Boutique hostels were popularized early last year, bridging the gap between traditional ‘backpacker’-type hostels and the more upscale, expensive options. It brings a clean and modern spin to travelers who are looking to save money but who also want top-notch amenities like cocktail bars and pools. Today, most of these ‘poshtels’ emphasize as much socializing as possible with cool meet-ups, events, and lobbies that are as cozy as one’s own living room.
This design and experience-led hostel is located in Torsgatan 10, a stone’s throw from the city center. The company, owned by Fredrik Korallus who is a Swede himself, mixes design and social experience in unique ways in all of its hostels, and its newest locale in Sweden is no different. The Generator chain has managed to stronghold this specific model throughout Europe in cities like Berlin, Venice and Paris, where locals and tourists are privy to its assets and offered amenities. The team has successfully mastered this affordable luxury trend with a sprawling new 11-floor property, featuring communal areas that are fit to work in during the day and turn into highly curated music and event spaces at night. Each of the vast communal spaces are social hubs unto themselves, filled with both visitors and locals meeting and mingling. Plus, it has an impressive 796 beds in 233 rooms with a café, bar and a stand-alone restaurant serving locally-minded dishes by Chef David Gard.
Torsgatan 10, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8 5053 2370
Pegging itself as a hotel, hostel, conference center and restaurant, this Stockholm sweet spot is full of rich history and consistently brings in the best ratings in the city year after year. The Långholmen used to be a prison – the old cells are now rooms – but the prison-esque décor is still intact (they’ve even left the bars on the room doors). It’s got a 24-hour cafeteria and an open atrium with a gallery from the 1800s, plus staff that wear black-and-white-striped outfits to greet you during your stay. The hostel/prison is actually located on a beautiful island that’s easily accessible from the city center through the underground train, but a stroll on the site’s grounds is well worth your time there as well. It’s a concept that keeps on giving with its myriad of daily activities including guided tours, a full restaurant and bar, and a bike to get around.
Långholmsmuren 20, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8720 8500
Imagine yourself on a floating hostel surrounded by incomparable views and understated beauty – that’s the idea behind the popular af Chapman hostel located just off Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. It’s a truly unique concept with understated elegance – it also offers a ‘dry’ hostel nearby – and rooms that are either fully private or cozy mixed-sex-style dorms. The main building has a kitchen, common room and a bar and restaurant, but the location is too perfect to even use most of the hostel’s amenities. The nightlife and museums are just a few steps away, plus the actual reception part of the hostel is on dry land right across the way. Visitors love its quieter approach to Sweden’s hospitality, offering guests a reprieve from the bustling city when they want to rest their head. The site also has a unique history in that the ship traveled extensively in its nascent stages – even as far as Australia. A stroll on the deck at night is as calming as it is invigorating.
Flaggmansvägen 8, Stockholm, Sweden, +46 8463 2266