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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.
For a Stockholm City Break
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.
- Birger Jarl is one of the best places to stay in Stockholm for a city break and if you love design. Leading interior designers have been given free rein here, and much of the furniture you'll only have seen in style magazines. A very central location and lavish breakfast included make this ideal if you're only here for a few days.
To experience Stockholm's rich culture
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.
- Overlooking the harbour, the Grand Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Stockholm if you're looking for historic elegance. The public areas are grand affairs worthy of the Nobel Prize winners who stay here. They have several restaurants, one with two Michelin stars, one with one, so it's also a top spot for foodies.
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.
- Just three stops from the centre of town on the metro, the Hotel Rival is one of the best places to stay in Stockholm if you want to be where the action is - both historic and modern. The hotel itself has perfected this hybrid. It's classical but fresh. Built in 1937, but packed with modern art and with its own cinema and bakery, as well as bars and bistro. Rival is also a good choice if you love a boutique hotel but you're on a budget.
Stockholm in Summer
Swim in the sea off the city, sail, walk, hike, and take full advantage of the extra long days.
- Take advantage of all the light at Skeppsholmen, one of the best places to stay in Stockholm in summer. Once Royal marines barracks, these lofty rooms have been decorated in very Scandi white on white. The island the hotel is on is central, but still quiet.
Stockholm in Winter
All lit up and beautiful under snow, Stockholm in winter is as romantic a destination as you could imagine.
- The open fires, rough boarded floors and candlelit rooms of Browallshof will have you cosy-ing up in no time. Making it one of the best places to stay in Stockholm for romance. On weekends you'll find many locals visiting this home, built in 1731, experiencing how their wealthy forebears lived.
For a city centre apartment
- If you think that you'd be better off in a city apartment, then we recommend you check out the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.
Browse our selection of the best places to stay in Stockholm and start to plan your visit.
Best Hotels in Stockholm
Miss Clara by Nobis 92 rooms from $134Stockholm
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.Sights nearby - The Royal Palace, exclusive shopping and fabulous restaurants nearby.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Stallmastaregarden 49 rooms from $164Stockholm
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.Outstanding location - Set close to the bay and a natural park, yet still in the city centre.Charming - A delightful country side style haven in the city centre.Romantic BreakLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet, CN Traveller
Browallshof 17 rooms from $185Stockholm
A warm and welcoming hotel with a romantic 18th century ambience and an excellent restaurant. Elegant decor - rough boarded floors, dark hues and candle lit dining room. Traditional Swedish cuisine. A charming spot with great links to the rest of the city.City Style - An elegant and intimate 18th century hotel, away from the hustle and bustle, with great access links to central Stockholm.Sights nearby - A 7 minute metro ride takes you into old Stockholm. Wander the cobbed streets and admire the 17th-century architecture.Great walks - Stroll through Vanadislunden Park just five minutes from the hotel.Sailing - Take a boat trip to view Stockholm's stunning waterfront.Recommended by - Frommers
Birger Jarl 235 rooms from $188Stockholm (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.City Style - A stylish contemporary hotel well positioned in the city.Large HotelSights nearby - Visit the nearby Stockholm Observatory.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Hotel J 158 rooms from $189Stockholm
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.Families - Plenty of kids activities and facilities.Views - Lovely waterfront location.Sights nearby - Gamla Stan old town.SpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
Melody Hotel 50 rooms from $189Stockholm
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.City StyleSights nearby - One part of the building contains the official ABBA museum! Only five minutes by tram from the centre of town.Lively - Hip and happening.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Esplanade 34 rooms from $195Stockholm
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.Local exploring - Right on the famed Strandvägen Street in central Stockholm, just a few minutes from the beach and all of the city's main sights.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Frommers
Nordic Light Hotel 175 rooms from $195Stockholm
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.City StyleSights nearby - Located in the centre of Stockholm, just five minutes walk from the main square.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, CN Traveller
Pop House hotel 49 rooms from $198Stockholm (Djurgårdsvägen 68)
A cool 4 star hotel on Stockholm's leafy Djurgården Island, close to many museums and parks. Simple and stylish rooms, in black and grey colour schemes. The popular on site restaurant serves French and American cuisine to a high standard. Chic and charming.Business meetings - A hotspot for hosting events with a meeting room and a suite terrace that can accommodate upto 50 persons.Local exploring - Boasts an excellent location on Djurgården island, a less touristy option for exploring the sights.Sights nearby - The Swedish Music Hall of Fame cannot be missed.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Hotel With Urban Deli 106 rooms from $177Stockholm
A trendy spot in central Stockholm made up of a hotel, deli, rooftop bar, convenience shop and lounge. Contemporary rooms boast oh-so chic bathrooms and quirky industrially inspired design. Urban Deli serves fusion cuisine and the rooftop bar is the perfect spot for an evening tipple. Fabulous.City Style - Keeping guests right on the pulse of Stockholm's scene with a great location, and buzzing entertainment areas in the building.Cooking classes - Take a cooking course in the deli's cookery school.Lively - Hip and happening.Quirky - An experience!
