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Ali G, Mary Poppins, and James Bond Are All At Generator London

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March 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | ()

As floor themes, that is – while we wish our evening at Generator London would have included hanging out with Sacha Baron Cohen, Julie Andrews, and Daniel Craig (imagine that), they were only there in spirit, bringing a splash of different color and design to the just-reopened hostel-with-style in Bloomsbury.

Available by the bed, Generator is taking affordability to the extreme, with starting rates at £12 ($20) a night – but the real gems to us are the private twins starting at £24.50 ($40). Share it with a friend and you’re looking at nightly cost of $20 per person, for a clean bed in a private room with a modern bathroom. You can’t go wrong with that in London, and could easily do much worse for more money.

This is what that looks like, with wooden floors and a mix of bright colors that is a signature to the brand. The beds are basic, but the white frame and the white sheets give it a clean look. There is not an inch of closet space, aside from the small shelf and few hangers you see on the left, or any other furniture for that matter.

The bathroom was rather nice, with a rain shower and white subway tiling that wouldn’t look out of place in a much more upscale hotel. Private rooms include towels.

Dorms come in a variety of sizes, with each bunk bed having a private locker for storing valuables. There’s a small water fountain in each room and a mirror. Female-only dorms are available.

Dorms share hallway toilets and bathrooms, but the privacy-conscious should probably take note that the former have airport-style cubicles that don’t reach all the way to the floor or the ceiling.

The public areas on the ground floor offer lots of space to hang out, with a morning café, afternoon/evening bar, and the above lounge area where you can snooze if the 10am checkout proves to be a bit too early for you (later checkouts are available for a fee).

We were impressed by what Generator is able to offer at the rates it charges, so if you are looking to stay in central London on a limited budget, and don’t mind some of the compromises a hostel brings or can spring for a private room, this might be an option worth looking into.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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