Get ready to hear about hostels built for social butterflies, solo travellers, party hostel lovers, groups and friends.
Perhaps you’ll want to go a little crazy and spend a night on a boat. The option is here, a complete guide to where to stay in Stockholm- keep scrolling!
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Stockholm.
There is currently no 5 Star Hostel in Stockholm, but we’re always on the lookout.
Be sure to check out all of our 5 Star Hostels in Europe.
We’ve also written a really handy Ultimate Guide to European Hostels to help you prepare 100%.
Quick Introduction to the 3 Best Hostels in Stockholm
We’ve taken location, vibes, design and comfort into consideration.
In this guide we’ve included all the important information, photos and handy links to make your booking easier and faster.
The 3 best hostels in Stockholm, are as follows:
- Generator Hostel – for solo-travelers and groups
- Skanstulls Hostel – for couples
- City Backpackers – for female solo-traveler and backpacker
1. Generator Hostel (great space for groups)
Generator Hostel is amidst rich cultural history, creative design, art, great food and trendy music.
Whether you’re travelling solo or as a couple, with friends or family – this Nordic-inspired hostel has you covered.
There are an array of rooms, including many private options and dorms with up to 6-beds.
For the female solo traveller out there, book a bed in the female-only dorm.
Each room is designed with an emphasis on colour, light and spacious sleeping areas.
The beds are super comfy and linen is included in every room.
For that added homely comfort; every room has an attached en-suite. Pure bliss.
Other worthy notes:
- Free Wi-Fi
- 24-hour reception
- Bike Hire
- Luggage storage
- Large locker space
- Travel shop on-site (for forgotten necessities)
Generator Hostel also specialises in group bookings.
Groups can pick between rooms, from twin to 6-bed private dorms.
The allocated pick up/drop off and dedicated booking co-ordinator makes a group booking super relaxed.
Bar Hilma is the modern centrepiece to Generator Stockholm. This is the place to try a cocktail with a Nordic twist.
The lobby area in the hostel also has its very own cafe with tasty food and delicious coffee.
If you’re looking to meet new people, or simply knuckle down and work; the large chill-out lounge is perfectly designed for all.
This stylish hostel is located in the chic neighbourhood of Torsgatan, just 5 minutes from Central Station.
The Vasa Museum and Royal Palace are in walking distance from the accommodation.
Find yourself surrounded by unique architecture, vintage stores and alternative fashion when staying at the Generator Hostel.
Generator Hostel is a great hostel pick for:
2. Skanstulls Hostel (cosy, design hostel)
Welcome to this modern yet quirky budget hostel in the centre of Stockholm: Skanstulls Hostel.
Grab your phone and get insta-gramming the awesome design here. The furniture is from all over the world!
There are many room types available: single, double, triple and dorm with an option of 4-12 beds.
Read: Hostel Room Types – what are the main differences?
Note: linen is available for a small fee at Skanstulls Hostel. No sleeping bags allowed.
Dorm rooms have shared bathroom facilities, one for men and one for women.
This accommodation has been designed with budget in mind. But you can still expect hotel rooms at hostel prices.
- Wi-Fi and computers
- Games, newspapers and magazines
- Book swap
- Fully-equipped kitchen w/ free pasta
- Laundry facilities
Breakfast is available every morning for a surcharge.
Tip: book breakfast at check-in and save yourself some coins.
The common area is wonderfully spacious, with large wooden tables and inspiring decor.
The immediate Sofo area, in the centre of Stockholm, offers many restaurants, cafes and small vintage shops. It is also possible to go swimming nearby.
Just 5-minutes from Central Station, Skanstulls Hostel is one of the best-located hostels in Stockholm.
Skanstulls Hostel is a great pick for:
- Instagram lovers
3. City Backpackers Hostel (socially sound)
City Backpackers Hostel is all about social vibes, groovy events and true Scandinavian experience.
You heard it here first: City Backpackers is the base camp for all social Stockholm explorers.
Specifically, we think City Backpackers is the best hostel in Stockholm for solo-travellers.
Also; City Backpackers has a ‘no shoes’ policy!
We strive to bring you the best hostels in Florence to suit every traveller.
City Backpackers Stockholm is no exception.
There are dorm rooms sleeping up to 12, female-only dorms, private rooms and even private apartments available.
