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 Kr2,500)
Moderate (Kr1,200 to Kr2,500)
Cheap (up to Kr1,200)
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.
Trendy Berns is one of the coolest places to stay in Stockholm. Its 82 rooms marry modern Scandinavian design with period fittings. The Clock Suite is legendary and a favourite of younger, trendier celebrities. Also worth checking out are its restaurants, among them an excellent Asian fusion number.
The hotel's own website has a price-match scheme; if you a find a better room price elsewhere, they will match it.Address: Norrmalm, Näckströmsgatan 8, Stockholm, 111 47
Telephone: +46 8 5663 2200.
The 310-room Grand Hotel has long been the most glamorous place to stay in the city and is justifiably one of the world's greatest hotels. Opening in 1874, its 21 luxurious suites are still popular with visiting celebrities and royalty - famous past guests include Theodore Roosevelt and Douglas Fairbanks.Address: Gamla Stan, Södra Blaisholmshamnen 8, Stockholm, 103 27
Telephone: +46 8 679 3500.
Set in a listed building across from the Royal Palace, the Lydmar is a design-led boutique that combines homeliness with style and discreet service. Its 46 rooms are individually decorated, while the rest of the property boasts airy public spaces, gorgeous views of the sea and archipelago, and sharply dressed staff.Address: Gamla Stan, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Stockholm, 103 24
Telephone: +46 8 223 160.
This trendy 271-room hotel has attracted a steady following among the city's cognoscenti, alongside some of the more savvy visitors. Individual designers have been brought in to create idiosyncratic rooms for this 4-star home from home. Other plus points include a rooftop gym with views of the city.Address: Norrmalm, Tulegatan 8, Stockholm, 113 53
Telephone: +46 8 674 1800.
Clarion Hotel Sign
It's not small, but somehow the 558-room Clarion Hotel Sign feels as if it is – something that could be down to the individually designed rooms. The angular glass exterior, designed by acclaimed Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh, shouts modern which is followed up in the rooms. A bonus is the rooftop spa which has an excellent sauna.Address: Norrmalm, Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm, 101 26
Telephone: +46 8 676 9800.
This boutique hotel occupies 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.Address: Södermalm, Mariatorget 3, Stockholm, 118 91
Telephone: +46 8 5457 8900.
Notable for its central location and suitability for lovebirds on a serious budget, 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 snip-price joint.Address: Gamla Stan, Kindstugatan 1, Stockholm, 111 31
Telephone: +46 8 223 551.
Elite Hotel Arcadia
This design hotel (part of a chain with five other properties in the city) has a central location in Östermalm, not far from Stockholm Stadium. The elegant 1950s property has been transformed into a sparkling, 4-star stay with Scandinavian minimalism throughout. With free Wi-Fi, a decent gym, a lovely restaurant and breakfast included, it's hard to better.Address: Östermalm, Körsbärsvägen 1, Stockholm, 114 23
Telephone: +46 8 5662 1500.
The concept of Generator is to create a hostel that feels like a boutique hotel; with quirky artwork, hyper-modern furniture, and a soundtrack of the newest artists, this is far from a standard backpacker's rest. Generator is home to the trendy Bar Hilma, where craft cocktails are served alongside American-inspired dishes, and a breakfast hall that transforms into a nightclub with neon lights and DJ's. A tattoo studio is also on site – of course!Address: Norrmalm, Torsgatan 10, Stockholm, 111 23
Telephone: +46 8 505 323 70.
With cheap stays hard to come by, this budget-friendly, family-run hotel on one of Stockholm's main shopping streets is a real gem. Newly updated, all rooms now come with free Wi-Fi and run from clean and cheerful singles to wildly spacious superior stays.Address: Norrmalm, Drottninggatan 71A, Stockholm, 111 36
Telephone: +46 8 249 460.