Surrounded by the 24,000-or-so islands in its sparkling archipelago, and built in warm shades of yellow and orange, Stockholm has got to be one of the world's most beautiful capitals. If this Scandi beauty is the one for you go straight to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Stockholm. If you're not sure here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay in Stockholm to enjoy them.
Stockholm is so small that you can readily walk to most central addresses, avoiding its hideously expensive taxis. Small ships and ferries dart in and out of its islands and docks, ready to transport you to other parts of the city, or out into the archipelago.
The hotels fit in nicely to this pattern. Most of the best places to stay in Stockholm are sensible, egalitarian (you usually carry your own luggage to your room) and very keen on environmental issues. Do not be prodigal with the bath towels!
There are a couple of very conservative properties, but most celebrate Sweden’s love affair with modern design. Long before Ikea, Swedish designers excelled at furniture, particularly chairs. Almost all the best places to stay in Stockholm (except the Grand, the Esplanade and the Victory) have turned to this tradition and you can expect to find in them examples of the best modern furniture. It is usually comfortable, colourful and beautifully made.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Stockholm are all perfect for getting the most out of this charming city, but if you've decided you'd rather book a city apartment we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com. Stockholm is not cheap, but all the hotels we list will offer you value for money. None of them is extreme, all are honest, clean, well run and eager to please you - like Stockholm itself.
Stockholm is glacially cool. The setting is spectacular, cafe culture is thriving, nightlife is world class, the food, original. Gamla Stan, the old town is the maze of cobbled streets you'd hope it would be, the museums and Royal Palace are packed with treasures. Yet there are still plenty of wonderful little design boutiques and foodie treasures to discover for yourself.
Gamla Stan is where a lot of the historic action is packed , as this is where Stockholm started in the 13th Century. The houses are tall and narrow and there are lots of matching windows. And, as well as the Royal Palace, this is where you'll find the cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and the Riddarholm Church. South of Gamla Stan is another island worth visiting: Södermalm. This is where you can see some of the most wonderful of the old houses.
Stockholm is an easy city to explore with kids. All the stations have lifts and buses and trams have spaces for several pushchairs. Plus travel is free for under sevens. There's also a lot of colour to this city, and plenty of variety to keep little ones going. Many people speak English and the vibe is friendly.
Swim in the sea off the city, sail, walk, hike, and take full advantage of the extra long days.
All lit up and beautiful under snow, Stockholm in winter is as romantic a destination as you could imagine.
Browse our selection of the best places to stay in Stockholm and start to plan your visit.
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.
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.
A farmhouse style hotel in a winning location. A luxury rustic oasis set between a lake and a natural park, yet still minutes from the city centre. Pastels and Swedish simplicity in large rooms and suites. Excellent restaurant and stunning grounds. Extremely romantic, simply peaceful.
A warm and welcoming hotel with a romantic 18th century ambience and an excellent restaurant. Elegant decor - rough boarded floors, dark hues and stunning modern bathrooms. Traditional Swedish cuisine. A charming spot with great links to the rest of the city.
Stockholm (PO Box 19016)
Unpretentious hotel with strong modern design themes. Large, sleek, and individually designed bedrooms - parquet floors, prints, over-sized lamps, and imaginative touches. Trendy bar and calm lounge-restaurant. A superbly comfortable and stylish city destination.
A large hotel on the waterfront, just a boat ride from the city centre. Airy nautical themed rooms have all the mod cons and private balconies. Two excellent restaurants, big open plan living areas, and sprawling gardens. Ideal for families and couples.
A good four star boutique hotel with spacious rooms and within striking distance of lots of museums. Rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows and contemporary furnishings. An elegant restaurant and two bars. Lively, cool, and still family friendly.
Old-fashioned pension in an excellent central location. Large Art Nouveau rooms with period furniture, some overlooking the sea. A small sauna and breakfast room that will serve sandwiches throughout the day. Excellently placed for exploring the city.
A 1960s style building with statement-making minimalist interiors lit up by tailored lighting effects. Large contemporary all white rooms with all the mod cons. A good Californian themed restaurant, two bars and a spa. Excellent value.
Stockholm (Nockstromsgatan 8)
A night club, concert venue and two restaurants set in vast regal rooms draw crowds (and recently, Rihanna) to this city-centre boutique hotel. Clean modern Scandinavian design can be seen throughout the rooms. A lively spot with a great personality.
Stockholm (P.O. Box 17525)
Fresher and friendlier than other boutique hotels, the Rival is the market leader in comfort and design. The rooms are chic, young and bright with wooden floors, lots of light, and modern artworks. The cinema, bakery and bistro on the ground floor are a winning combination. An ideal city base.
The epitome of Swedish chic - minimalism with a twist. Large rooms and suites have lots of natural light and contemporary boutique furnishings. Fantastic restaurant and lively bar. A trendy spot for movers and shakers.
Stockholm (PO Box 1616)
A minimalistic design hotel on a quiet island close to the city centre. White on white rooms with large windows, blond wood floors and uber modern bathrooms. Swedish food served in a relaxed friendly restaurant. Perks include a waterfront tennis court and yoga in the park. A modern escape.
Stockholm (PO Box 310)
A big middle-market hotel that delivers the goods with a strong Nordic flavour. A dramatic building with ultra-modern interiors - lots of glass, wooden floors, curvaceous chairs, white washed walls, and natural light. Fantastic roof top spa and swimming pool. Well run and well located.
By redefining luxury for today’s traveller, Nobis will become Stockholm’s leading luxury hotel. Sophistication and elegance oozes from every room - natural colours and materials and fine craftsmanship. Beautiful bar and restaurants and extensive meeting rooms. A five-star for the 21st century.
Stockholm (Gamla Stan)
Cheerful, popular, and eccentric family-owned boutique hotel. Naval antiques and memorabilia fill every nook. Two fantastic restaurants, warm cosy rooms with large windows and modern bathrooms. A characterful property well located for exploring the city.
Stockholm (PO Box 161 96)
The best located of all the modern ‘designer’ hotels in the city. Interiors marry old with new to great effect, think period features, four-poster beds, plasterwork, and sleek modern furnishings by international designers. The lively terrace bar attracts a young hip crowd. A chic choice.
Stockholm (PO Box 16424)
The Grand Dame of Stockholm, overlooking the harbour and the royal palace. Feel like royalty in the elegant rooms, magnificent suites, and grand reception rooms. Boasting two Michelin starred restaurants and a rejuvenating Nordic spa. A historic spot with to explore the city from.
Ett Hem means 'a home', and this is exactly what the owners wanted for their understated, classic boutique hotel. For guests to take off their shoes, pour a drink and relax. Enviable modern art is assembled with classic and contemporary furniture. Faultless concept and interiors for a chic break.