WiFi and security lockers are included. Linen is available for an extra fee.
Let’s move on to the super awesome inclusions:
- Bike rental – up to 8-hours
- FREE sauna
- FREE pasta
- FREE ice-skate + sleigh hire (winter)
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Newspapers + book exchange
- Breakfast at the reception every morning
There are several common areas, including a courtyard and access to a cosy breakfast cafe called Nomad.
Staff arrange tours and adventures all year round for their guests.
Join a guided bike tour in the summer, and the fun Viking sauna tour in the winter.
After a generous filling at the traditional Swedish meatball dinner, relax at one of the arranged movie nights.
Social possibilities are endless.
Are you an eco-warrior traveller?
We love this hostel because it takes its environmental approach seriously, by recycling and using renewable resources.
Don’t miss the music events frequently held in the courtyard.
This 1897 building is located in the heart of Stockholm.
It’s in a safe and quiet area, just 500m from the Central Station. The medieval area (old town) is within walking distance, too.
City Backpackers is a great hostel for:
- Solo Travellers
- Social butterflies
- Female Solo-Travellers
Best Party Hostel in Stockholm
Fancy some Scandinavian fiesta?
We at Hostelgeeks know the importance of finding the best party hostel in Stockholm when you are looking for some fun.
So, if you’re keen on music, drinks and new friends, we urge you to check out Generator Hostel.
In case you missed it mentioned earlier – though we hope not! – Generator is a large hostel.
Many people = great atmosphere.
That, the on-site bar – Himla – and nearby nightlife make this the best party hostel in Stockholm.
Marquise Bistro Bar is a vibrant, nearby option to continue the party.
Fun and Unique Hostels in Stockholm
Let’s start with an accommodation with a twist, a unique hostel.
Forget drab buildings and standard rooms – book yourself a room at Jumbo Stay Hostel.
There’s a clue in the name: you can sleep in an actual jumbo jet!
It’s not only unique and fun, but it’s the newest solution to stressing about missing a flight.
Keep in min, the Jumbo Stay Hostel is NOT inside or near the center of Stockholm. It is located 40km North of Stockholm.
So how about fun hostels?
If boats are more your thing, consider staying at STF Af Chapman.
The Af Chapman is a ship from the 1800s which has been converted into a minimalistic accommodation.
The second option is staying at The Red Boat Mälaren.
Here you have a choice of staying on one of two gorgeous boats, each with a red, wooden decor theme.
They are anchored at Riddarfjärden Bay of Lake Mälaren in central Stockholm.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Now, that is a pity, because currently we have no special hostel discounts or promo codes for hostels in Stockholm.
You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Stockholm first.
Handy Map of Hostel Locations and Cool Sights
It’s always nice to pinpoint places on a map.
Here we’ve included locations of all hostels mentioned above, plus some cool sights in Stockholm. It helps you to get a better understanding of the city. As mentioned before, Jumbo Stay is located North of the city – as you can see in the map.
A couple of extra recommendations whilst in Stockholm:
Zoom in the map to see it more detailed.
Flights to Stockholm?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Stockholm.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Stockholm.
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations outside of Norway:
- 3 best hostels in Oslo, Norway
- 3 Coolest Hostels in Copenhagen, Denmark
- 3 Best Hostels in Reykjavik – part of the best hostels in Iceland guide
- 3 best hostels in Helsinki, Finland
- best hostels in Tallinn, Estonia
Don’t forget to visit Bergen if you have time and stay at Marken Gjestehus.
You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.
Over to you
As always, we want to make this hostel guide to Stockholm as powerful and useful for you as possible!
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Summary of 3 Best Hostels in Stockholm
We hope that our recommendations will help make your planning even easier. Here it is again in a nutshell:
- best hostel in Stockholm for solo-travellers: Generator Hostel
- best hostel in Stockholm for groups: Generator Hostel
- best hostel in Stockholm for couples: Skanstulls Hostel
- best hostel in Stockholm for female solo-traveller: City Backpackers
- best hostel in Stockholm for backpacker: City Backpackers
Now you have all the information, it’s up to you to choose out of the 3 best hostels in Stockholm.
If you have no time constraints, why not stay at more than one!
Here’s a guide on how to use Hostelworld to book hostels.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t valuated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries