The Best Reviewed Hostels in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden | © chas B / Flickr
Stockholm is a city that invites wonder on any budget. For a memorable and unique budget stay, try these hostels with dormitories. Hostels can vary in quality but the best Stockholm hostels offer free Wi-Fi, separate dorms for women and some even include a dinner in their rates. One important thing to remember when looking at hostels in Stockholm is that linens and towels come at an extra cost. The seasoned backpacker would advise that you pack a quick-dry, micro-fiber towel and maybe your favourite flat sheet and pillowcase. The decor is generally fresh and minimalist in true Scandinavian style, although many have basement rooms in central Stockholm. Read our roundup of the best reviewed hostels in Stockholm and find something that fits your travel budget.

Castanea Hostel

Castanea Hostel is perfectly placed in Old Town, giving your stay an otherworldly feel | © Castanea Hostel

Castanea is run by sisters who left the corporate world to start this hostel by the iconic chestnut tree in Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan translates to “Old Town” and is Stockholm’s medieval city centre, complete with cobblestones and old-world feels.

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City Backpackers Hostel

Social areas and free events make for a festive community feel at City Backpackers | © Hostelworld

City Backpackers Hostel has been winning hospitality awards for the nearly 25 years they have been open. The hostel’s location is a centre point and their environment is super social including free events and a large guest kitchen with open common areas. They serve free breakfast, free sauna in the evenings and Wi-Fi is included. Guests can rent bikes and ice skates, depending on the season, of course.

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Långholmen Hotel and Hostel

Budget Hotel, Hostel
Långholmen Hostel
Långholmen Hostel | © Långholmen Hostel

Långholmen Hostel and Hotel is on the island of Långholmen on the site of a former high-security prison, restored and converted into a hotel with dormitories and private rooms. The island is beautiful year-round and makes for a wonderful stroll even if you skip the guided tour of the prison grounds. Långholmen is between the southern island and Kungsholmen. Buses and metro are available just across the bridge in Hornstull.

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The Red Boat Hostel

Hotel Barge, Hostel
Views of Stockholm waterfront from the cosy rooms at the Red Boat Hostel | Views of Stockholm waterfront from the cosy rooms at the Red Boat Hostel

Stockholm is made up of a collection of islands connected by 15 bridges. Choosing to stay on the water is only natural. These converted ships and boats offer a fun alternative and have super central locations with incomparable views. The Red Boat, or Den Röda Båten as it’s called in Swedish, is a little more rustic-looking than a modern hostel and that adds to the authenticity of the boat-stay experience. The hostel comprises two houseboats and although the rooms are compact, the views of central Stockholm’s waterfront are great. It is reasonably priced with a great central location. Free Wi-Fi while living on the water is a definite plus.

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Casual, Relaxed, Cosy

Jumbo Stay

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Boeing jet turns into hostel and hotel just outside Stockholm Arlanda Airport | © STF Arlanda / Jumbo Stay
If your budget allows for a more exclusive experience, definitely consider the jumbo jet outside Arlanda Airport that has been quite cleverly converted into a hotel with dormitories, single rooms and suites. Can you imagine sleeping in the cockpit, the wheel room or, better yet, the engine room under the wing? Then definitely explore Jumbo Stay. There are a few private rooms accommodating a small number of people, as well as a dormitory option and shared toilet and shower facilities. Located at the entrance to Arlanda Airport, this is an easily accessible airport hotel, and among the best options for those who are only in town for a stopover.
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For more detailed travel tips, check out Allison Green’s blog for fellow nomads, titled Eternal Arrival.

These recommendations were updated on July 7, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.