Owning to its highly unique layout that sees the city spread across 14 islands and more than 50 bridges, it can be hard to pin-point where to stay in Stockholm. Needless to say, wherever you choose, you’re unlikely to be far away from one of its myriad of waterways, or the cobblestone streets and ochre-coloured buildings that characterise many of its central districts, in particular the famous old town.
If you’re planning a trip to Stockholm and are keen to push the boat out and stay in an upscale hotel with plenty of character, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to and picked out 5 of the best boutique hotels on offer, each located in a different part of the city.
FROM €85/ NIGHT
This quirky, beautifully designed boutique hotel is located a short hop from Sergels Torg Square, close to many of Stockholm’s main tourist attractions, as well as several bars and restaurants. Enter the hotel lobby area and you’re greeted by some funky, colourful wall art and the hotel also boasts a notable industrial chic design style. A strong emphasis on sustainability is demonstrated in the on-site restaurant, which serve up mouth-watering organic dishes, many of which are vegetarian. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom and some also offer scenic city vistas. Hotel amenities include an on-site gymnasium, comfortable bar and lounge areas, and 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi is available in all areas, including guest rooms. For keen shoppers, there’s a Shopping Centre located in the same building as the hotel. Stockholm Central Station is a 10-minute walk away.
FROM €152/ NIGHT
Ideal for those who enjoy life by the water, the Lydmar offers that very benefit, along with easy access to many of Stockholm’s main attractions, including the neighbouring National Museum. Large, individually decorated guest rooms are furnished with a TV, minibar and air conditioning, while original stucco work, wood beams and high windows lend them plenty of character and charm. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a restaurant serving European cuisine, and an outdoor terrace where guests can dine and enjoy cocktails during warmer months. Just a few steps away, boat tours regularly depart from Strömkajen Harbour, and the shops and nightlife of Stureplan Square are a 10-minute walk away.
Story Hotel Riddargatan
FROM €92/ NIGHT
Situated just moments away from Stockholm’s Östermalmstorg Metro Station, this fashionable hotel offers easy access to other parts of the city. Guest rooms are stylishly decked out with chic furniture, textiles and artwork, along with large LCD TVs. Ensuite bathrooms come with indulgent rain showers and heated floors. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s an acclaimed Asian eatery and a terrace area for relaxing al fresco drinks and dining. Stockholm’s vibrant Stureplan district is just around the corner.
FROM €137/ NIGHT
Close to the buzzing shops, restaurants and nightclubs of Södermalm, this hotel places you at the heart of the Stockholm action. Housed within a charming 1930s Art Déco building, all of the guest rooms are decorated with a scene from a famous Swedish movie and come equipped with a flat-screen TV, iPhone docking station, pillow menus and Egyptian cotton sheets, and some also offer scenic views over Mariatorget Square. Hotel services and amenities include a bistro restaurant and separate bar, free tea/coffee and biscuits, and free DVD rentals available from reception. Stockholm’s famous Old Town is 10 minutes away on foot.
FROM €107/ NIGHT
Nestled in the heart of the Old Town, this hotel has a distinctly maritime theme, with each guest room embellished with naval and sea-faring décor and ornaments. They also offer plenty of mod-cons, including a flat-screen TV, a stereo, and heated bathroom floors. Elsewhere in the hotel, there’s a sauna and plunge pool, a popular restaurant specialising in meat and seafood dishes, and a wine bar and separate lounge bar that are ideal for pre-dinner drinks or nightcaps. All areas of the hotel offer free WiFi. Gamla Stan Metro Station is an easy walk away.