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
- Handicap Accessible
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
Our stay in the hostel was very good. The facilities were clean and nice. However, one person in particular made our stay so much better. Tai, thank you for all of your help. You were very kind, professional, and courteous. You made our stay exceptional!
Three of us family members in a room for 4. Two sets of bunk beds with pull out drawers underneath for storage or to sit on. Each bed has its own lamp and outlets where you can plug your gadgets. Huge bathroom, I guess this must be an "accessible" room designed for the handicapped. Window on one full side overlooking the side street. Big floor space as you enter the room, I can imagine where one can park at least two wheelchairs. Hooks for coats and stuff.
I was apprehensive at first about booking a hostel because I knew facilities and amenities are limited in a hostel vs a hotel. But the big discounted price we paid made me overlook minor things like there is no phone or intercom to the hotel desk in the cafe on the ground floor, you have to ask for and get the towels and hairdyer yourself from the hotel desk. There are only 2 elevators, sometimes it is faster to go down the stairs that to wait for a vacant elevator.
Wifi is excellent. Good location, walking distance from Gamla Stan for people aged 70 or below(?). A cafe and another restaurant on the ground floor, a 7-11 a short walk across the street. Overall, a very good deal. Will stay again in a hostel room with an ensuite t&b.
The hostal was great, we loved our room and the whole staff was kind and very helpful when it came to find stuff in the city, tours and the bus for our way back, would totally return again, also the breakfasts are delish.