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Castanea Old Town Hostel
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

This hostel is in a fantastic location in the old town - Gamla Stan. It's on a pedestrian cobblestone street, around the corner from a little square dominated by a huge old tree and surrounded with cute second-hand stores selling antiques, collectibles, books and vintage clothing. The royal palace, a few museums and the water are only a couple of minutes walk away.
We had a twin room which was small (we had to take turns opening our bags) but it was VERY clean. The furniture looked new and there was a large window that let in lots of natural light..
The rest of the hostel was just as clean and very well kept. There were lots of toilets throughout the place (I never had to wait to use one) and there were two bathrooms (one had a toilet and a shower, the other had multiple shower cubicles). The kitchen was always tidy and had lots of crockery and cutlery. There were two dining areas - one outside the kitchen and the other in the common room.
The noticeboard had a lot of useful info about the area and there were 2 computer terminals with free internet access!
The staff here were amazing!! When we left, we accidently left some posters behind that we'd collected on our trip through Europe. We contacted the hostel, they found the posters and were happy to go to the trouble of buying poster tubes to send them back to Australia for us. How lovely is that! But the staff had been very friendly and helpful during our stay there too.
There's something about this place because even the other lodgers were incredibly friendly so it was wonderfully sociable (but not noisey) and we even made a few friends.
We liked this place so much that, if we go back to Stockholm, we'll definately stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SydneyChrisS
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

We really like to stay in the middle of Stockholm. Close to museums, eating out ,theaters and other nice things to do.
Castanea is clean and the place is decorated of someone who is intrested in design.
We felt a frendly athmosfere both inside Castanea and in Stockholm as our capital city.
We just needed 10 minutes walk to the theatre in the evening.
The pillows were Ok, I needed one extra and that was no problem.
Next time in Stockholm we have decided to stay at Castanea again.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank evakenth
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

An excellent hostel right in the middle of Gamla Stan, an amazingly beautiful and pictoresque part of Stockholm. The location is just perfect as you're withing walking distance from almost every local attraction (me and my friends didnt take the tunnelbana not even once) and also the busy Stora Nygatan (pubs and caffes), Vasterlanggatan (souvenir shops) and the beautiful Stortorget square.
We booked a four bed room with bunkbeds which revealed itself to be very functional, and even though it was next to the pretty common room we never had any noise problem from the other guests. The showers, always a measure of the cleaningness of a hostel, were absolutely spotless and there's a nice kitchen in case you want to make your breakfast or your coffee. There's also a cabinet where you can store your luggage, we left it there in for almost 5 hours after our checkout and then came back to retrieve it just before leaving for the airport. And dont forget the free internet connection!
The staff was very kind, they were there for everything we needed and provided us with helpful info. If you need a taxi to the airport dont forget to let them know some hours before your departure, they collaborate with a driver who offers you a better rate than the ones you ll find outside.

Overall, this is probably the best hostel in Stockholm, I dont think that another place can beat the perfect location, cozy environment and excellent price of Castanea. Book there and you wont regret it!

Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
1  Thank Dalaik
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Stayed there two nights in a twin room, everything good! It has a great quiet location in the middle of Gamla Stan, you can walk anywhere downtown. The hostel and the rooms are clean, safe and have everything you need. The only thing is that wifi is not available in all rooms. But overall it is a great place to stay if you want to check out Gamla Stan.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank icelandicaustrian
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

Service was excellent, staff very helpful and friendly!
A kitchen where you can cook your own meals, use all tools for free and meet nice people.
Common room is a good place to relax, to get in contact with other guests and you feel welcome when you see it. There are many books to read and some card games which you can use for free.
The room was comfortable and bright. The beds are large and you sleep very well in them.
Price for the rooms is cheap and fair.
Several toiletts invites for a longer sit in =)
All rooms and the toiletts and the showers were clean and looked new.
Best thing at this hostell is the staff, which helps you whenever you got a question.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ronny_Fed
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