Hotels in Stockholm

Despite a color palette seemingly inspired by the Nordic winter (slate gray; stark white; deep brown), the latest hotel in Stockholm’s central square is far from icy.

Historic hotel popular with celebrities (Greta Garbo, Justin Timberlake), opposite the Royal Palace and overlooking the harbor.

The country behind Ikea brings a similarly streamlined aesthetic to the affordable hotel chain Clarion. Designed by Gert Wingårdh, this outpost has an exterior that features noiseproof granite facing the railroad and sheer glass fronting lovely Norra Bantorget park.

Overlooking the Nacka Strand channel, Hotel J is reminiscent of a Newport hotel and yacht club with a nautical theme that fills the 158 rooms. Each has white panelling, blue-and-white striped and starred fabrics, red accents, and blond wood.

Adjoining the Mariatorget Square, Hotel Rival is designed as a 1930s Art Deco cinema. The 700 seat theater hosts fashion shows, concerts, and film screeings; recent concerts include Elvis Costello and Henry Rollins.

Housed in an 1898 red-brick townhouse on a quiet residential street in Vasastaden, Hotel Hellsten offers 78 individually decorated rooms with walls of rich dark colors like burgundy, plum, or scarlet, canopy beds, ceramic stoves, and bathrooms with slate from Karystos.

The Hotel Diplomat is located on the grand boulevard Strandvagen, overlooking the cityscape and the harbor.

The Loka Brunn hotel is located in a restorative landscape of forest, lakes, and purported healing waters.

Imagine if Brooks Brothers decided to open a stylish, hip new hotel for young execs. It hasn’t. But that’s where Hotel Lydmar enters, stage right. The boutique hotel (opened October 2008) near the National Museum projects coolness without all the nightclub hoopla and black T-shirts.

Although it’s named after the man who founded Stockholm in the 13th century, the Hotel Birger Jarl is all about modern design.

The hotel is housed in a historic brick building. Large, light-filled guest rooms overlook the harbor.

Ideally situated for exploring, dining, and clubbing in Central City, the Berns isn’t just an 82-room boutique hotel—there’s also a shockingly large restaurant-bar-nightclub in the landmark building. And by “large,” think Grand Central Station’s little sister (but with an evening-wear makeover).

Originally established more than three centuries ago, the Grythyttan Inn is located in a small village 

When he was a photojournalist, Per Hellsten dreaded missing calls while in the shower. Now as owner of the Rex Hotel, he has eliminated that frustration by installing phones—along with heated ?oors and towel racks—in the gray Karystos-stone bathrooms of this 1866 building on a quiet street.

Entrepreneur Oscar Diös is redefining the term airport hotel with this hotel housed in a revamped 747-200 parked at the entrance to Arlanda International Airport.