Review of City Backpackers Hostel, Stockholm

My trip to Stockholm was supposed to be relatively low budget, and given the high prices there, I didn’t have a great deal of choice accommodation wise.

After coming across City Backpackers hostel on and reading great reviews, I was quick to book myself in to their female dorm.

Here’s my honest review and some star ratings out of five for different aspects of the hostel: 

Cost (***) 

I paid £103 for three nights accommodation, plus bedding, towels and breakfast. In Stockholm terms, this offered pretty good value for money.

Check-in (****)

After taking a bus from Arlanda airport, I arrived at the hostel late afternoon. Check-in was quick and easy. Access to the hostel is via security codes, which you’ll be provided with.


The reception area


The dorm (****)

I opted for the 8-bed female dorm, as I felt I’d be more comfortable. I’ve only ever stayed in hostels with friends before, so I wanted to be eased in gently.

The dorm was downstairs in the basement, meaning no windows but that wasn’t really a problem. It was very spacious and clean, with plenty of space between beds. 

It had a bathroom with two showers and a toilet. There were plenty more showers and toilets just outside the room. 

aabf63_f06f7dcf3a174369a3fb3eb50ba8cefaFemale dorm (photo credit: City Backpackers) 


Communal areas (*****)

The communal areas were much better than in any other hostel I’ve stayed in. There was a relaxing area upstairs near the reception, plus a courtyard outside, a kitchen and two more lounge areas.

The upstairs area had a cool vibe but downstairs was a little odd- basically just people sat on the hostel iMacs or on their laptops in silence. Obviously this isn’t the hostel’s fault but some music or something down there would have been good.


img_0067Upstairs communal area


Security (*****)

The hostel felt very safe and secure, with different codes for the main entrance and the dorms. 

There’s lockers in the dorm, as well as plenty more in the corridors. Remember to pack a padlock.


Location (****)

City Backpackers is located in the Norrmalm area of Stockholm, which is the main shopping district. You can walk to the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in about 20-25 mins and most other attractions are within a reasonable distance.

It’s around a 5-10 minute walk from the main station in Stockholm.

There’s a couple of cool, backpacker/budget friendly restaurants near by, as well as plenty of shops and a 7eleven convenience store.


Breakfast (****)

Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate but is well worth buying.

It includes tea and coffee, a glass of orange juice, either a crossiant, sandwich or cinnamon bun, fruit, a large pot of yogurt and muesli. It’s all super tasty and will keep you full until the afternoon.


City Backpackers breakfast


Nomad restaurant (****)

There is a restaurant next door to the hostel that offers a couple of great deals for guests.

Upon check-in, you’ll get a voucher for two 29SEK (around £2.60) beers. You can get a plate of traditional Swedish meatballs for 99SEK (approx. £9) between 7-9pm every day. Both of these are great value based on usual Stockholm prices.

Although I did eat better meatballs during my trip, the Nomad ones were tasty and a fraction of the price of other places.

Swedish meatballs @ Nomad


Tours and extras 

Although I didn’t take part, the hostel offers things to do like bike tours and pub crawls throughout the week.


Freebies (*****)

The hostel offers loads of freebies for those on a really tight budget. You get free pasta in the kitchen and unlimited free tea and coffee all day from 11am. They also offer movie screenings, iMacs and a sauna that can be used during the evenings. It’s also worth mentioning that there’s free wifi throughout the property. 

Overall, I’d give the hostel 4.5 out of 5 stars. Although good value for money in Stockholm terms, comparing to other cities, it’s still pretty expensive. Still, the location, facilities and freebies were excellent. I’d highly recommend the hostel and would definitely stay there again if I visited Stockholm. 


  1. October 30, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Conveniently I’ll be staying there in a couple of weeks and I happen to come across your blog. Thanks for your review! 🙂

    • October 30, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      I’m glad you happened to see my review and hope it was helpful! Have a great time at CB and enjoy Stockholm 🙂

  2. November 21, 2017 / 10:24 am

    This looks great Becky! Also great to discover you’re blog 😊 didn’t realise you were travelling… Look forward to keeping up with what you’re up to

    • November 21, 2017 / 10:27 am

      It really was, loved it! I’m only travelling a few times a year as working full-time but trying to make the most of annual leave and weekends 🙂 trying to spend more time blogging, I’ve just bought a domain name and will be trying to get to grips with WordPress over the next couple of months haha. Look forward to following your blog too, hope all is well with you

      • November 21, 2017 / 10:32 am

        Ok nice! Yer I just saw your other post on your trips this year lol. Likewise at the moment trying to travel when I can but all is well! Well it looks like you’re well on your way with WordPress so far. Drop me a message if you have any problems with it etc as I’ve been using it for a while now

        • November 21, 2017 / 10:38 am

          Thanks v. much, appreciate the offer 🙂 I’m a total novice so may well need to!

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