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As it's surrounded by water and known for its beautiful archipelago, it comes as no surprise that some of the funkiest accommodations in Stockholm don't just have a view of the water, they are on it. Forget traditional hotels; this is the place to actually stay on a boat. There is something intriguing about sleeping on a boat, and the Swedish capital has two places that offer just that. 

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Central Stockholm features two different ships that have been turned into hostels, allowing for a truly unique stay in the city. Moored at the island of Skeppsholmen, home to Stockholm's Modern Art Museum and a short walk from downtown, the HI Hostel af Chapman is Stockholm's most classic boat hostel.

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Built in 1888 in Britain and later used by the Swedish Navy, the fully rigged ship was turned into a hotel in 1949 and is today one of the city's most famous landmarks. There are 300 rooms on board, featuring the traditional, minimalist but cozy, Scandinavian design, and all with a special maritime character.

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Near Slussen – the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea – on the trendy island of Södermalm lies The Red Boat Mälaren, a family-owned hostel that has two boats refurnished to accommodate guests. Although often assumed to be only a hostel filled with bunk-beds, the Red Boat Mälaren also offers classier and comfier hotel rooms – with names like 'The Admiral's Cabin' – perfect for a romantic stay on the water.

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Even if you don't want to book a room, you can take advantage of the hostel's outdoor floating restaurant, Oasis, which provides an exceptional view out over the city. AB

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  • oryx

    May 30, 2008

    awesome..this is the only kind of cruise i’d ever go on.

  • alec

    May 30, 2008

    sounds really cool! please provide links to their website, if there is one, for booking!

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