When I think of hostels I generally think of dirty shared rooms with drunken teens and twentysomethings running around drunk making noise to all hours of the morning. Could we have been more wrong?
We have never really as a family embraced the whole staying in a hostel experience until this trip. As we have kids the whole communal shower and toileting situation is one that does not sit well with us. Who wants to get up in the middle of the night to accompany their kids to the toilet. In today’s society that is a must, I would think.
In lieu of the amazingly expensive accommodation options in Copenhagen, Denmark, we decided to dip our toes into the hostel experience. The Generator is close to two metro stations so for us that is a winner with four huge pieces of luggage. One has a direct link from the airport and the other is Copenhagen central station for those using a Eurail Pass or visiting directly by train.
Copenhagen hop on hop off tour by boat and bus.
This tour shows all Copenhagen has to offer. And let me say having done this tour Copenhagen is an amazing city to view from a bus and a boat. Stop at over 20 different locations and see everything from the Little Mermaid to the Tivoli Gardens.
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The Generator Copenhagen will forever change the way you look at a hostel. Yes, to be honest, our room was small. We had 2 sets of Bunks and 4 suitcases. Once we were in the room there was only just enough room to swing a cat.
The rooms to be fair though were very clean, as clean as any hotel. The mattress was as good as any of the places we had stayed in during our 8 weeks in Europe. The blankets were warm enough to keep the Danish winter cold weather at bay. The shower had good heat and excellent water pressure, with room to get changed. Our towels were clean, big and fluffy, which our girls were very impressed about. We, unfortunately, had a sick child on our first night at The Generator so we had to go down to the reception and ask for some new towels. I had done my best to clean it but the guy behind the desk was brilliant about it and we came back to a beautifully re-made room which was much more than I expected.
We were impressed with the sign on the door that stated that making noise in the hallways at The Generator Copenhagen would not be tolerated so please use the communal area that is staffed 24 hours a day. Staying in hostels with kids could work?
The Generator Copenhagen has amazing facilities for the whole family
The real magic of the Generator was its communal downstairs area. It had 24 hours reception with vending machines. The reception sells passes and tickets for all things Copenhagen. It is like having an insider’s guide to Copenhagen on the other side of the counter and there is never any problem if you need some help. It also had a wall of recommendations for things to do in Copenhagen that came from what other people who had stayed were recommending. There were many paid and free activities to do in Copenhagen. There was even has a computer and internet access for dinosaurs that don’t carry smartphones and laptops. I really thought that type of humanasourus was extinct!
It had a restaurant not just serving the usual snacks such as fries and chicken wings but actual meals. Chicken, pork belly and brisket were on the menu along with the usual suspects such as an array of burgers, mac and cheese and fries.
A full-size bar serving all things Carlsberg on tap such as its flagship brew, Tobourg, IPA and a really, really good cider. Just quietly the wife and I partake in a few of these. Happy hour is on twice a night 4-5 and 9-10 which is great since Copenhagen can be expensive. Half price Pints and 50 Krona basic spirits can go down very well after a stressful day of transiting or a day of sightseeing.
The communal area features big screen Tv’s showing sports and movies, fuse ball tables, darts and even shuttlecock tables all inside for your amusement. Couches, chairs bar stools tables all for you to relax on while chatting, meeting new people or just checking Facebook.
- Free WiFi
- Buffet Breakfast
- Laundry room
- Attraction Tickets
- Bag lockers for that late plane out
- Bar Food and snacks
- No smoking
- Bike rentals
Outside was a beer garden for when the sun shines in Copenhagen. We were assured during the summer it’s not all grey and gloomy. The centrepiece of the outside area was an indoor bocce court. Wide enough for few games to be played at a time over a few beers. Perfect!
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We as a family spent a lot of time in the communal area. Wifi was available which kept the kids happy and most importantly quiet. We were nearly able to imagine we were kids free out having a drink somewhere. It was great for our kids who carry their tablets everywhere with them. They just put their headphones on and zoned out while enjoying a soft drink while the adults chatted. After 8 weeks of being stuck with their parents nagging them and a painful sister, it was great to see them relax and unwind in the hostel for kids.
We were not the only family staying at the Generator, there were babies wandering around. The Generator Copenhagen seems to have found the perfect mix for all. It is family friendly but also great for singles and couples. Each night after 9.30 when the families have retired they have live music, a DJ and another number of activities going on. The Generator is suitable for everyone from family travellers to people backpacking Europe. We recommend The Generator Copenhagen for families!
At Wyld Family Travel we highly recommend stopping at The Generator Copenhagen on your next visit. It has a great atmosphere, is family friendly, close to all the sights and cheap on the wallet. Its centrally located to all things to do in Copenhagen. We stayed in a four person room with ensuite.
Wyld Family Travel in no way received a discount or free stay for this review. We just believe in promoting a good product and we found The Generator Copenhagen for families and to be a great place to stay