I love a challenge
If you told me this time last year I would be considering staying in a youth hostel, I would have laughed all the way to the W in my Jimmy Choos.
I stayed in a youth hostel once when I 17. It was cold, barren and fuelled by sixth form testosterone as we did our A level field studies and got drunk on cider in the local pub.
That memory stayed with me until a few months ago when I came across Generator, a company that is seriously setting the pace for hostel accommodation across Europe.
The thing about Generator is that they aren’t a cheap bed factory but clean, comfortable affordable accommodation in a sociable setting. Forget cell like dorms and cold showers, dust and the smell of cabbage, their contemporary, design-led sites are uber-cool and in vibrant cities like Berlin, Copenhagen and Hamburg.
With impressive, urban chill out spaces, a great atmosphere and chic bars, Generator is more flashpack not backpack, boutique rather than chain. The site haven’t been kitted out floor to ceiling in IKEA, but carefully created by Anwar Mekhayech, Principle Designer & co-founder of the Design Agency, one of Canada’s hottest design firms.
Anwar has used his creative, eclectic approach to create a strong common theme that echoes modern and energetic, contemporary with an air of futurism, edgy and quirky but with no sign of arrogance or pretention. He has remained true to the original locations and their unique fittings but created something totally 21st century and cutting edge.
I love the fact that on a day to day basis, the business work with local suppliers, artists and musicians and have successfully created a lively, vibrant atmosphere and a hub of activity where social experiences are at the forefront of the agenda.
All of this makes me think Generator would be perfect for a girlie weekend away rather than a romantic love-in. So, whilst I am still keeping my promise of NEVER going camping, if it means I can have a weekend away with the girls in Barcelona in the spring, and still pay the school fees, I may just be booking that girlie dorm and brushing up on my Spanish.
Written by Natalie Trice, blogger for Just Because I Love