Be prepared to pay a pretty penny (or in this case, a comely krona) for hotels in central Stockholm. Even budget hotels run upwards of USD 100. If being in the center of things is not one of your requirements, it might pay off to stay outside of town in suburbs such as Bromma, Solna, Sundbyberg or Kista (15-20 minutes by subway). Here are a few suggestions for hotels in Stockholm:
Mid-priced to luxury
The four-star Hotel Hellsten offers hip digs with loads of personality. It’s a lifestyle hotel on two levels: it caters to modern travelers looking for a different experience and it reflects the life of one man, proprietor Per Hellsten. Hellsten, an ethnologist turned innkeeper, has decorated the interiors of his 78 rooms with ornaments and souvenirs he has brought back from his own travels to Asia, Africa and South America. His grandmother’s crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling in one of the rooms and his old family dining room table serves as the reception desk in the lobby of his second inn, the three-star Rex Hotel, just across the street. Prices from USD 150. Don’t miss jazz nights at the hotel bar at Hellsten every Thursday starting at 7:30 pm.
Although the Nordic Light Hotel isn’t easy on the wallet, it is just steps away from Central Station and is the place to stay for those with a penchant for all things design. Perfect for a luxury weekend for two. Its sister hotel, the Nordic Sea, also offers you the perfect place to chill out — the Absolut Ice Bar. Prices from USD 250.
Hotel Rival is a theater-turned-hotel located at Mariatorget in Södermalm, one of Stockholm’s funkiest neighborhoods, rife with art galleries, laid-back cafes and secondhand shopping. The Rival bakery makes an excellent stop for breakfast on your way out to see the town. Prices from USD 200 per night.
The Alexandra Hotel is located in the heart of Södermalm. It’s within walking distance to the Medborgarplatsen and Mariatorget subway stations as well as the Södra Station commuter train station. Single rooms from USD 140 per night.
Pensionat Oden has three locations around the city, in Södermalm, Vasastan and City. Prices range upwards from USD 100 per night.
Hotel Tre Små Rum is a small and cozy hotel in Södermalm. It only has seven rooms, so book ahead. Singles from USD 100.