In May 2004 I stayed 6 nights in a single room of a private Bed and Breakfast accommodation, which I had booked in advance through an internet agency. Communication with both the agency and the owner of the B&B was smooth.
My room was on the 8th floor of a residential high-rise building and included a single bed, a small desk and a TV set. I also had my own lavatory, wheras a shower and sauna were available on a different floor of the building.
The price was 300 SEK/night and a 20 % down payment had to be made to the agency. Breakfast cost an extra of 35 SEK.
One of the least expensive ways to sleep in Scandinavia is to take advantage of the overnight cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki. If you book a cabin below car deck, you can really save money and have a great cruise. The best deal is to book "roundtrip," in which you get the same cabin for 2 consecutive nights, plus you get to tour Helsinki for 8 hours before the ship sails again. For a cabin that sleeps up to 4, the cost can be as low as SEK 1800. That's TOTAL. For BOTH NIGHTS.
In addition, Eurail and Scanrail holders can get steep discounts. In fact, for 4 passholders staying in the same cabin, passage is free. Note: Eurail Flexipass holders need to use a flexi day to get the fare.
Another cruise line, Viking, offers nearly identical deals. The main differences are that Viking offers deck passage and does not offer discounts for railpass holders.
- Enjoy a wonderful cruise ship with all of the amenities for a very low price
- Magnificent buffet breakfasts and dinners (cost extra, highly recommended)
- Tremendous island views after 8PM enroute to Helsinki
- Countless bars, pubs, clubs, shops, and other distractions
When my dad was little, he used to come here and tease the inmates with his friend whose father was a prison guard...These days it is closed (the last prisoner left 1975) and has been turned into a prison museum, hostel and hotel and although I have my family in Stockholm and have never stayed here, I have to recommend it as I have been for a meal in the prison excersise yards and a swim in the lake next to it :-). The location is a little bit off downtown as it is on a small, green island adjacent to the city island of Södermalm but it is still in the city centre and what you lose in transport (not much!!!) you gain in having cliffs and beaches next to the hotel. It is a 2-3 km walk to the city centre along the waterfront and then hills of Söder with a nice view. If you would rather go by bus, catch the one to Reimersholme from for instance Slussen or see the metro directions below.
The hostel offers 2-4 bed cells, washing facilities, cooked breakfast if booked, café (with boule playing) and kitchen. The hotel offers comfortable cells with shower, WC and TV. There is also a pub and inn on the island as well as a café in the former prisoners excercise yard (see picture under restaurants)! From SEK 230/night in the hostel and up to SEK 1500 for a double room in the hotel. The website below is for the hotel but the hostel is run by touring club STF and can be found in your hostel catalogue I'm sure.
This a very good and cheap accommodation near the central station. Omena is a finnish chain of net-hotels without staff. After booking you get the door code to enter the hotel and the room.
There are Omena hotels in Stockholm, Copenhagen and about 10 hotels in Finnland.
The rooms have beds for 4 guests. There are tea-pot, microwave oven, refrigerator and TV in the room. And Wi-Fi of course. Ensute bath.
The supermarket is in 10 minutes walk from the hotel at Dalagatan (street). Opposite the hotel is located the supermarket "7-eleven" but prices there are too high - may be till 50% more then at the supermarket at Dalagatan.
This is a list of the best hostels acording to several homepages: ( in alphabetical order)
af Chapman & Skeppsholmen
Flaggmansvägen 8, 111 49 Stockholm
tel: (08) 463 22 66
Banérgatan 56, 102 72 Stockholm
tel: (08) 660 75 15
Bogesund-Vaxholm STF Vandrarhem
185 93 Vaxholm
tel: (08) 541 322 40
City Backpackers Hostel
Upplandsgatan 2A, 111 23 Stockholm
bus: 47, 53, 69
tel: (08) 20 69 20
Hågelby STF Vandrarhem
Hågelby gård, 147 43 Tumba
tel: (08) 530 620 20
Hökarängen STF Vandrarhem
Munstycksvägen 18, Hökarängen, 123 05 Farsta
tel: (08) 94 17 65
Horsfjärdens Country Home
Årsta Säteri, 136 91 Haninge
tel: (08) 500 344 30
Hostel Bed & Breakfast
Rehnsgatan 21, 113 57 Stockholm
tel/fax: (08) 15 28 38
Hostel Mitt i City
Västmannagatan 13, 111 24 Stockholm
tel: (08) 21 76 30
Jakobsberg-Barkarby STF Vandrarhem
Kaptensvägen 7, 177 38 Järfälla
tel: (08) 445 72 70
Östra Reals Vandrarhem
Karlavägen 79, 100 55 Stockholm
tel/fax: (08) 664 11 14
129 39 Hägersten
tel: (08) 646 12 55
Långholmen STF Vandrarhem
Kronohäktet, 102 72 Stockholm
tel: (08) 668 05 10
The Red Boat Mälaren
Den Röda Båten Mälaren
Södermälarstrand kajplats 6, 117 20 Stockholm
tel: (08) 644 43 85
Röskär, 185 93 Vaxholm
tel: (08) 541 350 63
Rygerfjord Hotell o Vandrarhem
Södermälarstrand, Kajplats 14, 118 25 Stockholm
t-bana: Gamla Stan
tel: (08) 84 08 30
Enköpingsvägen 16, 170 68 Solna
tel: (08) 514 815 50
Tyresö STF Vandrarhem
Lilla Tyresö, Kyrkvägen 3, 135 60 Tyresö
tel: (08) 770 03 04
Zinkensdamm STF Vandrarhem
Zinkens väg 20, 117 41 Stockholm
tel: (08) 616 81 00
I have friends who stayed at the Af Chapman hostel lodges in a boat off Skeppsholmen island in cecntral Stockholm. They were pleased with the setting and the location, but the interiors were a bit worn. Apparently this well-known hostel will go through renovations starting fall of 2005 so perhaps it will get it's much wanted face-lift finally.
