There are so many reasons to visit the stunning Swedish capital. There are the astonishing historic attractions like the Royal Palace, of course, quirky places like the Abba museum, plus loads of trendy bars and top-notch restaurants. On top of that, it's the perfect base to explore the country's natural wonders, like the sprawling archipelago which you can see by boat, or nature reserves with lakeside saunas.
Of course, you'll need somewhere to stay, which is where we come in. We've hand-picked our favourite Airbnbs in the city, from super-stylish apartments to eco-friendly B&Bs just outside the city centre. Accommodation can get a little pricey in Stockholm, but Airbnb lets you swerve overpriced hotels and find somewhere that will feel like home, no matter how short your stay is.
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Stockholm’s best Airbnbs
1. Beautiful boutique home in Vasatsan
According to one guest, the photos don’t do the place justice. But with those impossibly high ceilings, signature Scandi furniture and floods of natural light, we’d be happy to take the risk. And those of you who are cat lovers will be pleased to see Mossan the house cat occasionally make an appearance.
Yep, this is a pretty lavish penthouse. The vibe here is art-infused Scandi cool but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a four-bedroom home at this location, at this price and one that serves picturesque views over Stockholm from its rooftop terrace that are THIS sexy.
This totally serene and ‘cosy, warm space’ (according to one happy camper) is just a ten-minute stroll from the central station and 15 minutes away from the Old Town. Plus, there are loads of local eateries to grab a bite in and a snug balcony to curl up on after a day’s wandering. Perfect for couples or lone travellers.
If it’s the royal treatment you’re after, you could do worse than staying at this orangery. Part of the Wenngarn castle estate (a space with an eighteenth-century castle and a load of cultural-historical buildings), the orangery is a ’30s build which was originally used as a residence for the castle gardener master. Bring all your biddies because this place sleeps 20. You can find a golf course nearby and also enjoy breakfast at the neighbouring Wenngarn Castle cafe.
Feeling flush? You will be after a stay on the top floor of this former bank. It’s strictly coasters only (ring marks on that antique furniture probably wouldn’t go down too well). And there’s a handily located fireplace to plonk yourself in front of, plus a wall of books to devour while you’re there.
Want to stay in the heart of hipsterville? That'd be SoFo (the area south of Folkungagatan), famous for its trendy shops, cafés and bars. For an eviably stylish stay, you can't do better than this two-bedroom apartment located in a beautiful 1880s building. Gorgeous wood panneling, contemporary furnishings and huge windows make this the ideal base, and it's nice and quiet.
When there are so many blankets and soft furnishings to be seen, it’s hard to imagine you won’t be comfy in this quirky apartment. Vibrant and covered in patterns, it’s a far cry from the Scandi chic we’ve all become accustomed to – but that’s not a bad thing. Besides, it’s located in peaceful Gamla stan, so sightseeing is super easy and relaxing come evening is a breeze.
If solar panels, lakeside saunas and environmentally friendly materials have got your sustainability senses tingling, make a beeline for this beautiful B&B, located in an ‘eco-village’, which has a nature reserve right on its doorstep. And with the city just a 15-minute train ride away, it’s easy enough to pop into town if you’ve had enough of all that awful fresh air.
This bright, light-filled apartment is perfect for travellers who want to be right in the heart of the action. This one-bedroom apartment, lovingly refurbished, is in the middle of Stockholm's Old Town, and right around the corner from the Royal Palace, Nobel Museum and Djurgården ferry.
10. Character-filled one-bed near the Central Station
This colourful, characterful apartment fits three (if someone doesn’t mind the futon), and you can be in the old town in ten minutes by public transport. Plus, one major perk of staying in a property owned by a tour guide is that it’s full of guidebooks and tips for making the most of your Stockholm stay. Result.
11. Six-bed island getaway in the Österåker Municipality
Stockholmers don’t call their city ‘beauty on water’ for nothing. Soak up the natural wonder of the archipelago at this enormous island getaway. This modern three-bed (which sleeps six) is surrounded by woodland, within walking distance to two beaches and comes with its own hot tub. Pretty neat eh?