Editor’s picks • Top 3 hotels in Stockholm
Långholmen Hotel & Youth Hostel
A former prison has been converted into a pleasant property on this small, green island. Run as a hotel in winter and a youth hostel in summer, it has a pub, a café and a 17th-century Wärdshus (canteen) serving Swedish cuisine. The yellow 19th-century building retains traces of its former function, with cells (yes, that’s where you sleep) arranged around a light-filled central atrium.
Långholmsmuren 20, +46 8 720 85 00. Doubles from 640kr.
This innovative mini-chain appeals to a wide range of visitors keen to stay in a central location without breaking the bank. Rooms are smaller than the norm, but well designed, with basic digital mod cons, under-bed storage and black-out curtains. The spacious communal area is the highlight, with a buzzy courtyard bar and a restaurant/breakfast room.
Kungsgatan 53, +46 8 41 08 41 50. Doubles from 999kr.
Set in a 19th-century building on a quiet street, Hotel Hellsten offers a range of rooms, each with its own design – though all based on strong colour schemes and antique furniture from Europe, Asia and Africa. The public areas are just as inspiring, with walls displaying photographs taken by the owner during his frequent travels.
Luntmakargatan 68, +46 8 661 86 00. Doubles from 1,290kr.