Backpacking in Luxury: Why you need to stay with Generator Hostels
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Walking into a Generator Hostel is like walking into a hotel, a pretty luxurious one at that! Each unique building in their destination hotlist has personality that fits the surroundings perfectly. From an old warehouse in Venice to a beautiful former university in Amsterdam, the interiors never disappointed and ceased to amaze me each time I visited. Chic bars and cafes donned the lower floor of each magnificent complex. Serving the trendy food that travellers crave: avocado on toast and pancake stacks of dreams, to mention a few. Of course it’s not just what’s inside that counts; the locations are perfect for reaching mainstream sites - I’m talking a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum in Rome! Here’s a roundup of my experience inside the Generator world and why you should stay with them on your next trip. Eurolines was a welcome relief from the road. Equipped with my directions from the Gen website I caught a tram from Central Station using my I Amsterdam City Pass and arrived outside the gorgeous Autumnal Oosterpark in no time. Strolling through the park with the sun rising behind me and golden leaves scattered everywhere opened my eyes to the real beauty of Amsterdam. Canals, tree lined streets and stunning architecture makes this Netherlands gem irresistible to a traveller. The university building was expansive and its old brick exterior screamed warmth and shelter from the bitter Amsterdam weather – it may be beautiful here but my god is it cold! I walked into the inviting smells of the ground floor Nescio Café; travellers lounged on large sofas underneath greenhouse shaped structures. The exposed brick and bright interiors drew in bloggers and Instagrammers who sometimes weren’t even staying at the hostel, but used it as an awesome photo backdrop. The hostel is a short walk from museums and the famous Artis Zoo. It’s only a short tram ride to Museum Square and the main attractions in the city. The bar hosts live music several nights per week and has affordable drinks if you don’t fancy venturing far out. There is a quiet library, perfect for taking some time out from sight-seeing, and the auditorium here is like stepping back in time to when the university was in full swing. My room looked over the trees of Oosterpark and was kitted out with water and towels as well as the comfiest bed I’ve experienced in a hostel. Get a sneak peek into the hostel here. Eurolines journey, from Prague to this waterborne city, I was eager to hop off a coach after a very scenic 14-hour ride. To no surprise there are 0 cars on the islands of Venice and of course everyone travels via Vaporetto (water taxi). At first this felt extremely odd but quickly became normal and much more enjoyable than getting in a vehicle. The blue water is so bright - and probably extremely polluted from the amount of boats passing through every hour. Generator is located on the waterfront of the island Guidecca, just two vaperetto stops from Piazza San Marco (the main sites in Venice are all in this square) - that’s closer than many locations on the main island! You can actually see the bell tower and domes from the hostel, or Ostella if you want to get all Italian on me.
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