Den Roda Baten (Red Boat)

Soder Malarstrand, Kajplats 6, Stockholm, Stockholm, 118 20, Sweden

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  • Rupanworld's Profile Photo

    Nice experience


    Please see my earlier tip for details. Just want to share some photos from the interiors of the boat that I stayed in. Very authentic.

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    This is my most memorable hostel stay ever. Not because of comfort or food or people that i met, but because of the uniqueness of the hostel. Den Roda Baten (The Red Boat) was a commercial boat that was converted into a youth hostel and later the owners acquired another boat called Malaren and also converted it into a hostel, thereby increasing the capacity. The two boats are placed side by side on the Baltic sea water. i had no experience of ever entering or travelling in a boat like this and so this was another highlight of my travel. the interiors of the boats are maintained intact with no artificial decoration and that creates more delight. The beds are therefore not very comfortable, very narrow and especially the upper bunks are very uncomfortable. Since the boats are on water, they keep tossing a little and being on the upper bunk, I kept on fearing that i would fall down all through out the night. Impliedly, I had no good sleep, but nevertheless I had a very unique experience, especially when its just about 25 euros per night, the experience comes to you cheap in an expensive city like that. The boat is one of the tourist attractions in the city as is evident from the numerous postcards on it being sold in the souvenir shops.

  • kanjon's Profile Photo

    Ohoy! Room On Water!


    Sleep tight on a red boat, with linen included, single room 450 kr/night, double room 590 skr (bunk bed) . Maybe not the classiest stay, the rooms are small, but I´ve heard good things about it. There are lot´s of reviews on different hostel pages. Those with high claims may find another accomodation more convenient, but for those, like me, that like a different spot, to a lower cost, this might be it. Located 250 meters från Slussen, the location is great for a walk to Gamla stan or Södermalm. Take the steep steps to Hornsgatan and find your favorite café, or continue on to Gamla stan for your morning coffee. Or have breakfast on the boat, 65 skr (you need to order it beforehand). At Slussen there are several buses downtown + subway.

    Unique Quality: Something different! Staying in a boat adds character!

    Directions: Close to Slussen

  • Dizzyhead's Profile Photo

    Sleep in a boat.


    I had a very nice time here. it was an old boat and the my room was clean and so. Nothing to complain about. Better to stay here than any hotel and then, if it is summer time you can eat the breakfast outside. Breakfast is not included in the price. They have internet access and many different kind of rooms too. It is worth to try this special place to stay for some days.

  • paragianna75's Profile Photo

    the red boat hostel


    It is about a hostel situated on a boat!An original idea and a very cosy place to stay in the city.The rooms are small with a typical closet but its a boat after all and I have to add that during my 2days staying here I didnt feel it moving even if the second day the sea was not so calm.

    Unique Quality: The beds included sheets and there was room cleaning every day.
    Showers and toilets are located in the corridor.

  • A fresh experience!


    I stayed in a twin private room and it was very small! But it was also a very refreshing experience to be staying on a boat instead of the usual rooms. Well if you are going for private rooms in this one, then you should remember that the private rooms are located on the lower deck so to use the bathroom you'll have to climb up the stairs! If you don't mind that, then the Red Boat is definitely a quaint place to stay in!

  • Tom_In_Madison's Profile Photo

    Hostelling on the water


    Hostels are always a good choice in expensive cities, and so it is with Stockholm. I chose the Red Boat Hostel located in the water between Gamla Stan and Sodermalm. This is an excellent location and you get to many spots real easily.

    I got a 1 bunk for one night, then a shared 2-bed bunk with VTer Naokico. For 4 nights. They were small, but if you’re only sleeping, your eyes are closed anyway, right? Yea, you had to step outside the room to change your mind, but at $43/night for a shared and $60 for a single, who cares.

    Showers and bathrooms were spotless, as was the ‘common area’. Brekkie was available for 60Sek in advance, or 70SEK that day. That sounds pricey, but it’s really a steal at about $8.50 for an all-u-can eat meal of cereal, coffee, apple & lingonberry(?) juice, toast, cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, cucumbers, and even caviar (I tried it—hated it)

    Unique Quality: It's on a boat. They have two boats actually, one red, one white. Red is mostly for doubles, white for singles.

    Directions: walk towards Old Town, then Sodermalm, stay to the right and walk under the bridges/train tracks and along the water and you'll see the red boat about 50 yards after you turn to the right.

