Famous for its progressive politics, high standard of living, trend-setting design, inventive cuisine, Scandi Noirs, and seventies pop bands, the capital of Sweden is becoming an increasingly trendy travel destination. It’s an elegant and easy-on-the-eye city, spread across 14 islands and dotted with characterful neighbourhoods and cool architecture. With a juxtaposition of the old and the new, rows of painted wooden houseboats and a medieval jumble of cobbled streets and narrow alleyways sit side by side by an equally impressive collection of futuristic skyscrapers and a fascination for all things shiny and hi-tech. Stockholm’s famous fashion sense and love of design is also so world-renowned it could almost be intimidating, but that’s what makes their hotels so exciting. From the quirky to the sublime, here are our collective favourite cool and unusual hotels in Stockholm…
Scandic No 53 – funky and elegant central hotel
This modern Stockholm hotel is close to the heart of the old town and offers comfortable chic rooms with a plethora of clever storage solutions. Rooms feature a contemporary arty design and the communal spaces at Scandic No 53 are created to encourage mixing and mingling of guests and locals with a bright airy lounge and a quirky little outside courtyard. The chessboard floor tiles and impressive atrium are a great feature and make sure you don’t leave without enjoying the delicious food in a stylish and relaxed restaurant.
- Prices from $90
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Hobo Hotel – retro/modern design hotel
Hobo is more than just a hotel, it’s an innovatively designed community for people who love to travel. It’s a mixture of warm vintage and classic clean-cut Swedish charm was created by renowned Berlin Based designer Werner Aisslinger and focuses on pure materials, nature, music and good talks. All the rooms at Hobo Hotel feature beds that face the windows meaning you can literally lie back and enjoy the view. They are full of clever gadgets and storage solutions to make your stay truly unique. The restaurant offers a warm relaxed environment with a delicious seasonal menu and the flexibility of breakfast served until 4pm… yes you did read that correctly! The bar at this funky Stockholm hotel serves up delicious organic beers, fine wines and an impressive cocktail selection. This is a haven for free-spirited arty types, the only trouble is it’s so fantastic you probably won’t want to leave the building!
- Prices from $85
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Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel – historic boat hotel
For a unique Stockholm accommodation experience with beautiful views you can’t really beat the Malardrottningen Yacht Hotel prices. As the name suggests it is a yacht and guests stay in clean comfortable cabins. The interior of the hotel is full of traditional old style charm and guests can enjoy a free jacuzzi and Sauna and an excellent breakfast spread. The cabins range from small bunk bed rooms to larger and more luxurious doubles. If you want a twin room but don’t want to wrangle with bunk beds, be sure to mention that when you book!
- Prices from $65
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The Story Hotel – one of Sweden’s hippest hotels
If you like your Scandinavian hotel experience to be cool and quirky with a focus on good music and good service then Story Hotel is probably the one for you. This small centrally located boutique hotel is full of unusual designs by local artists but it’s not style over substance, it’s the full package. The rooms range from suites to singles, the breakfast is small but perfectly formed and if you have a hankering for Asian cuisine you can head to the hotel’s very own Asian inspired restaurant ‘Ling Long’. The perfect hotel for a cosy, comfortable and quirky weekend city break.
- Prices from $120
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Långholmen Prison Hotel – for a quirky Stockholm stay
If you like something stylish but a bit different then Långholmen Prison Hotel is the ideal place for you. The delightfully quirky Stockholm hotel occupies the site of the old crown court prison and is situated on an island in the middle of Lake Mȁlaren. The island has a rich and captivating history and is now a protected area. Langhȯlmens offers both hostel and hotel accommodation so will suit all budgets. Rooms are cleverly designed cells which keep the unique character of the building but have all the comforts that our modern needs dictate. The on-site Inn occupies a 17th Century Manor house and serves up good hearty Swedish food sourced from local, seasonal and largely organic ingredients and after the meal you can enjoy a lovely jog on one of the well-marked trails or wander down to the lakeside beach for a swim.