Citylodge is a hostel in the center of town with reasonably priced shared rooms.
Check out the links for both places.
Af Chapman hostel
Lodge 32 is a nice small hostel loacated in a quiet neighbourhood just a 10-minute walk from the Central Station.
Rooms are not too big and basic with comfy beds and individual lockers. You can bring your own sheets or rent them.
There are plenty of clean bathrooms and a small kitchen.
Reception staff is very friendly and helpful.
Certainly would stay here again.
With 60 Euros /530 SEK you can have a single room without private bathroom.
That is a nice option:
Sleeping on a boat
Good location, with Karlaplan subway station 300 meters away from the hotel. In a very quiet residencial area. The room and bathroom were of good size, with a flat TV and a DVD player.
Free WiFi Internet in the bedrooms (just call reception for the password), and a desktop computer near the reception.
The coffee and juice machine used for breakfast is available all day for free, so that's also a plus. The breakfast has a good variety with hot and cold plates.
On the downside, I can mention the fact that there is no bar or lobby area. The ground floor has the reception and the breakfast area only.
And there was no air conditioned in the rooms, nor could we open the window more than a few cm. This made staying in the room during the day quite uncomfortable.
Since we went in the summer, the courtyard was a must for having breakfast outdoor, in a private environment.
We stayed with 4 people in one room. So we had the whole room for ourselves. It's not very large. For each bed there is a locker in the room with your own key. Toilets and showers are shared.
You can reach the location with the tube. ( 10 minutes from central station) The tube-station is Zinkensdamm.
+ beautiful spot in the park
+ not far from Gamla Stan
+ clean and rather new building
+ all night reception desk
+ friendly atmosphere and service
- shared toilets and showers
- breakfast not included. (available at extra price)
+/- simple but convenient bar / restaurant for a small dish.
We stayed in a 3-persons bedroom. Underground; so no windows to open and no daylight. Very noisy atmosphere, with parties in the rooms and (drunk) people in the hall all night.
+ in the city center, close to the station (8 minutes walk)
+ good showers
- very noisy
- no reception desk in the evening and night
- no windows in the rooms
- no breakfast (but supermarket next door)
+/- simple kitchen; 2 microwaves, no stove
+/- television room to meet people
Sodermalm could be a convenient spot.
Check these URLs:
The city is beautiful. Definitely go up Kaknas tower, east of the city.
Good value for a larger group of people staying for more than 2 days.
We have been to Stockholm twice, and both times we rented a room with Bed and Breakfast Agency Sweden to save money.
The first time was wonderful: we ended up having a large bedroom and our own furnished living room with a couch and TV as well as shared access to the apartment owner's kitchen and appliances, including the fridge we could use to store food.
The experience was so good that we never thought twice about which service to use for our second trip to Stockholm. However, this time, we ended up getting a small bedroom. It was equipped with its own mini-fridge and microwave oven because we did not have access to the other rooms in the apartment, which made our quarters seem cramped.
Clearly, the bar had been set high the first time. I wouldn't recommend against booking a stay with Bed and Breakfast Agency Sweden, but I would shy away from rooms for which no pictures are available. Inquire about the house rules, who vary from one apartment to the next.
In both cases, the location was excellent, on the island of Södermalm, near a metro station (Mariatorget the first time, Medborgarplasten the second time) as well as many shops and restaurants.
The vandrarhem is one of the nicest hostels I ever been to. The backyard is really beautiful and a good meeting point...The rooms are clean and each person has a locker in the room. There also is a small cafe to have a snack or a cup of coffee. Hotel rooms are also available!
We stayed in this charming boat in the heart of Stockholm. It is located about 10 minutes of walking about Gamla Stan. The breakfast is great but it is not included in the quoted prices. The room was fine and clean.
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