First Hotel Reisen 144 rooms from $225Stockholm
A grand hotel of classical proportions in Stockholm's old town. The rooms are smart and comfortable with tasteful furnishings. Enjoy Franco-Swedish fusion cuisine in the restaurant, followed by live DJ performance in the atmospheric bar. Perfectly placed for exploring Stockholm's city centre.City Style - A sophisticated and grown up location for exploring the sights of the archipelago's of Stockholm.Sights nearby - Centrally located, the hotel is only a five minute walk from the Royal Palace.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Berns Hotel 82 rooms from $251Stockholm (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.City Style - This trendy spot is one of Stockholm's best loved hotels and entertainment venues, dripping in elegance and glamour.Sailing - During the summer months take a boat out to the archipelago of Vaxholm.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
Hotel Rival 99 rooms from $251Stockholm (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.City Style - This former 1930s cinema is now Stockholm's trendiest design hotel with chic uber cool interiors by top Swedish designers.Great walks - Wander around the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan just 10 minutes from the hotel.Sailing - Take a boat trip to admire Stockholm's stunning waterfront.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - I Escape, Fodors, Frommers, Tablet
Story Hotel 87 rooms from $202Stockholm
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.City StyleChicQuirky - Unusual art and fixtures throughout the propertySights nearby - Bang in the centre of StockholmRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
Skeppsholmen 78 rooms from $266Stockholm (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.City Style - An achingly hip design hotel on the serene, leafy island of Skeppsholmen, but just short walk to the city centre.Sights nearby - The Royal Palace is one of the largest in Europe and stands impressively overlooking the water.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Fodors
Clarion Sign 558 rooms from $266Stockholm (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.City Style - A contemporary hotel in central Stockholm, with sleek suites, rooftop spa and stunning city views.Sights nearby - Visit the cities narrowest street, Mårten Trotzigs gränd, just one meter wide.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Frommers
Nobis Hotel 201 rooms from $287Stockholm
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.Sights nearby - Walk the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, old Stockholm, and admire the 17th-century architecture.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Victory 45 rooms from $313Stockholm (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.Local exploring - A characterful hotel on the medieval island of Gamla Stan, the oldest part of Stockholm, perfect for exploring.Sailing - Sightseeing boatrips leave from the quayside outside the Grand Hotel.Great walks - Wander around Gamla Stan and admire its 17th-century architecture.Sights nearby - Visit the nearby Kungliga Slottet (Royal palace).Recommended by - I Escape, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
Lydmar Hotel 46 rooms from $349Stockholm (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.Romantic Break - A quintessential Stockholm stay for two, this chic hotel boasts a trendy terrace bar, luxe rooms and unmistakable style.Sailing - Archipelago boat tours regularly depart from Strömkajen Harbour 100m from the hotel.Sights nearby - The Storkyrkan and Riddarholm churches and Royal Palace are nearby.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Grand Hotel, Stockholm 278 rooms from $366Stockholm (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.Foodies - Star-chef Mathias Dahlgren runs the two Michelin starred restaurant Matsalen, and next door Matbaren has one Michelin star!City Style - A magnificent property looking out onto the waterfront, boasting a Hall of Mirrors, a 1899 ballroom and a Winter Garden.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive Royal Palace, just across the road and well worth checking out.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolRecommended by - Fodors, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Ett Hem 12 rooms from $456Stockholm
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.Suites - Every luxurious room is individually decorated with natural products including Gotland stone, sheep skin rugs.Restaurant - Fabulous food, the chef will ask you where you wish to eat - in the Kitchen, dining room or conservatoryDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels