I stayed here for 3 nights in a single room for a city break. I arrived out of the check in hours but this wasn't a problem as they had emailed me a code to get in the door. There was also a lift as most of the rooms are on the 2nd floor. I took a taxi from the bus station to get here which cost 160 krone, but I walked to the underground station at Gamla Stan on the way back as it was daylight, it was only a 5 min walk downhill from the hostel.
The room was small but quiet - until the construction workers arrived at 7am to start work! Fine though if you're an early riser. The room doors themselves are noisy when they close but otherwise the hostel was quiet. There was a good sized and very well equipped kitchen which was extremely useful on my trip. The communal dining areas were a good way to meet other people and I met more people here than I have in any other accommodation I have stayed in. The shared showers were clean and although there only seemed to be 3 showers for our floor, there wasn't a problem getting in. There were 2 computers with internet access which were free to use.
I didn't really have much to do with the hostel staff although they made sure to offer help if I needed it. This is not a hotel, but for anyone happy to be in a hostel, I would recommend this one in Stockholm.
- 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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