Last updated on January 02nd, 2023
Stockholm is style. Stockholm is sea and water and its archipelago. Stockholm is a city at ease with itself that’s a real joy for the visitor. This ancient place is also ultra-contemporary with new cafes, restaurants and bars opening in its hippest districts every week.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to museums and galleries too. Don’t bother with a Swedish phrase book or translator because everyone here speaks perfect English. Whether you’re a fan of royal palaces or of cutting edge night-clubs, Stockholm is the place for you. You’ll quickly learn the joys of stopping for a fika – a coffee and a cake that’s a true Swedish institution – and you’ll want to return, soon.
Real Quick: The best luxury hotel in Stockholm is the Bank Hotel, located in the heart of the city in the Östermalm district. One of the top rated boutique hotels is the Lydmar Hotel, located at the waterfront close to the old town. Read on below.
What are The Best Hotels in Stockholm City Center?
1. Bank Hotel, a Member of Small Luxury Hotels ★★★★★ (Top)
Strandvägen, 4 min. walk
2. At Six ★★★★★ (Top)
Royal Swedish Opera, 4 min. on foot
3. Grand Hôtel Stockholm ★★★★★ (Luxury)
4. Hotel Diplomat Stockholm ★★★★★ (Strandvägen)
Forumdammen Kungsträdgården, 3 min. on foot
6. Radisson Collection, Strand Hotel, Stockholm ★★★★★ (Waterfront)
7. Sheraton Stockholm Hotel ★★★★★ (Near Old Town)
Gamla Stan or Old Town, 5 min. walk
8. Downtown Camper by Scandic ★★★★ (Good Value)
Stockholm Central Station, 8 min. on foot
9. Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm ★★★★ (Popular)
Radisson Blu Hotel & Waterfront Conference Centre
10. Hotel Skeppsholmen, a Member of Design Hotels™ ★★★★ (Charming)
11. Hotel With Urban Deli ★★★★ (Trendy)
Adolf Fredriks Församling, 4 min. on foot
What are The Best Boutique Hotels in Stockholm Sweden?
1. Lydmar Hotel ★★★★★ (Top Luxury)
Stockholm Gamla Stan, opposite Lydmar Hotel
2. NOFO Hotel; BW Premier Collection ★★★★ (Top)
3. Hotel Kungsträdgården ★★★★ (18th Century Building)
Nobel Prize Museum, 12 min. walk
4. Hotell & Värdshuset Clas på hörnet ★★★★ (Vasastan Area)
5. Miss Clara by Nobis, Stockholm, a Member of Design Hotels™ ★★★★ (Art Nouveau)
What are the Top Hotels in Gamla Stan or Old Town?
Gamla Stan is the historic heart of old Stockholm and it’s not to be missed, on any account. On its own island, in ancient times a defence against unwelcome guests, the tiny cobbled streets of Gamla Stan wind beneath atmospheric medieval buildings. The crown jewels – quite literally – are to be found in the Kungliga Slottet, the lavish and oddly forbidding Royal Palace, which is open to all visitors and took almost 70 years to build. The Karl XI Gallery, inspired by Versailles, is a Swedish Hall of Mirrors. You shouldn’t miss a glimpse at the Royal Apartments, provided the Swedish royal family are not in residence. Storkyrkan, directly next to the palace, is Stockholm’s much loved cathedral. Look out for the 15th century wooden statue of St George and the oldest known image of Stockholm in Vädersolstavlan, which translates, intriguingly, as The Sun Dog Painting. You might want to take advantage of the open tradition of Swedish democracy, and take one of the free tours offered at the Riksdagen, the Swedish parliament building. Still more beauty awaits at Riddarholmskyrkan, one of Stockholm’s oldest churches, dating from the 14th century. The history of the renowned Nobel Prize is the focus of the Nobel Museum, in the old Stock Exchange Building in the heart of Gamla Stan. Above all, just meander around this wonderful place and inhale the history.
