Hotels in Stockholm – our recommendations
Do you have any recommendations on hotels in Stockholm? That’s probably the most common question we get here at Stockholm Travel Guide. Here’s what we have to say.
First of all, keep in mind that the city center of Stockholm is quite small. Lovely and charming, yes indeed. And quite small for being a capital city. There’s also a very good transportation system with subway, trains and buses covering almost any part of the city.
This means that you don’t have to choose a hotel that’s located close to the attractions you plan on visiting. You’ll get there easily, often within 15-20 minutes, wherever in the city center you choose to stay.
When we say ”city center” this refers to what we in Swedish call ”innerstaden”, the most central parts of the city. In terms of districts – to make it easier for you when searching for Stockholm hotels – you should go for Kungsholmen, Södermalm, Norrmalm, Östermalm or Old Town. Anything other than that is likely outside the city center.
Go for a Scandinavian hotel
If we’re to give you just one piece of advice on how to think when booking a hotel in Stockholm, its this: skip the international brands and go Scandinavian. We do have Sheraton, Hilton, Marriott and all the other hotels you can find anywhere in the world. They’re not bad, of course, but oh so boring.
To get a true Scandinavian and Nordic feeling during your vacation, make a reservation at a hotel from either Scandic or Nordic Choice Hotels – or stay at a smaller, independent, hotel. In this hotel guide we’ll focus at hotels with local design and ambience.
Our 3 favourite Stockholm hotels right now:
Hotels in the Old Town
Staying in one of the historic buildings of the Old town can be a different and truly charming experience. The hotels are small and quirky and you’ll have direct access to the winding alleys and cobble stone streets. A limited number of rooms and high demand makes it wise to book well in advance. Keep in mind that the Old town can be a bit crowded during the summer months.
Hotels close to the central station
Staying in this area can be very convenient. When you get in to town from the airport, you’ll likely come by airport bus or airport train. Either way, you’ll be within walking distance from your hotel. And when you head out to discover Stockholm, it helps having the main subway station close by. You’ll also be close to the shopping street Drottninggatan and other places of interest.
Stockholm Hotels – facts & tips
- In Stockholm City there are around 160 hotels offering a total of 8000 rooms.
- Roughly 60 percent of Stockholm hotels are considered to be 4 stars or higher, while hotels with one or two stars account for only five percent of the market.
- It’s expensive to stay in Stockholm. In HRG Hotel Survey 2017 Stockholm was number 10 on the list of the worlds most expensive hotel cities. The average price per night is 263 USD.
- Tipping is not required. The hotell staff do not rely on tips for their income, and there’s no tipping culture as in, for instance, USA. If you feel like leaving a small amount as thanks for a good service, please do so. But it’s not really expected.