  • Naokico's Profile Photo

    A boat hostel


    I stayed at the hostel part of the boat (they have a hotel too). First I stayed in the single cabin which was nice, there is only a bed, chair and closet, but it is enough. The joint shower and toilet where usually clean and vacant, so all in all it was O.K.
    I also spent few nights in the double cabin, it is a bit too crowded for two, but bareable, if you are two fat people then forget about it, but normal people will manage quite allright.
    The hostel serves a nice breakfast for SEK 60, it is a good offer which beats other breakfasts around.
    The staff was nice and helpful too, so all in all two thumbs up for the Red Boat.

    Directions: Very central in the heart of the city

  • Henrik_rrb's Profile Photo

    Nice boat at Sodermalm


    I haven't actually been sleeping on this boat/hotel, but once visited when I had a friend staying there.
    This time I thought for a long time to book a room there, but I was afraid that the cold Stockholm-winter would make it impossile to get any warmness into the room, and in the end I decided to stay at another place instead.

    It's a very nice place though, with a very cousy restaurant/bar right when you enter.
    The rooms are both in a hostel- and hotel-standard, and if I go back again I'll for sure try to book the captain's suite. Sure looked nice on the website!

    That other room when I visited was nice, although a bit small. But it's always nice to sleep on a boat, and since it isn't moving you won't have to be afraid of seasickness either.

    Even if the boat of course is on the water...

    It's situated on the canale between the island Sodermalm, to which it's packed, and Gamla Stan.Short walk and you'll be in the centre of both islands.

    Unique Quality: Romantic atmosphere, even if there are also many businessmen choosing this place.

    Prices are different for the hotel and hostel of course. From 675 SEK to 785 SEK for a single room, 915-1200 SEK for a double room at the hotel.

    For the hostel 195-490 SEK/person.

    Directions: Just follow the water, and you'll see the red boat.

  • rattay's Profile Photo

    Boating Experience


    The Red Boat Malaren, hmm, where to start...Well, the location is really good. right by the bridge to Gamla Stan (the old center of town) and near good shopping in Sodermalm. It has an amazing view of the city both across the water and up the waterfront hills right there. However, you must remember this is a BOAT. It rocks, literally. I don't mind, but some people do. And unless you pay extra, you sleep in a cabin. A real cabin that is small and musky. We slept in a four person cabin, which was fine cuz we all liked each other well enough, but you certainly get to know people doing this sort of thing. If you get claustrophobic, don't stay here. The only real problem I had was that the walls were very thin. And our neighbors were in their 40s and 50s. Now i have nothing against people older than me, but since I am in my 20s, I like to go out and stay up late. This can be a problem when your boatmates are sleeping at 11 pm. Another problem was the shower. I think the hot water must just run out fast because when i took a shower, it was freezing. However, my boyfriend said he went in the men's bathroom one time and it was nice and hot and steamy from someone taking a shower a few minutes before (at least that's what we think!). And another thing about the showers - they are meant for two people to be able to use at once, without curtains to give you any real privacy. All in all, this place is not bad - it was clean and the reception was nice. But just remember, there are no frills here. And really, if I had to do it all over again, I stay here again just for the experience.

    Directions: On the water on the east side of the bridge coming from Gamla Stan

  • ChiTownMike's Profile Photo

    Red Boat Hostel


    The Red Boat Hostel was a good experience. It is by no means plush, but accommodations are adequate. The biggest draws to the hostel are its location (on the water of Sodermalm and only a few minutes walk from Gamla Stan) and the experience of staying on a boat hostel. For me, it was the type of hostel I was able to talk about once I had gotten home.

    With part of the rooms resting along the water line, the windows are quite small and don't allow a lot of light in. This didn't bother me much as I didn't spend much time in the room. Given that it is below the water line and it is on a boat, people who get sea sick easily may want to stay away. You will feel the boat move.

    The Red Boat is fairly pricey as far as hostels go, but that is common in Stockholm. Facilities are pretty basic, but the showers and bathrooms were reasonably clean.

    Be sure to make reservations in advance during the summer as this place does fill up.

  • Hostels in Södermalm


    It can be difficult to find a bed at any of the regular hostels, especially on weekends. Try the hostel - boats of Södermalm which are located opposite city hall. You can walk there from the Slussen subway station, just follow the river. There are two different hostels on three boats. A night costs between 180 and 220 (10-/4-bed dorm). Passing ships can force these small boats to move a little, which can be a bit uncomfortable after a long night out. :)

    Directions: Södermalm, west of 'Slussen'

  • Den Roda Baten, malastran,...


