Adventure room I Photo by Erik Nissen Johansen, Courtesy of Stora Hotellet
Voted a European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umeå is a Swedish city located in the north of the country. It’s a perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful and wild nature of Swedish Lapland. Discover the best hotels in the city with our guide to the top stays.
Hotell Gamla Fängelset has a unique hotel setting; in the past it served as prison. Located close to the city center, this Umeå prison was opened in 1861 and finally closed more than a century later, in 1981. After extensive renovations, the youth hostel and one-star hotel opened in 2007. Inside, the hotel has 23 single rooms, one double room and two family rooms, with five beds. During the summer months, the old prison courtyard hosts cultural shows and exhibitions.
Stay in one of the oldest hotels in Umeå, dating back to the early 20th century. This small boutique hotel has 22 rooms with 31 beds. The interior mixes vintage and modern designs to create a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. Located in the quieter part of the city, next to Umeå river, Hotell Pilen offers great views of the city too.
Located in the heart of Umeå, Hotel Aveny is a sleek modern hotel, offering high quality accommodation. The room interiors combine furniture of Swedish and international designers, bright colored walls and ornaments to create a welcoming atmosphere. Hotel Aveny offers single, double and double superior rooms and two types of suites. Both suites feature jacuzzi baths and saunas.
Scandic Plaza Umeå offers spectacular views of the city, as it is located in the highest building in Umeå. The hotel surroundings in downtown are a perfect starting place for exploring, with city attractions and the main shopping area located just around the corner. Scandic Plaza Umeå has 200 rooms and suites, all decorated in a clean, modern style. The hotel also offers nine meeting rooms, a business center and “think tank” room.
Situated in beautiful natural surroundings, at the edge of a large forest and on the riverbank of Ume River, Granö Beckasin Lodge offers a different type of accommodation. Despite being located an hour from Umeå, Granö Beckasin Lodge is perfect for longer stays in northern Sweden. Enjoy the stunning nature around you and sleep in comfortable rooms located in tree houses, or relax in the calm atmosphere of Granö’s eco hotel.
Warm and welcoming Wärdshuset Prästgården, meaning the vicarage inn, is a charming B&B located on the shores of Tavelsjön Lake. As the name suggests, the hotel occupies the old vicarage and offers just four rooms. The interior combines elegant decorations and vintage furniture. With its spectacular views over the famous lake and idyllic natural surroundings, the hotel is a perfect place for family or business stays.
Logi Väst is a charming guesthouse, centrally located in Umeå. Downtown is just 10 minutes’ walk away, while reaching Umeå University takes 15 minutes by bus. The guesthouse is situated in a renovated building, dating back to the 1920s. Charming rooms, with brightly colored interiors and wooden furniture, make a perfect resting place after a day of exploring the city. The hotel offers single and double rooms, as well as mini apartments with their own kitchens.
Dalkarlså Youth Hostel operates in summer, offering accommodation at the student boarding school. Dalkarlså is a beautiful mansion, dating back to the 19th century, located in a relaxing natural environment. The hostel is housed next to the mansion and has 48 single rooms. The room interiors offer a comfortable student setting, but with ample space and privacy.
First Hotel Dragonen is a modern, centrally located hotel in Umeå. Modern and sleek interiors, interspersed by brightly colored decorations, create a relaxing environment. You can enjoy the hotel spa area, with free access to the sauna too. Umeå’s main attractions, shopping areas and restaurant stops are all within walking distance. On the top floor is a cozy bar with an outdoor terrace, offering a great view of the city.
Stora Hotellet is one of the oldest hotels in the city, dating back to 1895. Successfully combining its long history and special contemporary design features, the hotel exudes vintage charm. Stay in one of the 82 rooms and suites, all named after maritime themes. The room interior is vintage with a nod to the nautical, creating a charming and comfortable atmosphere.