The Swedish capital is a fun, open city that welcomes visitors from all over the world. Stockholm is a progressive place which prides itself on being a the perfect mix of time-worn architecture, dynamic art and futuristic thinking.
With so much to see and do, from the crumbling streets Gamla Stan, to modern minimalism and trendsetting fashion, knowing where to stay and what to do can seem overwhelming.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a top selection of the best hostels in Stockholm in the coolest areas, closest to the most interesting sights!
You’re going to have so much fun discovering the chic city that is Stockholm. All you need to do now is to make your mind up about which one of this cool hostels you will choose to stay in. Which one will it be?
Editor’s note – Check out our 15 best day trips from Stockholm and experience even more of Sweden!
The Best Hostels in Stockholm: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Stockholm – Skanstulls Hostel
Best Party Hostel in Stockholm – Generator Hostel
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Stockholm – City Backpackers Hostel
Best Hostel near Stockholm Old Town – Dockside Hostel Old Town
Best Hostel near Stockholm Palace – Castanea Old Town
Best Hostel near Stockholm Waterfront – The Red Boat Malaren
Best Hostel near Stockholm Airport – Jumbo Stay
Best Hostel near Stockholm Central Train Station – City Hostel Central Station
Best High-end Hostel in Stockholm – Stockholm Hostel
Best Hostel for Couples in Stockholm – Old Town Lodge
Best Cheap Hostel in Stockholm – Vanadis Hotel
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Stockholm – AF Chapman
15 Best Hostels in Stockholm
Best Overall Hostel in Stockholm
Why we like Skanstulls Hostel…
Skanstulls wins our award for the best overall hostel in Stockholm for its combination of comfy beds, modern design and value for money. This all-rounder of a hostel is tucked away in a side-street yet remains close to the city’s main sights, which means you can get a good night’s sleep in peace and quiet but still be able to walk around Stockholm’s attractions easily.
Skanstulls Hostel is perfect for…
One of best hostels in the Stockholm, Skanstulls Hostel is a cute little place is decorated in a stylishly kitchen design, each room is slightly different and the kitchen and common room spaces are really cool. Perfect for people who love a long hot shower, the showers in their modern bathrooms are particularly good!
Best Party Hostel in Stockholm
• Generator Hostel •
Why we like Generator Hostel…
For travellers looking to spend their time in the city, this hostel is the place to stay. The best party hostel in Stockholm, Generator are a well known European hostel chain who know how to have a good time. With a huge array of different people passing through, you are bound to meet some interesting travellers and have the best time possible in the city.
Generator Hostel is perfect for…
This hostel is perfect for people who want to hit bars and clubs but also want to stay somewhere that is clean and well organised. The neighbourhood is super trendy and arty too and there are loads of chic boutiques and cafes nearby. Expect to spend your nights drinking and dancing at this recommended hostel in Stockholm!
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Stockholm
Why we like City Backpackers Hostel…
We just can’t help but like City Backpacker Hostel, it’s the best place for solo travellers in Stockholm – not just because it boasts buzzy communal areas, which are great for chatting over drinks and a bite to eat, but the whole design of this place is uber cool and we love it.
City Backpackers Hostel is perfect for…
Solo travellers! The communal kitchen means you can meet new friends over breakfast and then head out to explore the best parts of the city which are just on the doorstep. The warm wood throughout along with the well designed kitchen and bedrooms also help give this hostel are welcoming atmosphere.
Best Hostel near Stockholm Old Town
Why we like Dockside Hostel Old Town …
Located In the heart of the Old Town, Dockside Hostel is housed inside a tall historic building, which just adds to the charm of the hostel. The range of dorm rooms, the warm and welcoming staff, the cleanliness and comfort of this place – all of it adds up to the best hostel near Stockholm Old Town.
Dockside Hostel is perfect for…
Ideal for travellers who want to stay somewhere that makes them feel relaxed and welcome, the cool old town hostel is located a small walk away from the ferries as well as being surrounded by restaurants and cafes. The rooms here may be small but that’s more than made up for with the clean communal kitchen and bathrooms.
