The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Malmö, Sweden

There are many green spaces in Malmö, Sweden
There are many green spaces in Malmö, Sweden | © Westend61 GmbH / Alamy
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Malmö is one of the most diverse and creative cities in Sweden. Dutch-Renaissance buildings rub shoulders with the innovative Västra Hamnen waterfront district, plus the city is just a short drive across the Øresund Bridge from mainland Europe, giving it an international flavour. Book one of these top boutique hotels with Culture Trip, for a truly comfortable stay.

1. Sleep in the centre of Malmö at the Elite Hotel Esplanade


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With stylish, spacious rooms and large, comfy beds, the Elite Hotel Esplanade offers a chic abode in the heart of the old town. As the hotel is sitting just a few moments from the quaint Lilla Torg Square, a stay here means you’ll step out right into Central Malmö. Make sure you book a table downstairs at Quan, the sophisticated Asian eatery, which is one of the most popular restaurants in town. But don’t expect Scandi minimalism – this restaurant is dark and sultry.

2. Sip cocktails and dance the night away at MJ’s

Boutique Hotel

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If it’s a party you’re after, you’re in the right place. As soon as you walk through the door, the sassy ambience of MJ’s lifts you up and shakes you down, depositing you in one of the coolest cocktail bars in town. Expect pink velvet headboards, gold towel rails and ostrich feathers in your room. MJ’s puts an element of fun in everything – have you ever known a hotel to leave sweets and candy floss under the bed for the monsters before?

3. Relax in stylish surrounds at Hotel Duxiana overlooking Malmö’s canal


Hotel Duxiana
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The Duxiana is a design hotel like no other. Everything – from gorgeous leather chairs and slim chrome tables to the fine linen bedding in every room – is a piece of style perfection, made by top Swedish design brand Dux. There are even economy single rooms available for solo travellers. Try to time your visit with one of the hotel’s monthly After Work soirees for an evening of jazz, fine wines and delicious snacks.

4. Step back in time at Elite Hotel Savoy near Stortorget Square


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Shimmering chandeliers, high ceilings and deep, indulgent bathtubs (a rarity in Swedish hotels) are considered standard at one of the oldest hotels in the city, dating back to the 14th century. The hotel offers a range of interesting experiences, including a sightseeing tour through the canals and cobbled streets of Malmö by local guide Rundan. Don’t forget to pick up your picnic basket on the way out.

5. Bed down like royalty at Mayfair Hotel Tunneln


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Both Danish and Swedish kings have been guests in this historic building, which was once the residence of the Governor of Malmö. Rooms are decorated in a classic style, with exposed wooden beams, reminding you of the building’s history. A good buffet breakfast is served in the 14th-century Medieval cellar vaults; be sure to take your fill before venturing out to Södergatan, the main shopping street in Malmö.

6. Set sail at Havshotellet on the Øresund waterfront


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Ever dreamt of sailing around the world on the Golden Hind with Sir Francis Drake? Or joining the British Pilgrims as they set sail for America in 1620? A night in one of the 21 rooms at Havshotellet – inspired by famous historic ships – is probably the nearest you’ll get. Curious as the idea may seem, it makes for a rather charming stay. Plus, the ergonomic YouBeds are totally customisable, so, no matter your size or sleeping style, you can be sure of a good night’s sleep. Just be wary of the Titanic room.

7. Enjoy an independent stay at the More Hotel near Folkets Park

Boutique Hotel

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The More Hotel Malmö is the very definition of a modern apartment hotel. It’s ecofriendly and offers smart, self-contained apartments with free internet and access to the gym and sauna. Choose from a range of studios, all complete with a kitchenette, living area, bathroom and bedroom and decorated in a pale, tonal palette. You can also rent a bike from the reception to discover the city.

8. Get cosy at the Scandic Kramer on Stortorget Square


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© Scandic Kramer / Expedia

Although a chain hotel, the Scandic never fails to impress. Located in an elegant 19th-century building, it feels more like a Swedish manor house than a hotel, with an impressive marble staircase and a large stained-glass window in the lobby. In the summer months, enjoy dinner and drinks on the terrace with fine views of Stortorget Square. In winter, get toasty in the onsite sauna and solarium.

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