We list the best hotels, hostels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Stockholm as recommended by travel experts from CNN, Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Fodor’s, New York Times and more. All hotel recommendations have been referenced with customer reviews and we only listed places with at least a 4 out of 5-star customer review rating.
“Miss Clara is a boutique hotel that opened last April in a handsome Art Nouveau building from 1910 that was formerly a private girls’ school. Though the name is a tribute to a one-time headmistress, Clara Stromberg, there’s nothing schoolmarmish about this stylish 92-room property.”
“If you can forgive the name, consider the Hobo, a 201-room hotel that opened in March 2017 on Brunkebergstorg, a central square currently undergoing a complete overhaul. Compact rooms employ clever design features geared toward sociable young travelers who value a lively scene, from the buzzy lobby cafe to the popular rooftop bar and restaurant, Tak.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Opened in 2016, the Haymarket is Scandic Hotels’ landmark 405-room property in the historic PUB building, a former department store where Greta Garbo once sold hats. The grand interiors reference the 1920s with Art Deco-inspired décor in the lobby, brasserie, cafe and cocktail bar.”
Shortlisted in New York Times’ 36 Hours in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Owned by ABBA frontman Benny Andersson, the Rival is cool, but never to the point of being cold. Rooms here are full of delightful ideas—such as the bathroom’s glass wall that lets you watch TV from the tub—and are stylish but still comfortable.”
Featured as Fodor’s Choice in Stockholm.
“The af Chapman is a storied vessel that has done plenty of travelling of its own. It’s anchored in a superb location, swaying gently off Skeppsholmen. Bunks are in dorms below deck. Apart from showers and toilets, all facilities are on dry land in the Skeppsholmen hostel.”
New York Times, Frommers, Telegraph
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The Swedish capital is a conglomeration of 14 islands and 50 bridges built on the extensive Baltic Sea archipelago.
It literally translates into Old Town and is one of the most revered tourist locations in all of Sweden. It has one of the most well preserved medieval heritage sites of Europe. The cobbled streets dotted with colourful building have a certain old world charm to this place. It boasts a wide array of bars and restaurants catering to international cuisines.
This place is famous for its parks and picnic spots. Vasastan is also renowned for the Stockholm observatory. The food scene is dotted with homely Scandinavian joints serving traditional fares.
It is famous for its trendy bars and restaurants and a vivacious night-life. You can visit the Swedish history museum and get an idea about the Viking history as well. Designer boutiques and flea markets are known for their traditional Swedish fares like smoked shrimp and gravlax. In summers, a lot of street plays are held.
It is a remarkably calm place and draws music lovers for its museum on ABBA. Adventure enthusiasts are satisfied at the Grona Lund Park for its thrilling rides and concerts. There are several museums like open-air museums and the Vasa museum.
It is an incredibly creative space with artistic shops and edgy cafes and a contemporary photo gallery. Restaurants serve classic dishes and happening breakfast joints. Summers are famous for swimming and picnics along the beach. There are a number of shops selling luxury designer wears located here.
Also check out our travel guide about the best areas to stay in Stockholm.
If money isn't a problem and you're looking for a luxury hotel in Stockholm, then go for Grand Hotel. The hotel offers excellent service, it's in a top location, it has been rated very highly by previous guests and renowned travel critics have recommended it. Also check out our list of the best luxury hotels in Stockholm, it's a manually curated list of the most exclusive 5-star hotels in the city.
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Stockholm, then book Hotell Gyllene Geten. It's an excellent budget hotel offering great value for money. It's in a good location, it's been recommended by travel experts and the hotel has excellent customer reviews. Also check out our list of the best cheap hotels in Stockholm.
You like some luxury but don't like the famous chain hotels. If you're looking for the best boutique hotel in Stockholm, you should check out Hotel at Six. It's a very cool hotel that has been highly recommended by travelers and experts.
Also check out our list of the best boutique hotels in Stockholm, it's a manually curated list of the most unique and romantic hotels in the city.
If you're looking for a great hostel in Stockholm, then you should check out City Backpackers Hostel. The hostel has magnificent reviews by backpackers, it has been recommended by well-known travel experts and it's in a good location. Also check out our list of the best hostels in Stockholm.
For a 3-star hotel you have to pay around $130 per night and for a 4-star hotel you would be looking at $185 per night. If you're after a luxury 5-star Stockholm hotel then you can expect to pay around $330 per night.
