Stockholm – the capital city of Sweden is definitely a city worth to visit! Especially if you are a fan of Stieg Larsson‘s trilogy Millenium as I am, you probably desire to visit this city with its vibrant atmosphere to see the famous places appeared in the books.
Like the other Scandinavian cities, Stockholm is also quite expensive. Therefore is finding some cheap, fancy hostel a great idea, especially when we can assure you to stay in a hostel in Stockholm means to feel like in at least 3-stars hotel! If you pick the one I had in one November weekend in 2019, you will have enough comfort for your stay, I assure you that!
Most of the best hostels are located in the city center, closed to all important sightseeing places like Gamla Stan (Old town), Royal Palace, shopping streets and Cityterminalen, where the buses and trains arrive and depart to and from the city airport (Arlanda mostly). If we are talking about Arlanda – I have never seen so nice, friendly and small airport as Arlanda is (also there is really easy to find whatever you need due to compact size of the airport and the signs everywhere).
Also, it takes just 45 minutes to get to the airport by bus and 20 minutes by train from the city center – buses are much cheaper than the train when you book them in advance (we recommend to book the tickets at least 2 months in advance).
The one hostel I have picked for my visit was the Generator Hostel Stockholm. If you are looking for a party hostel and also for a hostel, where all ages could find something for them, this hostel is a great choice! There are plenty of chill-out zones, where you can meet other people. You can pick from a large selection of different, either private or mixed dorms. There is even the night club on the ground floor so if you want to party, there is no need to go far from the hostel!
I have picked the 4-bed mixed dorm with a private bathroom- due to my previous experience with this kind of dorm I have expected to meet interesting people, which fulfills my expectations. Still, if you want to have some rest instead of partying, I fully recommend asking for a higher floor room/dorm so the music from the club is not so hearable.
There is a possibility to buy food in this hostel – breakfast as well as dinner. I did and it worths the money. Also, sitting in the lobby or other chill-out zone was very pleasant – there is a lot of space to do so. It was also located a few steps to the city center and Cityterminalen, so it takes a few minutes to get whatever you wish to!
If you feel you would also choose this hostel, I would like to recommend a few things before you go there: take a towel with you and earplugs – this is due to the noise from the night club and towels are not included in the price of the accomodation- pity to pay 50 SEK just for borrowing one. Allover was the price very reasonable and I was happy to have the experience with this hostel. Still, if I would have the chance to pick a hostel for my next trip, I would choose some smaller one (probably located in the old city), but this is just my personal feeling.
Let´s now see the best what Stockholm offers in relation to the hostel accomodation, based on personal experience and the recommendation of former customers:
One of the top-rated hostels in Stockholm is located in Gamla Stan (Old Town) and therefore very closed to the main sightseeing places. This is a smaller, cozy hostel with a pleasant chill-out zone, kitchen you can use whenever you want. Suitable for families as well as for single travelers, you can meet here Swedish as well as foreign visitors.
This hostel offers private rooms as well as mixed dorms. You would need to take the bed linen with you or there is a possibility to rent some. There is free wi-fi reachable within the whole property and it is declared this hostel is eco-friendly. By the underground closed to the hostel you can get whether you want – Vasa Museum, Skansen or walking to the Royal Palace or other shopping venues.
This hostel has been voted as No.1 in Stockholm by former visitors, located in a quiet and safe place in Stockholm, still so close to all important sightseeing points! It offers private rooms and mixed/female dorms as well. If you looking for a hostel you can get a lot of extra services like free skate rental, sauna, enjoy movie nights, heated shower floors or free computer usage, this hostel would be a great choice!
There are several common areas in this property, where you can meet other travelers from all around the world! There is free and fast wi-fi in the whole hostel, there is a fully equipped kitchen available for the guest and restaurant and bar named Nomad. You can enjoy a typical Swedish kitchen in the Nomad restaurant.
Another choice we have picked and due to personal experience, we can recommend Generator Stockholm- – modern and stylish hostel, very close to the Cityterminalen for Arlanda buses and trains, and to all important sightseeing places, cafés, and shopping venues.
There is laundry in this property available as well as a lot of social chill-out zones. There is an age restriction for the guest since the age of 16 in private and since 18 in dorms to be accomodated. The Nasa Museum and the Royal Palace, as well as Gamla Stan, is just a short walk from this property. The staff is multilingual, kind and professional, ready and happy to advise on everything related to your visit.
Stayin on the boat? What? If you are looking for some unique experience, staying on the boat is clearly a great idea! This hostel is located in the city center on the island of Skeppsholmen. From this boat, you can overlook to Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace. The reception is located in a beautiful yellow building next to the boat. There are other accomodation capacities in this building.
All rooms on the ship have bunk beds. Some of the cabins have been restored back to the original style. From the hostel, you are closed to all museums (Vasa, Skansen), restaurants, and entertainments. You can go by bus to the city center or Cityterminalen.
There is an ecological breakfast buffet available, 24 hours reception and free Wi-fi everywhere in the property. There are private rooms and mixed dorms (up to 6 people) available to be booked. This property is fully cash-free. Guests could use also a fully equipped kitchen. Former visitors appreciate the unique atmosphere, cleanness and helpful staff.
Another unique experience could be enjoyed in the popular island – Langholmen, known for its bars, restaurants, theatres, galleries and lively atmosphere. This property has been established in the former prison! Mostly it looks like prison still, especially the interior. They serve delicious breakfast every morning (not for free), there is 24 hours reception and free and fast Wi-fi available in the whole building. There is also internet café so there is no need to take your own pc.
There are public transport stops near to this property, so no worry to get to the city center fast and conveniently. Be also aware the linen and towels are not included in the price so you should keep them with you or rent them by the reception during check-in for not so small price, so we recommend to take yourself with you.
Accomodation is in well-equipped cells with or without a private bathroom. All rooms have bunk beds, even twin rooms! There are a bar and restaurant on this property as well. During summer there is a nice beach near this property, you can also rent a bike here!
Whether you choose to stay in a classic building, boat or former prison, be prepared to get a great service, comfy beds, and tasty breakfast wherever property you stay! We also recommend to buy some public transport ticket and discover the Stockholm underground – some of the stations have a unique design worth to be seen, and if it helps you shorten the time of getting from one place to another, it would be a great experience in each case.
Be also prepared for a lot of souvenirs enticement shops (mainly in Gamla Stan) and a huge shopping offer – you can buy some Scandinavian home decor or sweets as a great memento of your visit.
I was in Stockholm in pre-Christmas time so I enjoyed the fantastic Swedish Glögg and the decoration all over the city (especially in the evening). Be also aware based on the time of the year you come to Stockholm, the day/night could be prolonged. In November the light was only from 8:50 am to 3 p.m, in the Summer there is almost no night (June – July especially).
I am really a big fan of Scandinavia due to great services offered, kind, multilingual and educated people (sometimes a little bit cold, but nobody‘s perfect and this is actually quite known about the northern nations), and the newly renovated cities, which offers great gastronomy (you pay quite a lot, but it worth the price, trust me), a lot of shopping possibilities and also interesting museums (as Vasa, Skansen, ABBA Museum in this case).