Forget everything you remember about the hostels from your backpacking-through-Europe days: the boring sandwiches and protein bars that got you through sleepless (and dinnerless) nights; the dank, prison-like rooms with wobbly bunk beds; and the creeper crowds that had a certain can’t-quite-place-it stench to them. Yes, let's all put those days firmly behind us.
The Generator Hostels are a new brand of design-driven, urban-contemporary homestead popping up across Europe (and soon beyond) that are completely changing the face of what it looks like to explore the world on a budget.
The company has managed to keep everything that’s cool about hostel travel (community vibe, eclectic mixes of people, inexpensive stays) and upgraded everything that’s been historically not-so-cool about those budget options (dingy beds, bland decor, no amenities). In its 10 properties across Europe, The Generator offers a welcomed change for design-minded travelers.
Each destination is a departure from the traditional hostel experience in that it offers more than a place for weary travelers to try and sleep — and the occasional morning toast. There's an energy pulsing through thanks to art exhibits, live music, renowned DJs, and other events that contribute to the not-just-a-bed vibes. And, the hostels offer locally inspired food and beverage programs that put your vending-machine dinners of yore to shame.