Generator Hostel in Amsterdam is a colorful design hostel in Amsterdam which will change your mind about staying in a hostel. Call me a snob but if you ask me to sleep in a hostel the answer will always be no, nope, never! I slept in a hostel once when I was still in highschool which I believe was a former hospital and it really was just as depressing as a hospital. I can’t say that my former stay in a hostel made me very enthousiastic about hostels in general (plus I’m pretty introverted so I really like to be on my own when I’m on holiday). Luckily for the people who do like hostels you see more and more ‘design hostels’ opening in the world including this Generator Hostel in Amsterdam. The hostel is located in Amsterdam East near the Oosterpark in a former health sciences building and zoological museum but it is now transformed into a colorful, art-filled hostel that’s built to encourage social interaction.
The Generator Hostel was designed by Toronto-based DesignAgency in collaboration with the local firm IDEA Ontwerp (who also designed the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam). Many of the original features of the 100-year-old building were restored and preserverd such as the terazzo floors, stained glass and brickwork. The historic features are combined with colorful artwork and design furniture.
Typical of hostels are the shared rooms with bunk beds and while the Generator Hostel in Amsterdam has these rooms as well, there are also private rooms with double beds and outdoor terraces. The Generator Hostel even has a skysuite with views over the Oosterpark.
The artwork throughout the Generator Hostel is created by local artists such as the artwork in the elevator shaft which is created by the Amsterdam-based artist Pieter Ceizer.
images by Nicolas Koenig
Does the Generator Hostel in Amsterdam change your mind about staying in a hostel? Even I must say that this hostel looks absolutely amazing. If you need more inspiration for a holiday stay just check out my travel category, where you will find beautiful hotels and airbnb’s.