Let yourself be lulled to sleep by the waves in the evening and awakened by the seagulls in the morning - how does that sound? Sweden's capital is also known as the “Venice of the North” because of the abundance of water. So what could be more obvious than sleeping on a hotel ship? The best thing about it: I was able to walk to the old town of Gamla Stan from here, and the hotel ship Stockholm was also very affordable.
Three days in Stockholm
What attracted me to Stockholm for the second time? I like the relaxed city with its 14 islands and over 50 bridges, the many interesting museums and boat tours. I am also a big fan of the colorful houses in Gamla Stan, the shops and cafes in the trendy SoFo district ("South of Folkungagatan") and the cinnamon buns.
I spent 3 full days in the city. I booked my flight from Cologne with Eurowings for 90 euros. I also had the Stockholm Pass for 2 days. But how to find cheap accommodation in this relatively expensive city? Since I was traveling alone this time, I had to pay for the whole room. And I didn't want to spend my entire budget just on the hotel.
Hotel ship Stockholm - a cheap alternative to the hotel
I always book my accommodations through Booking.com. There I look for description, photos, reviews, location and price. In the list I came across the possibility of sleeping on a ship. How nice! The detailed search for hotel ships in Stockholm resulted in three hits.
I chose the STF Rygerfjord Hotel Hostel (Affiliate Link *) because of the good rating (8.0 = very good) and the convenient location in Södermalm (around 1 km from Gamla Stan).
Arrival from the airport to the hotel ship
From Arlanda airport, I took the fly bus. The comfortable bus back and forth cost 198 Swedish crowns (when buying tickets online) for the 37 kilometers to the city terminal, directly at the main train station.
Unfortunately, I then paid around 130 crowns for the Uber taxi trip, for the two kilometers to the accommodation. But it was too far for me to walk with luggage ...
Yes, Stockholm can be expensive. So I was glad to have found cheap accommodation with the hotel ship.
My cabin on the hotel ship Stockholm
I arrive in the late afternoon. At reception I receive the code for the entrance door to ship 2 - it is one of the 3 hotel ships - and the room key. Or should I say cabin keys?
My immaculately clean 4 night accomodation offers more than enough space. It costs 2,268 crowns, which is around 55 euros per night. On two days I book breakfast for 95 crowns each.
There is a wider bed below and a narrower one above. Towels are ready, I brought a hair dryer myself.
The cabin is on the ground floor with a large rectangular window. No, unfortunately not a small porthole ... So that not everyone looks in, I pull down the roller blind.
There is also a safe in the closet. Next to it is a table with two chairs in front of a funny suitcase wallpaper.
By the way, I feel the ship sway slightly every now and then. However, I don't get seasick, it's not that bad. Even taking a shower and having breakfast is no problem.
Incidentally, the wifi here is sometimes super fast, sometimes rather slow. There is no television, nor did I miss it.
I hear my neighbors speak every now and then. But there is nobody among them that prevents me from sleeping. I sleep here like a baby. No wonder: the mattress is comfortable and the blanket nice and warm.
Overall, I am very happy with my accommodation. However, I would rather book the hotel ship in your place in summer. In April it is still a bit fresh at times and I still cannot sit outside on the sundeck. However, I have heating in the room so that it is always warm enough.
The shared bathroom is at the other end of the ship, I have to walk a few steps there. It is usually free (in summer it could get tight with more than 10 cabins on this floor), clean and the shower is nice and hot.
Hotel ship Stockholm: the food
Breakfast on the hotel ship is really worth it! If I weren't addicted to cinnamon rolls, I would have taken it every day.
In the lounge on ship 1 I take a seat inside, directly at the porthole with a view of the water and the city center.
For 95 crowns you get a nice buffet with:
- Crispbread, gray and black bread, rolls and mini croissants
- Cheese, sausage and jam
- hard-boiled eggs
- Pickled herring or in mustard sauce - love it!
- Yogurt, breakfast cereal and dried fruit
- Coffee, tea and juice
On weekends you can have breakfast here until 11 a.m., on weekdays only until 9.30 a.m. I don't find the latter so long.
By the way, in the restaurant you can eat something from 3 to 9.30 p.m. - the Köttbullar meatballs should be great! There is also a communal kitchen and bar.
Location hotel ship Stockholm
I think the location is great! I really enjoy the view of the water.
And from the hotel ship I explore Södermalm, Gamla Stan and Djurgarden with the Stockholm Pass . Sometimes I use the subway and public boats, but I'm mostly on foot.
However, I had completely suppressed how steep it was uphill in Södermalm. So after the first day my (inexperienced) calves hurt. Slussen is also being built, which makes some paths a bit complicated.
My tip: take the street Pustegränd, there is an elevator to the left of the stairs. When you have reached the top, you can walk directly over the bridge to Gamla Stan.
My conclusion about the hotel ship
As a water fan, I loved spending the night on the hotel ship. I slept well, looked at the water first thing in the morning and was able to explore a lot on foot from the ship. However, I would rather stay there in the summer if it was warmer. Then it will be even nicer, so directly on and on the water!
Book hotel ship Stockholm
STF Rygerfjord Hotel Hostel *
Södermälarstrand, Kajplats 12-14, Södermalm, Stockholm
Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check-out: 11 a.m.
24 hour reception
Breakfast (must be booked in addition): weekdays 6.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m., weekends 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Restaurant open from 3 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Bar: open from 11am to 11pm
A hotel ship - would you like to try it out?
Note: I paid and organized the trip to Stockholm entirely myself, there were no collaborations.
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