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When it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Sweden Stockholm makes for a great city break, summer or winter. And the whole country is ideal for families, with easy to drive on roads, good public transport and of course all that fascinating and dramatic Viking history. There's also the unusual cold climate fauna and of course Lappland, with its nomadic Sami traditions and that guy with the red suit with the white fur.

Sweden's natural assets are exceptional, this country is spectacularly beautiful, a wonderful landscape against which to sail, hike, cycle, fish, camp, or whatever else you like to do outdoors. But this is also a country which makes the best of itself in every way. Buildings and public spaces are designed with great care, the priority being functionality and simple, but aesthetically pleasing lines. Many Swedes bring this care into their dress and their own homes and it is certainly evident amongst the best places to stay in Sweden too.

Sweden is so well set up for adventurers that even in the capital Stockholm there's plenty of action to be had. In summer one of the nicest things to do is to sail across the archipelago, maybe visiting an island or two, and possibly even spending a night under the stars. To the north are the hiking trails, and all around are land ripe for foraging - collecting berries and mushrooms is a bit of a national pastime.

The Kungsleden, or 'King's Trail' is Sweden's most famous hiking and cross country skiing route, spanning 450kms from Hernavan to Abisko, and if you're here to pound a trail, this is the one to walk a portion of.

If you're interested in Sweden's history visit the Foteviken Viking Reserve, north of Höilviken, which is a living reconstruction of a Viking Age village! Sweden has a number of wonderful open air museums, which are similarly reconstructed, or restored, ancient sites, often with accompanying indoor museums.

Less well known than ship building and fish pickling, Sweden also has a number of glass blowing workshops, and Glasriket, 'The Kingdom of Crystal' is where you can find the largest concentration of workshops and factories.

The Best Places to Stay in Sweden

For Stockholm city breaks

Built in warm yellows and oranges, Stockholm has got to be one of the world's most beautiful capitals. The city itself is small, with the old town, Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace, at its heart. So you can walk to most of the sightseeing highlights. And to most of the best design boutiques, glacially cool cafes and world class restaurants.

  • If you love Scandi design stay at Birger Jarl. Leading interior designers have been given free rein here, and much of the furniture you'll only have seen in style magazines. 
  • If you're looking for more historic elegance you might prefer the Grand Hotel. The public areas are grand affairs worthy of the Nobel Prize winners who stay here and one of the hotel restaurants has two Michelin stars.
  • If you want to be close to nature, but also close to the city, Stockholm allows for it. And Stallmastaregarden with its lake and natural park views, and Scandi designs in Swedish pastels is perfect.

Fårö and Gotland: Windswept and Romantic

Known for its cycling paths and beautiful sunsets, Fårö has spectacular rock formations and a coastline riddled with fossils. It's also got a famously remote lighthouse, a historic playground and one of Sweden's excellent open air museums. To the south of Fårö is Gotland, Sweden's largest island and home of Visby, a totally unique town key to Middle Ages trade. As well as this UNESCO Heritage Listed treasure, Gotland has over 90 medieval churches.

Åre: For the Skiing

Åre, which sits in a mountain valley by the shores of a beautiful lake, is one of the best places to stay in Sweden if you want to get out on the pistes. It is inundated with skiers and snowboarders in winter, and by extreme sports-folk in summer. It's also known for its spas - which tend to go hand in hand with high end ski resorts - and as a traditional reindeer herding ground for three Sami villages. So you can also expect to see plenty of reindeer.

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  • Miss Clara by Nobis


    Swedish design meets a continental approach to service and interaction in this brand-new, tastefully designed hotel. It offers a restaurant, bar, sauna and a great location - just 2 minutes walk from central Stockholm. This property is recommended for a quiet, comfortable stay in a beautiful city.

    92 rooms from $132
    Sights nearby  -  The Royal Palace, exclusive shopping and fabulous restaurants nearby.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • Hotel Stureplan


    A gorgeous hotel with beautiful rooms and excellent spa facilities. Individual rooms and suites in pastel tones have all the mod cons and lots of natural light. Contemporary chic but still retains traditional elegance. Very romantic.

