What We Love
- No detail has been overlooked: each bed has its own outlet and USB port, plus a lockable drawer underneath for storing gear. The hostel will rent you a padlock if you don’t have your own
- This is one of the most affordable options in an expensive city, but the aesthetic feels cool, not cheap
- Bathrooms are situated within the dorm rooms, not down the hall
What To Know
- Traveling with kids? There are private en suite rooms that sleep four
- Unlike most hostels, guests aren’t allowed to bring in food and drink
- You can leave your luggage at the hostel after check-out, but the lockers are pricey and the electronic pin system a bit complicated
- Bring your own soap and towel, unless you want to rent them from reception
- Free WiFi
Hostels have improved out of all proportion over the last decade and Generator—Stockholm being its 12th branch—has been at the forefront of the “poshtel” movement, housing those who travel with MacBooks and Beats headphones, not ratty paper guidebooks. The design reflects the taste of its discerning clientele: thinks lots of bright colors, a good dose of industrial chic, blond wood furniture and metal lampshades, and a DJ booth in the café. The six-person dorms are simple but spiffy, with polished wooden floors and clean white bunks; each bed has a “privacy board” that can be pulled across, as well as hooks for clothes and plenty of outlets for charging devices. Weekends bring in crowds to its communal space on the second floor, which is stocked with sofas, TVs, and a bar, but the noise level in the rooms is thankfully low. There’s no kitchen for cost-cutting meal prep, so factor that into your budget, but the food served all day at the café is from established local chef David Gard and the budget dorm room beds might just be the best value in the city.
In the Area
While the Generator Stockholm is not quite in the city center, its location is hard to beat, especially if you arrive at Central Station just a ten-minute walk away (it’s where all the airport buses and trains stop). From the hostel, it’s just a few minutes to the main pedestrian thoroughfare of Drottningatan, which is lined with shops and restaurants. Head north to explore the mostly residential Vasastan neighborhood, making sure to stop for micro-roast coffee and delicate pastries at the charming Café Pascal, but if you’re looking for cheap-and-cheerful eats closer to home, there are two food halls nearby: Kungshallen and K25. Less than 30 minutes walk south brings you to the tourist mecca of the old town, Gamla Stan, which sits on an island and is stuffed to the brim with Instagrammable buildings as well as the imposing Royal Palace, also worth a visit.
How to Get There
Very nice hostel for a business trip, the room was very large and clean and the lobby is nice for working too. I imagine it would be even more appropriate for young people trying to mingle.The room was even too much hot in the evening.
Having been to a couple other Generator Hostels (Berlin & Rome), my expectations were propably too high. The Generator Stockholm was good, but not as big positive splash as my earlier experiences.
The hostel is located very centrally just 10 min walk from the central train station, but the area is just a little aside the most loudiest streets.
We got to check in well in advance, which was of course a big plus. The staff was kind.
We had a private double room on the 8th floor, and it was very quiet and calm up there. Even though there was a Halloween party down in the bar, we did not hear a thing.
Although the top floor, there was no view - big windows, but there was some kind of a (balcony) wall blocking the view.
Well, not such a big deal.
Room was spacious and clean, signs of use gave the sense that it was not so fine and trendy as in the pictures. There were a couple lamps that did not work, for example.
The bathroom was small but worked as it should. Towels, soap, shampoo and hairdryer are included in the price.
We did not buy breakfast or go to the bar, so I can’t say anything about the restaurant.
Luggage lockers cost from 25kr to 50kr (small/big) 24h. Worked as they should.
In conclusion, the hostel was good but not amazing. It served its purpose, but as the photos are so great, you might wait a bit too much. I recommend, anyway!
Really good. Easy to get to, close to lots of stuff, friendly staff. Would use again when traveling in Sweden. No one bothered me, but let ask questions of I had any without condescension. Wifi that was free was great, not weak or spotty.
Rude staff, no shared kitchen,barely any shared spaces where you can just hang out other the bar which serves overpriced drinks and food, light from the bathroom is directly aimed at 2 of the 6 baths in our private room, and worst of all: there is some Seriously loud noise from the nightclub downstairs going on the Friday and Saturday night, made it impossible for the light sleepers amongst us to sleep. Even though there was another floor between our room and the nightclub. Be warned, before you book here!
This is a hostel with a very "youthful" atmosphere. I stayed in a single room which was perfectly fine for me with a small bathroom with shower. Neat and clean. I do not need more for a short business trip.