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The Generator (London)
Member Name: Midnight_Oil
The Generator (London)
Date: 26/02/05, updated on 28/02/05 (222 review reads)
Advantages: cheap, clean, comfortable
Disadvantages: noise (sometimes)
Although I don't live far from London, it's far enough to sometimes prefer overnight accomodation or occasionally more than 1 night. Until I found the Generator, I stayed in various cheap hotels/hostels. They were all ok, but since finding the Generator, I only go to others if there are no twin room vacancies at the Generator. (This has happened a few times which I can only assume is due to their increasing popularity! There have always been dorm rooms - more on this in a moment - but I prefer a private room)
I first found it on an advert board in a hotel/B&B place at Gatwick airport (where I work) when I was looking for a place to stay. The price seemed almost too cheap and I was concerned that maybe it might not be a very pleasant stay.
I realised I was wrong when I arrived there. I chose a twin room - I usually visit London with a friend - as the price was not very different to that of the dorms. The price varies slightly - I think according to time of year, etc - but is usually somewhere between about £45 and £50 for the room, working out at about £20 to £25 per person. Dorm rooms tend to range I think from about £10 to £15 per person.
It was very easy to find, and is only a short walk from the tube station at Russell Square and also not much further from tube and mainline Kings Cross stations.
The rooms are all nearly identical (I have never been in the dorm rooms but I presume these are probably very similar). The rooms - and in fact the whole place - have a futuristic design. The rooms are always very clean and warm, and the beds very comfortable. There are toilet facilities on each floor - usually several per floor, though on one stay I did find I had to go through quite a few corridors and doors to reach them. The toilets are clean, and toilet rolls, etc well stocked with notices to say if you do find a problem to let them know and they will sort it out - I have never yet had cause to find out if they keep to their word on this!
There are plenty of facilities in the hotel, though I haven't tried many of them, as there generally isn't time. These include:
A bar which I have only tried once on my last visit to celebrate Australia Day. While the atmosphere was good the drinks were rather expensive.
An eating area - they serve meals in the evening for a reasonable sounding price, but I have never tried them so far as I have eaten elsewhere.
Internet - I am not sure of the prices or how good it is - as only stay for 1 or very few nights I have never needed to try it out! (I can just about hold onto my internet addiction for that long ;))
Breakfast is included in the price, and while it is quite basic - cereal, bread (there is a toaster available) - you can eat as much as you like, and I have never left there hungry in a morning. They have also more recently added an optional paid breakfast that includes cooked breakfast items which seem to be good value, but I have been satisfied enough with the free basic option to not yet try this.
There are rules on noise - the hotel is in a residential area so guests are asked to keep noise to a minimum, and late at night noise other than in the bar areas is not permitted. However on a few occasions I have been unable to get to sleep easily due to noise (including music which I presume was coming from the "sound proofed" area where noise is allowed) - sometimes a lot of shouting about from nearby corridors/rooms. The notices about noise in the rooms says that that sort of noise will not be accepted and they have people prevent this, but on occasions I have wondered if they really do!
If you are ever staying in London and don't want to pay for more expensive hotels, I definitely recommend the Generator.
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