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.
Here’s my honest review and some star ratings out of five for different aspects of the hostel:
I paid £103 for three nights accommodation, plus bedding, towels and breakfast. In Stockholm terms, this offered pretty good value for money.
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.
Female 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.
Upstairs communal area
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.
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 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.
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.
Tours and extras
Although I didn’t take part, the hostel offers things to do like bike tours and pub crawls throughout the week.
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.