Stockholm is not a budget destination, and the prices of its best hotels often reflect that. Finding somewhere to stay in the city that gives you real value for your money can be a daunting task. Luckily, we’ve done some digging for you to locate the best cheap hotels in the city.
In the Swedish language, there is no difference between staying and living somewhere, and the places on this list will show you why. From a restored 19th century ship to the latest additions to Stockholm’s thriving suburbs, there are several affordable and comfortable places to lay your head in this city. With generous buffet breakfasts, in-house saunas, cozy bars and thoughtful touches like mini-bars full of complimentary drinks, you may not even feel the need to check out Stockholm’s many restaurants and bars – these truly are hotels to feel at home in.
Best cheap hotels in Stockholm
The Elite Palace Hotel sounds like it shouldn’t belong on this list, but Elite is a brand of four-star hotels across Sweden which come without the high-end prices. One of them is on the buzzing avenue of Sankt Eriksgatan, which runs diagonally through inner-city Stockholm’s west side. The affordable double bedrooms here are in a classic Swedish design. Breakfast is always included and is a hearty, very Swedish affair of breads and jams, muesli and yoghurts. If you’ve left room after your morning meal, head downstairs to The Bishops’ Arms, their in-house, English-themed pub, and try their afternoon tea with a Swedish twist of scones served with fig jam and cheese.
This excellently-located boutique hotel puts you right in the centre of Södermalm, one street away from SOFO (hence, it calls itself NOFO). There’s colour and patterns throughout, but it’s always stylish and tasteful. Local art, quilted headboards, fluffy throws and feature walls give the rooms a luxurious look. There are the little things too: a kettle with tea and coffee and a spread of magazines makes a difference. Breakfast is included and is a feast, including homemade breads and freshly squeezed juices. Just as much detail goes into the wine bar, which also serves a range of locally-sourced beers.
The Story Hotel Signalfabriken, a recent addition to Sundbyberg in north-western Stockholm, is a boutique hotel that thinks outside of the box. All rooms come with work spaces, rain drop showers, a mini bar filled with complimentary drinks by Vitamin Well and a highly-rated breakfast which offers juices that you couldn’t even imagine. There’s also a popular bar and a branch of the acclaimed Phil’s Burgers in-house. Even better, the double rooms really are doubles here, not just two beds pushed together. For extra comfort, upgrade to the ‘Lagom’ King or Queen rooms (lagom means something like ‘just the right amount’ in Swedish!).
What was once the home of criminals now houses a joint hostel and hotel, a theatre, a gallery, a restaurant that does an elaborate afternoon tea and a museum with guided tours. That makes it all sound rather busy; but once you get the key to your own cell, you have your own piece of this historic building. Rooms are tastefully renovated with modern Scandinavian design, whether you are taking a budget bunk in the hostel or have splashed out on your own elite cell in the hotel block.
The Clarion Hotel Amarenten is the Nordic Choice hotel group’s offering on Kungsholmen, a central island just west of Stockholm’s main station. Not only are you well-positioned here, but this is a hotel that really takes care of its guests. Rooms are in a simple Swedish design but with colourful fabrics that create an at-home feel. The breakfast offers many organic options, and use of the gym is for free. For something a bit naughtier, there’s the in-house bar, Tap Room, which is not the beer-based establishment it sounds like: here, mixed cocktails are served on tap.
You won’t find this motel by a highway, but on the high street of the newly-renovated marina area of Hammarby, just south of central Stockholm. Motel L is a colourful addition to this carefully curated area. The rooms, including bathrooms, are in bright and bold patterns, decorated with wall illustrations designed by local artist Lisa Bengtsson. The beds are designer too, as well as the rainfall showers in your bathroom. If you can tear yourself away, head downstairs to enjoy your buffet breakfast, use the hotel’s gym or head into Pipes bar for pub food and tap beers.
As you might have guessed from the name, Hobo Hotel doesn’t play by the rulebook. On the brutalist square of Brunkebergstorg is a slick and modern hotel with rooms put together by a Berlin designer, centered around the theme of adventure travel. Each room comes with a board of pegs loaded with useful things for travelers: maps and local info, bags and umbrellas. There are also speakers that you can stream your own music through, and the occasional decorative cactus. Pay a bit more for the bigger rooms on the top floors and you get your own panoramic view of central Stockholm.
The Swedish word for a hostel, ‘vandrarhem’ (literally, a wanderer’s home), evokes images of coming home from a country walk to a warm fire. No wonder: the term was coined by the Swedish tourist association, STF, originally formed by a group hiking enthusiasts. STF still runs many hostels across Sweden today, including this one, on-board a 19th-century ship moored on Skeppsholmen island. The AF Chapman has simple bunkbed cabins that have been lovingly restored to keep their original features and style. If you feel more like a Captain than crew, splash out on the Superior Navigation cabin, which comes with an en-suite bathroom.
Scandic hotels are a well-trusted name across Scandinavia, and their Anglais offering puts you right in the centre of opulent Östermalm. Graffiti murals on the walls and bed cushions decorated with coats of arms make for an eclectic décor across a hotel that is otherwise in a classic and modern Swedish design. Within the hotel you’ll find not one, but two bars (one of which claims to have the longest bar in Stockholm), a gym complete with a sauna and jacuzzi, and the Stockholm branch of Jamie’s Italian. There’s even a roof terrace to watch all the action from in the summer.
Just ten minutes’ walk up from the central station is one of Stockholm’s hottest hostels, that embraces all that is Swedish. City Backpackers have their own sauna, but if you feel like trying a few more, there’s Viking-themed sauna tours on offer. At City Backpacker’s, you can start your day like a local: the breakfast is a simple Swedish affair of yoghurt, muesli and sandwiches. You’ll also find traditional meals of meatballs, herring and pickles on offer next-door. This hostel welcomes backpackers in the traditional dormitory-style accommodation, of course, but if you want to go a little more upmarket, there are also private double rooms available at a decent price.