    101 rooms from $150
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Stockholm
    Spa  -  Free entry to the Sturebadet spa
    Swimming Pool  -  At the Sturebadet spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

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  • Hotel Flora


    Situated in the centre of Gothenburg, a boutique hotel with interesting design and fantastic work spaces. Flora offers guests a trendy lobby, cosy terrace offering food and drink and unique spaces for meetings and showcases. Rooms are full of character and perfect for exploring this eclectic city.

    68 rooms from $83
    Great walks  -  Explore Botaniska - local botanical gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Trädgårdsföreningen - a local palm house
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
  • Elite Plaza Hotel

    Gothenburg (Box 11065)

    Perfectly located five star property in central Gothenburg. The hotel offers a charming restaurant, an English style pub and sultry Plaza bar. Bedrooms are well-equipped with comfortable beds, satellite televisions, toiletries and free WiFi. Cultural sites nearby.

    127 rooms from $116
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

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  • Copperhill Mountain Lodge


    Luxury ski hotel, offering ski-to-door facilities, an award-winning spa, and five-star service. A range of rooms and suites available, including an exclusive villa which sleeps up to 16. Also on site is a bar, facilities for families and a swimming pool. The perfect place to enjoy the Åre ski area.

    112 rooms from $154
    Skiing  -  Ski-to-door available
    Outstanding location  -  Mountains of Are
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Fjallgarden

    Are, Are

    The Fjallgarden is the perfect year long retreat. Contemporary rooms full of Swedish charm give the hotel its warm and welcoming nature. Activity is in abundance with skiing from the door in the winter, and walks in the summer. The hotels vibrant restaurant and bar draws a lively crowd.

    64 rooms from $218
    Active Holiday  -  Skiing take pride of place with 46 lifts at your disposal and 102 slopes, however the summer brings a whole new range of sports.
    Great walks  -  There are stunning walks around Lake Åre and the surrounding mountains in the summer months.
    Swimming Pool  -  The hotel has an outdoor pool.

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  • Tradhuss Hotel

    Falkoping (Falköping)

    A mesmerising, magical setting in the heart of Swedish woodland. Tradhuss Hotel offers a unique opportunity to sleep amongst the trees in remote Falkoping. A truly immersive experience, it's steeped in rustic authenticity and represents a real return to nature. A true midsummer nights dream.

    2 rooms from $109
    Eco break  -  Environmentally friendly treehouses made of natural materials, with sustainable energy usuage and organic food.
    Romantic Break  -  Idyllic remote setting for romantic get away, charming rooms in the heart of the Swedish woodland.
    Birdwatching  -  Don't forget your binoculars, this area is perfect bird watching here in spring time.
    Great walks  -  Head off for a walk around the lovely woods and totally immerse yourself in nature.

See all » 1 hotel in Gotland

  • Fabriken Furillen


    Stripped-back design compliments strikingly impressive location with this Swedish property that caters for those looking for an island adventure in Scandinavia. Entire cabins can be rented, as well as rooms which come with a log burner as standard. Also has restaurant and can hold weddings.

    18 rooms from $195
    Quirky  -  An industrail environment with a difference.
    Back to Nature  -  The whole island is yours to explore.
    Full of character
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.

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  • Salt & Sill

    Klädesholmen (Tjörn S)

    This unusual floating hotel is classically Scandinavian - no novelties, just pure function and sleek design. A fine Swedish restaurant with alternative accommodation. Spend the day jumping into the cool water off the floating dock, or enjoy exploring this beautiful archipelago.

    23 rooms from $200
    Unusual  -  Floating accomodation
    Swimming Pool  -  Swim off the decking into the sea
    Views  -  Wonderful views out to sea
    Fishing  -  Fishing on offer nearby

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  • Treehotel


    A unique retreat offering guests contemporary, individually designed tree house bedrooms. Serving locally sourced, seasonal produce - the restaurant menu includes salmon, reindeer and moose! This quiet, extraordinary haven provides complete relaxation in stunning surroundings.

    5 rooms from $380
    Sights nearby  -  Arctic Circle Tour with a unique insight into Sami Culture
    Fishing  -  Good fishing throughout the year
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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