Hostel Bed & Breakfast
Rehnsgatan 21, Stockholm, Sweden
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Hostel Bed & Breakfast Stockholm Reviews
Aug 12, 2007
I stayed at the Hostel Bed & Breakfast in Stockholm this past week. I was able to have a private room on the hostel side -- there is also a hotel side which costs more, though I suspect it's nicer. The other rooms in the hostel side are either 6 or 12 mixed dorm style.
You must have sheets for the hostel -- no sleeping bags. If you do not bring your own sheets (for a twin bed) then you can rent them for 50 Swedish kroner. There are two showers for men and two for women, and a total of four toilets. Supposedly two are for the men, and two are for the women, but I think some people just used whichever was open if it was open.
The hostel has a pay computer for internet, but they also have free wireless if you have your own computer. They will gladly provide you with the security key. However, since the hostel is in a basement (definitely no windows), the signal only appears to work in the communal area. There is also a television in the communal area. The hostel closes at 11 pm (though on occasion it appears to be 9 pm), but they provide you with a code to be able to enter the building. However, when the hostel employee leaves, he or she turns off the lights and television in the communal area. So if you are talking with other people, you have to continue to do so in the dark.
The hostel provides breakfast with the cost of your room, though it's not nearly as good as other places where I have stayed. There is museli or cornflakes, bread, cheese, and ham. However, the bread is either white or wheat, like you would get in North America -- none of the nice European breads. The hostel also does not allow you to take extra food from breakfast so that you can have a lunch.
However, the hostel is near quite a few supermarkets and it provides a kitchen so that you can cook your other meals, which is nice. A lot of the other people in the hostel took advantage of this feature.
Personally, I found the staff too quick to respond to my questions when I stopped at the front desk -- they were always on the phone. The hostel does not sell the Stockholm card, which means that if you want one (which I recommend), you'll have to wait for a good 20 minutes (even at the beginning of the morning) at the Tourist Center is just east of the Culture House. However, the staff was rather good at replying to emails in order for me to arrange my stay at the hostel, which was nice.
The hostel is only two stops from the Central Station (stop: Radmansgatan, I think it's called) but it's just north enough from most of the touristy stuff that you have all of the supermarket options. There are also quite a few places to eat in the area -- a lot that are listed in the Lonely Planet Stockholm book. Just south of the hostel on the main street is a place called Cafe 60 -- it always seemed to be full of people eating and drinking. I stopped inside and bought a sandwich and pastry one day, and they were quite yummy and not too expensive.
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