Getting a good night’s sleep is naturally an important part of your visit to Stockholm – and you won’t be disappointed with what Stockholm has on offer when it comes to where to lay your head.
Stockholm is booming right now and alongside that boom are an enormous number of hotels, offering everything from top end luxury to cheap and cheerful. New hotels are being built daily in order to keep up with demand so you’re really spoiled for choice, no matter your budget or preferences.
Budget is of course important when decided where to park your caboose for the duration but even more important is to think about what you plan on doing while you’re here. Do you want to be centrally located, close to the major attractions, rub shoulders with hipsters, or would you prefer some old school charm?
Here’s the thing about Stockholm: while some areas of the city feature a few more attractions than others, if we’re honest pretty much every corner of the city has something to offer. Here is a brief overview of the main areas of the city and what they have to offer during your stay.
Central Station is of course at the heart of the city, with loads of great hotels can be found in this area. And because Centralen is at your doorstep you can bop around the city at will, discovering every corner of the city. This is also where you’ll find information booths and very helpful staff who will send you in the right direction. So if it’s centrality then this is your area. Hotels tend more towards the standard, although Clarion is one you might want to check out for modern ambience and the most modern of design.
Do you prefer bearded hipsters and a more bohemian atmosphere? Then you’re looking at Södermalm as your best bet. Here you’ll find fantastic independent boutiques and restaurants, as well as charming streets to explore and excellent waterside walkways. One of Stockholm’s best museums, Fotografiska, is also on Söder, close to Slussen, where you catch boats over to Djurgården and Skeppsholmen. Fifteen minutes on the ferry and you’re in the midst of some of Stockholm’s top attractions (Abba Museum, anyone?). Hotels here run the gamut, from higher end luxury to quaint hostels tucked away on a side street.
Old Town (Gamla stan)
Old world charm and plenty of history can be found in Gamla Stan (Old Town), the heart of tourism in the city. The tiny cobble-stoned streets are lined with shops and restaurants and it’s an easy walk to Södermalm and most other central parts of the city from here. Hotels are small, often historical, and oozing with charm.
Vasastan is a part of the city that’s often overlooked. This is a more residential area brimming with great food, pubs, and excellent parks, and it’s just a short walk or tube trip to more centrally located areas of the city. Hotels tend to towards the serviceable and the prices are usually reasonable.
Kungsholmen is a bit more remote and will feed your need for water views, history (Town Hall is here), and a more calm feeling. The hotels are calm and discreet and there is good shopping – but this is not party central, which is exactly what some of us are looking for during our trip.
When booking your accommodation on booking.com (just to the right on this page) read through the location of the hotel and pick one that is perfect for your needs. While Stockholm is a city for walkers it also boasts excellent public transportation, so matter where you stay you’ll find your way to the sites you want to see while enjoying an excellent night’s rest.