Stockholm is unlike any other city, spread across 14 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Sweden’s capital offers the ideal blend of historic and contemporary attractions, coupled with magnificent beauty. Enjoy everything from world-class cultural attractions to outdoor adventures, and for the best stay, choose one of these top Stockholm hotels.
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Ett Hem boasts one of the city’s most exclusive addresses just a short distance from the city center in the embassy district of Ostermalm. It has the feel of a homestay, nestled among residential buildings while offering common areas to relax in, including a conservatory and living room with a grand piano. Guests can enjoy the sauna, fitness area and spa treatments downstairs, while the rooms are especially elegant and come with fully-stocked minibars. Dining is exceptional – look forward to multi-course dinners paired with fine wine in the kitchen among the working chefs.
Set within a historic 1916 Paul Urbanus Bergström PUB building where actress Greta Garbo once worked, Haymarket by Scandic has a fabulous Roaring Twenties feel and sits right in the city center near the central station. Enjoy a funky art-deco style and jazz music atmosphere with plenty of creature comforts and true-to-style period furnishings in the over 400 rooms. The hotel includes a gym with high-tech equipment and also offers complimentary bicycles for exploring the area on two wheels. Dining includes the upscale Brasserie Paul’s and a bistro cafe.
Lydmar Hotel is located in the Swedish National Museum’s old archive building near Stureplan Square and the beach. Built in 1829, it offers an ideal blend of historic and modern, with every room distinctly decorated featuring pieces from 1900 through the present. All come with large windows for abundant natural light, cool wall art, minibars and Nespresso coffeemakers. The two-floor lobby hosts a popular restaurant along with picturesque views of the harbor. There are also two outdoor bar and eating areas which frequently host DJs for entertainment after dark.
Hotel Rival is owned by Benny Andersson, a former member of the popular Swedish band, ABBA. It’s filled with subtle tributes to pop group while red velvet sofas, movie and theatrical motifs provide a vibe that’s a mix of old school funk and cabaret. All of the 99 rooms come complete with a top-of-the-line entertainment system, 32″ plasma screen and access to a library with music by ABBA and DVD movies. The hotel is located in a residential neighborhood overlooking a park, and while it’s about a 15-minute drive from the city’s popular museums and other sites, it’s considered a destination in itself, complete with a large auditorium theater and a restaurant and cafe popular among the locals as well as guests.
For those that prefer to stay further out in the Stockholm archipelago, the Sandhamn Yacht hotel is a standout on the harbor on Sand Island, accessed by ferry from the city. It’s within walking distance of a long sandy beach and scenic trails that wind through picturesque neighborhoods with brightly-painted traditional cottages. The deep-red renovated 19th-century hotel with its traditional exterior enjoys a nautical interior design with its suites featuring balconies that offer wonderful views of the harbor out to the Baltic Sea. Dine on gourmet dishes influenced by Swedish cuisine and then enjoy live music in the piano bar while sipping elegant cocktails.
This boutique hotel is a former girls’ school, taking its name from one of the headmistresses, Clara Stromberg. It was renovated to blend its Art Nouveau details like the original arch windows with modern touches, while the ground-level restaurant is considered a destination of its own, drawing a trendy crowd to enjoy a modern take on Swedish and international fare. It boasts gorgeous views of the Stockholm inlet and comes with a pool and sauna, while rooms feature comfy beds with crisp white linens, large bathrooms with tubs and complimentary bath products from the Swedish luxury fragrance brand Byredo.
The Berns Hotel may be ultramodern, but it’s had quite the illustrious history with many famous guests coming through its doors since opening in the late 19th-century. Marlene Dietrich had her own dressing room here and this was the spot where Axl Rose once bit a security guard on the leg. It’s also a world-renowned concert venue that’s featured acts ranging from The Supremes to Rihanna. The bar and restaurant is a top draw among guests and locals alike, serving some of the best modern-Asian food in the city. The luxurious rooms feature comfy beds with Egyptian cotton bed linens – if you book the Hugo Berns Deluxe room you’ll even have your own sauna.
Perfectly designed for wine enthusiasts, The Winery Hotel sits within a Brooklyn-inspired brick building in Solna, just outside of Stockholm. It serves as both a designer hotel and an urban winery with its lobby featuring French oak barrels that ferment grapes harvested in Tuscany. There is even a portable wine list where guests can read about wine in depth and taste it from the lobby wine machines. Guests can also follow the winemaking process from barrel to bottle, enjoy tastings at the bar and beautiful panoramic views from the heated pool on the rooftop terrace. Packages can be booked that include tastings, multi-course dinners, guided tours of the onsite winery and daily activities planned by the hotel’s sommeliers, like yoga and wine sessions. The rooms are industrial chic with exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.