There are many things to love about Europe in the warm months: al fresco cafes, walks through the parks, and just wandering picturesque streets, to name a few. But not the prices. Luckily, design-focused Generator, the chic line of European hostels, is opening three new locations in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Rome just in time for the peak season. The lifestyle brand blends local culture, arts, events, music and food with interactive guest experiences, all at affordable prices. In other words, when you’re staying in the Rome location, there’s no doubt you’ll be surrounded by la dolce vita. You might want to start packing a bag after you get the details on each location:
Generator Amsterdam Located in the uber-trendy East Amsterdam ‘hood, it’s right next to the newly renovated Oosterpark. Opening on March 16, it will be the only upscale hostel in the city. Housed in an historical building built in 1908 as the University of Amsterdam’s science department, the hostel is celebrating its DNA by keeping the lecture hall and science lab aesthetics while giving the space a modern twist. The main common space, named Nescio after a famous Dutch writer, has a café with locally-sourced dishes that’s open daily for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; a day-to-night lounge that was once an auditorium, with the professor’s desk serving as the bar; and a library with shelves filled with bright orange books and wood heritage accents intact to impress Ron Burgundy. Activities like beer tastings, coffee master classes, Vanmoof bikes, and movie screenings keep guests busy, and for those who want to splurge, there’s a luxury Sky Suite Apartment with views of Oosterpark and two bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, and TV. Later this year they’ll open an underground speakeasy bar in the former boiler room. Starting at $17 for a dorm bed in shared room, $72 for private rooms, $111 for luxury suites.
Generator Stockholm Boasting 11 floors and 244 rooms, it’s just a five-minute walk from Drottninggatan, a must-see dating back to the 1600s. The pedestrian boulevard is lined with boutiques and restaurants running through downtown Stockholm. Opening in June, it’s also close to Central Station. The lobby café doubles as a work space, while the bar and restaurant offer both Swedish and international eats. For those traveling with a group or staying longer, luxury suites are available. Starting at $24 for a dorm bed in shared room and $77 for private rooms.
Generator Rome Premiering this summer in the heart of the Eternal City, it’s centrally located on Via Principe Amedeo near the Mercato dell’Esquilino, the bustling market famed for its fresh, international produce. The 78-room property is also close to many prime attractions, including the Roman Colosseum. Mangia at the industrial-style Bistro, or take in views of the Apennine Mountains perched from the rooftop lounge seven stories above the city. Starting at $20 for a dorm bed in shared room and $77 for private rooms.