The Best Hostels in Stockholm, Sweden - the hostel guide for solo-travelers and couples

3 Best Hostels in Stockholm, Sweden – Are you up for Nordic Cocktails and Design?

So, you’re heading to Sweden’s capital Stockholm, but you haven’t sorted accommodation? Never fear; Hostelgeeks are here to bring you your very own hand-picked 3 best hostels in Stockholm.

Get ready to hear about hostels in Stockholm Sweden built for social butterflies, solo travellers, party hostel lovers, groups and friends.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Generator Hostel – for solo-travelers and groups
  2. Skanstulls Hostel – for couples
  3. City Backpackers – for female solo-traveler and backpacker

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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!

If you’re planning a full-fledge trip in the country, you might be heading over to Gothenburg as well, in which case here is our guide on the 3 best hostels in Gothenburg (it should come in handy!).

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Stockholm.

We cover in this article:

There is currently no 5 Star Hostel in Stockholm, but we’re always on the lookout.

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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:

  1. Generator Hostel – for solo-travelers and groups
  2. Skanstulls Hostel – for couples
  3. City Backpackers – for female solo-traveler and backpacker

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: City Backpackers
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: City Backpackers
🥳 Party Hostel:Generator Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Skanstulls Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: STF/IYHF Af Chapman
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Generator Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Skanstulls Hostel

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. This is indeed a Stockholm family hostel. 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.

Read: 7 Pros and 3 Cons of Female Dorms

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 WiFi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Bike Hire
  • Luggage storage
  • Large locker space
  • Travel shop on-site (for forgotten necessities)

Generator Hostel Stockholm 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. Find out more about Generator Hostels here.

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.

Location: 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.

Did you know? Generator is one of the best hostel chains in Europe.

Generator Stolckholm is a great hostel pick for:

  • Friends
  • Solo-Travellers
  • Groups
Book Generator Hostel here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

Generator Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Stockholm, Sweden

Generator Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Stockholm, Sweden

Generator Hostel one of the Best Hostels in Stockholm, Sweden

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 hostel stockholm has 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.

Added perks:

  • 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:

  • Couples
  • Instagram lovers
Book Skanstulls Hostel here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

Skanstulls Hostel one of the Best Hotels in Stockholm

Skanstulls Hostel one of the Best Hotels in Stockholm

Skanstulls Hostel one of the Best Hotels in Stockholm

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 Stockholm has to offer for solo-travellers.

Also; City Backpackers has a ‘no shoes’ policy!

We strive to bring you the best hostels in Stockholm to suit every traveller.

City Backpackers Stockholm is no exception. Note that we have read City Backpackers Hostel Stockholm reviews.

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  Stockholm 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 Hostel Stockholm Backpackers is a great hostel for:

  • Solo Travellers
  • Social butterflies
  • Female Solo-Travellers
  • Backpackers
Book City Backpackers here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

City Backpackers one of the Best Hostels in Stockholm

City Backpackers one of the Best Hostels in Stockholm

City Backpackers one of the Best Hostels in Stockholm

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.

Generator Hostel the best Party Hostel in Stockholm

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.

Book Jumbo Stay here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

Jumbo Stay Hostel

So how about fun hostels?

Let’s introduce STF/IYHF Af Chapman and The Red Boat Mälaren.

If boats are more your thing, consider staying at STF Af Chapman, another youth hostel Stockholm has to offer!

The Af Chapman is a ship from the 1800s which has been converted into a minimalistic accommodation.

Book STF af Chapman here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen

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.

Book The Red Boat here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

The Red Boat Mälaren

More Stockholm Hostels worth a mention

Have you found the best Stockholm Sweden hostels for you? If not, here are more options that’s worth a mention!

  • Castanea Old Town Hostel

Hostels in Sweden are different in Stockholm hotels and we are telling you that staying in hostels is a great experience.

Castanea Old Town Hostel

Castanea Old Town Hostel is one of the hostels Stockholm Sweden has to offer.

The staffs are very welcoming and helpful. Nice common area and a well equipped kitchen.

The hostel has mixed and female-only dorms with comfy bunks, reading lamps and secure lockers.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Lift
  • Laundry

Location: Located in the centre of Stockholm’s Old Town, this hostel is 3 minutes’ walk from the Gamla Stan Metro Station. The Royal Palace is just 200 m away, while Stockholm Central Station is 1.5 km from the hostel. It is 37km away from Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Book Castanea Old Town Hostel here

Compare prices and reviews at: | Hostelworld

Castanea Old Town Hostel

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.

All Top Hostels put on a map + 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:

We hope that our recommendations will help make your planning even easier. Here it is again in a nutshell:

  1. best hostel in Stockholm for solo-travellers: Generator Hostel
  2. best hostel in Stockholm for groups: Generator Hostel
  3. best hostel in Stockholm for couples: Skanstulls Hostel
  4. best hostel in Stockholm for female solo-traveller: City Backpackers
  5. best hostel in Stockholm for backpacker: City Backpackers

Zoom in the map to see it more detailed.

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We are hoping that you have made up your mind on where you should stay. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Stockholm for solo travellers?

Stockholm best hostel for solo-travellers is Generator Hostel. This hostel has mixed and female only dorms which is perfect for everyone’s needs.

Are hostels in Stockholm safe?

Stockholm hostels are safe to visit. Just make sure to choose the one that is legit.

Stockholm is generally very safe to visit, even though since the ’80s crime rates have steadily been on the rise, so watch out when walking the streets of Stockholm especially at night and during weekends.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out because we feature safe hostels in Stockholm. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and aks us!

What are the best hostels in Stockholm?

You can find the best Stockholm hostels in this article!

1. Generator Hostel – for solo-travelers and groups
2. Skanstulls Hostel – for couples
3. City Backpackers – for female solo-traveler and backpacker

What is Stockholm best known for?

There are more than a hundred attractions to choose from. To make it easier we have picked out the Stockholm highlights for you.

- The Vasa Museum
- The Royal Palace
- Fotografiska
- Moderna Meseet
- The City Hall
- ABBA The Museum
- Skansen Open-Air Museum
- Nationalmuseum
- Grona Lund’s Amusement Park
- Drottningholm Palace

How much are hostels in Stockholm?

According to, a hostel in Stockholm costs $20 per night. So, check out the best hostel Sweden Stockholm has to offer!

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

Flights to Stockholm?

We use Skyscanner and to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Stockholm.

Here is another hostel guide if you’re planning on checking out Gothenburg on the other side:

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We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Stockholm guide.

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 will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

Safe travels,
The Hostelgeeks


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