Our story

A hostel to us is an old detached house. Preferably a red one with white corners – and a large garden if possible. With this image in mind, brothers Christian and Fredrik started searching for a location for their future dream enterprise. For nearly a year, they looked around among the city’s premises and talked to different landlords. Most often, they ended the day at their parents’ dinner table on Vegagatan. The bottom floor of a neighbouring building had premises that had been empty for years. The brothers had never given the building a thought, it was just too close to home (sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees). But after a while, their curiosity was piqued and they finally called that number from the “for lease” sign. The landlord was interested in their idea and was happy to show them the premises. The brothers immediately saw the potential.

“We could put a kitchen to make breakfast here... and check out the granite gneiss paving by the entrance! What a grand entrance!”

The dream of a future enterprise no longer involved an old red house. Now all they wanted was modern office premises on their mum’s street.

As you know if you’ve ever started a company, it rarely goes without a hitch. The bank is hesitant to lend you money unless you get a start-up loan. You won’t get a start-up loan unless the bank has given you a loan commitment and the landlord won’t sign a contract unless you have the finances in order. A classic catch 22. But after numerous visits to the bank, they solved the puzzle and were off to a start.

Finally, on 15 March 1996, they had the grand opening. Some thirty guests had been invited and there was champagne and cake. When the final guest had left, there was no time to rest as they had a large opening celebration that night for friends and family. They had to provide food and drink for around 70 people. Being a bit optimistic, they had also accepted some bookings for the first day. The premises were far from finished as they had only had access to them for a few days. In the middle of the celebration, guests started to arrive. As if that weren’t enough, Christian was a new father as of 30 hours and his wife was still in the maternity ward. He had barely slept since the birth. But things have a way of working out for the best, and they did this time too.

And it has been a really wonderful journey since then. Slottsskogen Hostel is now one of Sweden’s top hostels, which was evident during our years as an STF hostel, when we were named hostel of the year. Droves of our guests say the same thing, as does our ratings on all the online booking sites.

At the start, the hostel had 96 beds. After several expansions, we now have capacity to receive more than 300 guests in our four buildings. We are not looking to expand any further at the moment, but we are always striving to be better. If you have any suggestions for improvements, please share them with us.

We hope that you enjoy your visit and we are so pleased that you have chosen to stay with us.

Christian and Fredrik Dahl and the staff


We use a collective agreement and follow industry regulations to make sure our staff is happy.

We have an environmental diploma and use local suppliers as much as we can.

Our work with the environment

We always take the concept of sustainable development into account in our work and our decisions. We are certified by the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation’s “Green key” environmental management system. This is a good way for us to provide a framework for our work with the environment in order to make it measureable and to keep it relevant.

Examples of what we’ve achieved:

  • We have stopped using paper towels in the toilets and have fitted environmentally friendly electrical hand dryers instead (which also provide a heating effect a greater part of the year).
  • We have switched to environmentally friendly cleaning fluids and laundry detergent.
  • We have replaced nearly all of our showers and water taps with low-flow models.
  • We have negotiated with our suppliers and purchase environmentally sound goods and services whenever possible.
  • We purchase eco-labelled electricity (wind power from Telge Energi).
  • Our 44 newest rooms are fitted with central circuit breakers that are controlled by the rooms’ key-card. When no one is in the room, the electricity is switched off. This means that the TV and lighting are also switched off when they’re not being used.
  • We use Led-lamps wherever possible.
  • We recycle worn-out sheets and towels and use them as cleaning cloths.
  • We offer an eco-marked breakfast buffet.
  • We are a certified bicycle- friendly workplace
  • We have motion detectors in all of the toilets and cleaning rooms so that the lights won’t be left on.
  • The corridors use an energy conservation mode during the night.

Measures currently underway:

  • We look over our plastic use, for example, we have replaced plastic toothbrushes for bamboo brushes
  • We try to reduce the number of plastic bags by reusing them and completely stop with plastic bags in some rooms
  • We have stopped putting disposable products in our hotel rooms and instead have soap-shampoo machines in these rooms
  • Training our staff in ecological cleaning techniques
  • A wider range of eco-marked products for our breakfast buffet

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Opening hours and check-in time

The reception desk is open 23 hours a day and is only closed between 6 and 7 a.m. on weekdays and between 7 and 8 a.m. on weekends. From April 1st we temporarily change our opening hours. The reception is then open 8-23 on weekdays and 8-01 on weekends.

Check-in is between 2-6 p.m. and you can drop off your luggage before 2 o’clock. You can also arrive after 6 p.m. You can either call before 6 p.m. on the day of arrival and confirm your reservation or leave your credit card number when you make your reservation as a guarantee if you’ll be arriving late.
Check-out is by 11 a.m. on your day of departure.

Our delicious breakfast is served from Monday–Friday between 7 and 10 a.m. and between 8 and 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

 Is there anything you would like to know?

You can reach us by telephone on +46 (0)31-42 65 20 or via email: mail@sov.nu

 Adventures for close to nothing!

Boat tour with Älvsnabben — Make a return trip with Älvsnabben from Lilla Bommen to Klippan simply using a tram ticket. The excursion takes around one hour. Bring a picnic to the roof terrace and enjoy the sights.

Botanical Garden — The largest garden of its kind in the Nordic countries. A beautiful walk with countless plants along the way. Voluntary entrance charge.

Musikens Hus — Live music, poetry slams, dance classes.

Guided bicycle tour — Experience Göteborg from a cycle saddle. On this two-hour ride you’ll find out about the hot-spots in downtown Göteborg, the must-sees and the absolute favourite spots of the locals.

Slottsskogen — Go for a jog, play frisbee golf or beach volleyball, have a barbecue, visit the seals, elks and penguins... or let your children run around on the Plikta playground, Gothenburg’s most popular playground.

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Slottsskogens Vandrarhem & Hotell
Vegagatan 21
SE-413 11 Göteborg


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