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
Really. Beside that hostel is pretty big I found rooms ok but other things like bar and club are ridiculously expensive. Stuff was not so welcoming also. I really expected more of such a big chain of hostels.
Party in the room next door until midnight.. the staff did shut it down but too late.
When I complained I was told ‘ah well that is what you get for staying in a hostel!’ (19.04.16) in case Generater would like to see who was on reception at 8.30 am.
Breakfast WAY overpriced and not fantastic.
Wine in the bar so poor quality/or watered down you can see through it and served in a glass with lipstick on. But hey that’s what you get...
The Hostel is well located closed to the Central Station. A 7-11 Store is conveniently located right opposite where you may purchase snacks and beverages at a reasonable price (with cash). Hostel offers a bar, 2 restaurants, meeting rooms, activities room and work areas. Self service Laundry is available. Hostel’s check out time is at 10am(!) and one will need to rent the luggage lockers to store luggage, which may turn up to be rather pricey. The room is tastefully designed with the iconic red washroom. Bed is very comfortable. Bathroom light is on sensor, energy saving is good but I find inconvenient when one sit idle while using the toilet...
The location is just the perfect one. Close to center, close to the bus station, main market city. I was able to walk everywhere. And after spending a whole day walking the hot shower and the perfect bed were exactly what I needed. Strongly recommend it.
Stockholm is an expensive city, so this was an absolute steal at a price of around £144 for a double room for 2 nights! The location is perfect and everything is in walking distance and there's also a 7/11 right across the road. There is a bar at the hostel (which we didn't actually go to, but it looked nice!) and plenty of bars and restaurants around.
The coaches which arrive from the airport drop off at the city terminal which is only a 10 minute walk away.
Would definitely recommend and stay again- thanks for a great stay.