Generator hostels are known the world over to backpackers and budget travellers alike. They bring a contemporary and modern look to the hostel trade, and can be found on most booking sites easy enough.
Generator Dublin is just one of their popular chain and with 540 beds, proximity to the city centre and reasonable weekday rates; it houses a wide range of travellers and nationalities.
Now with all this success why add it to Spotted by Locals I hear you say. Well as a Dubliner, I have no need of their beds. But what they offer besides beds I cannot ignore.
Housed in a former hotel on Smithfield square just off the Luas Red line, it can easily be passed by most Dubs and visitors alike. But don’t! Just enter and you won’t be disappointed.
During the day it is bathed in light through its floor to ceiling windows. The ‘reception’ area is huge. Within it you will find a bar, cafe, internet room, communal kitchen, massive breakfast area, pool table, couches for lounging, bar stools for tippling and of course a reception! It would do you no harm to grab a coffee, a bite to eat and a seat near the window and while away an hour or two in comfort.
In the evening the place really comes alive! With live bands and activities to quell every appetite. And speaking of appetites….they serve a mean menu from 18:00, which in their own words is “the greatest dining experience of any hostel in the world…..probably!”