If you're looking for a room with a view, then try Hostel STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen. The hotel offers amazing views of Stockholm according to recent customer reviews.
Try Hotel Rival if you're looking for a romantic getaway in Stockholm, it has some excellent recent customer reviews by couples.
Stockholm: Land and Water Tour by Amphibious Bus. Discover the beautiful city of Stockholm aboard an amphibious bus. Your guide will tell you fun and interesting stories on the 75-minute tour. The bus always has a live guide onboard and about 70% of the tour is on the water. Price: $34.
Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour - 1 Day. Just under an hour outside the bustling city of Stockholm is a group of islands in the Baltic Sea, just waiting to be discovered. Spend the day in this peaceful atmosphere, stopping for provided lunch and snacks. Price: $181.
Skip the Line: ABBA The Museum. If you’re planning on visiting Stockholm’s ABBA The Museum, book your ticket online ahead of time and save yourself time waiting in the ticket lines. Price: $29.
More things to do in Stockholm
It’s small, but mighty. Despite being a city of just under one million inhabitants, Stockholm punches well above its weight when it comes to sights and activities. This is partly because so much of the city was destroyed in two fires that it was rebuilt in the 19th century with architects like Gamischer and Helgo Zettervall. As a result, you’ll find plenty of neoclassical buildings and gardens that are now listed UNESCO sites. Read on for our top 5 reasons why you should visit Stockholm – especially if you love culture, natural beauty, history, design or food (or all of the above!).
The Royal Palace is a top Stockholm attraction
The Royal Palace is one of the top attractions in Stockholm, and a great place to start your trip. It’s home to Sweden’s two official museums, which together give you the chance to learn more about Swedish history, art, and culture. The Royal Treasury has a collection of gems, crowns and other precious objects, but it’s not one for the faint-hearted. However, the other museum, the Royal Armory, is a treasure trove for lovers of weapons and armor, including ceremonial pieces and medieval knights’ outfits. Both museums are located in the same building, so you can visit them on the same ticket.
It’s the home of Scandi design
Stockholm is the home of Nordic design, and you can see some of the best examples of it at the Moderna Museet, one of Scandinavia’s most prestigious museums. It houses an impressive collection of 20th-century and contemporary art, with pieces by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol, as well as Swedish artists like Carl Larsson and Bruno Mathsson. You can also experience other design pieces, like chairs, ceramics, and glass, at the Design-arket, a colorful market that’s a great place to shop. But if you want to buy something cool and Scandinavian, you can’t miss the IKEA Museum, which is a must-visit for all fans of Swedish design.
It has some of the best cultural experiences in Europe
While Stockholm is better known for design than culture, it has some of the best cultural experiences in Europe, especially if you love museums. The Moderna Museet, as mentioned above, is one of the top five art museums in Europe. But there are plenty more to choose from. The ABBA Museum is the home of the group’s costumes, photos, and recording equipment, including the piano on which Benny Andersson composed the group’s hit song ‘Money, Money, Money’. It’s the ultimate fan experience, but you can also just enjoy the music in the cafe afterwards. The Nobel Museum is the home of the Nobel Prize and the Royal Observatory is famous for its Astronomical Nights, where you can watch the stars with scientists.
The archipelago is a feast for the senses
Visiting Stockholm’s archipelago, the network of islands just off the coast, is a must. You can do it by boat, on foot, or even in a hot air balloon, but no matter how you get there, you’ll experience some of the best nature in the world. The sights, sounds, and scents of a Swedish summer are something you won’t forget in a hurry, while there are plenty of activities to engage in on the islands, from swimming to fishing. But don’t just visit the archipelago for the sensory experience. There’s also the chance to see some of the best wildlife in Europe, including seals, dolphins, and even whales.
And, of course, there’s the food…
Stockholm is a city that loves food, and is also famous for it. It has a large culinary scene, and is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. You can visit the famous Gastronomiska Museet to learn more about the history of food and its importance to Swedish culture, but there are plenty of places to try what the city has to offer. The food market, Hötorgshallen, is the perfect place to shop for picnic ingredients that taste far better than what you’ll find at the supermarket, while the restaurants up and down the city are great for a sit-down meal.
We recommend you read our guide about where to stay in Stockholm. It provides an excellent overview of the most popular areas, highlighting the main attractions and hotel recommendations for each area.