STF/HI Vandrarhem Malmö
6-bed Female Dorm €28 per night.
This was the first Hostel I stayed at in Sweden and it lived up to all expectations I had of a HI (Hostelling International). That sterile, bland school-like building and atmosphere. Nothing to complain about but not a place I would return to stay.
It was a welcome surprise that, like elsewhere in the world, you are not required to be a HI member. If you are a member, then good for you as you get a cheaper rate.
I arrived after an easy 20 minute walk around the edge of town from Malmo Central Station. If I had followed the instructions to get out at the train station Triangeln, which is underneath a small shopping mall, it would of taken only 5 minutes.
Reception is on the first floor along with the common room. There was only one computer available for public internet access. If travelling with your own laptop, there is free wifi available in the rooms as well, although the signal can be faint upstairs.
Thankfully I was travelling with a small bag, therefore avoided the difficulty of the turning staircase which must be a big sweaty hassle to climb with a large backpack or luggage.
No bed linen provided here so I paid the a small hire fee and settled into a 6-bed female dorm. The bunk beds were comfortable enough as I was lucky to get the bottom bunk which was a double mattress. The top bunk is easy to reach with large wooden steps for access.
The lockers are the tall-thin variety requiring your own padlock.
Wandering around and opening doors in the hallways, I found toilets and separate single showers. There was no hassle finding one at “rush-hour”.
I shared the room with three French teenagers along with different solo travellers each night, all of who were addicted to Facebook. Other hostels I had been staying at during this trip had only been half-full, yet here in Vandrarhem Hostel during midweek and low season the room was always busy.
Situated in the residential inner city area, it doesn’t take long to walk around the main attractions of Malmo. A supermarket is convinently located underneath the Hostel, although a tad expensive. You can find better alternatives nearby and at Bruno Cafe across the road they made a fabulous coffee.
The kitchen was well-stocked with plenty of space to cook and eat. At an extra cost of 65kr you can get breakfast but I did not indulge so cannot comment except that I did peek in one morning to see what was on offer. You’d had to eat alot of toast to get your money worth.
There is a choice outdoor terrace off the eating area which would be comfortable in good weather, alas when I was in Malmo it rained most of the time and was freezing.
Tip: if you have a car, there is free car parking in Malmo, along with other special offers, if you have the Malmo Card.