The following low-budget hotels in Stockholm are all in or near the city centre, making them prime locations from which to shop and see the sights. Hostels mean guests should generally expect to share close quarters with fellow travellers, including communal showers and toilets. It can be an excellent opportunity to meet new people.
Budget hotels in Stockholm: City Backpackers Hostel
City Backpackers is downtown Norrmalm, about a quarter-mile from the train station, at Upplandsgatan 2A. The hostel holds 100 beds and is open year-round. It holds security in high regard, with a security service checking the area nightly and the reception desk staffed until 2 a. m. There are private rooms and mixed rooms. Female-only rooms are also available. In the way of amenities, guests can expect to find a TV, laundry, sauna, lockers, and a kitchen, where there’s free pasta for guests to cook themselves. Breakfast is not included, but complimentary tea, coffee, Internet access, and no curfew. Towels and sheets may be rented (sheets go for about 50 kroner).
There’s a shoes-off policy inside the hostel, as well. Regarding sleeping at City Backpackers, prices range from about 230 kroner to bunk in an 11-bed room to 650 kroner for a two-bed private room. Potential guests may make reservations online, and advance bookings are recommended.
Budget hotels in Stockholm: City Lodge Hostel
City Lodge Hostel sits a block in front of the central station on a quiet side street at Klara Norra Kyrkogata 15. The kitchen contains a microwave, no stove, laundry, lockers, TV, a lounge and free Internet access via wireless broadband. There’s no curfew here, either — guests may come and go as they please. Sleeping with sheets on the beds is compulsory at City Lodge Hostel, and guests may rent them for about 50 kroner. Paper sheets are also available for about 30 kroner. Prices to stay overnight range from 200 kroner to bunk in an 18-bed dorm to 530 kroner for a single room. In the morning, guests may tuck into a buffet breakfast for about 60 kroner. Bookings may be made online and should be made in advance.
Budget hotels in Stockholm: Bed and Breakfast
B&B at Rehnsgatan 21 is a tiny and woody hostel with 39 beds in various dorm-style rooms near the Rådmansgatan subway station. Female-only rooms are available here, as is breakfast, which is included in the price of rooms. Guests may also enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and Internet access. Still, if they want to smoke, they need to go outside. Bed and Breakfast has a kitchen, laundry and TV, but it doesn’t permit sleeping bags. Therefore, sheets are a must-have on the beds. You can bring your own or rent them for about 50 kroner. Towels may be rented for about 10 kroner. The pricing ranges from 270 kroner for a spot in a 10-bed room to 570 kroner for a single room. Bookings can be made online.
Budget hotels in Stockholm: Af Chapman Hostel and Skeppsholmen Hostel
STF Youth Hostel Af Chapman/Skeppsholmen, located in the city centre at Flaggmansvägen 8 on the island of Skeppsholmen, offers guests the chance to sleep in a ship’s cabin after a day of seeing the sights nearby. The Af Chapman Hostel is the ship docked near the yellow, 19th-century building that houses the reception and additional rooms.
Beds are allocated in the boat hostel and the hostel building, bringing the total capacity to 280 guests. Amenities include TV, kitchen, laundry service and Internet access. The reception is open 24/7 and there is no curfew. Breakfast is available for about 80 kroner. An overnight stay at STF Youth Hostel Af Chapman/Skeppsholmen costs (for members) 185 kroner for a bed for an adult to 520 kroner for a single room. Sheet rentals are 75 kroner. There is an additional fee of about 50 kroner for non-members. Bookings, which should ideally be made in advance, can be made online.
There are several budget hotels in Stockholm to choose from, which include basic amenities for little cost. Although they don’t really provide any luxury, the savings you can get translate into more funds spent on exploring Stockholm or the rest of Sweden for those heading further afield. However, travellers are advised to book in advance to increase their chances — and peace of mind — of securing a place to sleep.