See Inside an Amazing New Amsterdam Hotel

Generator Hostels' latest property is their most ambitious yet. Take a tour of the historic site they've turned into a high design (and incredibly affordable) destination.

When you think of the pros of staying in a hostel, high design probably isn't on the list. Enter Generator Hostels, the brand that is changing the face of affordable travel by offering mod, dorm-style rooms and chic social spaces for travelers on a budget. Generator's elevated design has taken the hospitality industry by storm in cities including London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Venice since coming under new leadership in 2007, when real estate investor Josh Wyatt bought the company. He brought on Toronto-based designer Anwar Mekhayech, and the two relaunched Generator as the only design-focused hostel brand.

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Generator Amsterdam's Oosterpark entrance. The glass rooftop is a new extension, which allows for wall-to-wall windows in the guest rooms.

Now, with nine existing properties, Generator will introduce three new hostels this year in Amsterdam, Rome, and Stockholm (they also have plans to expand to Miami next year and have a Utah property on the horizon).

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Opened in March, the Amsterdam property is their first in a historic building—the University of Amsterdam's former health sciences building, built in 1908—meaning the architect had to keep certain elements to preserve the site's heritage. But, as with all Generator properties, the hostel still focuses on local architectural styles and eras, with all the materials sourced locally. "This has always been at the soul of the brand," Mekhayech explains. "We try to achieve [the design] in different ways from city to city so it stays exciting even if you stay at 10 Generators on one trip."

Generator signage was added over the historic entrance.

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The reception foyer with wallpaper by Dutch design duo Studio Job and lights by Blom & Blom, a company from two brothers who restore industrial furnishings.

The original building corridor with Blom & Blom lights and a tulip-inspired custom floor runner, inspired by the famous Dutch tulip fields.

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Original flooring and Studio Job wallpaper in a shared room.

A private room on one of the new upper floors has views of the park and is decorated with Studio Job wallpaper.

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The Generator apartment suite, which sleeps six and has a self-catered kitchen.

A view from the old building tower to the park.A wall detail in a twin room with a reflection of the park.

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