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Castanea Old Town Hostel

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Hostelworld says

The elegant and modern Castanea Old Town Hostel is centrally located in the Old Town of Stockholm. Voted the best hostel in Sweden in 2007 by Hostelworld users, remains as one of the top rated Hostels in the city. Our guests frequently cite this cosy, quiet and relaxing hostel's 'excellent location' which 'cannot be beaten', as well as their 'fantastic kitchen'. We like that all showers are in the corridors close enough for all guests, as well as the occasional free leftovers in the kitchen for budget visitors to enjoy. Hostelworld reviewers have repeatedly recommended this hostel for all ages travellers, families, groups and couples.

Property Description

Welcome to Castanea Old Town Hostel, one of the most central hostel in Stockholm.

Castanea is a small, personal hostel, located in the middle of the Old Town (Gamla Stan), one of the best preserved medieval city center in the world. We are a modern hostel in a charming building from 1747 with a beautiful horse chestnut tree at the square just outside. A fantastic location in the heart of Stockholm and at the same time our street is quiet and calm. It couldn’t be better.

We would like you to experience a homely and friendly atmosphere and hope you can feel at home away from home.

Stay in dorm or a private room. We have single, twin, 4-bed and 6-bed private rooms and dorm with 4, 6 or 16 beds. All our rooms have big beautiful windows and comfortable beds with reading lights. The rooms are facing a small street, square or the tranquil backyard.

Bring your own bed-linen or rent from us. Sleeping bags are not allowed.
All rooms have shared shower and toilet. Separate showers so you can lock the door.

In our popular guest kitchen you can prepare your own meals. Why not start your day with making breakfast in our kitchen and buy some lovely fresh bread from the bakery just around the corner.

Relax in our common room with maps, books and homemade tips about Stockholm. Our guests come from Sweden and around the world. You will find backpackers, families, couples or just friends looking for a comfortable stay.

Free Wifi.

Yes - we are Eco friendly and are active with saving energy, waste recycling among other things.

When you stay at Castanea you are only 200 meters from the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, Nobel museum and of course in the middle of a lot of great cafés, restaurants, bars and shopping.

A short walk will take you to the City hall or to the local ferry to Djurgården, Skansen and the Vasamuseum. Just minutes from the boats to Stockholms famous Archipelago. Castanea is also close to Central Station, only one stop with the underground. What can we say – just in the middle of everything!

Welcome to Castanea and Stockholm!
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Make Castanea Old Town Hostel your eco-friendly Scandinavian temporary home. Our historic building – dating from 1747 – is a cosy base for your Stockholm adventure. Settle down under a blanket in the common room and swap tips on local 'fika' places (for coffee and cake). You can make dinner a communal experience by cooking up a batch of pasta in the kitchen – eat around one of our wooden dining tables. Afterwards, stream a film on our free Wi-Fi.


We’re right in the centre of Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town) district, surrounded by cobblestone streets and traditional cafés. You can reach us from Stockholm Arlanda Airport in around 30 minutes. Take the Arlanda Express to Stockholm Central Station and then jump on metro line 17 to Gamla Stan. From our doorstep, you can easily explore the city on foot. The Royals' residence, Stockholm Palace, is a 4-minute walk away, while the colourful houses of the main square – Stortorget – can be reached in 2 minutes.

Rooms and Dorms

Each of our bedrooms has huge windows looking onto a peaceful street or garden. For more space, book into a private room. We have mixed and female-only dorms with comfy bunks, reading lamps and secure lockers – you can bring a padlock or rent one from us. You'll need to bring your own bed linen (sleeping bags aren’t allowed!) or you can hire it from reception. Backpack weighing you down? Hop in the elevator.

Extras and activities

Once you've had an adrenaline rush at the Gröna Lund amusement park and visited the island of Djurgården, take a look at your free city map to see what's next. We like to do our bit for the environment by recycling and conserving energy – to go environmentally friendly with us, rent a bike from reception to get around the city faster. After a day getting nostalgic at the ABBA museum, grab a book from our exchange for some well-earned time out.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.7

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    07 May 2021
    Inspired all the right feelings I could have hoped for in my first hostel experience. Had everything we could have needed and made for a beautiful place to lay our heads. Loved the overall vibe of old town. Staff was friendly and kind. Very thankful to have stayed here would defiantly recommend!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    24 Feb 2021
    Great stay! Thanks so much!!!!
    Germany, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    19 Dec 2020
    We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend this hostel. It was super clean and the staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful. The location is fantastic and the hostel is so cute. I would definitely stay again on a future trip to Sweden.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    17 Nov 2020
    So nice!! Such a pretty hostel in an amazing location. Staff were lovely. Also attracted some cool poeple to meet. Still lively during this time
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    02 Nov 2020
    This hostel is a really special place! Even with the lockdown there was a great atomosphere and everyone was super friendly and helpful. I stayed in a female dorm and everyone was lovely and the room had enough space. The beds are comfy and everything is straight forward to work out how to use (using the lockers, putting bed sheets on your bed etc). The value is so so good and being in the heart of Gamla Stan was awesome! Staff helped me duct tape my dying suitcase too haha thank you!!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    30 Apr 2021
    The hostel is very curated and clean. Located in the center of the old town and surrounded by nice bars and restaurants. 2 min away from the closest metro station it was perfect for a short weekend in Stockholm!
    Italy, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.1


    14 Jul 2021
    The hostel was very pretty, and was in a very nice location. I did think the lockers were a bit too small, and it was really hot in the hostel. I didn't see any fans or other AC. Other than that, pretty nice hostel.
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    25 Jul 2021
    Overall, it is an amazing location and a very well kept hostel. No rooms have a private bath. It would be very helpful for the rooms to have a fan, it was very hot during our stay. The bunk beds are creaky, so take that into consideration.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 8.6


    29 May 2021
    If you are travelling to Stockholm, the location is super important. Castanea Old Town Hostel has the perfect location. It is literally in the centre, a few minutes to the subway and very close to the central train station.
    Iran, Male, 25-30
  • 5.4


    08 May 2021
    The Rooms are not nice! The bed is super uncomfortable. In generell the Hostel is not really nice! You can find better places in Stockholm.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Linen Not Included
  • Microwave
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2008

    1st, Country Winners Sweden


  • 2013

    Worldwide Medium Hostel

  • 2012

    Worldwide Small Hostel

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Castanea Old Town Hostel says

What makes Castanea special is our amazing location in the charming atmosphere of the Old Town. It\'s probably the most popular part of Stockholm. From here it is close to everything. We are in the middle of Old Town and most of the city sights within walking distance. Just minutes from the ferries to Djurgården and the Archipelago.
Our personal recommendation is to stroll in the Old Town and experience the historic atmosphere. Another favorite is Fotografiska also walkable from Castanea, enjoy fantastic exhibitions as well as good food. It is also an excellent photo spot of Stockholm form there. If you are curious of Swedish food visit an indoor food market perfect for this is Östermalmshallen or Hötorgshallen.
If you are a little more adventurous try the very Swedish Ice-hole and cold bathing with sauna in the winter. In the summer take the boat far out in the archipelago for a whole day.
We find that we get a relaxed mix of people staying here who like meeting other guests, from friends, couples and families to backpackers - but we are not a party hostel. We like to make people feel at home and usually you can find somebody cooking in the kitchen chatting to other guests."

As one of Sweden's top rated hostel, we are of course proud of what our guests say about us. Clean, safe, welcoming and a lovely location.

We are looking forward to your stay here!