    Den Roda Baten, malastran, Stockholm
    Poor relative of Auf Chapman but no less nice, amazingly friendly staff, very happy to provide ice and glass's for thoses late night 'wodka' sessions! 3 boats in total, i is a restaurant and the others have everything from single rooms to 12 bed dorms. About 12 quid a night i think???? Not bad for Sweden!

    Unique Quality: watching the sun set over the city from the deck is the best feeling in the world, it was such a chillout.

    Directions: Get the metro to Slussen, then get someone to [point you in the right direction, its a big red boat, you cant miss it!

  • The röda Baten Mälaren


    The röda Baten Mälaren
    Dorm: 185.-- skr

    Unique Quality: Nice Hotel/Hostel on two boats. Not far from the old town. Good value for your monney.

    Directions: Den Röda Båten Mälaren
    Södermälarstrand kajplats 6
    117 20 STOCKHOLM
    Tel: +46 8 644 43 85
    Fax: +46 8 641 37 33

  • worldtrekker's Profile Photo

    Den Roda Baten Youth Hotell...


    Den Roda Baten Youth Hotell M/S Malaren
    I paid 700 kr for 2 nights for a single cabin bunk in July, 2000.

    Unique Quality: Floating boat hostel - photo of Ridderholmen taken from the portal in my cabin. The hostel consists of two boats for accommodation and a third serves as a restaurant. The 3rd is more like a flat barge. The restaurant is very good. I don't remember what I ate, but I do remember that it was very good.

    Directions: Red boat docked at Kajplats 6, Soder Malarstrand. From the main train station, go right and cross the Centralbron (Bridge)and Ridderholmen (island). Make the first right after crossing the bridge and

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Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by JoannaArt

I will be in Stockholm 15-19 of April. Im looking really cheap and nice place for 2 persons - it can be hostel / chaep but nice hotel or? We want to meet people, visit Stockholm so all your experiences will be really good. Thx for any info!

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by Durfun

Hi, Have you checked ? There is this cool converted prison that gets rave reviews! Långholmen, near Södermalm. (hostelworld's listing under 'Langholmens Vandrarhem')

Obviously, depends of the neighbourhood you're after for the commuting, but Stockholm itself is a collection of islands..

And, definitely go to Kaknas Towers, Eastern Stockholm, for BREATHTAKING views of Stockholm :)

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by travelfrosch

You could try Skeppsholmen Hostel, not far from the famous Af Chapman "boat-hostel." I haven't stayed there myself, but I had lunch there, and the place looked pretty good.

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by marielexoteria

STF Fridhemsplans is a good one too (I work in Sthlm so I haven't stayed at any hotel):

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by titabell

The City Backpackers in Stockholm is okay...
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I found this review on youtube:

The Connect Hotel in Alvsjo is also nice, but it is about 10 minutes by train from Stockholm Central station.

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Re: Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by marielexoteria

Oh yes, Connect Hotel is very nice. I have been there with friends who have stayed there and I liked what I saw. The cheaper rooms don't have ensuite bathroom but the shared bathrooms were spotless.

And the location is good too, only 10 minutes (if not less) by commuter train and about 7 minutes on foot from the train station called Älvsjö, where you have 2 commuter train lines at your disposition.

Re: Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by JoannaArt

THANK YOU!!! you all are really super team! next time you should visit Warszawa:)

Re: Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by marielexoteria

Been there, although for only about 30 hours, great city and very hospitable people to us who can't speak Polish!!!!

Re: Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by Gili_S

You can also try the Den Roda Baten which is the red boat :)
Is Warszawa is Warsaw? I know a band in that name ;-)

Re: Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by JoannaArt

Tack så mycket. Jag var mycket upptagen på senaste dagarna (?) så jag ska göra en reservation i kväll. Thank you :) , first I need to check if they have any free rooms in this days and than I will decide. Kram!

Re: Cheap hostel in Stockholm

by marielexoteria

Gili: answering your question -> yup.

Joanna: Hopefully they'll have something on your budget, otherwise we'll keep looking.


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Address: Soder Malarstrand, Kajplats 6, Stockholm, Stockholm, 118 20, Sweden