I have dreamed for a long time of being the kind of blogger that is invited on a press trip or overnight stay somewhere. I’ve adored watching my friends get invited to amazing events such as the Boohoo spa night a few months ago and longed to experience something similar – the idea of an evening with a group of fantastic bloggers at a spa or hotel sounded like the most incredible evening so when an email dropped into my inbox back in February inviting me to stay at Generator Hostels with a group of fantastic bloggers to celebrate Pancake Day and also Public Sleeping Day, I of course jumped at the chance.
Unfortunately, I was absolutely full of cold when I went, so while I did have a lot of fun and it was great to get involved, I wasn’t quite myself! However that aside, lets talk about Generator Hostels and the fantastic event they put on.
Generator Hostels started in Berlin in the 90’s, and the family run business has grown and grown, expanding throughout Europe and most excitedly they will be opening their first American hostel this year in Miami! Each hostel takes inspiration from the local area in both the decor and events they put on, with each of their dormitories and social areas brilliantly designed to create a friendly and colourful environment.
The hostel were kind enough to give our group their own little corridor, so we had bathrooms, showers and three dormitories all to ourselves. The dorms were incredibly clean, and I was really impressed with the size of the beds and how comfortable they were too (although I could have definitely done with an extra pillow!). Our beds each had a super exciting goodie bag sat on them waiting for us, and after we’d left our luggage (and had a sneak peek at the goodies) we headed into the bar for a drink while we waited for everyone else to arrive.
I was quite nervous as I’d never met any of the bloggers who were going to the event, but I quickly found myself making friends with Julie and Jasmin who I was lucky enough to be sharing a dorm with and they set me right at ease!
Our evening began in the hostel’s cinema room, where we were treated to a presentation about the hostel chain before our evening of fun began! I’d never stayed in a hostel before, and I was amazed at how many social areas Generator had. As a chain, one of their main aims is to encourage travellers to socialise with each other rather than just using the dormitories as an area to rest their head which is immediately obvious when you arrive. The huge bar area is equipped with plenty of seating, pool tables, and booths to sit in as well as a photo booth to get those all important snaps of yourselves and your new friends.
After the presentation, it was time for a cocktail masterclass with the resident Mixologists where we learned how to make two delicious cocktails – one was a sour vodka cocktail which reminded me a lot of lemon meringue, and another was a popcorn infused whiskey cocktail similar to an old fashioned – both were delicious but the whiskey one was definitely my favourite! Then, in typical Shrove Tuesday fashion it was time for pancakes! We each had a little camping stove set up on which to make our pancakes and I was pleased to report there were no flipping related accidents.
After the masterclass, we were invited on a bar crawl around Camden. Although I really wanted to go, at this point I was definitely feeling the effects of my cold so it was time for some tasty nachos in the bar before myself, Jasmin and Julie decided to head back to the dorms for girly chats and an early night.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Generator London and would definitely recommend it to anybody looking for somewhere affordable to stay in the city. Its centrally located but far enough away from the hustle and bustle that you aren’t constantly bothered by traffic noise from outside. They also do a range of rooms to cater to everyone’s needs, so if sharing with others really isn’t your jam you can opt for a private room too!
Have you ever stayed in a hostel before? What do you think of Generator London? Let me know in the comments below.
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