I’ve only stayed in one hostel before and that was in a private room with its own bathroom at Clink78 which you can read about here, so when the team at Generator hostels invited me for a blogger sleepover to celebrate public sleeping day I signed myself right up!
Generator in London is just a hop skip and a jump from Euston and Kings Cross stations making it a great base for travellers looking to explore London but even though it’s in such a central area you have to pop down a little winding alley to get to the main building which means noise from traffic is kept at a minimum.
When I arrived I was pleased to see that my roomies were Katy, Milly and Haydy – all bloggers I already know and love. The four of us were sharing a super cute six bed room with three bunks, underbed storage boxes that could be locked with a padlock, a small sink/mirror area and hooks by the door for you to hang coats and clothes on. It was much more spacious than I was expecting but I could imagine it getting very messy, super quickly if you had six girls in there with suitcases or rucksacks full of clothing!
Heading to the Yellow chill out room (which also doubles as a cinema on Tuesdays and Saturdays) we were given a quick introduction to Generator and their philosophy. Not only have they branded themselves as a ‘poshtel’ (posh hostel) but they also put a huge focus on social interactions and bringing people together.
To bring us together they’d arranged a lil cocktail making workshop courtesy of the hostels in-house mixologist as they’re introducing a new cocktail menu at the bar very soon. I got to play with a blowtorch once more and totally sucked up to my hosts by sprinkling the sugar on top of mine in the shape of the letter G.
Then it was time for the slightly less successful pancake making section of the evening but the less said about that mishap the better. After a couple of spoons of Nutella straight from the jar (don’t tell me you wouldn’t have done the same in my situation!) we decided to grab some real food from the hostels own cafe while some of the other girls headed off on a pub crawl of Camden – another experience that the hostel offers those staying with them.
The cafe serves food from 12noon til 11pm all at reasonable prices – nothing costs more than £10 and the portion sizes are great too. Not quite ready for the night to end a few of us headed to a nice little corner of the bar and played some HeadsUp over glasses of prosecco and a banging 90s playlist of music (Seriously Generator London I’m still waiting for that to hit up Spotify!) before calling it a night.
I slept just fine and waking up at my usual time but only having to walk 20 minutes to get to work meant I was there early for like the first time ever AND caught a new Pokémon on the way. (Yes I’m still playing PokemonGo what of it?)
My first experience of a shared sleeping arrangement at a hostel was definitely a success and I’d totally be up for staying in some of Generators other locations if I was travelling in a small group. I’m still not sure how I’d feel about doing it solo but never say never eh?