There are plenty of things to love about Generator Barcelona, but we’ll start with the concept. This is a hostel and a hotel all rolled up into one; the rooms and the facilities get swankier as one climbs the stairs, meaning the budget conscious guests get to enjoy the stellar public spaces alongside those who want to fork out a bit more for extra in-room facilities.
There are 154 rooms, 40 of them hotel ‘uns, and they get the best views of the city, from the Sagrada Familia to the sea. Location aside, in our opinion, the fiery jewel in Generator’s crown is the Fiesta Gràcia Bar, the ceiling festooned with flame coloured lanterns, the walls layered with collage murals. We don’t need much encouragement to like a bar mind you, but it’s still a belter, named after the Gràcia district the the hotel lies in. Anwar Mekhayech from Toronto’s The Design Agency oversaw proceedings at this branch of the Generator chain, bringing in local architects to keep the strong Barcelona flavour. We’re eating this place up.