Hipster Lodgings and Chic Hotels to Book in Stockholm, Sweden

Cool views from some of our favourite places to stay in Stockholm
Cool views from some of our favourite places to stay in Stockholm | Radisson Collection
Nicola Capper

Sweden’s capital city Stockholm has much to offer – stunning sights, gastronomic delights and a laid-back lifestyle. With dozens of canals and waterways, you can also see why it’s often called the Venice of the North. Walk or cycle your way around this city of lagoons – and don’t forget to stop for fika, the Swedish tradition of afternoon coffee and cake with friends. Altogether, it’s a place with a high quality of life, and that’s mirrored by its stylish accommodation.

1. Radisson Collection Strand Hotel, Stockholm

Hotel

Radisson Collection Strand Hotel has an ideal location overlooking Stockholm’s beautiful waterways, harbor and Strandvägen. With the city’s major attractions within walking distance, it is the perfect base for exploring the city and the shopping districts. The hotel is one of Stockholm’s oldest and is known for hosting Old Hollywood celebrities. Today, the hotel retains its historical character while providing modern luxuries after a full renovation in 2018 when it became a Radisson Collection hotel. Respecting the hotel’s long relationship with the brand, heritage pieces from Danish furniture design brand Fritz Hansen are incorporated throughout the hotel. The overall result is a tribute to modern life and invites guests to enjoy atmospheric spaces that celebrate Stockholm’s social scene.

2. Hotel Rival

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Two adjoining single beds, two armchairs and a chair in a room at Hotel Rival; balcony outside and purple drapes on the wall
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Owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, Hotel Rival is housed in a former cinema. The hotel’s interiors are fashioned in a trendy art deco style, with iconic movie stills, Polaroids, and a bold-but-unobtrusive colour palette. With large, comfortable rooms looking out over Stockholm’s rooftops in the trendy district of Södermalm, Rival is classy and contemporary. It’s a popular choice for those who wish to stay at a boutique hotel.

3. Ett Hem

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Four-poster bed, bench, desk with chair, and bedside tables with lamps in a cream-toned room at Ett Hem
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Ett Hem, meaning “a home” in Swedish, lives up to its name. It’s a 1910 arts and crafts townhouse redesigned by the owner, Jeanette Mix, and interior designer Ilse Crawford. With plush, comfortable furnishings and eclectic decor, Ett Hem is the very picture of Swedish hospitality. The atmosphere is welcoming and casual; you’re invited to have your meal where you please, take the dog for a walk, and make yourself fully at home.

4. Story Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Varied artwork on wall in room at Story Hotel Riddargatan; also a bed, purple velvet armchair, table and concrete wall
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Defining urban chic in a bohemian, casual manner is the Story Hotel, one of Stockholm’s coolest pads, conveniently located right off a stylish shopping street. With doors as headboards, efficient self check-in systems and rooms that feel remarkably cosy given the concrete walls, this hotel offers a number of unusual design surprises. The room price includes a breakfast buffet, served in the beautiful restaurant.

5. Grand Hotel

Hotel

Double bed, footstool and armchairs in room at Grand Hôtel Stockholm; the furnishings are in neutral grey tones
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The grandest and most central of all hotels in Stockholm, the magnificent Grand Hotel lives up to its name. Just a few minutes’ walk away from various museums and Gamla Stan, the rooms here offer some of the finest city views. It has a luxurious appeal, showcasing opulent rooms, such as the Hall of Mirrors, and even an ornate lunch room. The Michelin-starred restaurants serve gastronomic delights, courtesy of the famous Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren. For ultimate luxury, choose the Princess Lilian Suite, which includes a library and private cinema! This Stockholm five-star hotel has earned every one of its plaudits.

6. Haymarket by Scandic

Chain Hotel

Double bed with chevron-print pillows and sleek black reflective headboard in room at Haymarket by Scandic
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This luxury hotel in Stockholm celebrates 1920s style in a 21st-century way. Once the grand PUB department store, which took its name from its founder, Paul Urbanus Bergström, it is now 401 rooms of luxury. Sat overlooking Haymarket Square, opposite Stockholm’s Concert Hall and within easy access of Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace, it’s the perfect spot to explore from.

7. Bank Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Armchair and double bed in room at Bank Hotel; there is a sink with mirror and shower visible through glass walls to bathroom
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Set in one of Stockholm’s most prestigious addresses and spread over seven floors, the Bank Hotel overlooks Stockholm’s striking waterfront. Glass ceilings, wood panelling and marble floors are mixed with contemporary art, luxurious soft furnishings and a welcoming relaxed atmosphere. The city views from the rooftop terrace are spectacular, whatever the time of year.

8. At Six

Independent Hotel

Double bed, cushioned chair, coffee table, floor-to-ceiling windows and small floor lamp in an At Six room
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A firm favourite with travel bloggers and sophisticated explorers everywhere, At Six greets its guests with a giant marble sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. From there, the former bank building, just off Stockholm’s main shopping street, treats its guests to a restaurant, bistro, two bars and a rooftop park, before heading on to the dramatic 343 monochrome rooms and suites beyond.

9. Hotel Kungsträdgården – The Kings Garden Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Double bed, desk, chair and TV in bright room with wooden floor at Hotel Kungsträdgården – the Kings Garden Hotel
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Built in the early 18th century, this family-run hotel has been lovingly renovated in keeping with its grand past. Named after the historic Kungsträdgården just outside its doors, the hotel is perfectly located for a day of sightseeing and shopping, as well as a night at the Royal Swedish Opera, before returning to your room decorated in classic Gustavian style.

10. The Winery Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Double bed, chairs and small section of exposed brick wall in room at the Winery Hotel; floor-to-ceiling windows are panelled
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At this urban winery and boutique hotel, you can relax in comfort with water views from every bedroom and enjoy a swim in the rooftop pool. You can also follow the winemaking process from barrel to bottle. With its industrial lighting, polished concrete floors and bare brick walls, the interior is more downtown New York than the Tuscan hills.

11. Stallmästaregården Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Bed, desk with chair, cushioned wooden bench and monochrome artwork above bed in bright room at Stallmästaregården Hotel
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Central, yet remote, the Stallmästaregården Hotel sits on Brunnsviken lake, in the Royal National City Park, and has easy access to the city’s restaurants, shops and attractions. Its incredible views have been enjoyed since the 1600s. Now the original painted murals, wooden beams and glistening chandeliers sit alongside soft beds, contemporary lighting and cosy velvet sofas.

12. Hobo Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Bed with lamps on each side, wooden wall with nails for hanging things and exposed pipes on ceiling in room at Hobo Hotel
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Just minutes from Stockholm’s fashionable Brunkebergstorg, the Hobo is an easy-going and inviting hotel. Packed with designer furniture, quirky lighting and lush plants, it has fast become a popular place to stay. Each room has a peg board to hang clothes and a handy city map, plus a digital concierge – you simply text them if you need anything.

Looking for somewhere different to stay? Book into one of the best boutique hotels in Stockholm.

Additional reporting by Pratyusha Prakash.

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