Stockholm Hostel Reviews: The Best Hostels in Stockholm (and one to Avoid!)

I go to Stockholm a lot. Over the past couple years I've likely spent a few weeks in the city — all spent at hostels. And Christine is there for a couple months each year, too, the majority of which is spent at hostels, as well. Suffice it to say, we've become quite familiar with the hostels in Stockholm (and with the food!) So, I thought it would be helpful to write our hostel reviews for Stockholm down and share them with the world (just make sure you're familiar with hostel etiquette before you visit one!). Stockholm is a great place to visit, with some solid places to stay, as well as some places that are just ok, and even one that is TERRIBLE!

So, without further ado, here are our Stockholm hostel reviews!

 

Generator Hostel - 8/10

Generator is a solid hostel and one that gets my stamp of approval. The staff are helpful, the location is walking distance from the main station, and the beds are decent. It's a good choice, which is why I give it 8 out of 10.

PROS

  • Good location
  • Café/restaurant on premise
  • Helpful staff
  • Well designed

CONS

  • Commercial (it feels more like a hotel; not very homey)
  • Not kitchen/fridges for your own food
  • Expensive

 

Interhostel - 6/10

This is one of the cheaper hostels in town, so you'll likely want to stay here if money is your primary concern (just keep in mind that "cheap" in Sweden is a relative term!). Christine stays here often, though she doesn't seem to like it as much as I do. I thought it had decent "hostel feel" though there is nothing here that makes the place great. 6 out of 10.

PROS

  • Cheap
  • Showers have really hot water
  • The dorms don't feel crowded
  • Lockers and outlets are available

CONS

  • You need to bring your own sheets (or pay extra) 
  • A cash deposit required for your key
  • They charged me for wrong room (aka the staff aren't always on the ball)
  • Not the cleanest place in the world

 

Archipelago Hostel - 7/10

I really liked the location for this hostel. It was super convenient, and the hostel was quite small. The staff were lovely, and they closed early so there were no overnight checkins (which was amazing! Aside: I reallllly hate when people check in at like 2am. Yeah, I know they can't help it, but it's just a hassle for a light sleeper like me!). Overall, it's a decent choice. 7 our of 10.

PROS

  • Great location
  • Friendly staff
  • Very secure building
  • Really hot water + good water pressure

CONS

  • No lockers (only tiny ones)
  • You need to bring your own sheets (or pay extra)
  •  Co-ed showers (this was kind of strange as the four shower stalls were all in one room. So you shower privately, but to get changed you'd have to share the space with anyone using the bathroom).

 

Skanstul Hostel - 7/10

This was another decent hostel. It's a bit further away. but the place was quirky and I loved the atmosphere. It has a classic "hostel feel" to it, and everyone was friendly. The kitchen was huge and well equipped, and there were lots of books you could borrow. The showers were a bit small, but beggars cant be choosers! 7 our of 10.

PROS

  • Cozy and quirky
  • Neat beds with private storage and outlets
  • Breakfast available (extra cost)

CONS

  • Tiny showers (and the bathroom was under renovation when I was there)
  • Not a great location

 

Crafoord Place - 7/10

So I've never actually stayed here but Christine has a few times and she quite likes it. It's in a decent location, the staff are friendly, they have lots of activities, and free coffee/tea. Sheets are not included, but you don't pay for them if you're a returning guest, which is a nice perk. Overall, 7 out of 10.

PROS

  • Decent location (close to a grocery store)
  • Free coffee (and it's actually drinkable!)
  • Great staff and lots of activities
  • Don't have to pay extra for sheets as a returning guest

CONS

  • Ugly interior
  • Location is a bit tricky to find the first time

Birka Hostel - 3/10

I stayed in an 8-bed dorm here and it was terrrrible. There were no lockers, the room was dark and smelly, and everyone in the dorm was like 40+. The wifi was decent, but there was only like 1 outlet in my room. We didn't find the staff helpful, either, as Christine was actually robbed here and they refused to help. In short: don't stay here! 3 out of 10.

PROS

  • Free coffee/tea
  • Blankets provided (a big plus in Scandinavia)
  • Fast wifi

CONS

  • Mostly non-backpackers
  • No lockers in room
  • Must pay extra for storage (THIS IS INSANE!!)
  • No outlets
  • The free coffee is, to quote Christine, "absolutely undrinkable."

 

City Backpackers - 9/10

The best for last. A great backpacker feel, free coffee/tea, free pasta, and a free sauna. The staff are helpful and it's in a great location. The place isn't the cheapest, but it's definitely worth the money in my opinion. 9 out of 10. (to hear more about my first stay here, check out my book!)

PROS

  • Great location
  • Lots of activities
  • Plenty of common area space
  • Free pasta, free coffee and tea (after 11am), AND a free sauna

CONS

  • Not cheap
  • You need to bring your own sheets

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So, there you have it, my Stockholm hostel reviews! If you're planning a trip to Stockholm — and you should be! — I hope these insights are useful!