- Prices from $60
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The Nordic Light Hotel – funky contemporary hotel
The Nordic Light Hotel on the steps of Stockholm’s central station offers chilled out, personal service in a large modern chic setting. With its central situation, its private gym and spacious ‘mood’ rooms, this unique design hotel in Stockholm is the perfect place to stay whether it’s for business or for pleasure. The hotel ’embraces the nuances of Scandinavian light, art and individuality’ and its rooms and restaurant are a reflection of this ethos. Clean lines, simple well-cooked food and a smorgasbord of organic produce to choose from at breakfast.
- Prices from $110 per night
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Ett Hem Hotel – eclectic chic boutique
From modern urban to picturesque historical Ett Hem is situated in a beautiful turn of the century Arts and Crafts residence in a quiet suburb.The small Stockholm boutique hotel offers a slice of tranquillity just minutes from the city centre. Here guests are encouraged to make themselves at home with lovely communal spaces and a sheltered courtyard garden managed by attentive staff. With 12 bright airy bedrooms furnished lovingly with antiques that accentuate the character of the building, Ett Hemm is a secret city wilderness that you won’t want to escape from.
- Prices from $250 per night
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Motel L Hotel – chic and colourful
The perfect solution for the budget traveller this funky and trendy Stockholm hotel will deliver on comfort, design and price. This is an architecturally interesting building with daring interior design by artist Lisa Bengtsson. Rooms at Motel L Hotel are equipped with LED TV’s, Carpe Diem Beds and rain showers and all prices include breakfast. The hotel restaurant serves up tasty no-frills food made from top quality ingredients so you have everything you need, but your purse will thank you too.
- Prices from $60 per night
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Miss Clara by Nobis – sleek and chic boutique hotel
This contemporary urban boutique style hotel in the Swedish capital offers typically stylish Swedish rooms with a continental twist on service. For foodies the hotel brunch club is a perfect meeting of Swedish staples and New York deli dishes accompanied by jazz and a healthy dose of cool. Next door to the Miss Clara by Nobis is the Giro Pizzeria, a collaboration between the hotel and one of the world’s oldest pizzerias. Enjoy funky tunes and an innovative drinks menu in the hotel bar and if you fancy hitting the town Miss Clara also offers a nightlife package to help you locate the hottest night spots the city has to offer.
- Prices from $150 per night
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Scandic Malmen – design hotel in trendy SoFo art district
Situated on the edge of SoFo this effortlessly designed trendy Stockholm hotel offers all the creature comforts you could desire in an ideal location. The large spacious rooms at the Scandic Malmen incorporate unique features and absolute comfort the communal spaces are impeccable and the on-site bar and restaurant serves up tasty food late into the evening. With an onsite barber and gym you can keep yourself looking impeccable too – bonus! When you want to venture out you are just seconds away from vibrant bars and boutique shopping in one of Stockholm’s hippest districts.
- Prices from $100 per night
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Comfort Hotel – cool budget boutique
The Comfort Hotel is great if you’re on a budget. The hip Swedish hotel is situated right in the centre of the city next to the main railway station. The rooms are basic with a little bit of quirkiness and everything you need for a comfortable stay. The hotel has some cool retro communal spaces and an on-site bar and cafe if you just don’t feel like venturing out to one of the nearby trendy eating places. If you want to save a bit of cash for the fabulous Stockholm nightlife this may be the perfect place for you to stay!
- Prices from $70 per night
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Freys Hotel – chic, cosy and contemporary
Situated right in the centre of the city this unique contemporary hotel in Stockholm is an excellent choice for those of you who want to enjoy your break with minimum effort. Freys Hotel‘s 127 boutique rooms are all individually decorated and equipped for cosy comfort. The family-run hotel prides itself on being a friendly and relaxed place to stay without compromising on style or atmosphere. With a strong eco-friendly vibe, free breakfast and WiFi with all rooms and delicious beer and mussels served up in the hotel bar it’s the perfect place to just chill out and soak it up!
- Prices from $75 per night
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