Scattered across 14 islands, Stockholm is known for its colourful Old Town, museum-packed Djurgården and the hipster Södermalm. Whether you’re keen to visit the ABBA Museum or indulge in fika (Swedish tradition of coffee and cake), these are the top places to stay in style.
Freys Hotel is a family-owned hotel, owned by one of the oldest transport companies in Sweden. It takes it name from a successful endurance racing horse from 1895. Inside, you’ll find traditional opulent suites, just five minutes from Stockholm Central Station. During the summer, enjoy the healthy breakfast buffet outside on the terrace or recline at the hotel’s popular Belgobaren, which boasts nearly 300 Belgian beers. Come winter, there’s a communal sauna to warm up in after a day sightseeing.
Housed in the PUB building right on Hötorget Square, this boutique hotel brings the roaring 1920s into the modern day. The building was converted from a department store, becoming one of Scandic’s most popular hotels. This is a classy hotel with stylish decor: blending art nouveau and contemporary design. Hit the third-floor gym or borrow a bicycle from the hotel to explore the city. Enjoy a craft cocktail at the award-winning Americain bar come nightfall.
There’s always something going on at this industrial-chic hotel – whether its a live gig or a yoga retreat. Unlike other hotels in Stockholm, the bed is in the centre of the room, offering expansive city views, as well as extra large showers and Bluetooth speakers. Don’t miss breakfast at the Hobo’s restaurant, which serves organic, seasonable food, many of which are vegetarian.
A stay at the Miss Clara Hotel offers a retro vibe with contemporary feel. Once a girls’ school from 1910, award-winning architect Gert Wingård harnessed its art nouveau style – and transformed it into a hotel. Solo travellers on a budget can opt for the snug single room, while suites sleep up to two people in super-soft Egyptian cotton bed linen. Miss Clara’s verdant terrace is the place to sip your morning coffee in the summer. Stay for brunch, complete with New York-style waffles and milkshakes.
This small boutique hotel is housed in a fabulous historical building, tucked away by the National Museum on the waterfront at Blasieholmshamnen. Its proximity to the Modern Museum of Art is evident in the contemporary art display and styled interiors. Expect high-end luxury rooms with a friendly ambience. You’ll also have access to the Nordic Spa next door in the Grand Hotel, complete with a pool, steam room, sauna, hydro-massage pool and, of course, a traditional Swedish massage therapist.
Carl Pettit contributed additional reporting to this article.