The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren)
Södermälarstrand kj 6,, Stockholm, Sweden
Doubles from: $98 to $158
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
One of the numerous boat hotels on the northern side of Södermalm, the Red Boat Mälaren is just what its name implies: a red boat floating on Lake Mälaren. The hotel, which consists of two boats, provides 34 guestrooms with both private and dorm-style accommodations.
The Red Boat bills itself as a "hotel/hostel." The hostel consists of 29 rooms, most of which are on the main red boat. The hotel consists of five rooms, all with a nautical name such as "the Admiral" and "the Captain." These five rooms, along with the remaining seven hostel rooms, are on the second boat.
Guestrooms are small and decorated with a nautical theme. (It is a boat after all. But you probably won't forget: The gently swaying light fixtures are a charming reminder that your room is on the water.) The paneled wood walls make some rooms seem dark, but a nice view of the water makes up for it—ask ahead, as some rooms also face a busy street. The shared toilets and showers are clean and basic.
About a ten-minute walk to the middle of both Gamla Stan and Södermalm, the location is great for exploring the nightlife of Söder and the history of the Old Town.
Note: The Red Boat Mälaren can’t really be considered family-friendly. There is a minimum age requirement of 10 years, and the hotel seems especially popular with young backpackers and (concert-goers with the occasional business traveler mixed in).
Also Note: A new rail line is being built very close to the Red Boat Mälaren and construction will continue until 2017. The construction is visible, but not an inconvenience.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
About the The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren) neighborhood
Södermalm, the island that forms the southern part of central Stockholm, is a little out of the way from major sights and museums, but hotels here are cheaper. Once known as working-class, a hipster revolution has turned it into a hot-spot with edgy shops and trendy bars and restaurants. Historic Gamla Stan and Norrmalm are just across the water.