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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 9.2

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 9.5

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Jun 2019
    Great location. Very clean, lovely staff, we stayed in the 16-bed mixed dorm which was very reasonable, especially in Old Town Stockholm.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    27 May 2019
    Loved my stay at Castanea! Our twin room was cosy but felt spacious due to the high ceiling & large window - the sheets & towels we received (for a small fee) were freshly washed & the beds were equally comfy! The toilets & showers were spotless & the communal space was modern & cool. Street noise was very limited despite it being a tourist area (this may have been due to our trip being mid-week & in late May time, but still a win!)
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    14 Jun 2019
    We had the best time here!!! Awesome location, perfectly clean, friendly staff! It was simply perfect and we highly recommend :)
    Germany, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    28 May 2019
    The location is absolutely perfect. Right in the centre of old town. The staff was very helpful thoughtfully answering any questions we had. Would recommend.
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.4

    Superb

    12 Jun 2019
    Great hostel. Clean and comfortable. Would recommend longer stays in a smaller room, 16 people in a room at least one will snore pretty loud. Great budget hostel.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    30 May 2019
    Fantastic hostel, the staff were so pleasant and good to talk to. Wasn't a huge fan of having a code on the door with no one on the reception for large periods of the day, but Stockholm is such a safe city it wasn't a problem for me. Would definitely stay again.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    18 Jun 2019
    The common room was very nice.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    14 Jun 2019
    Very modern and clean hostel, with comfortable beds, good wifi, and good facilities. Only complaint was they charge for the use of sheets which is a bit goofy and unpleasant.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    03 Jun 2019
    Very charming little hostel located in Stockholm’s old town. Walkable from the train station, although it’s also easy to reach by metro as well. It’s a pretty quiet place, not much atmosphere to speak of, but there is a very nice common room where people could meet and chat. The showers were good, and the kitchen was a nice bonus. Would definitely recommend this place to people traveling to Stockholm.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 6.9

    Good

    10 Jun 2019
    The hostel is good if you’re looking for some chill time. It’s not a social hostel. The cleanliness was good. There were not enough toilets, so often had to wait in line. Getting your washing washed was expensive. The kitchen was well equipped. Unfortunately had my blueberries stolen, and someone was eating my peanut butter and had watered down my yoghurt to become “milk”... the location is good, but Gamla Stan is very touristy.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
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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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