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The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren)

Södermälarstrand kj 6,, Stockholm, SwedenHostel

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The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren), Stockholm

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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


Södermälarstrand kj 6,
Södermalm, Stockholm, Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8 644 43 85

Website: http://www.theredboat.com

Email: info@theredboat.com

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.

The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren), Stockholm
The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren), Stockholm
The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren), Stockholm
The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren), Stockholm
The Red Boat Malaren (Den Roda Batan Malaren), Stockholm

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