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
This is a gorgeous hostel! My partner and I stayed for 6 nights and loved every minute of it! The staff were charming and all of them spoke fluent English (as most of Scandinavia does). Our room was located on the 6th floor and the view of the city streets was gorgeous! The room itself was nicely sized, split into 4 small areas: the entryway+ a small coat rack and desk; the bed; a small couch and ample floor space; and finally the bathroom, which itself was a nice size for such a cheap room.
The bathroom has both heated tiles and a heated towel rack, which was a nice surprise. Heating in the room was stellar, keeping was warm throughout the chilly weather.
We were able to purchase breakfast tokens as guests for 75Kr each, with one token getting 1x meal + unlimited refills on tea and coffee. The meals themselves were very nice, with some nice vegan options available (including a delicious oat or soy milk for the tea and coffee).
The location was fantastic, too, with everything from Gamla Stan to the city square being around a 10 minute walk from the hostel.
The hotel also offered the purchase of essentials such as access to the washing machines, feminine hygiene products and travel adapters for very low prices.
To put it briefly: Generator is a fantastic place to stay for a cheap price.
The location was wonderful The rooms were tidy and clean The bar/ reception is really fancy. There is a schedule with different activities every dayThe one issue was the 3cm gab between bathroom door and your bedroom, so you are able to listen to every noise coming from inside. And being with foreign people in one room can cause a little bit uncomfortable usage. ^^But there was a toilet also outside, so it was OK.
Definetely the best choice for your stay in Stockholm when travelling on a budget. You get exactly what you pay for, nice spatious clean room, great vibe in the common areas and many services like the pick up for the stockholm free walking tours.
The breakfast is delicious but remember to buy the token in advance to save some money. Great luggage storage
This is one of the only hostel chains I will stay at. Sometimes hostels are dicey, gross, and smell strange - Generator is NONE of the above. The rooms are immaculate, you can be sure the sheets are clean, the service is great, and the beds are outfitted with everything you need (including personal lamp, lockers, plenty of outlets). Also, the rooms are warm - which cannot be said for all hostels. I've stayed at the Generator in Venice before and it was great so of course booked on to the hostel in Stockholm without a second thought. I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a way to save in Scandinavia as hotels are very pricey in this region :)
We stay in that hostel for three nights and it was simply perfect for people who don't want to pay a lot for only sleep in the center of the city.
We stay in a individual room for two, all was very clean and confortable, I would repeat sure!