We know you want to find the most conveniently located, bang-for-your-buck, overall best hotels in Stockholm. And when it comes to laying your head down for the night, this city offers much more to choose from than impersonal hotel chains, whether you’re looking for cheap hotels, boutique or a special-occasion treat.
Here in Stockholm—otherwise known as the Venice of the North—hotels are yet another outlet for the city’s love affair with modern design. In fact, many of the hotels on this list are attractions in and of themselves; wether boasting incredible architecture and interiors, historical or cultural significance, or some of the city's top restaurants, bars and communal spaces in which to have a drink and socialize with locals and tourists alike. Here are some of our favorite hotels in Stockholm.
Best hotels in Stockholm
Newly renovated rooms and suites showcase sleek Nordic design with a touch of hygge at the Nordic Light Hotel. Features include floor-to-ceiling windows and rainfall showers. The complimentary candle-lit organic breakfast, served amongst slouchy sofas and fluorescent patio furniture, rivals those to be had at five-star hotels in the city. A great stop for leisure travellers, too, the hotel is a pleasant stroll from the Royal Palace (one of the largest palaces in Europe), the Nordic Museum and Grona Lunda theme park.
Before the Lydmar was a member of the Small Luxury Hotel group, the building was home to the archives of the Swedish National Museum. It’s only fitting for its exquisitely decorated rooms, lobbies and hallways to serve as a showcase for rotating art and photography exhibitions. Each of the five floors features its own upscale lounge spaces. An outdoor second-floor terrace is a well-kept secret in the summers, serving lunch or cocktails over live music and occasional club events; a sprawling patio at the front of the hotel is ideal for sunset and people-watching.
Pluck a complementary kayak from the lobby and explore Stockholm’s breathtaking archipelago, or borrow a bike for a spontaneous tour of Gamla Stan’s picturesque cobblestoned streets. Or stay in—the hotel’s playful interior energizes the many communal spaces in this property. You can lounge in a hammock, partake in a free social happy hour or attend a film screening, spiritual workshop or yoga class. There is a games-room on every floor, a 25-seat theatre and a rooftop wellness oasis with an outdoor pool heated year-round, plus a sauna, juice and cocktail bar and panoramic sea views.
Owned by former ABBA band member Benny Andersson, Hotel Rival is filled with subtle tributes to the world-famous Swedish pop group. All 99 rooms are equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system, 32” plasma screen and access to a library of DVD movies and music by—who else?—ABBA. Plush red velvet sofas, movie and theatrical motifs and tastefully designed lighting give the property a vibe of something between cabaret fun and old school funk.
Here is where Edith Piaf sang, Marlene Dietrich had her own dressing room and Axl Rose once bit a security guard on the leg (losing his Converse hightops in the process, which the hotel gave away on Instagram 10 years later). More than just a place to lay your head at night, Hotel Berns is also home to an internationally renowned concert venue, for acts which have, over the decades, ranged from the Supremes to Rihanna.
Ett Hem quite fittingly means “at home” in Swedish. And if home is where you sneak bites of homemade apple cake from the kitchen while chatting with the chef about what you’d like for dinner or curling up with a novel and a sheepskin throw–you’ve come to the right place. A low-key, elegant vibe permeates throughout this red brick townhouse. Guests may help themselves to everything from bicycles and raincoats to a freshly squeezed juice from the fridge, play a record on the hotel’s working gramophone, tickle the ivories on the grand piano or relax in the bright, sunny conservatory.
The Winery Hotel allows guests to follow the winemaking process from barrel to bottle. Enjoy a relaxed tasting at the bar or panoramic views from the rooftop terrace’s heated pool. All 184 guest rooms share an industrial factory-like feel with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and windows and brass accents. Packages include guided tours of the on-site winery, tastings and multiple-course dinners; daily activities planned by the hotel’s expert sommeliers could involve learning how to open a champagne bottle with a saber or indulging in a kundalini yoga and wine session.
Before it became the only hotel on the island, Skeppsholmen enjoyed past lives as a hospital, a temporary prison and the Royal naval barracks for officers of the Swedish king. Despite their more than 300 years of history–and structural changes not being allowed during renovations–the 81 guest rooms are in excellent shape. Sleek, modern furnishings and rustic décor are juxtaposed next to tributes in the form of a plaque in every room that conveys important historical details relevant to each space.
This centrally located, comfortable gem provides great value for money in one of the most expensive cities in the world. A range of accommodation options include a choice of recently refurbished suites, junior suites and studios from among 271 guest rooms. While the location ensures you’re already well-connected to shopping, restaurants and other points of interest, you won’t want to miss the AfterWork jazz evenings held every Wednesday in the lobby bar.
Music lovers might particularly appreciate the Pop Hotel’s shared entrance with the Abba Museum, or the fact that one of its owners is former band member Bjorn Ulvaeus. The hotel’s 49 rooms, brightly decorated with accents of purple and lime green, are filled with light thanks to panoramic sliding windows. Only a five-minute tram ride from downtown, the hotel is located right by Gröna Lund amusement park, the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and Skansen, one of the world’s oldest museums.