Hotels in Sweden
The best hotels in Sweden can get pricy during the high season, and especially on weekends. If your trip includes several stops, you may want to play around with your itinerary and see if you can save by, for example, staying in Stockholm or Gothenburg midweek. Almost all hotels in Sweden include breakfast in the room rate, and this is often a lavish spread of cheeses, breads, smoked fish, muesli, yogurt, and pastries—as well as coffee and tea.
The Hotel Anno 1647 in Stockholm's hopping Södermalm neighborhood combines two historic buildings (one was once a tobacco factory, the other a clothing one) with contemporary interiors. The rooms have rustic pine floors, crystal chandeliers, and blackout drapes—essential in a city that gets 18 hours of sunlight a day in the summer. There's a complimentary breakfast of homemade yogurt and knäckerbröd (crispy bread).
Another popular option among Sweden hotels is the Hotel Diplomat, also in Stockholm on the grand boulevard Strandvagen, overlooking the harbor. The 1911 Art Nouveau building is a striking white, with ornate scrolling, narrow balconies, and arched windows. The 130 rooms are individually decorated with bright white walls, floral patterns, and muted colors.
Check in to the modern Sands Hotell, just steps from the harbor in Sandön’s only town, Sandhamn.
The high-tech hotel incorporates efficiency in its design: the futuristic lobby lounge (white walls; podlike tables and chairs) is heated with renewable energy, and some bedrooms have colorful mood lighting by way of energy-saving bulbs.
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.
The pleasures are simple on the tiny islet of Furillen, off Sweden’s Gotland Island: clear blue skies, deserted beaches, and fresh seafood. Here you’ll find Fabriken Furillen, a former limestone quarry transformed into Sweden’s farthest-flung design hotel.
Stay at the famous Icehotel in Sweden just north of the Arctic Circle.
The windswept island of Gotland has long been an escape for Sweden's elite. Check in to this strikingly modern hotel where eight white-on-white suites and 71 stand-alone villas overlook the inky Baltic and beachfront pool.
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.
Historic hotel popular with celebrities (Greta Garbo, Justin Timberlake), opposite the Royal Palace and overlooking the harbor.
The Loka Brunn hotel is located in a restorative landscape of forest, lakes, and purported healing waters.
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.
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.