The 5 coolest hostels of Scandinavia

The 5 coolest hostels of Scandinavia

Scandinavian style doesn’t come cheap but these cool hostels, in Denmark, Sweden and Norway will not break the bank. They are worth visiting for the sake of their low price, amazing hospitality, and great design.

Here you find five cool and stylish “sleeps” that have not only a great price but also a unique character.

1. Långholmen prison – Stockholm (Sweden)

Single Room Långholmen prison

What was once Sweden’s biggest prison, is today a popular hostel. This unique place – located on Långholmen island in central Stockholm – has spared no detail in reminding guests about its past. At the reception they serve sweets with black and white stripes, the doors of the rooms are still equipped with bars, and the room signs are literally saying “to the cells”.

Accommodation is in well-equipped cells with 2-4 bunks, with or without private bathroom. This characteristic hostel is also home to a museum that illustrates the long history of the prison. Outside the maze of paths that crisscross the island of Långholmen is ideal for jogging or for a relaxing walk.

2. Hostel af Chapman – Stockholm

Hostel af Chapman

Even the most frequent travelers may not have had the opportunity to stay in a floating hostel and even less in one in such a beautiful location as this. The 19th-century sailing boat af Chapman is docked permanently on the island of Skeppsholmen located in a beautiful surrounding with panoramas of the old town (Gamla Stan) and the Royal Palace. Be gently rocked asleep in one of the cabins of this 88-meter long ship with a fascinating history. The boat was built in England and sailed several trips around the world before ending up in Sweden and being turned into a unique hostel. Via a little gangway that connects the boat to the quay, you access the cabins. You are free to walk around on the deck, admiring the magnificent views across the water.

3. Urban House – Copenhagen (Denmark)

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The hip and trendy district Vesterbro is a popular place with young and creative people not least because of its numerous cafes, restaurants, and galleries. It is a great location close to the city center and is the perfect starting point for exploring Copenhagen. In the midst of this area, you find the Urban House. The Urban House is much more that just a place to sleep.

Additional to the 220 rooms, you can try a beer at the bar from a local brewery, grab a sandwich from the kiosk or rent a bike from the bicycle shop. Outside in a beautiful green area or the lounge, you can relax, find books and games. Discovering town is free when you join the Vesterbro walking tour, specially developed for the hostel. All dorms in the hostel have private bathrooms. You can choose between a room with single bed, private room with double bed, or dorms with up to ten beds; whatever you choose, they are all very functional and practical.

4. Saga Hotel Oslo Central – Oslo

Saga Hotel Oslo Central

The brand new Saga Poshtel – a more exclusive and “posh” version of a hostel – offers stylish and modern accommodation where guests can expect that little extra. This hostel is housed in an elegant red-brick townhouse, located in the heart of Oslo between the city’s main attractions and the Akershus Fortress. Saga Oslo Central offers ten different room types ranging from standard doubles to a dorm with twelve beds, all with a stylish minimalism interior. The concept of the hostel is based on an innovative design combined with the best location and outstanding service. Staying here gives you access to the many restaurants, shops, and attractions by foot.

5. Hostel Generator – Copenhagen

Reception Generator Hostel

Set in a cool location in the center of Copenhagen, this boutique style hostel is a vibrant place for people to meet and hang out. Generator offers a large bar, live bands, a lounge, and a huge 4.000 square meters terrace with comfy furniture and a BBQ for the long summer nights.

The rooms – a mix of private rooms and dormitories, all with ensuite bathrooms – are simple, spacious and comfortable. The Generator Copenhagen sits in a prime location right at the “King’s Garden” at a short walk from Copenhagen’s biggest highlights. With a busy calendar of events, it is the perfect place for those wanting a more social experience.

6. Marken Gjestehus – Bergen (Norway)

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Marken Gjestehus is a stylish, spacious and modern hostel in the city center of Bergen. Literally, Marken Gjestehus is located just 250m from the central train station and offers an excellent base to explore and enjoy the beautiful and historical city.

This hostel provides all the facilities you need and gives great value for money. It has common facilities such as a kitchen, living room and TV room. For those that cannot miss their email, there are PCs with free WiFi for all guests. The 36 beds divided over private rooms and dorms are spacious and decorated in Scandinavian design. This comfortable budget accommodation creates a special, cozy atmosphere, where you will feel immediately home.