Trent having a bike race
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      The generator
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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

      Travel Blogs from London

      Match Day

      A travel blog entry by andrew.bennin on Feb 22, 2015


      Arrived at London Waterloo station shortly before noon. Giant station, packed, can't really compare to anything I've experienced in the US, as commuter rail is actually used as a real form of transport here, as opposed to being a novelty like in the US. Went into Underground, got Oyster Card. The Oyster Card is the card that you use to pay for …

      Mind the gap

      A travel blog entry by andrew.bennin on Feb 23, 2015


      Woke up yesterday, had small breakfast, went on walking tour of central London (Buckingham palace, some park, houses of Parliament, Westminster abbey). Ate bangers and mash (popular British dish, pile of mashed potatoes with sausages on top, drenched in gravy) and some cider beer at a nearby pub. Went back to Westminster Abbey for Sunday Evensong …

      Pass Go Collect $200

      A travel blog entry by adam_kaye on Oct 29, 2014

      2 photos

      Day 15:

      I got up this morning planning to explore east London and do some shopping. I left the hostel and perused the stores for a few hours. I bought a padlock so I could lock my box in the hostel. I also fixed my glasses which one of the nose tabs decided to snap off for no reason. I found a number of interesting shops from antique book …

      Crazy London & great friends

      A travel blog entry by xplorersarah on Jul 08, 2012

      7 photos

      When I first arrived into London I walked through Mayfair to get to my hostel. Now I know why it's the most expensive place on a Monopoly board. In the 10 minutes I walked through the area, I seriously saw millions of dollars worth of cars, including looking into a window of a Porche shop which looked like they were unveiling a new car. I quickly …

      Traveler Photos Generator Hostel London

      003. Reception of the Generator Hostel
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      Across from our Hostel
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      James Tarner
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      Trent having a bike race
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      The Generator
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      Generator Hostel Dorm Room
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      The generator
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      The Generator
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