Hotels in Stockholm, Sweden
Consistently on the Top 10 Cities list by various agencies at various times, Stockholm deserves the accolade: the city breathes fresh air, soothes the senses with its clean streets and vast green space, brings you back to its founding in 1252, and offers myriad adventures from the top of the Ericsson Globe to the numerous canals that crisscross the city and beyond to the Baltic Sea.
As one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, Stockholm has literally everything for everyone, whether you come as a krona-minded traveller looking for where to stay in Stockholm and the best Stockholm hotel deals that won’t bust your budget – the city has a reputation for being expensive – or a weekend warrior willing to spend top dollar for luxury hotels in Stockholm and a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Scandinavia or the Baltic Sea.
What to do from your accommodation in Stockholm
Stockholm – occasionally referred to as the Venice of the North – attracts millions of tourists a year who either make the city as their first point of contact to a cruise in the far north or the last item on the list if they arrive from Finland and other Baltic countries.
Those who make the effort to get to know the city well – which you can, as there are a number of apartments for rent in Stockholm for the long-term traveller – may find out that there’s more to it than world-famous acronyms like ABBA and IKEA. After all, Stockholm is an archipelago made up of 30% water – the inner city alone consists of 14 islands spanned by 57 bridges – that taking to the water is self-evident.
Sign up for hop-on, hop-off cruises aboard Stromma on a 50-minute sightseeing tour; after all, Stockholm was once a thriving settlement of the seafaring Vikings. If you have a bit of time, leave the comforts of your boutique hotels in Stockholm Sweden and go farther east to Helsinki or Tallinn, a day trip away. Finlandsfärjan has daily ferries to get you across the Baltic Sea to Finland and Estonia.
Not 30 minutes from the city centre is Fjäderholmarna where shopping and swimming, sometimes sans clothing – summers can reach 30°C – go together naturally. Vaxholm is an archipelagic town of 19th century villas and cafes; don’t miss the very Swedish tradition of “fika” – coffee or tea and cake or pastry – try the legendary cinnamon buns! – and laidback gossip. Catch the Swedish elite in their yachts at the sparkling marina of Sandhamn.
Finding cheap accommodation in Stockholm
Stockholm has been able to preserve its 16th century past – unaltered – in Gamla Stan. Here, you can find dwarfish doors that lead to pubs, cannon balls from various historical wars still embedded in walls, and winding cobblestone streets that fill elbow-to-elbow with wide-eyed tourists come high season. You wouldn’t want to miss Stortorget, the oldest “Big Square” in Stockholm from where the medieval city as it is known today gradually came into being.
Nearby, the 18th century Italian Baroque Royal Palace is open to public. The best hotels in Stockholm, Sweden can be found here, alongside more affordable cheap hotels or hostels in Stockholm.
Shoehorned among the religious structures that date back to the medieval ages is the occasional bed and breakfast in Stockholm that also puts you within walking distance of the cities generous serving of museums. Of the 80, Vasa Museum and its 17th century warship is a must-see.