Generator, the ‘poshtel’ megabrand in Europe, launched their first Stockholm location in June and I was lucky enough to stay there last month, just weeks after it had opened. Spread over 11 floors, the building felt like it had previously been a hotel or something similar. There are 796 beds in 233 rooms, so Generator Stockholm is a big, vibrant hostel that benefits from being shiny, new and well-designed to suit fun, budget-minded travellers.
Situated in the north of Stockholm, on the border of Norrmalm and Vasastan, the Generator hostel is an easy 10-minute walk from Central Station. This is where all the airport coaches (Flygbussarna) and trains (Arlanda Express) run from, so this makes your arrival in the Swedish capital super easy.
The area is a mixture of business/residential. You’re definitely not in the centre of Stockholm’s buzz, but you’re not completely out of the way either. Further North, there are a number of local cafes and restaurants to explore in Vasastan (such as Cafe Pascal and vintage fika Konditori Valand), whilst closer to the hostel there are a number of options for budget eats (such as food courts K25 and Kungshallen).
Further South is where the main areas are. Gamla Stan, the old town, is about 20 minutes walk from the hostel, and it a cute but super touristy island en route to Sodermalm, which is about 35 minutes walk in total. This is where pretty much all the main cafes, bars and clubs are and it’s a super pretty, very Instagrammable walk with great views of some of the most iconic views Stockholm has to offer. My friend Lucy and I found it to be a very easy walk – we walked everywhere all weekend – but you also have the option of public transport (buses, trains and hire bikes) or taxis. They do have Uber here and the hostel was advertising a 175 SEK (currently about £17) discount code when we stayed.
Personally, I quite liked being so close to Central Station and that the hostel’s location gave me a more varied experience of the city than if I had stayed on Sodermalm. It would definitely be good in you’re staying for more than two nights and want to do more than just party, or are planning to visit the huge royal park, Hagaparken, during your stay.
I stayed in a 6-bed mixed dorm room which is the most basic room type they offer. They also have 6-bed women-only dorms and 4-bed dorms, I really liked my room and it was definitely one of the best hostel rooms I had stayed in. The rooms weren’t huge (although looking at the picture above, I may have been in a particularly small one) but with lots of communal space downstairs and a whole city to explore, you don’t want to spend too much time in the room anyway.
Your bed comes equipped with bottom sheet, duvet and pillow plus a pocket to store small essentials, such as your phone and keys whilst you’re sleeping. There are two power points per bed: a European plug and a USB socket, which was very handy for charging my phone having forgotten my adaptor. You also have a HUGE lockable drawer/trunk under the bed each, which was ample room to dump all your gear safely. Bring your own padlock or hire one from downstairs.
Overall the room was clean, stylish and thoughtfully designed: exactly what you would expect from the new breed of ‘poshtels’, led by brands like Generator. There are also a couple of different private room options for those who are travelling as a couple, with a group or would like the social buzz of staying in a hostel whilst having their own space. You can book a whole 4 or 6-bed dorm room for a group of friends or opt for a standard single, twin or double private room, all with their own ensuite, for one or two people. You can even book a ‘premium’ double private room for a late checkout and some extra little luxuries.
The bathroom is contained within each room, like a large red plastic cube. This is shared by everyone in your room and is just big enough to contain a toilet and a shower. It was all very clean and smart, and I really liked the fact that there was an additional hose under the sink so you could wash down the floor if one of your roommates had left the floor a little grubby. Towels and toiletries are not provided but you can hire a towel from reception. I am definitely someone who feels icky at even the smallest sign of dirt or mould in a bathroom and I was totally happy with the facilities in my room.
Breakfast isn’t included in the room price but it was advertised in reception as an option you could purchase each morning. I didn’t try this as I wanted to go for brunch at some of the cafes around town, but you do have options either way.
When I walked into the lobby to check-in, I couldn’t believe it was a hostel! The desk is at the entrance to the general cafe/bar area on the ground floor and it is really lovely: flooded with natural light, there are three large booths and multiple smaller tables and looks more like a designer restaurant than hostel bar. The staff were all knowledgeable and friendly and there is 24-hour security on-site, so you can stagger home anytime after a night of partying.
On the first floor, there is another communal space, which feels much more traditional for a hostel: lounges, televisions, and free computers. There is also a bar in this room as well and on the weekend this was the place to party, with the music pumping and lots of guests hanging out. Thankfully, you couldn’t hear any of it in your rooms.
There are also lockers on this floor in case you want to store anything. This was really useful for us when we wanted to leave our bags at the hostel for a few hours after check-out. These digital lockers required payment in coins only and came in two sizes: medium (suitable for a weekend bag) and large (big enough for both of our bags or suitable for one very large backpack). You could hire these by the hour or the day. The lockup space in your room is quite large and very secure if you have your own padlock, so you shouldn’t need to use the lockers during your stay unless you have LOADS of luggage.
Speaking of luggage, there are two lifts that serve all floors so you don’t have to carry your bags up the stairs (unless you want the exercise). Very suitable for taking drunken selfies in 🙂
The hostel has free Wi-Fi throughout and I found it easy to log-on to with seamless reception throughout my stay.
Apparently, they will soon be opening a restaurant as part of the hostel as well, which would definitely add to the facilities and vibrancy of the venue.
I really love Generators hostels and their new Stockholm location definitely lived up to my expectations. Conveniently located near Central station, Generator Stockholm is a walkable distance to the main party area of the Swedish capital. I would always prefer to stay somewhere really nice and have a little commute, so this hostel suited me perfectly. I definitely would stay here again.
📌 Disclaimer: The hostel kindly offered me two nights stay for free in exchange for writing about the hostel and featuring it on my social media accounts. Their PR team made no editorial demands on me and this review is a completely honest account of how I felt about my stay. As a general rule, I don’t write negative reviews so if I don’t like a hotel or hostel, I won’t feature it. So I obviously really liked this one.
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