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“B&B Style hostel, new and clean” 4 of 5 stars
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Castanea Old Town Hostel
1 Kindstugatan | Old Town, Stockholm SE-16765, Sweden (Södermalm)   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Perth, Australia
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“B&B Style hostel, new and clean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This hostel was perfect for us, 2 over 30's who like to have a little more comfort in our dorm/hostel experience. This place has all the little things thought of. Hanging baskets at the end of the dorm beds to place your possession in while you sleep, bed lamps at every dorm bed so you can read when others want to sleep, new beds, lockers where you use your own lock, even a "things to do" file which also includes locations of supermarkets and banks. The wifi is great and works all over the hostel. Being new/renovated the showers and bathrooms are lovely, with hot water all times.

Smallish rooms, but well set out and enough space. The kitchen is also small but being so new and well equipped means it is still a positive feature. This is not a party hostel, but still has a sitting room to socialise.

Ensure that you are prepared if coming outside of the reception hours and obtain the door code, otherwise there is no one around. We arrived early, still got in had a quick shower, stored our luggage and then set out exploring for the day before checking in at 3pm. Location is spot on in the old town. There is a little public courtyard outside to sit in and enjoy a few glasses of wine.

My only negative is that you have to bring own sheets or incur an additional charge to hire some, what happened to linen being included in the price?

Room Tip: All rooms are modern and well set up. There are a few set up next to the bathroom and kitchen and I...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The best hostel I've ever been! I should start from the reception - you are welcomed by very polite and cheerful staff. Hostel is located in very good area, surrounded by beautiful tenements, close to the city center. Very comfortable beds, kitchen fully furnished, with all that you need to prepare your favourite food. Big advantage is heated floor under the shower, it makes you feel better after all day of sightseeing. Great atmosphere makes you feel like at home. I recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Pros;
+ Good speed wifi throughout.
+ Clean and modern bathroom facilities.
+ Spacious dorm room with nice basket storage at the end of each bed.

Cons;
-Lockers aren't big enough for rucksacks.
- Reception isn't manned all the time.
- Smokers smoke outside, beneath dorm room windows, and smoke drifts up into the room.

Breakfast: Not included but a 55kr special deal at cafe below.

Location: Really good. Just a few hundred metres from Gamla Stan Station and the Royal Palace and in quiet part of the old city (Except Monday morning when it's bin day and a number of noisy collections are made early doors!).

Would I Recommend To Friends?: Definitely.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Had a great stay here in July, definitely not a party hostel but its very clean, awesome showers and beds. Staff are very friendly, common room is nice and has a good kitchen to use. The location is perfect.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I was looking for a nice, clean and central spot in Stockholm, and found a great value at Castanea. The hostel staff were wonderful and helpful, and the facilities were nice and clean. Rooms are small, but I was just looking for a spot to lay my head at night. The beds were comfortable. And the location can't be beat -- within walking distance of several tourist destinations. Overall, a great place for budget travelers seeking a good location.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The hostel is located in a charming building in the heart of old town and is in walking distance to almost all major sites on the island. Day and night, you'll see hoards of busload of tourists in this neighborhood. So if this is what you like, then it's a perfect place to stay.

I was shocked to see my tiny single room with bare concrete floor. It was so small (roughly 6"x6") that after putting down the luggage, there's not much space left, luckily room comes with a big window with a nice view of the inner court yard.

Also, beware the hostel charged a lot more than other place for sheets(plus one towel). The kitchen has absolutely nothing. Not even coffee or tea. Basically, you're really on your own. One night the Wi-Fi went down and no one in the hostel could get on Internet, we had to wait until next day when the staff arrived to have it fixed.

Another thing bothered me was prior to my arrival, they sent me an email for the entrance's security code but for whatever reason, the code they gave me only worked for interior door but not the building's exterior door. I was stuck outside on the street until someone else let me in. Funny thing is the next day I saw same thing happened to another new arriving hostel guest.

Bottom line is the hostel is in great neighborhood and excellent location but don't expect anything else and be prepared for the hefty fee for the sheets/towel.

Room Tip: Great location in the heart of Stockholm old town.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

As i'have never stayed in a hostel before Castanea i don't have any experience to compare Castanea to others. Castanea has beat my expectations from a hostel. It is very clean, charming and decent place. Hostel staff especially the blonde lady were really great, friendly people. They made my stay very pleasant there.Common areas such as kitchen and toilets are also very clean . It is right in the middle of Gamla Stan. . If you are keen to stay in a hostel i highly reccomend this place.


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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Kindstugatan | Old Town, Stockholm SE-16765, Sweden
Location: Sweden > Stockholm County > Stockholm > Södermalm
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Stockholm
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castanea is a small cosy hostel. Located in the Old Town - the very center of Stockholm. Here you stay in private room or dormitory. All rooms have big windows, some with the view of the chestnut three outside. Guest kitchen for your own cooking. Free wireless internet. ... more   less 
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