Where to stay in Stockholm

Where is the best place to stay in Stockholm?

Stockholm could be mistaken for being somewhere in the Mediterranean, with its stunning and colourful architecture, warm temperatures through spring and summer and is a very clean and particularly friendly place to visit. The city is very different to most capitals, setting aside a small population of a million, it’s the way that it is geographically laid out with no more than 14 islands that pretty much separate the districts. The city has some excellent tourist attractions that are very unique and are mostly located centrally and this includes most of the popular islands, the Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum, Stockholm Cathedral and a vast array of restaurants.


The main neighbourhoods we recommend are the areas of Ostermalm, Norrmalm, Sodermalm and Gamla Stan as they are all exceptionally close or are home to major attractions in the city and are well-connected to other parts of Stockholm. All of these neighbourhoods have restaurants, shops and hotels in abundance with something for everyone. Gamla Stan is more well-known as the ‘Old Town’ and is right in the medieval heart of the city, which has beautiful cobbled meandering narrow streets. There are many tourist attractions in the old town, however doesn’t have much in the way of accommodation. Norrmalm is exceptionally easy to get to and will most likely be your first stop coming into the city as it is where the train and bus stations are positioned.

Best hotels on Stockholm center

Best hotelsRankingPrice/night
5 stars hotels
Lydmar Hotel2355 - 461$
Grand Hôtel Stockholm3320 - 416$
Nobis Hotel6309 - 401$
4 stars hotels
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel1312 - 405$
Hotel Rival4199 - 258$
Elite Eden Park Hotel5175 - 227$Recomended best value
3 stars hotels
Central Hotel7208 - 270$
Lilla Rådmannen8194 - 252$
Hotell ANNO 16479204 - 265$
2 stars hotels
Old Town Lodge1061 - 79$

On the map you can check out the best hotels to stay in Stockolm best areas.

 

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Ostermalm, Norrmalm, Sodermalm and Gamla Stan, the best areas to stay in Stockholm 

Norrmalm


This is the ‘New Downtown’ neighbourhood that has only been here since the 1960s after the older buildings were taken down. Norrmalm is only a few minutes walk from Gamla Stan and this is where the main shopping area of the city is located. Main shopping brands and centres dot the pedestrian streets as well as various hotels that range from budget to luxury. There are also entertainment complexes like cinemas, theatres and game areas that provide an excellent and fun night along with the huge selection of restaurants that serve anything from Swedish to Chinese and Indian to South American. Close by the restaurants, there are many pubs, bars and clubs where you can enjoy lots of dancing and socialising. This neighbourhood is also the main transportation hub with the main central train station and bus station located here as well as being on the metro line.


Ostermalm


Ostermalm is right next door to Norrmalm and therefore has more shopping, restaurants and nightclubs, which is generally based around the stunning square of Stureplan. This area is one of the richest in the city and the restaurants and shops all support this and there is a wide range of hotels that will appeal to anyone and everyone. Ostermalm is also home to the National Museum, which has many items including: Paintings, sculptures, documents and other artefacts to do with Swedish history. The waterfront is definitely worth a stroll down with many places of interest including bars and bistros on the water and cruises that take you around nearby islands.


Sodermalm


This is another particular rich area that has high quality restaurants, bars and clubs, which overlook some of the best sights to see in the capital. Some of the oldest buildings can be found on this island that are from the 15th century and is also home to the Royal Swedish Opera. The main attraction is the Stockholm City Museum and has many collections of art, photographs and historical items to do with the city.


Gamla Stan


This is one of the oldest parts of the city and is famed for its medieval architecture and although busy throughout the day, this island is only home to a few inhabitants. Main tourist attractions in Gamla Stan include the Royal Palace, which is an 18th century building that is home of the Swedish monarch, the Stockholm Cathedral and the Riddarholm Church (a royal burial church) and the Nobel Museum. The museum is where they showcase all previous winners of the prizes as well as being the place where the awards, bar Peace Prize as it is decided in Norway, are announced.


Another popular attraction to check out is Stortorget (large square) and is found right by the palace and was the scene of the massacre of Swedish noblemen that was ordered by the Danish King Christian II in 1520. This island is the best for just wondering around the various alleyways and streets that are lined up with souvenir, clothing and convenience shops as well as a great selection of cuisine. If you are lucky enough, you can find the oldest existing restaurant in the world, which is called Den gyldene freden and is a traditional Swedish restaurant that has been in operation since 1722. It is also a great area to see other nearby islands as it has many ferry terminals that are dotted along the waterfront near the palace.

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