Best Hostel near Stockholm Palace
Why we like Castanea Old Town…
Without a doubt this hostel is the best hostel near Stockholm Palace. With the title once bestowed on it as the best hostel in the whole of Sweden, the location of this place close to Stockholm Palace really cannot be beaten. We love that this building actually dates back to 1747 too, which means you are staying in part of the city’s history.
Castanea Old Town is perfect for…
The perfect place for travellers who want to soak up the city’s historic centre, this cool Stockholm hostel is situated in a pretty tree-lined square. Castanea is small and offers guests a place to relax in calm surroundings. There are lots of fantastic amenities around the local streets including bakeries and cafes. It’s also a great spot for families and couples to spend the night.
Best Hostel near Stockholm Waterfront
Why we like The Red Boat Malaren…
For something a little bit different to the usual hostel experience Stockholm sure does have some quirky options. Take this place, for example: of course the best hostel on Stockholm Waterfront would actually be on the water. Housed in an an old boat, we like that you can be bobbing around on your bunk on the water here.
The Red Boat Malaren is perfect for…
A contender for our vote for the coolest hostel in Stockholm, The Red Boat Malaren is perfect for people who want to experience the real life of the waterfront. Located at the point where the Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea meet, you can spend time peering out of your porthole watching the boats pass and enjoying dinners in the boat’s restaurant.
Best Hostel near Stockholm Airport
• Jumbo Stay •
Why we like Jumbo Stay…
Yet another surprise quirky hostel in Stockholm. So you’ve got an early morning flight to catch? Well why not just sleep on a plane at the actual airport?! Jumbo Stay have cleverly made an old ‘jumbo jet’ into a hostel because… well, why not? There’s no other competition: this is the best hostel near Stockholm airport hands-down and we love it.
Jumbo Stay is perfect for…
The perfect hostel for people who just love planes or just want to stay somewhere a bit mad, the interiors have been designed with a retro airline style in mind, but of course the comfort of guests is considered. The coolest hostel near Stockholm airport, if you stay here our top tip is to choose the bed that looks out over the cockpit!
Best Hostel near Stockholm Central Train Station
Why we like City Hostel Central Station…
Recently renovated with top notch features, the City Hostel is all about clever, functional design. Its super cool glass roof lets loads of light in and makes the spaces feel big and airy. What really makes it the best hostel near Stockholm central station is that it feels very safe and the staff look after all of their guests, making sure that everyone that passes through leaves happy.
City Hostel Central Station is perfect for…
The perfect hostel for travellers who arrive in the city by train, this is also the coolest hostels in Stockholm for solo travellers. Clean and well maintained, there’s a brillant social area for those who want to meet people – plus cable TV in every room for when you want to have some time chilling out on your bed.
Best High-end Hostel in Stockholm
• Stockholm Hostel •
Why we like Stockholm Hostel…
Modern, urban style combined with stylish finishing touches make this place the best high-end hostel in Stockholm. Less of a boutique hotel and more of a well polish hostel, the newly decorated rooms give this hostel a top of the range polished feel while the staff try hard to provide a high level of service.
Stockholm Hostel is perfect for…
The best place to stay for people who want to stay in a hostel that has that something a little extra, Stockholm Hostel’s design echoes their straightforward name. The big, open kitchen communal area is seriously stylish and their en-suite tiled bathrooms make this the coolest high-end hostel in the city.
Best Hostel for Couples in Stockholm
• Old Town Lodge •
Why we like Castanea Hostel…
Travelling in a couple and staying in a hostel can be difficult at times but this hostel provides all the privacy and space that you need. A really chic design echos the romance of the Old Town whilst the private rooms, along with the dorms, which uniquely have double beds and not bunkbeds, are kept very clean and tidy.
