Since we all know that Scandinavian is (damn) expensive, staying in a hostel was one of my attempts to save my budget. Hotels in Stockholm are expensive, yup. But especially for a solo traveler with no one to share the cost, hotels aren’t really an option. Fun facts: this is my first time staying in a hostel, surprise surprise!
As a newbie in this whole hostel world, we were pretty skeptical about staying in a dorm style at first. Leo was even more skeptical than I was, in a good measured way. 2 things we kept in mind when searching: the safety and hygiene. I searched high and low for the perfect hostels and ended up with Generator Hostel Stockholm. Remember, hard work pays off, same like planning. 😉
I am such a sucker for anything that pleasing to the eyes. And while comparing with other older hostels, this place definitely stood out. Gotta love that modern industrial, young, and slightly quirky design of this hotels. Generator hostel itself is a hostel chain in almost every metropolitan cities in Europe. They boast of being more than just a hostel with more cultural experiences, more vibrant events.
It’s just what I imagine a modern hostel in a modern city should look like. Cool interior with front desk staffs that looked like they jumped straight out of a Netflix’s teenage romance series.
Everyone and everything was oozing that ultra cool vibes. Not even sure if ultra cool is even a word but you get what I mean. They were helpful without being too in your face. Also not sure where they got all those cool people from. Once I have checked-in, I was given a card to access the room and the floor that I was in. So no chance snooping at other people rooms, except for your own room and the communal area.
Now talking about location-wise, it is located in Torsgatan 10. Torsgatan is a street in Upper Norrmalm, the area that’s known for being the residential area and also known as Vasastan. On the other side, the southern of part Norrmalm is known for the “city center” where all the department stores and clothing chains are located, also the Central Station.
Not quite in the center as I thought, it takes 12 minutes walking from the Central Station. It’s a bit on the side from all the crowds. Which could also be a good thing as the area isn’t as crowded as the center, the noise level was pretty low. Or in another word, the sleeping time was enjoyable.
Room (Dorm Type)
The are multiple of rooms offered, including private rooms, 4 people dorms, 6 people dorms, and even ladies only type of dorms. The private room rate is pretty much the same like any other hotels and will defeat my intention on saving budget so dorm room it was. I was actually planning to stay either at the small shared dorm or the ladies only dorm. But since all the preparation was super last minutes (don’t!), the only available room was the large shared room.
Inside the room consist of bunk-beds and an en-suite bathroom. The rooms itself wasn’t too big but even with 6 people and all our stuff, I still able to walk around comfortably. And also the whole room was pretty clean, down to the floor. Phew….
Bed and etc
Surprisingly, this was actually a better bed than most of 3* hotels I have even been to! The mattress and the duvet were fluffy enough. And unlike all the dorm type rooms that I saw on the internet, the ones with the old-school metal railing bunk beds, theirs were actually modern enough that it was easy to the eyes. Every bed comes with a reading lamp, a power socket, and 1 USB port.
Below the bed, there were storages for numbered according to the bed number. The storage was pretty big, enough space to put all my stuff including the backpack. But the lock isn’t provided so, keep that in mind. Luckily I had my small suitcase lock with me and no one tried to pry it open anyway. So I might say, security-wise it was pretty safe but still, being cautious while traveling is always a must.
Not all hostels provided bed sheet on their basic rate, some will charge additional fee if you do not wish to bring your own. So, double check when making your booking if “LINEN” is already included in the price to prevent additional charges later on. Same goes with towels!
The bathroom was inside this small box that looked like a red phone booth, pretty cute and practical I think. Even tho it looked tiny, I didn’t actually felt claustrophobic inside. But I am considered petite in western standard so keep that in mind. The inside was clean and lit enough. The shower was functioning well, also the hot shower. Oh, they even have the heated towel rail which I never thought before, but actually one of the best inventions ever!
They also have what they called, chill-out areas, with a bunch of sofas and rows of Mac if you want to get connected. In the same floor, there are also the luggage storage area. This luggage area isn’t free tho. I didn’t use it since I only carried 1 backpack but if you bring those big suitcases than renting a locker might be worth considering. There was also the laundry area with clear instruction on how to use it.
I didn’t actually use any of these facilities as I had made myself rather a packed itinerary for just a short stay. But if you plan to stay longer, these facilities might come in handy. They also have an event for every night which frees to all the guests.
And to Wrap it up…
I think staying here was a mind changer. I used to think that dorm kind of accommodations was a bit of a dodgy place and not necessarily my first option ever. But seeing how modern they represent the place and how convenient it was, I think I am a convert. So yeah, I will definitely recommend this place!
Come to think about this, I have only ever stayed in 2 hostels, this and Container Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia and both have the same modern industrial vibe to them and I kinda loved it tbh. Anyway, sorry for the late post, I was running late from the schedule but hopefully (finger-cross!) we are back on the right track again. Please share if you find this helpful and also check our social media below. Until then, tack!
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