City Lodge Stockholm

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The Hostelz.com Review

City Lodge Stockholm gives a dull and depressing feel and should not be taken as a representation of Stockholm’s overall vibe. It is obviously a budget choice and not ideal for those travelers wishing to meet others and socialise. There is only one good thing about this hostel and that is the location, otherwise there are no other good things about this hostel unfortunately. Something else worth noting is that the reception is not open twenty-four hours a day and the linen is not included in the bed price.

The Location

The hostel’s location is the best thing about it -- it's only a short walk from the main bus station (five minutes) and close by to most modes of transport within the city. The neighbourhood is quite safe and usually pretty active all day round. The hostel itself is easily found and there are several restaurants/cafes close by. There is no parking available onsite. The Old Town and most of Stockholm’s main attractions are less than thirty minutes' walk, which is great as there is no need to spend money on public transport, which can be expensive.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are various-sized dorm rooms available at the hostel; the biggest is a mixed, twenty-eight-bed dormthat lacks windows and is set up with fourteen bunk beds. To get into the hostel, the front door has a code that changes each day, and once you are in the hostel, there is a separate code for the dormitory rooms. The twenty-eight-bed dorm is located on the same level as the reception, kitchen, and common area. Inside the twenty-eight-bed dorm, there are some lockers, but it's not enough for all of the beds (and no padlock is provided). There is a small kitchen through the back of the dorm room with two unisex showers and two unisex toilets. The beds are uncomfortable but each guest is provided with his or her own light and a shared powerpoint (four points per bunk) located at the head of the bottom bunk. The rooms are dingy and messy looking.

There is clutter in the "common spaces" near the toilets and showers. The toilets stink and the showers are constantly dripping, some of the showers are unable to change temperature, and the female-only bathroom (located downstairs) has no basin although there are toilets there. In the showers (and toilets) there are no hooks for hanging items, and the changing space is quite small within the shower. No soap is provided.

Common Spaces

There is one common space provided in the hostel. This joins with the kitchen, where there is a TV and several chairs, benches and tables. There are also some power points, which people can use while in the area. There is no outdoor seating provided and limited information about Stockholm is on offer at the reception. The kitchen is of reasonable size and there are two fridges (no freezers), a kettle, sink, two microwaves, and cutlery/plates for everyone to use. It is not a social place and feels quite dirty and dull. There are no hostel events on offer and the staff are sometimes helpful but usually avoid talking with guests.

Summary

This hostel is very much a budget hostel. It would be best to spend a little more and stay elsewhere with better vibe. The staff can be rude and unhelpful depending on the day. There is Wi-Fi but it only works in the reception area (sometimes) and there is no mobile phone signal in the dorm rooms at all. The people -- usually older people, mostly men -- who are staying in this hostel seem to be long term, working, or living in Stockholm, which makes the dorm rooms messy as they spread out. This hostel is uncomfortable to stay in and can jeopardise your impression of Stockholm.
by AD
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2019-10-09
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Entry door
Shared shower
Shared toilet
Shared “bathroom”
Kitchen in 28 bed dorm
28 bed dorm
28 bed shared dorm
Common area / reception

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "City Lodge Stockholm" at Klara Norra Kyrkogata 15.)

Location/Contact

Address
Klara Norra Kyrkogata 15, Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates
59.333252, 18.058929 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.citylodge.se
Telephone
+46(0)8226630
Fax
+46 8 226303
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How is City Lodge Stockholm rated on other websites?

  Cleanliness Location Atmosphere Overall
Hostelworld
(1924 ratings)
49%
87%
45%
59%
HostelBookers
(857 ratings)
76%
96%
80%
84%
HostelsClub
(79 ratings)
81%
95%
87%
87%
Hostels.com
(3 ratings)
60%
60%
46%
52%
Average
58%
90%
57%
67%

Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Almost ok
I have been coming here occasionally for 12 years. Now it has new managers. The "kitchen" has no stove but has two microwaves. The refrigerators are never cleaned out and are filthy. My room has a TV that doesn't work, and they won't fix it. The room has three ceiling lights; two of them work. The internet to the rooms is intermittent but is ok in the dining room. The shared bathroom has at least one toilet with a partially attached seat. A shower head dangles and they won't fix it.
Herb
Age 80, US
2019-06-16
 
Just Excellent!
the room in the cage is the best ideal i've never seen, it was so impressing when i arrived. and the room was clean, the receptionist was kind.
Wei
Age 23, Taiwan
2014-01-14
 
Good location
This hostel is conveniently located near the central station, making it a great place to stay for late arrivals and early departures. The hostel is clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The ventilation is a bit lacking in the 18 bed dorm so it can get pretty stinky in there. I don't know how the smaller rooms are. There were also mattresses put in the kitchen/bathroom area beside the 18 bed dorm when I stayed probably to accommodate an overflow of guests -- needless to say it was tight quarters. If you're staying in Stockholm for more than a day and your budget allows a little more room for comfort you might look into staying elsewhere.
Anthony
(USA)
2012-08-02
 
Clean, friendly staff, free internet -- but nothing else!
I've been there in July and it was so hot there because all the rooms are downstairs without windows or air conditioning! Yes it was clean and it looks nice but I think there is no atmosphere, and you can't really cook in the kitchen because there is only one microwave and nothing else. I will never stay there in the future in the summer and I think in the winter, too.
Anja
(Germany)
2008-08-11
 
Fine
I stayed here for 2 nights in July. I stayed in the large dorm on the ground floor. The good thing was the curtains on the bottom bunks because it gave you good privacy. There are good showers and toilets. There's no breakfast unless you pay. The staff are pretty good. There's free internet in a nice common room. But it is a bid weird because there are no windows anywhere. Everything was really clean. I quite liked the shoes off rule, it helps keep it clean inside.
Jessie
(Australia)
2007-07-27
 
Poor rooms and kitchen
We tried out two rooms as the hostel was overbooked and we were asked to move around. Both rooms had no window at all and the ventilation was rather poor to non-existent. Some fellows with no idea of how to use a shower brought a nice smell of smelly feet to the room and a very high room temperature did not give a comfortable sleep. If you are good in preparing pasta in the microwave oven, you'll like the kitchen, but I prefer hot plates and a stove. A funny thing is that they have three fridges for the staff and one for all guests -- just a bit crowded in there. The location itself is great, no question. Close to the main station and shopping facilities nearby, but that doesn't make the overall impression good.
Mathe
(Germany)
2007-07-08
 
Retirement House
This hostel has a few really good things going on for it. Great location, clean, free internet. But it has this clinical feeling to it, and most of all it is boring! Don't expect much party while you are there! Plus, some of the staff were really cheap and unhelpful. Michael was great though. Bottom line if you are looking for a decent bed and shower, look no further, but if you expect more of a backpackers, move on.
Jay
(France)
2007-06-27
  It's great hostel. Clean, friendly personnel and not far from center and train station.
Konstantin Vaksin
2006-09-18

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