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Generator Hostel London

3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   37 Tavistock Place | Russell Square, London WC1H 9SE, England (Camden / Primrose Hill)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed here back in July with my now husband and while the hostel is generally clean it is overshadowed by some aspects. We stayed in a four bedroom dorm that was so tiny no one could be in the room as one person were pulling their draws out. On top of this the room was like a sauna and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a young traveler I am looking for something on a budget as well as comfortable and clean. The Generator was my favorite hostel i have stayed at and would definitely recommend it to anyone. They have a great bar area with a social atmosphere and even great food in their restaurant area. Plus the whole style of the generator... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've stayed at the Generator in London a few times now and today is about my 3rd week in total. After staying in other hostels, I feel that I need to write a review on this one because it really is a mark above the rest. The staff are young, happy and bright and go out of their way to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The location of the hostel was great, it's hidden down an alley way with a sign in a window on the main road which could be a bit bigger save walking straight past it. Arriving at the hotel staff told me that they could not find my booking, I had missed my flight the previous day and they say they... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hello Stevenrow, Many thanks for taking the time to give us such a comprehensive review of your recent stay. Please accept my sincerest apologies that there were aspects of your stay that made you feel you do not want to return. I am very disappointed to hear your feedback, as this is definitely not our normal level of service as... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

U stayed at the generator last week and it was a pleasure. Nice people, it was clean and bright all the time. I stayed in the 4 bed mixed dorm and i was a little disappointed with hoe small the room was, barely any place to stand if all 4 were in the room. Otherwise it was pretty good. The... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hello Shalini Natraj, Firstly can I thank you for taking some time to share your feedback with us after your recent stay. It’s great to hear from all our guests and especially to learn that they had a great stay while with us. We would love to see you back at Generator London again in the future, and please don’t... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at four hostels when I went to London and this was the best one! It's clean and a great place to meet people from all over the world but it was a but crowded and the front desk staff were kinda cold but they were helpful! The hostel has a lot to offer but make sure you make... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hey ruth m, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback after your recent stay. I will pass along your comments to the team here in London who will no doubt be thrilled. We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon, and please keep spreading the #genlove Best Wishes Lenny Hughes – GM... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great central location, five minute walk to tube stations and shopping centres. Nice, new rooms, enough space for bags in rooms. Very clean, 24 hour reception and doorman makes you feel safe. Could use a mirror over sinks in room, bathrooms had constant issues over our five day stay and long wait for lift. Biggest issue was not having a... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hey Kit_s19, Thank you for your feedback after your recent stay in London. Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated and will definitely be taken into consideration by the Team here. In terms of a guest kitchen, yes we do not offer self catering facilities, but do have a full menu available all day from our café and kitchen at... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel itself is very clean and well organised but I felt it didn't have much of a vibe... especially when compared to its counterpart in Barcelona. The common areas weren't as vast as in Barcelona either. And there was no fan/air con! It was 30 degrees and we were on the third floor - sweat city! PS the black... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hello Clauds1984, Thank you for sharing your Generator experience. We try and create great social spaces in all our hostels and as such, each one has its own uniqueness and individuality. Sorry ours didn’t quite meet your expectations as much as Barcelona did, but we hope you enjoyed your stay with us never the less. I will be passing on... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've just got home from a weekend stay at Generator Hostel. Hostel is nice, very clean, very good location. The rooms were absolutely fine (if on the small side!). However, all this was totally ruined by the militant guards that patrol the site. The day staff were fairly helpful I must admit. However, as night falls the place is stationed... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hello Hostelguy22, Firstly can I thank you for taking the time to give us your comments after your recent stay with us and can I ask that you please accept my sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused to you. As you have mentioned in your review we do have numerous residential buildings around us and have a security team at... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel is in a pretty decent location, close to King's Cross and the British Museum, as well as just a few minutes from Russell Square tube station. Although, it is at least a 40min walk from the Westminster area. There are lots of nice cafés and restaurants nearby. The facilities at the hostel were clean and organised. There is... More

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Genlon, General Manager at Generator Hostel London, responded to this review

Hello LEOwens, Thank you for your feedback after your recent stay with us. We are often commended for our central location making us the perfect spot for tourist attractions. Our design led social spaces were designed to give guests the opportunity to chill in varying spaces, be it the lively atmosphere of the bar or the more serene of our... More

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Address: 37 Tavistock Place | Russell Square, London WC1H 9SE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Camden / Primrose Hill , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
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Hotel Class:3 star — Generator Hostel London 3*
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Generator London was the very first Generator and you’ll find it in the area of Russell Square in the heart of the West End. It’s the ideal spot to enjoy London from, everything you need to see is minutes away by tube. You’ll never run out of things to do in the UK’s capital. You just have to decide where to start and we can help you with that. When you have seen and done it all for the day head back to Generator and unwind. It’s a destination in its own right and a great place to socialise and reflect on your experiences of the day. Head to the bar and chill out areas to get yourself a well deserved drink or two. It’s lively, friendly and un-missable. We’ve also got great beds for sleepy heads and of course you’ll be enjoying London life in the most authentic surroundings. Choose from a great selection of rooms, from Dorms, to Quads, to Private rooms with innovative mod cons. Fast and free Wi-Fi is all yours too. To get the most out of your stay visit the travel shop and our city experts will help you devise an itinerary that will take you to all the hidden treasures this dynamic city has to offer. You’ll have to stay longer to fit it all in but you’ll not need convincing of that. We’ll see you there soon. ... more   less 
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