Castanea Hostel is perfect for…
The coolest hostel for couples in Stockholm, the location of this hostel, down a charming old lane, means that is perfect for people who like wandering down streets and discovering little restaurants and boutiques. Whitewashed walls and exposed brick brings an air of calm and sophistication to the hostel, which feels more like staying in an Airbnb than a hostel.
Best Cheap Hostel in Stockholm
• Vanadis Hotel •
Why we like Vanadis Hostel…
More of a budget hotel than a hostel, Vanadis offers really good value for money. Rooms are compact but clean and come with everything you should need to make your stay comfortable and there is even a huge outdoor swimming pool for you to have a refreshing swim in before heading off to explore the city. Vanadis might not be your normal hostel, but we think it’s the best cheap hostel in Stockholm.
Vanadis is perfect for…
Backpackers and travellers on a budget! Yes, if you’re looking for a budget hostel in Stockholm and don’t mind too much about being in a super trendy hostel, this place is great. Vanadis is centrally located and is a quick and easy bus ride to the airport as well as the central station. The breakfast is really tasty too!
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Stockholm
• AF Chapman •
Why we like AF Chapman…
The best hostel with a private room in Stockholm is AF Chapman, a cleverly designed hostel based on an old sailing boat. The staff are really friendly and make staying on this vessel even more amazing. The beds are no smaller than sleeping in a dorm bed, but you get to be lulled to sleep by the gentle waves. Love it.
AF Chapman is perfect for…
Located on Skeppsholmen Island, AF Chapman has to be the coolest hostel with private rooms. The dark stained wood is stylish and busy bar area is a lot of fun and will make your stay in Stockholm unforgettable. You never know: after staying here you might want to run off and start a new life on the high seas.
More Best Hostels in Stockholm
Why we like Långholmen prison…
When we thought we had seen all that Stockholm had to offer in terms of quirky hostel concepts we were wrong – Långholmen Prison really is a hostel located inside a prison. If you fancy knowing what it feels like to be an inmate for a few nights and actually have to pay for the privilege, then this is one of the coolest hostels in Stockholm.
Långholmen Prison is perfect for…
The best hostel in Stockholm for travellers who really want a unique experience. Whilst the bedroom doors now lock from the inside, there is certainly a strange feeling sleeping in this hostel. The location close to a lake is actually really pleasant and guests get to tuck into a delicious breakfast every morning, so why not give it a go.
• Crafoord Place •
Why we like Crafoord Place…
Sometimes you just want a cosy place to sleep where you feel safe and welcome, which is we think this is one of the best hostels in Stockholm. The location on the top floor of a building means the views from their windows across the city skyline are pretty amazing, which we love.
Crafoord Place is perfect for…
A cool Stockholm hostel for travellers who want to stay in a calm residential area whilst remaining close to the station – as well as other tourist attraction – Crafoord place ticks lots of boxes. Guests can use the communal kitchen and there’s a really cool chill-out room with a big TV to watch movies and play games on.
• Acco Hostel •
Why we like Acco Hostel…
Acco Hostel is a small but safe and friendly hostel in situated in the trendy Södermalm district. We like this place for its welcoming atmosphere and openness to all different types of guest. The staff are very helpful and really make this place one of the top hostels in Stockholm.
Acco Hostel is perfect for…
A great hostel for people who want to stay in the hipster area, it’s still easy to travel around to other parts of the city from here. It may be a cheap backpackers hostel, but its basic yet very clean style and great little work spaces make it one of the best hostels in Stockholm for digital nomads.
There you have it, our round-up of the coolest hostel in Stockholm. Now that you know about the best hostels in Stockholm you can get planning what tasty food you are going to try and what trendy bar you are going to hang out in!
And it’ll be easy to see the parts of the city that you’re interested in, with the coolest hostels in Stockholm located in the best neighbourhoods.
Stockholm hostels are effortlessly cool and friendly places that are always welcoming.
We know it can be hard to make a decision sometimes though, so don’t forget our best overall hostel in Stockholm, Skanstulls Hostel, if you still can’t decide. No stress – just enjoy your city break!