Hostel af Chapman
hostel in a boat
this is where I would have liked to spend my nights in Stockholm but unfortunately they did not accept 6 months babies... so we had to opt for a hotel room somewhere else.
Unique Quality: The location, on the island of Skeppsholmen, is unbeatable... cabins are small and often with bunk beds - so I guess i would not have enjoyed it much, anyway.
A hostel with a night in a boat
With finding out how busy Stockholm was the other day when phoning for a budget bed I appreciate that paying £25 for a bed in a dorm of 6 without breakfast and without a towel or sheets as being a privilege!
My old Lonely Planet says that Stockholm has got the best deal hostel bed prices in Scandanavia. So I dont know about that... but the emphasis will have to be book ahead to book the lower prices! I got to see how easy you can end up without a bed and having to say yes to a hostel single room paying £55 without your own bathroom or breakfast still!
So before this becomes a danger and warning tip which I think it should be!, but otherwise its a necessary attachment to where you decide to stay! af Chapman is the hostel boat and Hostel Schleppman is its dryland site hostel adjacent to the anchorage and I booked about 9am and got 2nights stay but not on the boat as only one of the 2 nights was available. The 6 bedded dorm horror was subdivided by a wonderful and easy innovation with a wall and door in between a block of 4 bunks and the 2 bunks. this was great the first night when the entire family of 5 stayed in 'their' room and I ended up with mine on my own.
The place was really clean on arrival in the afternoon. Tho by mid morning when a cleaning session mustve been due it was due! but otherwise the place is clean and modern looking and user friendly.
The breakfast is 65 kroner - about £6 for a wide ranging buffet breakfast. Well worth taking if at least one morning as a breakfast and lunch start to your day.
YH af Chapman
I have stayed in this unique youth hostel twice: in 1984 and in 2006 and both times it was quite an adventure!
This youth hostel has two accomodation facilities: you can sleep either on the boat or in the main building right across the street. Sleeping on the boat is fun, but you just may not be claustrophobic - everything is very narrow plus they only have bunk beds there! No single rooms available, double rooms or dormitories with 6 or 10 beds.
You can rent linnens and towels and can book extra breakfast (see my restaurant tips!), the reception is open 24/7 and the staff is very friendly!
Unique Quality: The location is the absolute +++ plus of this accomodation: right across from Gamla Stan and within walking distance to most of Stockholm's sights!
The af Chapman might be towed away for renovation from August 2006 - so check that out beforehand!
Directions: on Skeppsholmen right opposite of Gamla Stan
Youth hostel on a boat
The Af Chapman is a huge boat placed solidly on the bottom of the water just beside Skeppsholmen. The hostel is member of the swedish youth hostel federation, STF.
On the land just beside the boat is another youth hostel if you prefer solid ground under your feet.
I have never actually stayed at the hostel but I would love to some day as it is very centrally located, close to the water and has a splendid view over Söder and the old town. If you walk to the other side of Skeppsholmen you'll be overlooking the island of Djurgården with the famous Vasa museum and Gröna Lund amusement park as prominent landmarks
Directions: On the island of Skeppsholmen.
Stay on a ship
Well, the cabins are small, as they are on ships, but look at it! A very special hostel. Breakfast can be had on deck and you are in the middle of Stockholm...
Intersting place to stay...
A few days, but on a ship-hostel. Intersting place to stay, if you like new experiences...
It is located in the Skeppsholmen (or Shiphome) island, in front of Gamla Stan and near the main city places in downtown. Good mobility.
If you want something special, book yourself there...
Directions: Follow the directions you ask on tourist information when you arrive.
I didn't actually stay here in the "af Chapman" but it seems like a great idea. It is just like any regular hotel but you are on a boat. There are others like her in Stockholm if you are interested. I stayed at the Columbus Hotel which is an upscale B&B. It was totally perfect for me. I was by myself and I had my personal room. It was great. The staff was impeccable and very accomodating, and helpful.
Directions: Sodermalm, near Medborgarplatsen metro stop.
This youth hostel is situated in the centre on a small island named "Skeppsholmen" and offers a terrific view on Gamla Stan (the wonderful old town) and the Royal Palace. Very near to every signt.
