Stockholm Hotels

The perennial appeal of Stockholm as a visitor destination means its hotel stock caters to a full spectrum of tastes and budgets. The central districts of Gamla Stan (the Old Town), Södermalm and Norrmalm tend to draw the most interest among visitors. Prices in hotels in Stockholm go down by as much as 50% in summer (thanks to the decline in business travel over the period) and at the weekend in winter, so it is always worth checking whether a hotel has a special offer on.

The hotels below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over Skr2,500)
Moderate (Skr1,200 to Skr2,500)
Cheap (up to Skr1,200)
These prices are the lowest standard rates for a double room in winter, including sales tax. Breakfast is usually included, unless otherwise stated.

Sales tax at 12% is automatically added to the bill. Tipping of porters is common, although tipping for room service is not expected.

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Berns Hotel

(08) 5663 2200.

The supremely trendy Berns, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009, is one of the most exclusive places to stay in Stockholm. The 82 rooms marry modern Scandinavian design with the beauty of the building's belle époque architecture. There are fluffy white bathrobes, CD players, satellite TV and hairdryers in all rooms. The hotel's restaurants and bars have undergone a Terence Conran-aided makeover. The Clock Suite is legendary and a favourite of younger, trendier celebrities.

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Berzelii Park, Näckstroemsgatan 8

Grand Hotel

(08) 679 3500.

The 310-room Grand Hotel has long been the most glamorous place to stay in the city and – justifiably – has been rated as one of the world's great hotels since it opened in 1874. There’s an excellent location on the waterfront, with views back across the Old Town. The 21 luxurious suites are popular with visiting celebrities and royalty - famous past guests include Theodore Roosevelt and Douglas Fairbanks.

Södra Blaisholmshamnen 8, Stockholm, Sweden

Lydmar Hotel

(08) 223 160.

Set in a listed building across from the Royal Palace, the Lydmar is a design-led boutique championing homeliness, style and discreet service. This 46-room hotel is actually a reincarnation of another Lydmar Hotel, hugely popular in the 90s and run by the same people. With a fresh location, and an even fresher classic-meets-contemporary style, the new property is somewhere big on elegance, ease and reputation.

Södra Blasieholmen 2, Stockholm, Sweden

Birger Jarl

(08) 674 1800.

This trendy 235-room hotel has attracted a steady following among the city's cognoscenti, as well as amongsavvy visitors. The revamped Birger Jarl is the perfect example of the best of modern Scandinavian design without the harshness of excessive minimalism. Individual designers have been brought in to create idiosyncratic rooms that can be surveyed on the web before booking. Other plus points include a rooftop gym with views of the city.

Hotel Rival

(08) 5457 8900.

This boutique hotel is located on Södermalm in a former cinema (hence the huge black and white photographs of Swedish film stars gracing the walls of the 99 bedrooms). The Rival is owned by Benny Andersson, of ABBA fame, who has turned it into one of the most rock ’n roll places to stay in Stockholm. Rooms are large and well appointed, and facilities include a stunning art deco cocktail bar and an on-site bakery.

Clarion Hotel Sign

(08) 676 9800.

Representing the best in sleek, Swedish design, this new hotel is now the largest in Stockholm. The 558 rooms are elegantly furnished with Scandinavian classic touches and the angular glass exterior, designed by acclaimed Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh, expresses class and modernity. Guests can also enjoy panoramic views from the rooftop spa and sample the latest Swedish cuisine in the Aquavit Grill & Raw Bar.

Queen's Hotel

(08) 249 460.

This is a budget-option family hotel on one of Stockholm's main shopping streets. Distances are short to well-known tourist attractions as well as to the subway and the central station. The hotel has 53 rooms, ranging from budget (without private shower and WC) to luxury rooms. Some of the rooms have internet access.

Drottninggatan 71A, Stockholm, Sweden

Elite Hotel Arcadia

(08) 5662 1500.

This moderately priced hotel – part of a chain with four other properties in the city – has a central location on Östermalm, not far from Stockholm Stadion and just a short walk from the local metro station. There are 90 rooms with shower, phone, TV and internet connection. The hotel restaurant is located a short walk from the hotel. It is particularly nice in the summer, when breakfast can be taken in the hotel's garden.

Castanea Old Town Hostel

(08) 223 551.

Notable for its central location and suitability for lovebirds on a serious budget – The Times even named it as one of Europe’s Top 20 hostels for couples in 2010 – the Castanea is set among the cobbles and historical lanes of the Old Town. There are 55 beds in total with a number of single and twin rooms, making it a cut above the usual cut-price joint.

 

Kindstugatan 1, Stockholm, Sweden

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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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