Top Design Hostel in Barcelona – Generator Hostel

Design meets Hostel lifestyle – Generator Hostel in Barcelona is an outstanding Design Hostel, famous for it’s unique style and atmosphere. Although the competition in the field of design hostels gets bigger and better, this Hostel in Barcelona still impresses its travellers and backpackers. Who are the creative heads behind this newly designed backpacker accommodation in the neighbourhood of Gràcia? gives you an overview and some background information about the development and process of Generator Hostels in Barna. And by the way, with some luck you can get discounts for all Hostels on

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The building and Design Agency

The building from the 1960s was reborn by Generator Hostels. The Design Agency (an award-winning Toronto based design consultancy) has collaborated with local architects and artists from Barcelona inGenerator Barcelona - Hotel lobby order to create a unique and comfortable place for backpackers to experience Barcelona. Therefore they got their inspiration by the city itself: a tapestry of layers, styles, and uniqueness. The sleeping areas are kept simple, comfortable, and some of the private rooms (yes, there are also private rooms) offer a fantastic view over the city. Beside keeping the sleeping rooms comfortable, the architects and designers of the building put a special focus on the common areas. A Hostel lives by its own atmosphere, created by people and the surrounding facilitates. Therefore the public common areas were designed as a place to socialize and to connect.

“The public areas encourage guests to hang out and mingle, in a series of lounges offering varied seating options and styles, establishing comfortable nooks and socially engaging experiences.” – Generator Hostel Barcelona

Exterior - Building of Generator Hostel

Design materials and design items as an Overview

This accommodations style comes together by different materials and items. We created a simple overview for you. Do those facts sound to try for you? Check out the amazing photos from Generator Hostels below.

  • vibrant mix of textures and patterns including ornate Hungarian concrete floor tiles and earthy raw metals and woods,
  • 300+ lanterns inspired by Barcelona’s annual Festa Major de Gràcia by local artist, Julie Plottier. The lanterns are made of stretched polyester dye, veil, taffeta, PVC and pages of old magazines
  • 23-foot high wooden boards
  • three hanging loungers with neon coloured accent pillows by Barcelona design company, Woouf
  • glass balconied mezzanine
  • Bar tables made from recycled elevator parts salvaged from the demolition
  • Tables and walls are made of reclaimed wood shipping pallets encourage a casual feeling
  • a giant wood structure recalls Barcelona’s ship-building heritage
  • reception in timber and blackened steel
  • vintage 1973 Derbi Spanish motorcycle
  • Way finding graphics in black steel

Chill Out Area at Generator Hostel Private Room in Barcelona with a view over Barcelona

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Hostel Lifestyle and Atmosphere

When entering the lobby you can go right upstairs. Here you can relax in the library, read a book, socialize, or check out the photobooth. What’s the photobooth? This main attraction, as Generator Hostel calls it by their own, enables you to take spontaneous retro-style photo strips with your friends or any other backpacker mates you met. You can upload those retro photos directly and share them with your friends back home.
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Or maybe you prefer some board games and foosball? Jump over to the games room and beat your friends on the pool table, or foosball table. Here you also have numerous of internet stations and loungers. Meet other travelers and backpackers from around the world, have a drink at the Generator Bar, and then experience Barcino (another name for Barcelona) together. Here you can find Gomio’s Local Guide for Barcelona.

Traveler at Generator Hostel

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Where is Generator Hostel Barcelona located?

The location of Generator Hostel is another interesting fact. The building is located between Barcelona’s Gràcia District (the bohemian neighborhood of Barcelona) and Eixample. Have a look on the map below to get a better idea of the location. You will see that this budget accommodation is ideally located. From here you can reach every most-famous sight like Parc Güell, La Sagrada Famillia and Casa Batlló easily. Plus you are right next to the bohemian district of Barcelona, called Gràcia. Not only is this part of Barcelona home to numerous of artists, there are also a lot less tourists than downtown. Have a drink at a local bar for a local price, surrounded by Catalan locals.

And psssst…special tip for a local bar in Barcelona: The Newton Bar in Gràcia.

Location of Generator Hostel Barcelona

What’s included at Generator Hostels?

What is included in the price

  • WIFI
  • Bed Linen
  • Luggage Storage
  • 24h Reception
  • Common Areas

Social Areas

  • Hostel Bar
  • Living Room
  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Game Room

Facts, Facts, Facts

How big is this hostel? Since when is it open? Here we collected some basic facts around Generator Hostel in Barcelona.

Address of Generator Hostel: 5-7 Carre Còrsega, Barcelona, Spain
Size: 6700 m2 Gross area, 8 storeys and private rooftop terrace
How many beds: 726 beds (private rooms and shared dorms)
Completion: May 2013
Design: The Design Agency
Graphic Design: The Design Agency / Carlos Coido, Ibinser
Local Project Architect: Ibinser

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