It is composed of two parts : "Skeppsholmen", a beautiful building from the 18th century with 152 beds and the old sailing ship "Af Chapman" with 136 beds in cabins for two to ten people. This is the most beautiful youth hostel I've ever seen.
Unique Quality: Breakfast is served if you pay a supplement (it worths it, great choice, delicious).
Laundry facilities, kitchen available, lockers.
Sleeping bags allowed. Bed sheets for rent.
Directions: If you arrive at the Central Station, you can walk or take the bus 65 (weekdays : 06:00-22:00; week-end : 09:00-19:00)
Also metro, blue line, stop at "Kungsträdgarden"
All aboard for Stokholm's hostal
This hostal is aboard the ship af Chapman which is now anchored permanently in the harbour. You will literally be rocked to sleep.
Directions: Skeppsholmen - take bus 65 from centralstationen.
Af Chapman Youth Hostel
Af Chapman is an old sailing boat anchored in Stockholm harbour. It was build in March 1888 in England to participate in the trade to Australia. Since 1948 serves as a Youth Hostel.
Taking a shower in the boat's bathroom is an adventure because the bathroom floor is not even. If you let the soap drop it will stop quite far from your shower! My room's porthole had a view to the royal palace.
Unique Quality: How many opportunities do you get to sleep in a XIX century boat?
It doesn't have a kitchen as most youth hostels have, but me and my friends cooked outside in the grass using a small gas stove. Fanstastic rice!
The ceiling is not very high, which caused me some challenges since I'm 1,94m.
Stockholm 111 49
At my stay there in 1998, the cost for a bed in a dormitory room was 130 SEK (23 CDN$) a night.
Unique Quality: A very pleasant youth hostel. It's actually a real three-mast boat with a 18th century look (The boat is unfortunately closed during the winder, but the hostel operates on a near building). Very clean and comfortable, but quite expensive.
Hostel af Chapman
This is a boat you will probably see on your trip to Stockholm. It is beautifully located and hard to miss. But it is not 'just' a boat. It is in fact a youth hostel. The af Chapman is moored at Skeppsholmen, where she has been used as a youth hostel since 1949. I tried to get reservations here on my trip to Stockholm, but unfortunately everything was full. So if you want to stay here make sure you make your reservations on time.
You can get more info about the hostel on this website :
hostel af Chapman
If you want to read more about the ship intself, you can take a look at this website : af Chapman
Opening times: Individuals: 7/1-05 - 22/12-05
Prices: Adult member, bed only 155 - 230 SEK; price per room 2 beds 460 SEK. Non members pay a supplement of 45 SEK per adult.
Directions: The af Chapman is moored at Skeppsholmen
The ship: Af Chapman.
Moored off Skeppsholmen, this authentic three-masted schooner has been converted into a youth hostel ideal for families. The price for this hostel is around: 220 SEK/room.
Unique Quality: Staterooms have two, four, six, or eight beds; there are no single cabins. Each section -- one for men, one for women -- has showers and washrooms. Personal lockers are available. The gangplank goes up at 2am, with no exceptions, and there's a 5-day maximum stay. The rooms are closed from 11am to 3pm. No cigarette smoking is allowed. A summer cafe operates on the ship's deck. Breakfast, at an extra charge, is available in the self-service coffee bar and dining room. International Youth Hostel Association cards can be obtained at the af Chapman.
Directions: On Skeppsholmen.
Best Hostel I've Ever Stayed At!
af Chapman - a wonderful ship turned into a hostel. I believe it was 140 KR if you're a member, breakfast and linens extra. A great deal, considering the high cost of accomodations throughout the city.
Unique Quality: It was wonderful staying on a ship -- very secure, hardly any motion, lovely location. Do watch your head if you're tall! Breakfast served in the hostel's building next door, and there's a cafe on the ship if you want to eat lunch on deck. Helpful staff. Due to the unique qualities of this hostel, I'd suggest booking early.
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Hostel af Chapman
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Address: FlaggmansvÃ¤gen 8, Stockholm, Stockholm, 111 49, Sweden
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