There were some good things about this place, but unfortunately the bad ones outweighed them. First, we thought we would be staying in the hotel part, but ended up in the hostel section. Making our own beds and being charged 7 euros for a fresh towel were not what we expected.
The WiFi didn't work at all during our 3-day stay, and the two computers in their entertainment room didn't work either. The employees at the front desk said their server was in London, and they were trying to repair their service, but in the entire 3 days it didn't function at all. We had to leave the premises to use the internet elsewhere, a huge issue for us.
The breakfast was a sorry joke. The muesli was tasty, and the croissants were good, but instead of butter they had only margarine, very strange for a place that claims to be environmentally-conscious. The coffee was too strong, and when we added enough milk to make cafe au lait, the resulting beverage was cold since they didn't have hot milk. The breakfast items were not replenished once while we were in the cafeteria, so people who came down to breakfast later on did not have very much to eat.
The Generator points out the security of their place, and a key is needed to use the elevators, but the stairs are open to anyone and they open on every floor. Further, the rooms do NOT have security holes to see who is knocking at the door. Not very secure for a place that boasts about its security. The security guard was never seen anywhere except in the lobby area. In two of our rooms, the heat ran non-stop. We tried to turn it off, but the system wouldn't let us do that. The oppressive heat quickly became unbearable, and we were forced to open the windows so we could finally sleep. For a place that touts the importance of being environmentally-friendly, it is quite the opposite.
The bathroom light has a motion sensor to turn itself off after a short time (about a minute) if you don't move around in there. When you shower, you will need to flap a towel around or step out of the shower to turn the lights back on. Our bathroom sink didn't drain well, so water backed up in the sink. In one of our rooms, the shower head was broken and wouldn't point the right direction. It had to be held in place while we showered, a difficult task while washing your hair.
The location was convenient, but we were expecting to stay in a hotel, so the Generator was a huge disappointment. If you travel alone or with a small group of friends and want to sleep in a hostel, you may like this place. Travelers who want to stay in a hotel should avoid this place like the plague.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You’ll find Generator Barcelona conveniently located just a 5 minute walk from two main metro stations, Diagonal and Verdaguer. Travelling to and from the hostel to all the must see sights is a piece of cake. The beautiful sandy beaches are just a 15 minute metro journey away, and only a short walk away are the maze of small streets of the Eixample district, home to Barcelona’s trendy shops, bars and restaurants. Generator is the perfect place for those looking to combine style with great atmosphere. You’ll find great beds for sleepy heads, a communal TV room with outdoor patio to a chill out lounge/café that serves the best drinks and snacks for miles around. Choose from a great selection of rooms, from Dorms, to Quads, to Private en-suites with your own power socket and LED light for late night reading. Fast and free Wi-Fi is all yours too. To get the most out of your stay, visit the travel shop and our city experts will help you devise an itinerary that will take you to all the hidden treasures this dynamic city has to offer. Barcelona is the latest edition to the Generator family, We will see you there. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Generator Hostel Barcelona Catalonia