1. Collector’s Victory Hotel ★★★★ (Old Town)
Old Town or Gamla Stan, Stockholm
2. Hôtel Reisen in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt ★★★★★ (Luxury)
What are The Best Family Hotels in Stockholm?
1. Motel L Hammarby Sjöstad ★★★ (Affordable)
Avicii Arena, 16 min. on foot or 3 min. by car
2. Sky Hotel Apartments, Stockholm ★★★ (Affordable)
Stockholm City Hall, Kungsholmen
3. Lilla Rådmannen ★★★ (Affordable)
Stockholm Vasastan Area
What’s the Best Cheap or Affordable Hotel in Stockholm Sweden?
1. Hotel Hornsgatan ★★ (Good Value)
View of Old Town Stockholm
Stockholm City Centre
This great city’s central area has something for everyone. You might want to hire a bicycle to get around or perhaps even take a kayak trip to get to grips with a city that’s on several individual islands. There are more than 70 museums to pick and choose from, catering to the most particular of needs, whether it’s photography that takes your fancy or a wide range of toys at Leksaksmuseet, literally Toy Museum. Remember that Stockholm is a place where design isn’t some sort of add-on, a flounce for those who can afford it, but a daily essential. Take a look at the knives and forks where you’re taking your lunchtime snack, the chairs where you’re settled for an evening drink, everything is thoughtfully selected. Take a trip on Stockholm’s T-bana, short for Tunnelbana, or simply “subway” in English, whether you need to travel anywhere or not. You’ll find not only one of the most efficient public transport systems in Europe but some quite remarkable artwork commissioned by the city authorities too. The tunnel art on the blue line is of particular note: just look at those ceilings! The neo classical Stockholm Concert Hall from the 1920s is also worth a look, even if you have no interest in the culture-rich rock, pop and classical programmes, not least because it’s where Nobel Prizes are awarded.
Best Hotels in Stockholm City Centre
What’s the Top Accommodation in Norrmalm District?
Norrmalm is the beating heart of commercial Stockholm, the bustling home to the city’s Central Station and the popular Drottninggatan pedestrianised shopping street. Once you’ve filled your shopping bags and dived into the nearest cafe for a fika – a typical Swedish coffee break – head over to Norrmalm’s essential stop: the Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s National Gallery, in a majestic building directly on the Norrmalm waterfront. Along with the Old Masters such as Rembrandt, Renoir and Gaugin, there’s an extensive Swedish collection featuring Ernst Josephson and Anders Zorn among many others. There’s an excellent cafe, too. Fans of contemporary art need look no further than the superb Modernamuseet, the Museum of Modern Art, with work by everyone from Picasso to Damien Hirst. This is another must-see in a building that’s itself a landmark of contemporary architecture. If all of that’s not enough, Kulturhuset, or Culture House, has an ever-changing programme of performance and contemporary exhibitions that are always worth a look.
Top Hotels near in the Norrmalm District
What’s the Top Accommodation in Södermalm District?
Södermalm is a fascinating island residential area in central Stockholm with a street life and an identity all of its own. This is where you’ll go to find the latest restaurants, cafes and street bar hangouts. The less you plan, the better it’ll be. There’s more here though than eating and drinking. This is where to go to take advantage of Stockholm’s fascination with the vintage, the old and the recycled. Take your pick of vintage stores in the re-branded SoFo to the south or on Götgatsbacken in central Södermalm. Truth to tell, you’ll find interesting independent stores throughout Södermalm, so meandering is a must. Among the other attractions is Fotografiska, a superb private museum that’s an essential visit for anyone remotely interested in photography. The waterfront cafe here is an excellent refuelling stop. For a glimpse of the area’s – and Stockholm’s – history the gorgeous Katarina kyrka, the Church of Catherine, bathed in yellow colours, is a quiet pause in you busy Södermalm day.