Generator Hostel Copenhagen is the first hostel in Scandinavia for the European chain, which already has hostels in London and a number of German cities. The hostel has an amazing downtown location that can put most of Copenhagen’s hotels to shame: Right in the heart of it all, just down from Kongens Nytorv square and close to some of the city’s best clubs, bars, stores and restaurants. The 650 beds range from private double and single rooms to ensuite dorms, all with free bed linen (surprisingly, this is generally not part of the Danish hotel package) and even include pink rooms with extra mirrors and sockets ideal for a girls’ only tour of the Danish capital.
The lobby of Generator Hostel Copenhagen, with its smart, functional design features. — Photo courtesy of Generator Hostels
The hostel is housed it what were previously a unit of 60 exclusive youth apartments designed by Philippe Starck and his design firm YOO Ltd, and the hostel has retained the imprint of the acclaimed French designer.
Generator Hostels hopes to cash in on Copenhagen’s reputation as a hip destination for young tourists, with one of the most dynamic cultural calendars in Scandinavia and underground happenings to rival Berlin. The hostel’s concept caters for the latest breed of backpacker, the ‘flashpacker’; smart, young travelers with high standards whose luggage includes gadgets like smartphones and tablets, but for whom cost is still an important element in lodging options.
With these guests in mind, one of the Generator standards is to offer free WiFi in the lobby of all hostels. Another is the late night bar, where guests can often find DJs and bands playing: A chill out area and spacious outdoor terrace is also a key element of the Generator Hostel Copenhagen experience.
The youthful Generator Hostels group was named ‘Budget Accommodation of the Year’ for the second year in a row by Visit London in 2010.