Hostels in Stockholm
There are many options for accommodations in Stockholm but still way too few hotel rooms for
high season. This did come as a slightly surprise for me as I never seen Stockholm as a popular
tourist destination but yet it turned out to be. As a matter of fact! When looking it up Stockholm was
listed as the top 19 destination in the world for touristy which also explains why there's not enough
enough accommodations in this town.
The lack of accommodation can't be solved over a day but rather one have to make ones
reservations in good time before going to visit this city. And when it comes to daily rates there's no
real cheap hotel in Stockholm. That's why I recommend staying at hostels instead.
Good Hostel and Bad Hostels
There are hostels and hostels out there as there are hotels and hotels. Some is good and some is bad.
Most hostels is bad when it comes to lodging. That I'm the first to sign under at but there are some
exceptions and the good news is that there are more and more of these exceptions.
The competition among hostels and the increasing amount of guests have given new demands and a
whole different economy to work with. Where we just for some few years ago did see hostels as low
budget and ”shabby” accommodation mainly used by backpackers with a tight budget we now see
hostels with private rooms, bars and restaurants as well as design interior. Although this there are
some distinct features that differs hostels from hotels as lack of bathroom on the room, shared
toilets and shared kitchen for those who prefer to cook their own food.
And off course there are still a bunch of old-time hostels located far out in the suburbs, hostels with
low standard even compared to what should be a minimum for a cheap hostel accommodation.
There are hostels only operating during school summer breaks where lodging is done in school
gym's. I wouldn't recommend anyone staying at those hostels today. Just by googeling one can find
so much better options. And sure... Some of the old time hostels have shaped up, modernized and
turned their hostels into modern and fine accommodations. We can just take the old ship Af
Chapman as a good example for a hostel that have followed the new line and just recently finished
restaurations of rooms and shared areas.
Even here we have seen an changing over the last years. Hostels where often located in the middle
of no-where, far out in the suburbs with complicated public communications to – from the hostel
and the city areas. Today on another hand we have a great amount of hostels with prime locations
right in the heart of the Stockholm city.
Take Skanstulls Hostel Stockholm as an example. 150 meter to the metro station, buses literally
right outside the entering door but who need those when one just around the corner find oneself in
the most restaurant, pub and nightlife crowded area in Stockholm?
Or why not take a look at 2 Kronor Hostel in the Old Town, also that with prime location and close
to restaurants, pubs and night life.
So what about their daily rates then?
It's strange to see how good modernization and healthy competition can do good for the business.
Most of the new line hostels have got a lot more clients due to factors like locations and the interior
design. This also gives by hand that there are less empty beds per night and with the increasing
amount of guests the overall economy have improved. The rates is often lower then the old-time
hostels due to competition so the choice shouldn't be so hard. One get a better lodging for less
money. And for the hostels, they make more money due to an increasing amount of visitors even
though they often have lowered their rates.
It's a win-win situation for all parties.
There are some personal favorites among the hostel in Stockholm that I can recommend to stay at
for anyone who are planning a trip to this capital city.
City Backpackers Hostel - Upplandsgatan 2
Af Chapman Hostel - Flaggmansvägen 8
Skanstulls Hostel Stockholm - Ringvägen 135
Archipelago Hostel Gamla Stan - Stora Nygatan 38
Hotell Zinkensdamm - Zinkens Väg 20
And last but not least... Have a nice trip and have a nice staying in Stockholm!
Visit Skanstulls Hostel Stockholm on Google Earth (link to klm file)