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“This place has got so much character”
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Skanstulls Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
London
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“This place has got so much character”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Skanstulls has got so much more personality than any other hostel I've stayed in. The rooms are all individually decorated and quite quirky and the quality is as good as any hotel.
The kitchen provides free tea, coffee and pasta and it has everything you could need for your stay.
The only downside to the lack of windows is that after a few room beers you lose all concept of time.... is it day? Is it night? Who knows.
It's also a bit of a walk from the station, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. You end up seeing more of the city and generally the food and drink gets a bit cheaper in this area.
I would definitely recommend Skanstulls.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

Good location not far from Gamla Stan. It was easy to find. Staff were very polite and helpful and allowed us to leave our luggage until check in at 3pm. Room was quite narrow but enough storage for luggage etc with roomy entrance hall. No window in room but it was fine and kept it nice and dark, was a bit chilly though! Shower rooms were basic with curtains, wasn't too keen on this as not much privacy and no where near showers to leave your stuff. Overall though it was fine and very good value for Stockholm as we only paid around £100 between two for two nights.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Skanstulls hostel is one of the best hostels I've ever visited. Check-in is easy, rooms are comfy, travelers have a great friendly vibe, and the kitchen is FANTASTIC - beautifully decorated, lots of stove tops, dishes, coffee, fridge space and free pasta. Restaurants in Scandinavia tend to be expensive by my standards, so I really appreciated using the kitchen and the many grocery stores nearby. Lots of bathrooms - never any wait. Only the shower rooms are gender-segregated. If you go a little bit off the peak times you'll have privacy, if you're like me and like that. There are some computers for use and the wi-fi worked fine for me.

The atmosphere in Skanstulls and the neighborhood overall is very chill - this isn't really a wild party hostel. It's very women-friendly and safe, and completely welcoming from my perspective to queer people and people of various races as well.

I loved the hostel accommodations, but my favorite part of Skanstulls is its location on the east half of Södermalm Island in Stockholm, which is one of the most vibrant and interesting urban neighborhoods in the world.

Walk a short while to the south and east, and you'll come across beautiful views across the bay and canals surrounded by gorgeous Swedish-designed apartment buildings with walking & bike paths. There are ferries making the quick hop between the islands if interested.

Go northeast a few blocks to Vitabergsparken, a serene park with some cute Swedish statues nearby and a pretty church on the top of a hill. In summer, there will be dozens of young Stockholmers gathered below the church having a great time.

North is the SoFo neighborhood, with lots of great little shops and cafés. It's a very vegetarian & vegan-friendly place. I highly recommend "GoodStore" for local veg treats. There are lots of other little parks and things to see, including a pretty little plaza named after Greta Garbo.

Northwest is Götgatan street - the north half of which is easily the best shopping street in Stockholm, in my opinion. It has the best selection of interesting Swedish retail without the swarms of people and overwhelming commerce of Norrmalm / central Stockholm. Götgatan is a great place to see unique Swedish urban fashion, as well.

A very short distance west is the Skanstull metro station. It's very easy to get almost anywhere in Stockholm on the metro, including Gamla Stan (old town), Norrmalm/downtown, Vasastan & Kungsholmen (cute neighborhoods), Östermalm (expensive Swedish design), and West Södermalm around the Hornstull station, which has some more cute shops, great views, parks, and actual little beaches.

To get to Djurgården (which includes Skansen), walk a good 10-15 blocks north or take the metro 2 stops north to Slussen and take the ferry.

I highly recommend Skanstulls hostel if you're interested in vibrant Stockholm urban culture, people, fashion, natural beauty, and design of all kinds. I especially recommend it if you want to save money and take advantage of a beautiful kitchen area.

I recommend going elsewhere if you only really care about seeing the major guidebook sights, for which Gamla Stan or Norrmalm might be more centrally located. I also recommend going elsewhere if you want more of a party/drinking hostel crowd.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

This place was a really nice and comfortable place. I spent five nights in January 2014. The instructions on how to find the hostel, and use the night check-in were very clear and thorough. As other people mentioned, the bed was surprisingly very comfortable. This was a fantastic place to stay for the price. Staff were great, and everything was always clean. It wasn't a very social place, but still met other travelers to talk to in the kitchen. The free wifi also worked great throughout the hostel, and even just outside (if you stand near a window). I would definitely recommend staying here

  • Stayed January 2014
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

I stayed here with my girlfriend for two nights in a double private room. We had received a confirmation email upon booking that advised that the reception was open until 8pm. Arriving well in time at 5pm, we were greeted with a locked door and no signs of life inside! There was an emergency number to call on the door, which I did, and received no response. We were quite alarmed at this point and spent a good 45 minutes outside the hostel hurriedly trying to research other hostels using costly data services on my mobile phone.

Not a great start to our stay to say the least. Luckily, another guest arrived and let us in the night-entrance door. When we got inside there was a phone which directly linked to a different emergency number. This time, someone answered and gave us directions to obtain our key. I was told I'd been sent an email to alert me to the fact that the reception would close early as the staff had 'gone to a conference'. Upon checking my email, I had received an email, but only a couple of hours prior to my arrival (at which point we were flying)

We were so happy to finally get to our room that we decided to put this aside and enjoy our stay. The room was small but clean and comfortable, with no locker or cupboard. It was nicely decorated but had no window (in fairness this was pointed out to us when we made the booking so we did expect it) The hostel walls seem thick enough to cancel out noise from other rooms. The kitchen was well equipped and nicely presented, providing a welcoming social area with free tea, coffee and pasta being a nice bonus.

In all we had a pleasant stay. Whilst the hostel is not right in the centre, it is near subway stations and is quite a nice walk towards the old town. Free wifi worked well in the bedroom and there was quite a lot of local information available. Toilet and shower facilities were good.

You wont be blown away here, and it does seem a little lacking in character, but you should get a good nights sleep at a good rate.

One thing to remember- if you use the hostel's bed linen, you will need to pay an additional 500SEK

Room Tip: Perhaps pick a room with a window if there are any
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Helsinki, Finland
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Nice (private) rooms that make you smile, good service at the reception. If you are already familiar with Stockholm city centre, try staying at Södermalm instead! A hip neighbourhood with good selection of restaurants, cafes and shops.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

While the place is in a basement, it never feels stuffy. The beds were really good with big lockers built in to the wall next to the bed. There were enough bathrooms and the kitchen was really nice. It's a very open concept kitchen that shares the space with the common room so you can just cook there (free pasta-just need to get your own sauce) and have a few drinks with other travelers. I am glad now that the other hostel (city backpackers) I was staying at had space for only 2 nights so that I could experience another area of Stockholm at this hostel. Had a pretty good time here too.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Skanstulls Hostel
Address: 135 Ringvaegen, Stockholm 116 61, Sweden (Formerly Skanstulls Vandrarhem)
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Region: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > SoFo & Medborgarplatsen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Skanstulls Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skanstulls Hostel is centrally located in the heart of Stockholm, close to everything Sodermalm has to offer. At walking distance from the hostel you will find dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes. The surrounding area also offers long promenade along the water, swimming and plenty of small shops selling vintage clothing, music and decor. Here at City Backpackers sleep in a comfortable bed and has access to a modern and well-equipped kitchen just steps away from the subway, vibrant nightlife and numerous cultural attractions. A perfect place to start as a tourist in central Stockholm! ... more   less 
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