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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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Overview

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.

Location

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 9.1

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 8.9


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    14 Feb 2020
    Lovely hostel. Great facilities. Friendly staff. Really enjoyed our stay.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    29 Jan 2020
    Our home in Stockholm
    Belgium, Couple, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 Jan 2020
    I found the hostel to be ideal for a few days in Stockholm. It is well situated in the old town which does not have hardly any cars going along the road so it is very quiet. It is a five minute walk to Gamla Stan Station or you can get the bus to most places. The hostel is quiet with a few seating areas scattered around. It is very clean and the kitchen well resourced. The bedrooms are basic but has everything you need.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    31 Dec 2019
    The place ! The atmosphere! Everything was great ! very quiet, even doing on New Year's Eve , super clean , excellent stuff, who showed you everything, and help if you need it . Perfect location ! Thank you 🙏🏽
    Ukraine, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    30 Dec 2019
    Great hostel. Great staff, great atmosphere, great facilities and near to all the major sights. Good value for money and would highly recommend in the future.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    16 Jan 2020
    I was a solo female traveller and had a great experience here. Only here for a few nights but it was great. AMAZING location, easy to find and in the heart of the Old Town. Everything was very clean and I had no complaints about noise or untidyness. Overall, would definetly stay again :)
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    30 Dec 2019
    The hostel is in a great location right in the heart of the old town. I stayed in the single room which was lovely and comfortable and nicely furnished - I felt right at home! The hostel was very quiet and a cosy place to come back to after a long day of exploring the city. The hostel was spotlessly clean.
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    13 Jan 2020
    Castanea Hostel is a really lovely place in Stockholm's old town. The hosts are wonderful, ready to answer your questions and to help. The rooms and common places are very cozy. Numerous tips to help you visit the city and do daily routines such as shop food. I definitely recommend this place to solo and/or group travelers ! (I would only mention that there are some stairs inside the hostel, which can be an important information for some travelers with walking difficulties.)
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    07 Jan 2020
    Really felt like staying in a home here, not a hostel and was very welcoming. Location is amazing, right where you’d want to be. The only bad thing i’d have to say is the staff need to be there for more hours of the day, i arrived at 6am and was initially told i had to wait outside until 9am. The staff are very helpful and welcoming, but they need to be there more often. Would recommend highly!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    19 Feb 2020
    Lovely, clean and quiet place. Highly recommended if you'd like to stay somewhere cosy and quiet in the old town.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
General
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Linen Not Included
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
Services
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
Entertainment
  • Wi-Fi


Awards

  • 2008

    1st, Country Winners Sweden

Nominations

  • 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!

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